Sometimes a solution presents a new problem…

We’re very happy with our nightstands, but… Remember these lamps?

Well, they barely fit the tops of the nightstands. If we add shades, they would not fit at all. Sigh… For now, we’ve relocated them to the living room where they will work for now. Still sans heads, but let’s focus on one problem at a time, shall we?

I’m thinking maybe sconces would work? Or metal industrial desk lamps? Some options we’re considering:

1 is from West Elm. I really like the idea of these sconces, but the color of the shades isn’t right. 2 is a desk lamp from IKEA. It’s simple enough… 3 is a cool yellow desk lamp from CB2 that I originally wanted for our office until I found a thrift little lamp instead. It could add a fun splash of color to our currently gray and black bedroom. 4 is a tall lamp from CB2 that I think I really like. You have to see it in a room (check out their website) to appreciate how tall and big it is. 5 is another lamp from CB2 with a really tiny base. The shade might be a bit too dark, though. 6 is yet another lighting option from CB2, but a sconce this time. This one looks really cool in a room on their website, too.

Ah, let me just show you the catalog rooms that showcase the lights 1, 4, and 6.

And you’ve seen our bedroom. So… which option do you think would be the best fit? Or do you have other suggestions in mind? The lamps can’t be more than 10 inches in diameter (actually, ten would be kind of pushing it), including the shade.

It’s interesting that Nick isn’t convinced at all on the scone thing, even after I showed him 385,407 photos with bedrooms with sconces, mostly from the Lonny archives. Some of his choice words when I showed him the photos:



“That’s okay.”

(silence… gives me the Look)

I guess sconces in the bedroom don’t really appeal to men?


10 Responses

  1. I think you mean sconce, a scone is a pastry 🙂 And I really like option 4 the best. I don’t like that you can see the sconce wire hanging on the wall in the other options.

  2. LOL thank you, Marie!! Changing out all the pastries in the post now 🙂

    And I think there’s a way to cover up the wire – with a wire cover thing and paint it over with the same wall color. But option 4 is nice, I agree!

  3. I found that lamps seem to give off better light than task lights.

  4. Number 2! Because you both like to read books/magzines. Number 4 is not right for reading, yet it looks pretty. ox

  5. Gotta chime in for #4- they would go lovely with the mood of your bedroom. Hmm good point, Elisa’s mom, but the way technology is going, they’ll probably be reading Nooks with their built-in lights in a year or so if not already! 🙂 I know I will!

  6. Here’s a link to photo of a smaller (and cheaper) version of #4 that i found from Target that i’m using as our nightstand lamps. Now I sort of wish i could have a wall lamp or hanging lamp so i can have more space on the nightstand for other things (e.g., clock, decor, etc) without it looking cluttered.

  7. My 2nd attempt to insert the link via html tag… here goes. Smaller version of #4

    • That’s pretty!

      Yes, I’m concerned about that also, since we don’t have much surface space on our nightstands. That’s why sconces really sound good to me, but I’m not sure if they would go well with our bed and our room. I guess this calls for some bad photoshoppin’…

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