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Shapely Ceramic Lamps

People ask all the time about the lamps in my living room, but they’re no longer available. I bought them years ago from Crate & Barrel, and they were made by Robert Abbey.

Now, I know these aren’t the same (pale pink vs. white, different silhouette), but they are fairly similar. Feel free to ignore or embrace the fact that they are Mary-Kate and Ashley brand.


(Mary-Kate and Ashley accent lamp and table lamp available at Target.)

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  • Tracey
    December 17, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    They do lamps also?! The silhouettes are the same feel- good find…

  • Sweet Nothings
    December 17, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    I am in love with that mka olsen lamp! wow!
    And they are marketing geniuses..my soph year of college(maybe junior?), I did a company profile on Dualstar..unreal.

    But I digress, Love love your blog!

  • lori
    December 17, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    they make stuff for target too? if i could only have a fraction of their money! it’s cute, but i still love your lamp more.

  • Michelle Stepp@Everyday Celebrating
    December 17, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    I love the font too. What is it?

  • shannon
    December 17, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Cool lamps but way too expensive for both the likes of Target and MKA, imho.

  • Tatyana
    December 17, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Oh… I got so excited when I read you found a similar lamp sold by Target. I thought I was going to score with a cheap Target lamp… but it’s $145. :(
    I have wanted a white “genie” lamp for a while to replace my husband’s bachelor black lamps.
    Great find, and it doesn’t bother me they are Mary-Kate and Ashley – very cute.
    There is also this one from Crate & Barrel for $179

  • Danielle Melnyczenko
    December 17, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Lovely, I was only saying to hubby (re:wallpaper post) that I loved your lamp. I also have a thing for clear or coloured glass vase bases. Cheers for the MKA lamps… now how to get to OZ…

  • julie.
    December 17, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    another very similar one is the kathryn table lamp from crate+barrel:

    costs a little more, but also nicer, I think.

  • Heather
    December 17, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Similar…but your lamp is pink and perky, and theirs is a little sad and dumpy in comparison. Pink wins! Also, congrats a thousand times on your little baby to be!!!

  • Amy
    December 17, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Your lamp is like their lamp with a boob job. =P

  • Making it Lovely
    December 17, 2008 at 10:51 pm


    I like that ‘kathryn’ lamp too (I hadn’t noticed it before). It is a bit nicer – more refined.

    Michelle, the font is by Ali Edwards.

  • Gina
    December 18, 2008 at 12:15 am

    I love your site! I hope you will forgive (and answer!) a random question not pertaining to the lovely lamps above. I’ve noticed on other parts of your site that you have some nice cafe-style curtains… I particularly like the rods (I’m having a hard time finding some clean, modern ones for the specific purpose of the cafe curtain). Can you tell me where you got those and whether you have some other wisdom about this style of window-covering? Also I seem to recall that you made your own Roman shade, but can’t seem to find it on the site. Thanks!

  • Making it Lovely
    December 18, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Are you thinking of my kitchen curtains? I did sew those myself, and I just used tension rods to hold them (invisibly) in place. https://makingitlovely.com/2007/08/28/finished-kitchen/

  • Gina
    December 18, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Love the kitchen shades—thanks for the link, and I’m totally going to try to do that once I learn how to… sew (oh, details!). With respect to the hardware question, I was actually thinking of the curtains in Brandon’s office (from the recent post in which you are talking about the Eames rocking chair (and I’m looking at something completely different, of course!). Next time, I will stay on subject. Anyway, the curtains in there are just so sweet without being too sweet, and that’s the rod I was talking about.

  • Danielle Melnyczenko
    December 18, 2008 at 1:35 am

    Thanks for the font link and Congrats on the confirmation… UR having a Girl!!!!

  • Heather
    December 18, 2008 at 4:33 am

    am i living under a rock…MKA do lamps too? both are quite lovely, really. hey, congrats on the wee one! this is such an exciting time for you.

  • Caitlin @ C³
    December 18, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Depending on the shade fabric, it would be easy enough to dye the shade a pale pink if someone wanted to, to get a little closer to yours. ^_^

  • Elissa
    December 18, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Off topic:
    The rods in Brandon’s office look very much like ones I just bought from Rejuvenation

    I still like your lamp better.

  • Making it Lovely
    December 18, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Oh, the rod in Brandon’s office was actually already there. I think it’s the only window hardware that was pre-existing that we kept! The Rejuvenation link from Elissa looks pretty much like the same thing (thanks Elissa).

  • Megan
    December 18, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    these are so pretty! the white is very refreshing.

  • Isa
    December 18, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    It’s nice, but your lamp is superior.

  • ellen
    December 19, 2008 at 2:02 am

    Just wanted to unnecessarily add that I have the Kathryn from Crate & Barrel & looove it in the room. A while back when I saw your lamp I thought it looked similar to mine, and like it could be crate & barrel:)

  • ADG
    December 20, 2008 at 12:18 am

    love them. just wish they werent that price but i guess if they will be a piece you use all the time then it wouldnt matter. just wish they had a red one!

  • Kristin
    December 20, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Your pink one definitely wins! Love it! I do have a slightly darker pink Robert Abbey lamp from Lamps Plus…It’s a great looking one too…and very similar in price to the Target one…I’d buy Robert Abbey over MK and Ashley Olsen any day! Here’s my pink lamp:


    Love your blog…I’m in Evanston…wish you would come over and help me decorate!! :o)

  • Making it Lovely
    December 20, 2008 at 12:30 am

    Ooh, see? I should have just searched around and shown more comparable lamps. This one is pretty:

  • kandice
    December 23, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    i think mkao are adorable. i have one of their pink rugs. (heehee)

  • Manda
    December 26, 2008 at 5:24 am

    I’ve been looking for that font for two straight months! Thank you so much for the link!
    Your blog and website are absolutely fantastic – I’ve bookmarked them and added the RSS feed to my email. As a new homeowner, mother-to-be and graphic designer I’m always looking for inspiration. I adore your style! Can’t wait to see what follows!

  • Sarah
    July 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    good news! Robert Abbey is re-introduced the lamp in new colors!

    • Sarah
      July 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      correction: Robert Abbey re-introduced….