Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Shed Some Light

One of my New Year's resolutions was to write more.  To do that I need a comfortable space with lots of room to spread out my papers and notes (desk, check!), a comfy chair (check!), inspiration (sorta check!), and a well-lit area...

Besides the dining room light and the lamp by the door, my desk area was seriously lacking lighting.  I was left squinting at my laptop (which did my eyes no favors) after 5 pm because it gets dark here so quickly. 

I had an old desk lamp that I used to have in my old bedroom at home but it is desperately boring and unstylish. 

Boooring.  And I hated the shade.
So while at Target (... yes, I guess I have a problem) I bought an $8 simple white drum shade that I thought I could use to jazz up the lamp.  I planned to do something interesting with the shade, paint or maybe make it into a map shade, but... it wasn't meant to be.  The shade didn't fit this goofy cheap-o Walmart lamp. 

Frustrated, I was going to return the shade but I had lost my receipt.  Oh well, guess it was time to buy a lamp base too.  Might as well since I was stuck with the shade.  The base was $10.85 so I guess roughly $18 isn't too bad for the lamp.

And yes, this is probably the most boring, blank and uber-unfantastic lamp the world has ever seen.  But... I have big plans for it.  I... uh... just have to figure out what that is.  I keep bouncing between leaving the base white and doing something with the shade only to revamping and customizing the entire thing.  I'd love to do a geometric pattern on the shade but I don't want it to clash with the chair cushion (diamonds), the pillows on the couch (circles), and the bold stripes of the curtains.  We'll see what I come up with... but until then I'll be writing away at my desk (and I'll pretend right now that I'm not typing this from bed... what?!  It's coooold in here!).

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