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affordable lighting

when it comes to our apt, there are a few things ac and i agree on: one, i am a pain in the butt to live with (picking paint colors is just the tip of the iceberg) and two, good lighting is crucial to any room. i love to buy lamps like i love to buy chairs and we have several of them filling the dark corners of our apt just waiting to be turned on. i like to think they'd always like another friend so i'm spying a few affordable lamp bases at urban outfitters right now. i'm trying to lay off the box stores but these guys have too much potential. a nice linen shade or something with a hand-printed pattern would look lovely on this barrel base ($42) or white lattice base ($42). you never know when you'll need an extra lamp...



Anonymous Anonymous said...

...oooh, tons of potential here!

What ever happened to your cork lamps, Grace?


11:59 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

i'm trying to find shades that fit (they're huge!). ;)


12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a huge lamp person. i just hate over head lighting and am always looking for the perfect lamps. These are super affordable and I might have to get the yellow one to go with my yellow desk from IKEA.

12:57 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

i'm with you jessica- overhead lighting can really be the worst. i've seen a few good pieces but for the most part it ends up feeling harsh. and nothing's worse than trying to lay on the couch and look up when you're staring straight at a light bulb....


1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding overhead lights...it depends. I inherited this awful 80s tracklighting from the previous owners. I have the same experience while trying to watch TV because every so often, I find myself looking directly at a bare bulb. ouch!

I'm planning to change the lighting. I wouldn't mind finding a good overhead lighting which casts a nice diffused light. Of course, this would have to be in addition to any table lamps and pole lamps I have. I like different lighting for different things.

I love this yellow lamp. Maybe because it looks like the *very* modern offspring of this funky 70s lamp my parents had when I was growing up. Nostalgia!

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come you're trying to lay off the box stores?

3:13 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


i explained my desire to refocus the site in january, but basically i wanted to bring the site back to what it was originally about- independent design and supporting local artists. that's not to say i'll be all ny all the time, but i think that the big box stores have enough coverage on the web and with the way most of them rip off smaller designers i just didn't feel right about it.

clearly i'll post the occasional box store, but i'm trying to keep it down to 1 or 2 posts a week out of 30-40.


3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grace, that makes total sense. I remember your post back in January - I was more wondering if you meant you were personally trying to avoid purchasing items for your home from the box stores or whether it related to the site. Actually one of the things I really appreciate about d*s and that keeps me coming back, is the fact that it is more about design appreciation than consumption. Of course, I would love to own nearly everything you post about, but neither my pocketbook nor my small apartment can support those desires. For now, I'm content to dream.

3:50 PM  
Blogger because said...

i have the barrel lamp base along with a very simple off-white cylindrical shade that i purchased at uo for the base - the combination works surprisingly well.

i'm very tempted to purchase another one of the cylindrical shades in pure white to paint or stencil over...

3:51 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


it's actually both. i buy maybe 5 things a year from my site so it's wonderful to see that at least one person doesn't think that i buy or think anyone should buy everything from the site. i consider myself a big window-shopper ;)

i just sort of woke up in january and realized that it made sense to invest in nicer pieces of furniture rather than cheaper, trendier pieces. i still give in to trends but i tend to do it in the form of prints, small accessories or stationery.

d*s :)

4:00 PM  
Blogger margaret lee said...

ugh, i have 2 naked lamp bases just waiting to be dressed up. they've been sitting all skeletal since august but i can't seem to commit to anything. i asked my husband if i could buy a few "temporary" $5 shades from ross until something perfect comes along but he thinks it's totally irrational. we hate accumulating junk.

it would be awesome if you could post cool lamp shades you come across. i'd love to buy an "indie" shade. :)

4:53 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


i'll post anything i come across. you know what's fun though? getting cheap cotton or linen shades (target, ikea and kmart have decent ones), treating them with a no-bleed fabric treatment and then stamping or stenciling on patterns. i did this obsessively in college. i idolized genevieve gorder from trading spaces and she inspired me to DIY everything i owned. ;)


5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just bought the one on the right today! I love it.. I can't stop looking at it. Oh, I bought the one with the clear balls on it too.

Yay Urban Outfitters..

10:47 PM  

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