Illuminate everything

Many apartments are outfitted with some grody, outdated light fixtures. To combat this issue, we ignore the overheads all together in favor of our own, much more attractive lamps. Good lighting can instantly change the look and feel of a room, so when we want to feel cozy and warm, we flip on virtually every light in the place for instant ambience. (Good thing we use energy-efficient bulbs!)

Within the past year or so, I’ve noticed that many stores are carrying moderately priced lamps in more modern, hip styles. When my husband and I moved in together over three years ago, we had so much difficulty finding affordable table lamps that weren’t “country” or gaudy. Now, the drum shades, glass-ball bases and overall simple look are “in,” which means you have plenty of options from which to choose.

Last year, we got two teal drum lamps from Pier 1, which we scored for $25 each at a crazy fall sale. Not only do they add a splash of color to our home, but they also are a little bit different than the style we usually go for, which allows us to achieve a more eclectic look.

Where do you buy your lamps?

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