So, I was innocently sitting on this couch the other day, enjoying these Lorna Doone cookies with a cup of coffee and reading a cozy mystery on my Kindle, when all of a sudden...I looked over at that lamp and immediately knew that it was time for an upgrade. I mean, just like THAT, I knew it needed to be replaced. Then I looked at its friend across the room and said "You too, buddy." ;)
I do still like these lamps, but I've come to the realization that they're too small for this space. They seem too tall and skinny and I wanted something more substantial.
So here's the story on the living room lamps (and the bedroom ones too, actually) About 10 years ago, my sister in law gave me three lamps. This one seen above, as well as the other one in the living room and another one in the bedroom. She had them for many years before that too. When I first got them, they were either black or dark brown. After about 5 years, I painted them heirloom white. Now it's been about 5 years since that.
So all in all, these lamps are at least 20-ish years old and I've personally had them in my house for 10-ish years and they didn't cost me a dime. So...I think I deserve to spend a little dough on some lamps, don't you?
At first, I thought I wanted gourd lamps for the living room...
They're very traditional, easy to find and reasonably priced. But then I came across a ginger jar lamp. Here's what they look like...
I loved this ginger jar lamp! See how it has the pretty wood bottom and the lamp base looks like a ginger jar with a lid? I fell in love immediately. All of a sudden, I HAD to have one. I started googling them at online stores and it turns out, they're pretty expensive. Think upwards of $300. Gulp. So I figured I'd try and find one in the Houston area at a Home Goods or something like that and maybe save a few bucks. I literally went to 18 different stores in one day, looking for a ginger jar lamp. There wasn't a single one in my area. The only thing that came home with me that day was this Nest candle...
I mean, it's a nice candle and smells divine, but it's no ginger jar lamp.
Then a friend on instagram (@meganinjersey) asked if I'd looked online at Hayneedle. I hadn't, but I hightailed it over there and found some good ones that were way cheaper (like $100 cheaper) So I hit the "buy" button and now I'm anxiously awaiting its arrival.
I ended up buying one ginger jar lamp for the living room, as well as a pretty floral one. Then I also ordered two blue and white chinoiserie lamps for the bedroom.
And to reward myself for making a decision on all those lamps, I got this...
Yum! A wedding cake flavored cupcake from Smallcakes.
I'll do a before and after post soon with pics of my lamps. I already took the "before" pics, so I'm ready. :) I think you'll see what I mean about my old lamps being too small for the space. But for now, please enjoy this pic of Holly and Finn...
Holly: That's my spot.
Finn: Do I look like I care?
Every day, y'all. Every day. Holly is like the Sheldon Cooper of cats. You DON'T take her spot. ;)