May 09, 2008

Seeing Double

There’s a lot of great things I’ve found on blogs.

But happening upon someone with the same, fabulous mid-century lamp found in grandma’s living room that I (and dad before me) grew up with? Impossible, you say?

Imagine my surprise when Courtney at
Nesting Instincts featured this lamp in a post celebrating green:

It looked suspiciously familiar to me, since this is one of two next to my bed:

I mean…the fact that there are more than two of these lamps out there is pretty crazy to me. The fact that I stumbled onto one online is a hoot!

I became owner of my lamps when we were cleaning out my grandma’s house a couple of years ago. There wasn’t exactly a line ahead of me to claim them, but I loved them. They remind me of my childhood, and they’re in the background of many holiday photos (with their original, nearly three foot tall, nubby-textured shades, they really couldn’t help but appear in pictures!).

(I’m not sure what I love more, the lamp or my aunt’s polyester, wide-lapelled leisure suit with poofy sleeves circa ’72. That’s a tough call.)

My friend scored amazing white drum shades for me at Target for under $10 each ($9.88, as only the oddly precise pricing of Target sale items can be) giving my “family heirlooms” a new life. They’re still in my apartment and I'm not sure if they’ll make it to Casa Shore Chic, but I couldn’t help but mention my blogland discovery!


Courtney said...

Laura - this is so great. Thanks for showing those pics! I wish I knew the history of my lamp like you do yours. I KNOW there's a history...what could it be? Hmmm...anyway, fun post!

Laura said...

I am sure there is fabulous history to your lamp! I kind of love that you scored yours as a castaway, which is good enough a story to me (in my book, they always seem to be the best finds!).

I tried to find out where my grandma got them...It would have been great to be able to play a game of "lamp sleuth" to see if ours were related. :-)

Julie said...

Just wanted to say hi and that I enjoyed my visit here.

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

I have so many hand-me-downs from
one family member or another...I love it, it's like having them still with you! Many great memories.


Laura said...

Thank you for stopping by, Julie and Tales...! "Tales from": I love a house that has family mementos...old photos, me it helps make a house a happy home. :-)