Thursday, July 15, 2010

There's more to life than books, you know,

but not much more.

But first...

I am suuuuper excited about these new curtains for the bedroom, but you only get a sneak peak.  They are an icy blue with a shimmery gold pattern.  I got them at a curtain outlet/warehouse near me for $19 a panel.  I don't think that's too bad, especially since they are perfect for the room.  Remember i wanted to lean more to the blue gray, but still had to work with the golds in the carpet.   I have seen this exact pattern as a shower curtain in Homegoods if you love it and want it.



These prompted a whole shopping expidition, of course, where i proceeded to buy numerous different duvet covers.  I had an icy blue, but they were too blue next to the curtains.  A gray was too dark.  Should i go champagne colored? Still not sure.  I bought and returned, bought and returned.

Two things that were not going to be returned were these lamps.  I love them, and i was determined to use them.  They have a silvery base with a gold crinkly overlay on top, again, perfect.  I was afraid i'd have to do brass or gold, which doesn't fit the rest of the house, or the clear glass bases that are lovely, but aren't really me.  These were only 30 bucks each, shade included.  Homegoods=Love. 

On no, they are not tall enough.  Blast.  I'll google those clear display risers that the stores use, because these must work in this room.  I can no longer stand the Eiffel Tower and the 80s touch lamp!  But blogging again has come to the rescue.  Books!  People using books as decor.  I use books as decor, so why not to raise up my perfect new lamps?


Jackets on didn't work, so i took them off.  But this was still too busy for me, so i turned them around!  Blogging helps again!  Hehe, Hooray for Yiddish kills me every time! 


My side.

His side. I like that the color on that one book is different, i don't think i am going to change it.  Is it quirky?  An eyesore?  Alluding to a deeper meaning that books, like snowflakes, and fingerprints, are all different?  Am i hereby certifiable?  Don't answer that.


Illuminated and better picture of the base.  Really like the texture the shade brings in, too.  Can't wait to get some color on those walls (but what?!) and furniture that is my style, ie, not 80's cream and gold!  
   Now go decorate with books and tell me how you did it. 


31 comments:

Ruth said...

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Christy B said...

Oh girl..LOVE your lamps and how you raised them with those books. Incredible look!! And that book with the "oh so different" look...fabulous~~~ I think I'm gonna go try this trick. (-;

Orange it Lovely said...

oh I love the curtains and the lamps. and I LOVE HOME GOODS. YK HG sells those wide based candle sticks. Why not rest a lamp on one of those?? Just an idea??
Love the direction the room is going and so jealous that I havent started mine at all!!!!
~T.

Katie said...

I too, I have short lamps on my bed side and resorted to picking books to make them taller that color coordinated with my bedroom. The books turned around do add a lighter air to the bedside. So, I'm loving it. Good job.

Nestled In Rosenberg said...

I like using books in my decor too. I have lots from thrifting. Decorchick! recently posted a book makeover that you might like...I'm definitely out to buy the materials I need to match my books with my decor. Her link is in my sidebar if you want to have a look!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Love the lamps! I agree that the books turned around work better. If you could find similar colored spineks books with less writing, that would work too! The panels are just gorgeous but I could see that would be hard to match. I am going with your comment about a champagne color.

Amy said...

Hello! I am visiting from NFF and I am your newest follower. Please stop by my blog if you get a chance.

I will soon be moving in with my fiance and I am hoping to get some inspiration from you. I just LOVE the idea of books to decorate. I'll have to try it out once we move in and get settled.

Alexson said...

Love your lamps. Such an easy fix with those books, too.

Sarah said...

Stopping by from New Friend Fridays...

Love the books as decor. I used to do that before the kids started walking and then removing the decor.... maybe when they are older I can try again! That lamp base is so pretty too!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Okay, then. I'm taking some of these books off the floor and putting them under our lamps. What a splendid idea! Thank you!

Lisa said...

Pretty! I absolutely LOVE those lamps! Great way to make them work! And that Yiddish book looks kinda interesting...lol!

Peggy of Plush Nest said...

this is so smart!
I have a lamp I purchased at Goodwill and revamped for our bedroom, but it isn't tall enough & I have a TON of books! I'm off to shop my bookshelf! Thanks!

Jessica @ Saving Money Living Life said...

Thank you so much for visiting our blog! First of all, I love love love your blog background- it is too cute! Secondly, I use books around the house all the time as well- they are perfect accessory pieces or bases for other objects (and that is a great lamp!) Have a great week!

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

love that lamp!

Kaysi said...

I love the lamps, they look awesome!!

imriz said...

love the curtain and what you did with the lamp was way too gorgeous, super like,like, like:)

Rene said...

Looks great! Love those lamps!

-Rene

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

I have so many books on my nightstand that if I used them to put a lamp on them, I would need a ladder to reach the on/off switch :)

Barbara said...

I love books and this is a great way to use them, not to mention another place to keep books! (I am running out of room. Who am I kidding? I am out of room.)

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh, I just love the lamp!
Thank you for sharing!
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Leticia

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Beautiful panels! I love the book idea! They look fabulous on the nightstands - what a great idea! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

That's a great way to add some height! Turning them around is smart, too. Thanks for sharing.

Its A Blog Party said...

What a great way to add height! It looks great!
Thanks for linking up!
~Liz

Melissa said...

Well, I think it is a brilliant idea!!

Sassy Sites! said...

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Holly said...

The lamps are beautiful, and books are the perfect way to get the height you need! I've been known to buy books at thrift stores specifically for decorating...love it!
Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Moe said...

I love this! It creates more space on the side table I'd assume....yay!

ps found you on Someday Crafts :)

Kat @ Black Kats Design said...

My girlfriend also had lamps that were too short and used books to give them a boost. She calls them "Lampolators". Ha!

I’m having a new link party “Cheap Thrills Thursday” starting the 29th. It’s for creative ideas that cost under $20. I’d love for you to stop by and join in!
Kat
www.BlackKatsDesign.blogspot.com

★All Thingz Related★ said...

Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Anything Related!
{Rebekah}

Lori said...

Great idea.. I love your lamps...

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life As Lori!

Pudel-design said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comment!
This lamp is so adorable!:)

Lovely greetings from Germany...