wishful wednesdays {floor lamps}

One thing this Lazy Lady does best is fantasize about the future.  I'm not very good at living "in the now," I'm always thinking about the next recipe we should make, or couch we should buy, or city we'll live in, or job I could have, and where we'll be in 1, 3, 5, or 15 years.  It's not really the healthy way to live, buuuut sometimes I come up with some really great futures, and every once and a while those futures come true. . .

When my parents came to visit back in September, The Man and I got to talking about how bare our apartment is.  We've always been a more "slow and steady wins the race" couple when it comes to home decor, but mom and dad wanted us to step it up!  My dads first thought "Get a Lamp!!!"  My parents are all about alternative lighting in every room, but The Man and I had honestly never thought about it.  It's true that some lower lighting makes a room much cozier, but when I began the hunt for a floor lamp I soon came to realize why nothing had ever grabbed my attention enough to want to take it home.

Floor lamps can be soooooo boooring!

Since then I've looked high and low.  And after stringing some white Christmas lights around the living room, back in December, I really can see how nice it is to have some accent lighting.  It's warm, and romantic, and makes it so much easier to see!  So, let's take a look at what's available out there, and maybe you can help me pick something out.

Most floor lamps I see everywhere are just a stick with a shade on top

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And then there are the embellished sticks with a shade on top, which I appreciate a little more, but I'm still not completely sold on.
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(I actually completely love the chandelier on a stick look, it's fancy, weird and silly all at once)

Or the stacked crystal ball look and chunks of curvy wood look:
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There are tons of paper lanterns and single bulb fixtures hanging from curvy sticks with variations on how many lanterns or fixtures.  From one, to three, to five, to...?
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Speaking of curvy sticks, there are also the beautiful and super trendy arco floor lamps, with either drum shades (which are all over Crate and Barrel) or the space-agey up-side-down silver bowl shades.
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I love them, especially when they have a thick base made out of marble or a beautiful piece of wood.  But they are crazy expensive!!!

I think spotlight lamps are pretty cool, I think it would be fun lighting for the studio.  They are so dramatic.
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I am a big fan of tripod lamps
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I've almost bought number one about 4 times.  It's affordable ($179 at Home Depot), and I love that the cord is hidden inside one of the legs and doesn't peep out until the bottom.  The shade is pretty cheap looking but it could always be replaced.

The only lamp The Man and I have agreed on so far is the Hektar from KEA.
It's kind of a combination of a spotlight and a huge desk lamp.  The head swivels up and down so you can point the light at what you're reading or showcase a beautiful piece of furniture (of which we have many!). 

How about you? Have you ever even thought about your accent lighting? Do you already have floor lamps in every corner, or are you like The Man and I and rely solely on overheads?  Do you think stick lamps are boring? Or do you revel in their simplistic beauty?
Tell me I want to know!!

p.s. There are many other styles but for the most part the ones I omitted I did so because they are terrible!!

1 comment:

  1. Ok your tripod lamp is pretty cool I like the #2 lantern lamp for ambiance too. The Ikea lamp is too clunky for your decor (yes yes IMO) - the spot would be AWESOME for your studio. You need a lamp to read by how about wall sconces above the couch? Check 'em out expand your thinking... and get a lamp!


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