I found these lamp bases on Kijiji (it’s like Craig’s list, but used more around here) and fell in love with their unusual shape. They are pretty bulky though; they’re not shy lamps and certainly not generic. They make a statement all their own and I felt they would work well in the eclectic, vintage, well-travelled look I’m trying to achieve in our living room. Now the next step is adding lamp shades.
Originally I was thinking I’d like to add a rich blue colored lamp shade. I realized this would be more challenging than I thought when I did some shopping in the area and found no lamp shades that have a fitting that goes with a harp (the wire-y parts sticking out on top). So, I went on-line and found a few nice, but kind of generic, ones at Target. I do like this one faux leather one, I think it adds a very masculine feel to the lamps:
I also found a website that I really liked called Ballard Designs. I found some lamp shades that I think could really work:
I have a weakness for both natural and luxurious fabrics, and silk is both. This lamp shade is made of red silk, which might co-ordinate really nicely with our red wall. Also, it kicks up the statement factor of the lamps another notch.
Burlap may be a more humble material, but I love its look. It also makes me think of travel, somehow. Perhaps it has something to do with it being a packaging material for things that travel far and wide, like coffee beans.
There is a part of me that would really like to dress ‘er up like she going into town, but I think perhaps that may be taking the lamps just a touch over the top for my taste. It’s a great shade though.
What do you think?