The house has no overhead lighting in the living room (which is a good thing, I think. I dislike homes that are lit up like a corporate office). In the living room I have a brown leather sofa with two end tables. One of the end tables is low and so is able to hold one of those big, curvaceous lamps from the 1960s. The other end table, which is older and more upright, looked ridiculous and completely out of proportion with a tall table lamp sitting on it:
|I dusted. Just for you.|
It's a 1940s era two-tier end table; like I said it's higher and more upright than the lower, more horizontal looking tables that came later.
So, I placed my other big lamp on the buffet near an adjoining wall (to the right of the above photo):
That's new fabric covering the lampshade. If I ever decide to put such a busy and very directional fabric on an angled lampshade again, please slap me repeatedly until I come to my senses. While I like the end result, the afternoon of spray adhesive, cutting paper patterns, and hot-gluing edges was definitely for a woman with a sturdier psychological profile than mine.
Anyway, the lamp on the buffet ends up being a good 6 feet from where the sofa/end table combo stands, and while it lights up the room, it's a bit far away for me when I'm reading. I needed to find a lamp that was small, so it wouldn't end up competing for visual space with the nearby larger lamp, and so it would fit comfortably on the small upper tier of the coffee table.
After months, I found what I was looking for on Etsy. Ta-DAH!
To make it even better, I found a shade at Target that while just a teeny bit too big, mimics the shape and proportion of the lamp perfectly. You can find the link to the shade here, and take a look. Here it is in its new habitat:
|In real life, this table holds a stack of books/magazines, a coffee cup, and a coaster made by a first grader.|
Now, what other horizontal surface in my home needs a lamp? Hmmmmmm.......