We Love Lamp

We’ve been super busy lately, and our latest design decisions have not been easy. Have you ever tried so hard to make something work, that in the end, you just end up right back where you started? We had a weekend like that recently and it involved several lamps.

Our house is old and lacks the light we crave. Also, as a rule, we usually avoid anything that has to do with electrical. So that leaves us with some lighting issues. Our living room could definitely be brighter, so we thought, ‘okay, add a lamp. Easy right’? WRONG.

We set off in search of a new floor lamp, thinking that we would just have our table lamp and 2 floor lamps; 1 floor lamp on either side of the living room, in opposite corners. Our challenge was that we didn’t want to buy the same cheap-o floor lamp from Target a second time; we wanted something new and exciting. Our big fear with this was that it would look like we just had 3 random lamps sitting around the room, which, in reality, is exactly what it would have looked like. However, you’ll be pleased to know that in the end, our living room is still just a slightly-too-dark, 2 lamp living room. But we love it because we did get this brand new, awesome, designery lamp from Traget:

New Target Lamp

I won’t bore you with all the details, but as a 3rd lighting option for this room, we bought a floor lamp from Lowe’s that looked like this:

Lowes Shelf Lamp

We thought that if we added a 3rd, wild card kind of lamp, it would look purposeful and not like we were just throwing another random lamp in the room. This turned out to be a disaster because poor Andrew put the entire lamp together and when we plugged it in, it had this awful yellow glow to it. It didn’t match the temperature of any other light in our entire house and, quite frankly, it just wouldn’t do. Sooooo…Andrew took the entire thing apart and we returned it.

Later on, we spent the greater part of an evening playing with lamps in the lighting aisles of Target. We were putting lamps inside of things, on top of things, thinking of building something ourselves that would fashion a table lamp into a floor lamp…yea, things got real weird. In the end, we knew that we couldn’t just get another random floor lamp, so we figured we would have to get another table lamp to match the new one we had purchased earlier that day. (Yes, we went to Target 4 times that day. No, we’re not ashamed). We knew we didn’t want to purchase another end table because the one we have now that’s from Ikea was actually 100 bucks and we just don’t feel like spending that much on another end table. We thought maybe if we put a 2nd, matching table lamp, up high, on a $20 Target bookshelf in the corner, maybe that would make sense.

Living room stylingLiving room styling

In retrospect, I’m really glad we didn’t do that. It’s obviously a crazy shot in the dark (haha, lighting humor), that would have probably ended with another put-it-together-take-it-apart-return-it kind of situation and I just couldn’t put Andrew through that again. :-)

At the end of the day, we decided just to do nothing. Nothing at all. After all of that contemplating and scheming, we just did nothing. I’m actually happier this way, because I think adding another element to the room would have been a big mistake. I actually think we are a little too obsessed with drawing more light into the living room. The way it’s lit now is actually very cozy, and I don’t think we really want to mess with that. Maybe a new idea will strike us a month from now and it will actually make sense, but for now, we’re a 2-lamp living room kind of people and we’re loving it.


It’s the Little Things

We’re almost 1 month into home-ownership, but I feel like we just moved in this morning. Okay, so I’m over exaggerating, just a bit – but things feel pretty chaotic around here. We’ve made the rookie mistake of taking on too many projects all at once. However, I can’t really blame us because we’re just so eager to get things done! We should probably embrace this enthusiasm while we’ve still got it. I just can’t help but feel like the whole thing is a ticking time bomb. Our wedding is on September 30th, and once that hits, we’re out of the house and away from all the projects for almost 2 whole weeks! A. the thought of not doing a project for 2 weeks makes me super antsy, and B. leaving the house for more than 1 night drives me insane! It’s like leaving your newborn at the hospital. I just hope this time there are no hurricanes involved :-/

Regardless of the chaotic and undone feeling, we’ve managed to get a lot done. As I said before, we’ve bitten off a bit more than we can chew by starting about 495,345,393,534 projects all at once, but along the way we have made several small accomplishments that have made a big difference.

When we first came upon our bathroom sink, it was adorned with one of those faucets that has the drain stopper mechanism that you pull-up (I’m so technical, I know), but alas, no drain stopper! So we visited the plumbing section of our local Lowes and found the stopper part we needed – a quick fix! Andrew slapped that puppy right on and it works perfectly!Bathroom drainWe’ve been less than thrilled about the lighting situation in our house, to say the least. As we were “hurricane shopping” (as I now like to call it), we saw something that really caught our eyes.Wireless light switchIt’s a wireless light switch! Best. invention. ever. I wish I was smart enough to come up with something like this. But then again, if I came up with this idea, I probably wouldn’t be blogging right now :-)

It took a mere 5 seconds to set this up. I took a command strip and placed it on the back of the light switch, stuck the switch on the wall, plugged the lamp into the receiver and the receiver into the outlet across the room, and voila! We have light at the touch of a button!Wireless light switchWe need to give ourselves more credit – we are getting a lot done! But it’s true that you’re your worst critic; and you’re own worst enemy in these situations. Maybe if I spend less time criticizing, I’d get more done. Or maybe if I just spent less time sleeping I’d get more done, but I’m already hitting rock bottom in the shut-eye department.

I’ll leave you with this. In true Andrew-style, I will stretch that “own worst enemy” reference as far as I possibly can and post this Lit video. Enjoy another flashback to the 90s (or was it the 00s?) Could have also capitalized on the title of this post and made a Blink 182 reference, but that’s just too far!