The Lamps I’ve Been Waiting For All My Life

Maybe I’m a bit dramatic when it comes to decorating my house, but have you ever searched and waited for just the right fill-in-the-blank for your home?  Then one day, you walk down the aisle of HomeGoods and you see “the one” and the angels start singing?  That’s what happened to me last week – I found the lamps I’ve been waiting for all of my life. 

 

I have this long painted buffet/dresser/console in my living room that needs a big, chunky pair of lamps.  I’ve had many different pairs of lamps here, but none that I really-really loved for this room.  Since my decor is so funkyvintage, it’s hard to find retail accessories that don’t scream “I’m the only thing in this room manufactured after 1977!”

 

When I found these puppies, one of the shades sat higher than the other one.  I noticed that one of the harps was silver and the other one was brass.  I had the manager of the store scour the back to find a harp that fit so that they would match up better.  Then I got home, put bulbs in, then turned on my new lamps.  Guess what?  The linings of the shades were different, so when they were turned on one looked creamy and one looked white!  Ugh.  Then I spent the next hour changing around lampshades from all around the house (I’m sure I tried about 20), most of which were too small.

 

I finally decided on these large white textured ones from my bedroom.  You can’t see the texture in the photos, unfortunately.   I posted a photo of my new pride-and-joys on my Facebook fan page the other day, and not everyone thought the shades were ideal (too big).  People are much more BLUNT on my Facebook page than on my blog about what they think!  But I love them – I think they’re large and in charge!

 

 

My new lamps are in my current color-crush (did you read my post from Friday?), emerald green!  You may have noticed the chevron blanket – also in emerald green from Home Goods.   I moved around some chairs and  decided on the arrangement you see in this last photo.  It’s feeling a bit like Downton Abbey around here lately, and I like it.  What piece of furniture or decor have YOU been waiting for all of your life???

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marianne talhelm
marianne talhelm
7 years ago

Oh my … I saw these same lamps and just about bought them … my only issue was I don’t have one green thing in my living room … I was afraid it wouldn’t go … but I am thinking twice about this and might just go back. My furniture is brown fake leather … my accents are turquoise, reds, mustard, caramel, etc. What do you think?

Jennifer
7 years ago

I love it when that happens Kristie!! What a great find…..they look gorgeous!!
Jennifer

Jen C.
Jen C.
7 years ago

Can’t wait to see your cool lamps in person! Your giddiness has inspired me…I’m making the trek to Home Goods today to see what I can find! 🙂 To answer your question, I’m still waiting for the right dining room table and chairs. The table needs to be large and very cool and the chairs must be cool, yet comfy and child-friendly. I have been searching for the last seven years. The Joe Joe has said he would just build it, but that makes me nervous…what if it’s still not *the* one? I have so many first world problems!

Ann
Ann
7 years ago

I think the lamps look so much prettier when lit! So just leave them lit all the time, OK, Kristie? LOL. But I seriously love that buffet with the giant ornate mirror and your two chunky lamps. The whole effect really gives a focal point to the room — it’s almost serving as a “fireplace”, if you get what I mean.

I’m also not crazy about that chevron throw, even though I know chevron is pretty “hot” right now. I actually really like that other patterned pillow much better, so photo #1 is my fave.

Dianne Tant
Dianne Tant
7 years ago

I can hardly see anything else in that fab room for looking at the GORGEOUS sofa!

nicole
nicole
7 years ago

I really like your large shades! In fact, when I first saw them, I thought they made the lamps – the shades give them a more modern edge, and I know it’s an issue of personal preference, but I prefer larger shades. For me, smallish or too small shades are a real detractor. Plus, larger “statement” lamps seem to be having a moment now, anyway.

