I only share posts like this with you all, because I know you do the very same thing. Shopping your house can be a great thing, but it can also mean a never-ending parade of lamps (or pillows, or mirrors, or a chair. . . ).
Here’s how my latest shopping-the-house adventure played out:
I reused these lamps from our old master bedroom in our new one.
But, decided the girls’ room needed something a little more substantial.
Which left our bedroom lampless. . .
So, I borrowed these from the breakfast room.
But, decided they felt too “kitchen-y”.
And, I was forced to shop for new bedroom lamps. Dang it.
I’ve refrained from buying any more lamps for a while, so I thought shopping for new ones would be fun. But, isn’t it strange how you can find 182 lamps you love when you don’t need any and absolutely nothing that works when you’re looking for something specific?
After a few months of searching, I finally found these at Marshall’s. Right price, right size and there were two (although I nearly broke one of them in the parking lot getting them to my car).
And, suddenly, I’m excited to work on our neglected bedroom again. Know what I mean?
Bedside lamps can be tricky, but here are a few things to consider when shopping (your house or in an actual store). . .
Weight. I mean visually, not literally. Beds are big and need lamps with a little substance that can hold their own next to it. In other words, buffet lamps don’t belong in the bedroom.
Height. I think lamps somewhere between 24 and 30 inches work best for the bedside, depending on the height of your nightstand. (Mine are 27 inches tall.) Of course, you could always use the trick of putting your lamps on stacked books to give them a little height. It doesn’t make sense to me to have a lamp below the level where I would hold a book if I were to ever actually read in bed. Wall lamps are a good solution to this problem, too, if you’re pressed for space.
To match or not to match? There’s no rule that says your bedside lamps have to match. I think it’s a matter of taste and can work as long as they are similar when it comes to the height and weight thing I mentioned above. Personally, I’d rather see matching lamps on mismatched nightstands instead of the other way around. But, I think I tend to be more of a symmetrical decorator. . .
And, even if you find the perfect one, lamps can be pricey. My favorite sources are discount home stores like HomeGoods and Marshalls, which can sometimes be a little hit and miss. I’ve also seen some good deals on flash sale sites (like Joss & Main and My Habit that I wrote about yesterday), where you might have a better shot of finding a pair at a good price.
I’d love to hear where you like to shop for lamps—besides your house, of course.
PS—Thanks to CNN.com for including my bedroom in the latest article for their new Open House feature!
PPS—Have a happy 4th! I’ll be back on Monday.