From the age of about 9 or 10, I would help my mom pick out couches, paint colors, and wallpaper. I KNOW!! I think about it now and wonder what she was thinking letting us wallpaper! Knowing her personality, she just wanted it done, and thought it would be a good learning opportunity aaaaaand more hands make light work (or however that saying goes)!
Anyway, I would see my mom brainstorm about how she could make a room more beautiful or useful, and I loved it! As I grew older, I would spend money on things to make my bedroom feel like my own little apartment. I came to love design, in the same way Bek loved cooking shows and Tami loved news and politics. It’s fun to look back now and see how we each have gravitated towards the things my mom and dad loved.
As I’ve gotten married and had kids, my style has changed from beautiful things, to practical and meaningful things. I would rather decorate with my kids’ art, and organize my hall closet than look for holiday decor. But it’s all pretty much the same...making a house a home.
I get asked where to splurge...and where to save. So let me share a little tip...
I was recently in search for a lamp that could sit on my side table in my family room. I had looked at floor lamps for the corner behind the chair, but decided with little kids around, it would be safer to have a table lamp. I wanted something smaller and brass, so it would blend in a bit.
I looked online for a while, these are some I found…
This one was a West Elm lamp for $99. It was probably top choice, but they had another one with a black shade that I had missed my opportunity on, and couldn’t quite get over how much better the other one was.
I love the shape of the shade on this one, and the brass is softer, which I liked too. (from Restoration Hardware) But with a price tag of $599, I decided my marriage was more important.
This one, (Pottery Barn $249) was very pretty, but a bit busier than what I wanted.
Circa Lighting had a pretty lamp. Again, $483 seemed a little steep.
On a side note: I LOVE Circa Lighting, but since they are a bit pricey, I usually find something I love and then see if I can find it cheaper somewhere else…like my dining room light….another story, another time.
Then there’s Jayson Home ($295) in Chicago. I’ve had my eye on this lamp for my desk for a long time, but it hasn’t gone on sale and it was too small for my side table.
Then I was walking through Target last week and saw this…
It was $49.99, which seemed about right.
I brought it home and it fit the spot great. It gets a bit hot, so I think I need to just down the wattage a bit, but otherwise, I’ve been very happy with my purchase.
I don’t always think going the cheapest is the best, but for lighting, I usually try to find a good price. Usually, because it’s something that is easily replaced if broken, out of date, or just doesn’t fit for the space/task anymore. I have a front entry table lamp that was a bit more expensive, but I knew when I bought I would love it for long time. It also was more of a statement piece, and wouldn’t have much kid traffic or use. I usually look online, but have to say, Target has been one of my favorite go-to’s for lamps. Good prices and great designs!