Paula Van Hoogen
Paula Van Hoogen
7 years ago

I love what those lamps do for the room Kristie. It’s not a era issue, it’s how they create an ethereal feel. Can’t think of any other way to describe it–I don’t mean to be weird. Anyway, so cool! And–yeah–the shade is so critical–the right one always makes it! My search now is for a couch/chaise combination. It’s SUCH a major expense–it has to be right. I’ve already scoured every consignment store around here. Ikea and all stores with ready upholstered furniture are 90 miles away!! ARG. May have to suck it up and order custom from a shop here… Read more »

Laura @ Elegant Nest
7 years ago

Love your lamps…and the shades! Never mind the “haters”! The emerald green looks great with all of your turquois accents…especially that vintage rotary phone. I remember having those as a kid and used to dread calling my friend whose phone number had several nines and zeros…and if you messed up there was no “back button”…hang up and start all over again! ugh! 🙂

Sunny Penner Cox
Sunny Penner Cox
7 years ago

Green glass is always a win. Go get them, Marianne. Now you can redux the living room around the precious. I painted my kitchen floor a very elusive green in honor of six soup bowls that I bought because I loved their color and shine. It’s the shiny that makes them! Maybe I should’ve gone high gloss in the kitchen! PS: I want The Rug. The living room rug. (It eludes me, but in the meantime I’ve been keeping busy buying, trying, rejecting, and selling the duds on Craigslist.) I also want some lighting in there so you can see… Read more »

Sheila @SZInteriors
7 years ago

Very, very lovely! They remind me of vintage Murano Glass lamps. Great find!!!

Kay
Kay
7 years ago

Kristie, I love your new lamps. They are perfect! Actually, I love the entire living room . . . er, eh, okay, maybe not everything – – I like the pillow so much better than (color of) the throw.

MarySue
MarySue
7 years ago

Well, you DID ask (on fb) what people thought about the lamps! 🙂 I read all the Facebook comments, and I think that people just took your “question” as a genuine invitation to give their opinion, though you may have meant it rhetorically. 🙂 I know that when I saw your fb post, it wasn’t clear to me whether you thought the lamps were good or not, nor that they were YOUR lamps. I’m guessing people felt free to say what they thought, and probably thought you were looking for input on the lamps. So don’t let the negative comments… Read more »

Susan
Susan
7 years ago

Good for you Kristie! The lamps look beautiful and are perfect on your console table. It is a dreamy room, what a fantastic blend of vintage, with a fun twist. Love it. I have a camel back sofa that I spent far too much money on back in the ’80s. I know hard to imagine but stay with me. It desparately needed to be recovered or turfed out but I still loved the shape and size so I continued my search for the right fabric. By chance one day while looking for something else I found “the perfect print” in… Read more »

Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage

I need to hear some angels singing – I need the perfect pair of lamps for my antique wallpaper pasting table! No luck finding a vintage matching pair and the search continues.

Love your glass green beauties and the drum shades are perfect. I don’t think they’re too big – but I wonder if you need a bigger harp – to raise up the shades an inch or two.
Kelly

Ellen @Color Calling
7 years ago

Hi Kristie, I sat in front of you at TCE! I currently do as much in residential styling as I do in color consulting. I really like the lamps and the shades, but Kelly, above, is correct. You do need a harp (they are inexpensive, only a few dollars) one or two sizes up, to raise the shade to proper height. The shade is what I call “choking” the neck of the lamp.

Ellen @Color Calling
7 years ago

Kristie, here is a very similar lamp with shade raised to proper height, notice you can see a little glimpse of the brass neck of the lamp:
http://www.shadesoflight.com/fluted-glass-jug-table-lamp.html

Maria @ All Things Luxurious

Oooh, I just love those lamps! They are beauties! And that chevron blanket — what a find! Thanks for sharing with us!

Kelly
7 years ago

Love the color Kristie! Green is my color love right now! I am always on the hunt for lamps- like shoes- can’t have enough! Especially when you get such a great price at Home Goods! Yay!

Red B
7 years ago

Those lamps are really beautiful! The look, size and color is perfect in your living room. Love it! The problem with HOme Goods is they dont’t keep inventory (atleast here in Toronto), when its gone, it’s gone you’re lucky you got both lamps. I got lucky last yr when i got my dining chairs! I was about to buy them from an antique store, to reupholster/refinish them to give it a modern look but the cost of doing it stopped me. Been going back and forth atleast for a yr then BOOM! I saw the same chairs in HGoods exactly… Read more »

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