I have this strange quirk – while I love lamps and see their value, I hardly have any in our home.
Can you believe I only had 2 in the entire house? One in the living room (a housewarming gift from my in-laws)…
and a pretty Tiffany-style desk lamp in the office (a gift-hand-me-down from Ryan’s aunt).
Some people (and lots of bloggers) have double that in one room!
I blame it on a variety of factors –
1. Indecision. I often see pretty lamps at stores and online. But, I can never decide what lamp I like best? Where should it go? Should I get one or two? Will it match the room? And with that, I move on.
2. Cost. Lamps are expensive. And, I have a hard time shelling out the dough for something that I’m living (contentedly) without.
3. Breakability. If something is too fragile, it breaks at the Woodwards. It’s like Newton’s Law. We can’t keep nice things. Some of this has to do with our own carelessness. Most of it, however, is due to the fact that our pugs think all end tables (and sometimes kitchen islands, dining room tables and patio tables) are, in fact, just another chair for them to lounge on. (We should really have our own dog training show.) So, table top lamps just never seemed practical for us.
4. Priorities. The truth is, there are so many other things that occupy my mind, lamps fall to the bottom of the list.
But, now I’ve brought home my very first “bought-it-myself” lamp, and I love it. Hello, gorgeous.
It’s pretty and great for this area. The cost was reasonable*. It doesn’t risk getting knocked off a table. I’m in love.
The magic happened on the IKEA journey with Jenny. (Check out her finds here.) Where typically I am indecisive and cost-conscious, I just went with it and grabbed it with little thought. (Although, if I’m being honest, I may have checked it out during the past 3 trips to IKEA.)
And, I had no clue how much it cost before it rung up. It ended up being about the most expensive lamp at the store. I think my face showed my surprise. I thought everything in IKEA was dirt cheap. Ryan says I have a gift to find the most expensive thing in a discount store. I call it good taste.
And don’t go telling me that $60 for a lamp is still a great deal, that’d I’d spend more anywhere else… yadayadayada. I know that. But, remember, I would have never bought a lamp anywhere else. So it’s a null point. But, I know the price was still fair.
And I really like the style in the living room. I loved this style lamp elsewhere but never bit the bullet. My original plan was to purchase a black version, but I really like the chrome. And, this chair has become my newest blogging and reading spot, so it’s useful for light. (I don’t think the blog has met our new-to-us chair before now. It may be the most comfortable chair in the world.)
Now, I’m thinking I may become a lamp collector, since I did such a good job this time. I’m not going to venture too far into the lamp world though, how about the tabletop version in red for guest room bedside lamps?
Do you love lamps? How many do YOU have in your house?