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!

5 comments:

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.

M

Laura said...

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