Monday, September 30, 2013

New Lamp for the Living Room

This corner of our living room needed a new reading lamp. The table lamp we had been using was tippy (one little bump sent it tumbling) and it wasn't the right height for reading by. Also, the scale of this club chair called for a more substantially sized lamp.

In looking for a new floor lamp, there were several criteria that had to be met. 
  • One: it had to have a fairly narrow footprint.
  • Two: it had to be adjustable in height.
  • Three: it had to have a finish that would go well in our room (no chrome or brass).
  • Four: it had to be good quality but also affordable. 
After buying -- and returning -- a lamp from Pottery Barn (poor quality, several scratches), I searched online and found this Denley floor lamp from Crate & Barrel. I ordered it in July but it was on backorder -- we just received it last week.

We're very pleased with the quality, the price (it went on sale while it was on backorder and they granted me the sale price), and the style. We love the combination of wood and metal, and the organic feel of the linen drum shade fits right in with our decorating style.


Here are some details about this little corner of the living room: 
  • the leather chair is one we purchased many years ago through a friend who worked in the furniture industry; we got it for about half the retail cost.
  • the pillow is from Room & Board
  • the Danish teak table is one of a set of three nesting tables that had belonged to my parents and dates to the early 1960s
  • the framed photo on the table is one I entered into an art contest at work (I didn't win)
  • the library book is The Perfume Collector. I just started it. Have you read it?
  • the painting on the wall belonged to my grandmother; I don't know anything about it, other than it is old.
  • the little green planter on the mantle is vintage, probably from the 60s
  • the stained glass hanging in the window was made by a regional artist
  • the vase is wooden; I have no idea where we purchased it, but I see a lot of similar pieces through Crate & Barrel and West Elm.


  1. That lamp is perfect for your 'bungalow' décor! I love it.

  2. A very welcoming and warm spot for reading and relaxing! That lamp is perfect in many ways: texture, proportions, style, etc. Is there an area rug? Lovely, Claudia.

    1. Thanks, Loi. Yes, there is an area rug in the living room. It's a sisal rug in a natural tan color. It comes to just in front of the chair.

  3. What a lovely lamp... the style fits in beautifully into this gorgeous little corner of yours... so many lovely things! x

  4. It certainly is perfect for your place. Very bungalow. The wood, metal and textured shade all work beautifully together.

  5. One other problem I always have in finding new lamps is the wattage. So many these days are only made for 60watt. That is definitely NOT enough for our reading! I like a 3-way that goes up to 150... but they are increasingly hard to find!

  6. Hi. That's a lovely lamp! I'm also wondering, do you have any photos of your fireplace? It's peeking in the side up there!

    1. Thanks, Jamie!
      There are better photos of our fireplace in these posts:

      We really fell in love with the original 1922 green tile when we first looked at the house. I also love the brackets under the mantel -- true Craftsman detail. Thanks for visiting!


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