I can see it in your eyes. You like your paper lantern hanging light. It hung out with you during college and now, six apartments later, he’s still hanging around illuminating your way, hardly noticed. He’s your old faithful. The many battle marks he wears from being folded and unfolded, moving with you from house to house, aren’t that obvious. It doesn’t really matter anyway, it’s only a light.
Dear Lord what did I just say? Ahem. Ahhhhhem.
Note: Clearing ones’ throat is a sure sign of lying.
If though, you would consider another light fixture (major hint), why don’t you give Publique Living a go. You can still keep Mr. Twinkle, just relocate him to your storage closet. Publique Living’s, “Woven Veneer Lampshades” are made from strips of wood (walnut or maple) woven together to form an attractive shade. They are stylish without being so supertrendy that your space will look dated in 6 months. For the locals (Bahstun), I heard that Abodean in Cambridge carries some of the Publique Living line, so give them a call. It’s also good to note that Publique Living creates other great design objects for your home, so their website is worth checking out.
Hey, did you know that a stylish new lamp will increase your attractiveness to the opposite sex and give you some major clout in your social circle?
(Photo:RIGHT: Woven Veneer Lampshades from Public Living.)
I‘m so ready to make a believer out of you. You need to save your soul from living in space that doesn’t reflect who you are because you can’t afford the stuff you really love. It’s time to believe in the power that is Urban Outfitters! They should be bookmarked el pronto for all things trendy and affordable. Take this amazing “Tabouret Side Table”, in lime, for only $120. These tables are everywhere right now, in case you haven’t noticed. This fashionable wood side table is also available in a funky coral color (although the coral one scares me). Then, of course, there’s good old-fashion spray paint. You can always order Tabouret and spray it your color of choice… I’d like to try painting the top white, the legs black, and the bottom white – all high gloss paint, of course. (Creative tip: Collage the top with quotes, colorful graphics, photos, and so on. Super fun + easy!)
Another fresh find from Urban Outfitters starts with the arabesque patterns back from the days of kings with the, “Outside In Shade”. The wallpaper on the shade isn’t really on it, it’s inside, so when you turn on the light, viola! Pure aristocratic chic! It’s 100% amazing for only $24. The base is sold separately and is called, “Vintage Glass”; it’s also $24. For $48 you can have a great lamp, or you can simply purchase the shade for $24 and pop it on a hanging light cord set and position it over your dining room table. Another tip – refresh that sickly little lamp you have with a funkalicious shade!
One last pick from the Urban Outfitters vine… the “Decorative Canopy” for only $80 and the “Bar Cart” for only $120. Martini’s never looked so good.
Run along and browse for yourself. It’s about time you found some trend items that are also affordable.
Amen to that!
(Photos: TOP: “Tabouret” table. BELOW: “Outside In Shade” with “Vintage Glass” lamp, “Decorative Canopy” and “Bar Cart”. Photos from Urban Outfitters.)
Repeat after me three times, “There’s no place like home!” Like Dorothy, you’ll be dreaming of home when you shop at Sprout, outfitting your space with quality, affordable, and uber chic items that Sprout is known for. If I lived in Chicago, I’d have a total addiction to this place because it’s so perfectly in tune with my style and budget.
From clocks, to shower curtains ($33, hellloo!), glassware to lamps, Sprout has you covered. Turn your blah bathroom into a spa haven with a little paint and a yummy chocolate/cream contemporary shower curtain. Add a splash of color to your office with a sexy little orange mid-century style lamp or some flock wall decals. Whether you want to whimsy up your home, or give it a natural Zen touch, Sprout has what you need to create the atmosphere that fits your lifestyle with prices equally appealing. With Sprout, there’s truly no place like home. Your home.
(photo: Carrot/Snowflake Accent Lamp $63.75, Flock wall decals in Tangerine $45, Galaxy Coaster Set $11, Barcelona dinner plate $10, Brass Sunburst clock $120, and Crest shower curtain $33)