Lighten up!

by Andrea Cooley

Our living room is dark. There are two sconces over the fireplace and we have two table lamps, but even with south facing windows and two fewer trees out front it doesn’t get a lot of natural light. Installing an overhead light isn’t an option, so I’ve been on the hunt for a floor lamp.

Does anyone else think shopping for lamps or any kind of lighting is hard? The inexpensive lamps aren’t much to look at, and I don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a lamp. Then Laura sent me this round up of tripod lamps from Apartment Therapy, and I knew it was time to bite the bullet and get a lamp.

Of course my first step was to pin a handful of lamps on Pinterest:

We ended up with the West Elm adjustable metal floor lamp (and by we, I mean I showed it to Adam and he shrugged and said it was fine). What can I say? I love everything they sell! Part of me hates to have multiple items from the same place, but they are one store where you can find good, clean designs without paying a fortune. If they ever open a store in Des Moines we’re in trouble! The fact that I only make it to one of their stores probably once a year and otherwise order from their catalog is probably good!

Pardon my dark iPhone photo, but obviously, no matter how much I wanted this solution to work, it didn’t. And Adam quickly informed me that moving the TV out of the living room wasn’t an option (not that I really wanted to do that, I love camping out on the couch in front of the boob tube as much as the next girl, but frankly, it’s hard to decorate around a big black box!)

Adam and Laura both suggested moving the lamp between our two chairs. Of course this was an easy fix and I think it looks great!

I love the oversized shade and that the height is adjustable. I have an itch to rearrange the furniture, but for now, I’m loving our new lamp!


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  1. I’m addicted to West Elm too! Fabulous lamp — and it looks great between the two chairs.

    My husband and I own a loft in Downtown Des Moines, and we’ve struggled as well with a dark living room at night because all of our overhead track lighting is on one side of the room. One of the best tips I’ve found for brightening a room (from Maria Killam at Colour Me Happy) is to make sure that you have lighting in 3-4 corners of a room. I’m amazed every time I use that trick–even if it’s not exceptionally bright lighting, having some sort of light in all the corners magically helps to make the room feel larger and brighter overall.

  2. nice! I had eyed that lamp too! It looks great between the chairs!

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