I think most designers would probably seek inspiration from far and wide. Whilst Garden Beet has a focus on the contemporary we certainly enjoy stepping outside our ‘normal’ visual field. We enjoy a dib and dab in the retro, vintage, etc.
We certainly enjoy mixing context (ie outdoor tables painted high polish red and inserting into kitchen – image below).
Image above thanks to contemporist
A marriage between the minigarden (image below) and the Victorian lamp post could be interesting.
If you are in need of an old lamp — try the English Lamp Post . My lordy these guys make their lights in the UK and have loads of other period lamp styles.