So basically I own the most amazing lamp that has ever existed.
It’s ridiculous, it’s gaudy, it’s HUGE, it’s sparkly, it’s just awesome.
This past Saturday my mother asked me to go antiquing with her because she’s looking for some things for her bathroom. I did find a mirror for her, but I’d be a lying fool if I said that was more exciting than this lamp. When I go antiquing, I tend to see dozens of things I love, all of which are well out of my price range. I have expensive taste. So when my mouth dropped on sight of this lamp I fully expected it to be several hundred dollars at least. When I saw the price tag I stood frozen in disbelief. If money wasn’t so tight I could totally justify paying that! My mother, who is awesome and generous, bought me this lamp because she could see how much I loved it, and has asked that I not disclose how much it was. But let’s just say that we both agreed it was a steal.
We also agreed that perhaps it was priced lower than we’d expect because it takes a certain kind of person to want this in their home. A certain kind of awesome person. I’m the first to admit that this thing is fairly absurd. It is dripping in (faux) crystals, it has light bulbs everywhere, it’s very ornate, and as mentioned it is large. It’s not the kind of thing you can just slip into a room and expect to be a quiet accent. This thing is dominating my living room and I am 100% okay with that. As well as bringing much needed light, it has so much personality and flair.
Another thing I do when antiquing is associate pieces with designers. “Oh, so-and-so would buy this in a heartbeat,” is something I say often. This lamp immediately reminded me of Abigail Ahern. She’s not afraid to go quirky and flashy and loves playing with scale. She often says that plonking something over-sized in a room immediately makes things more exciting and interesting. Well folks, she’s right.
I do think the shade could stand to be replaced, but not sure if and when I’ll get around to that. She is wonderful just as she is. Is there any one who doesn’t secretly (or not so secretly) want glittering crystals in their home? I may or may not have pranced around my living room giggling like a fool.
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