Matt and I are slowly working on our master bedroom, which has thus far been the most neglected area of our little home. We have added a few new pillows, and are now thinking about new lamps. The current ones were purchased in early 2007 from Bed Bath & Beyond on sale. They came in a two-pack. They were cheap. They are crystal and classic but are showing a lot of wear after moving to multiple apartments in NYC and then making the trek from there to Toronto.
Since our room is so tiny and features little more than our bed, two small nightstands, clothing storage cupboards, and a little bookshelf, the lamps are actually a pretty major element. But, we have almost no moolah for the things we want to update in there. Alas, the lamps listed here are ones I love but for the most part are not exactly realistic for us right now. But maybe one will be perfect for you?
I love the mercury glass and shape of this one, but worry it wouldn't work so well with the chandelier in the space. Isn't it pretty though?
(Restoration Hardware, $225)
Mercury glass with French text? Yes please! (Love it so much that, if the price were right - it is just a little too high for us-- I think I could make the mercury glass work after all...)
(Layla Grace, $173)
The classic crystal on this urn lamp would work really well with the other existing elements of our space. I've always thought it was a stunning piece. However, despite being on sale for $70 off right now, these bad boys are $385 a pop. Gulp.
(Restoration Hardware, $385)
These lamps by Arcadian Lighting make quite a statement, though I'd need a whiter shade I think. Oh, and about $1000 to get a pair...
(Layla Grace, $488)
Now, adding colour seems like it might be the way to go. Here's some inspiration. Love the scale of this first one for our tiny tables.
(Layla Grace, $585)
And this sea glass is lovely.
(Layla Grace, $345)
Jonathan Adler never fails to add a lot of interest.
(Jonathan Adler, $295)
And Ralph Lauren's patterned lamps are beautiful in a more traditional way. But the price. Oh. My. God.
(Ralph Lauren, $1620 but on sale now for a mere $1134).
This colour, on an otherwise simple form, seems dramatic in all the right ways.
(Lumens, Currently on sale for $470)
Same with the red. Love the red. Not sure I can pull off red...
(Lumens, Currently 20% off, $480 [orig. $600])
And now, for the only two options I might actually consider buying. First, these lamps have long been a favourite of mine. And they are on sale. But what colour would I choose? (For real, what colour would I choose? I'd LOVE to hear your opinion!). I love all three options... and each for different reasons.
(Pottery Barn, $99)
And the other actual option, these gorgeous milk glass lamps. I have such a thing for milk glass despite not owning a single piece of it. And I like the tiny footprint of this lamp, given how tiny our nightstands are. So I kind of lean toward these right now. But again, which colour? And which ones are better -- the milk glass or the above ceramic ones? Or something else completely... hmmm...
(Pottery Barn, $129)
And lastly, I am also thinking that finding lamps in need of some TLC and giving 'em a little makeover might just be our best bet... Here's some inspiration:
A coat of paint and new fabric (not this fabric for my room, but the idea of choosing another fabric to layer in is super appealing) make these lamps really special. Check out the details at Isabella and Max Rooms right here.
And Room To Think shares a step-by-step picture tutorial on how to paint brass lamps. I see those bad boys at second hand shops for just a few bucks a piece.
And another inspiring project, from His and Hers. See it right here.
I'll keep you posted as the search for inexpensive better bedside lighting continues.
(And let me know what you think of those Pottery Barn choices, or any of the other lamp ideas!)
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