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Not to Scale

February 5, 2012
by thenestinggame

There’s been one little corner of the family room that I haven’t quite been able to get settled.

Can you guess what part I’m talking about?

If you picked that awkward triangle of light on the right side, you win the prize! Just let me know where to send your new lamp.

I’d been using a small $15 table/stool from Target as the end table for my Anthropologie knock-off armchair. It doesn’t look horrible in this photo, but it was too small and too low. Totally the wrong scale.

And I don’t even have a proper photo showing the table with a lamp on it. I went through a couple cheap Ikea shades. All terrible. Kind of like my attempt at wearing Forever 21 clothing in 2005.

So, I’ve been on the lookout for the right table and lamp to fill this space for awhile. I decided something round was the right way to go since the chair was at an angle from the wall. This Craigslist table was too tall, so that wasn’t gonna work.

Then I popped into World Market after doing a little browsing on their website. And came home with… Oh. Everything.

Yep. I bought the mannequin. (Do you read Chuck Klosterman? He has a funny essay about this. If you Google “Klosterman bought the mannequin” you can read it. Or you can buy the book Chuck Klosterman IV. Your pick.) Anyway, what I mean is I bought the table, lamp and shade all at World Market. In one visit. On sale. With a coupon.

The table was the perfect height, diameter and color. They call it Tobacco Blue.

The Mercury Glass lamp was a happy accident. I literally toted the floor model of the table across the store to the lamp department, just in case there was something that caught my eye. It immediately did. I originally wanted a burlap/linen shade, but got drawn to the black and really think it was the right choice for the more glam lamp base.

The black shade picks up some of the other black items in the room, like the coffee table and the TV. I loved the embossed silver lining, too.

I polished up a silver frame and stuck a shot of the Ace Hotel inside. (It’s where we spent our honeymoon.) I was all set to recover the backdrop in some blue fabric, but the back side of the frame was already a navy blue satin. How considerate.

The lamp also looks mighty purty at night.

As I write this, I am curled up in the orange flowered chair, a glass of wine and a ginger ale beside me on my tobacco blue table. I like beverage options, what can I say?

Have you ever “bought the mannequin”? Would you admit it if you did?

I’d like to introduce y’all to Susan Peck. Susan and I know each other from high school days when she ruled the art department. Her talent is stronger than ever these days as she runs her own Nashville, TN photography business and… oh yeah… raises twin children Maggie and Will (at the bottom with their cute Valentines). I love her baby shots so much; it was hard to pick favorites.

You can see more of Susan’s work on her website and the very, very latest on her Facebook page. Nashville mamas and mamas-to-be, you’d best be clicking.  :)

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  1. Elaine Smart permalink
    February 6, 2012 10:28 am

    Another perfect project! Love the tobacco blue color!
    Have only purchased the clothing off the mannequin!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      February 6, 2012 12:25 pm

      Thanks, Elaine! Taylor was a big fan of the color too. It’s really interesting in person.

  2. Betty Behrens permalink
    February 6, 2012 12:15 pm

    It’s looks terrific. I’ve admired that same chair for quite some time, but the reviews are all over the map, so I haven’t yet “pulled the trigger”. So, honestly – the chair? Comfortable enough for the price? Quality decent enough? Or save up a few more dollars and get something of higher quality? I would really appreciate your honest opinion.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      February 6, 2012 12:46 pm

      Thanks, Betty! So, I like the chair a lot. I give it an 8 out of 10. It looks really good—but it doesn’t look AMAZING. The fabric is durable, but it could be a nicer quality, like a linen. But you get what you pay for. I think it’s comfortable, but it’s not lounge-y comfy. Having an ottoman/footstool really helps it be more comfortable, but that’s true with any chair. You want to put your feet up! My husband does not think it’s all that comfortable, for what it’s worth. The other option I was considering was buying an old chair with good lines off of Craigslist and reupholstering it, but that also would have cost about $700…so it kind of became a cost/value thing for me. If you would like a chair that you are going to keep forever and pass down to your grandkids, this is not that chair. But if you want something that’s cute and somewhat trendy and not gonna break the bank, this is exactly that chair!

      Does that help at all? I’d love to know what you decide.

      • Betty Behrens permalink
        February 6, 2012 12:52 pm

        Thanks, answers all my questions perfectly. I currently have a very nice chair, bones-wise, but it desperately needs to be reupholstered. In my area, that will run $350, not including fabric. And I would need 10+ yards. and I am no seamstress. Sigh. My husband has looked at it and read the reviews on Overstock and he knows it won’t be comfortable. He thinks it would throwing money away. If only I could find that fabric at an astounding price – that would be the best of all worlds … thanks for the input.

  3. February 6, 2012 2:12 pm

    Love the inner embossing of that lampshade…I can imagine something like this affixed to the inside of panel molding…so subtle and chic! Awesome ideas!

    Peace. Love. LOL!


  4. Vicki permalink
    February 7, 2012 7:49 am

    What’s funny is I just Googled “Klosterman bought the mannequin” and the first 2 hits are your blog! I feel an infinite loop coming on…

    Anyway, love the new table and lamp!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      February 7, 2012 11:12 am

      Ruh roh! And thanks. :)

  5. February 8, 2012 1:49 am

    The inside facing of the lamp shade is really interesting. I love adding a tone on tone texture like this instead of pattern or trim. Good finds!

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