It’s pretty obvious that our house needs assistance in the lighting area. Especially in the evening, and especially the living room, which lacks a ceiling light altogether. We don’t own lamps, Pete and I. We just didn’t need them in the last house, and the ones that we did use broke, fell apart, were ugly, or were burnt in a moment of “we’re not actually going to use this anymore, right”? Right.
I’ve been shopping for lighting for awhile, focusing in on the floor lamp variety like these humungo arching lights from West Elm, but I’m not quite ready to make the investment until… well, I could probably put it off forever and live in darkness, there will always be things that come ahead of lamps in my mind.
Anyways, I was at Target last week and snapped a picture of this gem-cut lamp from the Nate Berkus collection. It was the last one in the lighting aisle, and everything was kind of scattered all over the freaking place like it always is, but I figured it was priced at $29.95 like the little label beneath it. Go Nate Berkus.
It actually seemed like a good price, especially for a lamp with such a modern, edgy cut to it, and I knew that I’d pay a lot more for something similar at any of the other home decor stores that I adore. I slept on it for a few days (even a $30 lamp isn’t something I can impulse buy, apparently), and decided that it would be fine for now and probably would be something that looked great once we had more furniture in place and the rest of the packing boxes out of the house. The cardboard boxes aren’t unpacking themselves, it seems.
Back to the store I went, mostly figuring that someone else would have bought it because it was a dirt cheap and adorable $30 light, but lo and behold it was still in the same spot on the same scattered shelf. I paired it up with a dark gray “metallic” (that doesn’t seem the least bit metallic) drum shade from the Threshold collection, and patted myself on the back for getting something productive for our home instead of another so-cute-you-couldn’t-stand-it clearance-priced pack of socks for the baby.
It wasn’t until I got home, and my family was visiting for the day, that my mom noticed the clearance price sticker on the tag on the lamp, reading that I had only paid $14 and the original price was actually $49.99, none of that I had noticed myself. How quick I am to assume that if it isn’t on an endcap, it’s not on sale. And if the lamp had been poised over a $50 price tag on the shelf originally, I’d probably never have considered it. So, there. Happy day, our house has its first pretty lamp, and it was $35 all in with the shade.
I especially like how the gray shade pairs with the blue stone flagstone that composes our fireplace wall and planter box; in person it looks better than I can photograph in the poor lighting in this house. All of my photos are so grainy! The glow at night is nice too, though any glow is significantly better than darkness. We have a lot of decorating in our future.
In other news, I think we’re going to get a lot done over the weekend. Which isn’t anything new, but new in the sense that it is work that the interior of our new home has been calling out for. Come next week, hopefully there’ll be something to show for our efforts.