Lighting makes the room, and a beautiful table lamp can punctuate a space like little else. A great source for the above is Lotte Lamps, a family-run company which to this day produces beautiful pieces of mid-century design. Read on for a brief history of the company, as well as shopping resources for this modern design classic.
If you like patterns, this bedroom has them in spades. It's not too crazy however, with its minimal color palette and classic decor. Are you ready for the cost breakdown of this design, and — more importantly — its decor doppleganger? Of course you are.
You might have seen riveted metal lamps kicking around online lately. Made by Target and Circa Lighting, they run you $49.99 (without the shade) and $672 respectively (both are pictured below the jump). Ordinarily I would include these in a "Get it for Less" post, but this time I thought I'd take it a step further and try to make my own. Keep on clicking to see my version, along with a tutorial on how to do it yourself.
The key to making a table lamp is finding the correct socket set-up and mount. Some readymade kits already exist but, otherwise, you have to figure out what works best for your chosen vessel-turned-lamp base. I myself had a random wooden vase/candleholder that perfectly accommodated a basic globe shade from the hardware store. It was screaming to become a lamp, and I was more than happy to oblige.
You wouldn't expect a company named Lamps.com to have a 100 year history and yet it does. What started as Harry Horn Electric Supply in 1914, a business that thrived for more than 80 years and three generations, later morphed into Arch Street Lighting, an upscale lighting showroom. Flash forward 20 more years and it was time for the Philadelphia lighting stalwart to go online. And Lamps.com was born.
I could grow up here. It's low key and comfortable, without a lot of pomp and circumstance. The color palette is cool and collected, with enough texture to keep it interesting. The design above costs just over $2000.
If you want to add a bit of botanical style to your home, but you're not into florals, consider ferns. They're elegant, a bit unexpected, and suitable for everything from minimalist trays to lushly patterned cups.