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In Search of a Brass Floor Lamp

I’ve turned my attention to this corner of the living room. It needs a little something-something.

The previous chair had been great, but the crazy multi-colored floral is where my taste lies these days. I still plan to paint the trim white, it’s probably time to switch out the art, and the chair needs a pillow too. I’ve moved the dress form down to the basement, so I need something else with some height there. The living room doesn’t get enough light for a house plant (thanks to the front porch and a large tree out front), but it’s an ideal spot to add another lamp to the room. The only problem is that there is no outlet there. I think we can run a cord along the trim, maybe along the other side so it’s less noticeable, and it will be fine.

I’m thinking brass might be the way to go.

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That second one above would be perfect, but it’s expensive. I’ve not had any luck in vintage/thrifted yet, and I haven’t seen anything else in the stores that’s terribly exciting. I’m kind of into this one too, but it’s still pricey. Maybe by the time I get around to finishing the trim, the right lamp will have come along? Maybe.

p.s. Interested in the orange Astrid chair from Anthropologie? It’s in great shape and it’s for sale. Email me. Sold!

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  • Julia's Bookbag
    September 7, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Hi Nicole! I love your Anthro chairs. But what struck me dead in my tracks was that velvety looking chevron pillow in one of the brass lamp pictures. Do you know the source for that pillow? I am in love!

  • MamaGigi
    September 7, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I LOVE that chair! The before is great, but the after is fantastic. I think a bronze lamp would love fantastic there.

  • Amy @ FWD
    September 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Love the chair, and I think a brass lamps would look great. I saw this one on Joss & Main today- http://www.jossandmain.com/store/a-marriage-of-style/pharmacy-floor-lamp.html.

    • Making it Lovely
      September 7, 2011 at 11:50 pm

      Dang, I’m not a member so I can’t see it!

  • Camille
    September 7, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I found this lamp for you on Ballard. It comes in brass and is only 99.00


    • Making it Lovely
      September 7, 2011 at 11:50 pm

      That’s a good option, but I feel like I need something with a little more oomph.

  • kg
    September 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    off topic- how do you hang your pictures from your picture rail? we have a ton of picture rail throughout our house. thanks!

    • Making it Lovely
      September 7, 2011 at 11:52 pm

      I use picture rail hooks from Rejuvenation.

      • kg
        September 8, 2011 at 10:54 am

        With wire? I have been using ribbon & my pictures are always crooked…

  • Linda
    September 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I’m in the market for a brass floor lamp too! In addition to the Ballard one Camille commented on, I really like this vintage brass floor lamp from Urban Outfitters for $119. Good luck! :)


    • Making it Lovely
      September 7, 2011 at 11:52 pm

      I like everything but the circlicue on the end.

  • Kate
    September 7, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I’m probably biased because my hubby works here, but I love Rejuvenation’s lamps. Added bonus – they make them in Portland, Oregon:

    • Making it Lovely
      September 7, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      Close, but I’m not digging the rounded ends. I’m so picky, I know…

  • marlene
    September 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    the chair. LOVE it. WANT it. NEEEEED it.

  • alli
    September 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    i LOVE that crazy floral!!

  • Erika
    September 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I love the Anthropologie lamp, but it is very expensive. However, it is classic enough to last through many style changes.

    • Making it Lovely
      September 7, 2011 at 11:55 pm

      True. It’s too much for me though. At that cost, I would always be worried that it would get knocked over and broken.

  • Christine
    September 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Man, that chair has such sweet and sassy style! I saw it in Anthro the other day and I just love it. I think brass would look awesome with it!

  • Beth
    September 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I’m not sure if the brass lamp in this post is what you’re looking for, but last time I was in our Gordman’s near St. Paul, they still had it in stock: http://sunshineontheinside.blogspot.com/2011/04/scoop-on-gordmans.html . The price is right for sure:). Good luck!

    I really like the Urban Outfitter’s option that Linda linked to above.

    • Making it Lovely
      September 7, 2011 at 11:56 pm

      That’s kind of nice. Very simple, but I like it.

  • Paul
    September 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I’d love to see a more richly colored piece of artwork to complement the new chair.

    • Making it Lovely
      September 7, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      Me too. Or conversely, something more muted or black and white. Nothing in between though.

  • Melissa
    September 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I love the new chair, I’ve been considering a wallpaper from Anthro in that print. It’s so fun and bold.

  • Lindsey Rockers
    September 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    LOVE this one! it’s similar to the one you linked to (but isn’t pictured), but I actually like it better. It is wooden with brass accents. It’s still pretty expensive to me at $220 (on sale from $330, but you seem to be in a different price range than I am, so it might work for you. Let me know what you think!


    • Making it Lovely
      September 7, 2011 at 11:58 pm

      I don’t mind the price so much, but I don’t think that’s the right lamp for me.

  • Kim
    September 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I could see a big leafy palm tree in that corner, actually.

    • Making it Lovely
      September 8, 2011 at 12:00 am

      It would never make it! Our living room is too dark for plants.

  • Susan
    September 8, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I just took your home tour and love it all. It’s so European looking and beautiful. I wish I had that kind of eye!

  • Holly
    September 8, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Wish I lived in Oak Park, because I love the old chair.

  • Alice
    September 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Today’s NY Mag Best Bet is a brass floor lamp:


  • Laura
    September 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Shoot! Someone beat me to it. I immediately thought of you after seeing the NY Mag Best Bet.

  • Raija Keranen
    September 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I think this floor lamp would look good. I’ve seen it in person too at the Seattle store!


  • Brittany
    September 10, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Oh how I love that anthro chair!!! I would die to have that…so pretty in your space. There is a bronze floor lamp at Urbanoutfitters.com right now that is really cute and would go great next to that chair for $119. See it here: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=21068457&color=027&color=027&itemdescription=true&navAction=jump&search=true&isProduct=true&parentid=SEARCH+RESULTS

  • Pixie
    September 11, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Love those lamps! I’ve been looking for something similar as well, something in my price range. Just went into contract for my first place and have all these grand ideas but realized I’m going to be decently broke after closing, lol. Craigslist, thrift stores and such! I have faith that I’m going to find the most awesome things in my price point! lol

  • Rachel
    September 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Nicole, have you peeped this one, yet? Maybe I’m a matchmaker! :)

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    December 1, 2011 at 12:50 am

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