Not to Scale
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.