Buh-bye ugly lamp!

It's the last day of November. Seems strange since it feels very December-y lately (other than the weather) and it seems like Thanksgiving was ages ago.

What better way to finish off the month than by resolving a problem I shared with you at the beginning of the month! That problem was the ugly lamp situation in my living room. I am very happy to tell you that I finally found a lamp that works, and having lived with it for a week or so, I really love it.

As you may recall, for 10 years I've lived with this ugly lamp that came with the house. I know it's not the worst lamp in the world by far, but I grew to dislike it more and more each day.

The ugly old lamp that came with the house -- The Impatient Gardener

Then I ordered a lamp from Target's Nate Berkus collection that ended up not being at all what I thought it was going to be (in my excitement, I failed to read the description) in addition to being too short, so that went back.

Target's Nate Berkus lamp -- The Impatient Gardener

Then I fell in love with this lamp on Etsy.

Vintage teak lamp -- The Impatient Gardener

Isn't it gorgeous? It's a vintage teak little number that has since been snatched up and I absolutely loved it. And it didn't hurt that the guy selling it was what I would consider to be extremely good looking. At least in his seller picture on Etsy. When I fell in love with it he didn't know the exact dimensions, so I was all set to pull the trigger on it pending some measurements (of the lamp, just to clarify) and it turned out it was 43 inches tall. WAY too tall for the table I wanted to put it on. And just in case I was toying with the idea of swapping some tables around to make it work (which I was), it turned out the shipping was $110 (totally nutzo), making it a $300 lamp. Nope. Not happening.

So I stopped looking. Again. And sometimes, that's when the right thing sort of falls in your lamp. My mom and I made a Crate and Barrel run to use our 15% coupons (we go once a year when they have that sale in November) and I happened upon the Kathryn lamp. I think maybe I'd looked at it online before but sort of blew it off because I was afraid it looked a little too beside-lampish for my living room. But it was a whole different story in person. And the coupon clinched it for me. Home it came.

Crate and Barrel Kathryn lamp -- The Impatient Gardener

Since there is no white in that room right now other than the walls, it didn't work well, but white is a big part of the new color scheme coming soon in there so I've been squinting at it deciding if it was meant to me. And it is. I love it. Sometimes simple is good.

It is a huge relief to check that off my list. A decade is way too long to live with something you can't stand.

The living room is really starting to come together, so much so that once the things that are in progress get put into place, I might have a truly "finished" room. And I think that would be a first for me. Ever.

So I'll leave you with a little sneak peek of something else that's new in the room. It came today and so far, I'm in love.
Lee Industries sofa leg -- The Impatient Gardener

Have a great weekend!


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  3. It's a great solution, Erin. I was in the big city last night and popped my head into a Crate & Barrel. Didn't buy anything but it was fun looking.


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