lampe gras

part of re-vamping my bedroom was putting a desk back in there (I haven’t had a desk in the bedroom for years.) I ended up pulling a long-ignored table out of my over-full basement to use as a desk,  but the basement, while home to many things, was unfortunately desk-lamp free. This one was *way* out of my price range, but isn’t it beautiful?

Lampe Gras – No. 205, $644 from Brook Farm General Store

Shots of what I ended up with at some point in the future . . .

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new light

I’ve been tweaking the bedroom lately, as well as other parts of the house, in an effort to make it feel a little more “mine” as opposed to “ours.” I should be finishing up pretty soon and will post pictures, but thought I’d share the new light fixture right now.

Yeah, it’s a little red-light-special (not to mention hard to photograph) at night, which somehow amazingly I didn’t think about when I was putting it together (during the day.) However, I think I’m OK with that right now.

of course

I’ve been looking for new bedside lamps for the beach house, and had a pretty specific shape in mind. I’ve been scavenging Craigslist and eBay, because in my mind these lamps are vintage. And then today I found the closest thing I’ve come across yet. . . at Urban Outfitters of all places

In my mind, this lamp I was looking for was a color, but the price on this one is *great* so I’m thinking that maybe I can spray paint it? (I do love my spray paint – for a small selection of my belief in the material, see here, here, here, and here.) Or live with the white, which I actually kind of like.

ps. I’ve been working on updating my blogroll, for the first time in . . . a very long time. So check it out (to the right) and hopefully I’ll be done in the next week or so . . .

loveliness

Ok, project reveal time . . .

Let me preface this by saying it was not an original idea – I saw a photo of a similar light set up in a bathroom (has anyone else seen this? can you tell me where it was from?) and fell in love. I’ve been unhappy with my bathroom light for a while, and looking for a solution that didn’t require re-wiring (it is a rental, after all.) So . . . here’s what we did:

rope light!

rope light!

Rope light. It’s hard to take pictures of it at night (as above) so here’s one taken before it was dark:

rope light

It gives off the most amazingly magical light at night; it is, afterall, a room now entirely lit by what are essentially christmas lights. Showering before bed has become a totally different experience.

This is probably the single most fun thing we’ve done in the house, and at the moment probably my all time favorite project. For the last few days, every time I walk into the bathroom at night I just become instantly happy. It also solved my problem of not being able to figure out what to hang on that wall – art and light at the same time. Now I just need to figure out a good way to cover the light socket at the top.