August 22, 2011

I’m A Lamp Tramp!

Truly I am!    I can’t go into a store without oogling all the lamps and always find one that would be perfect in my home.    But there are only so many tabletops they will fit on so I pass them up.    However, more times than I like, a lamp calls my name and I just can’t leave the store without it!     A couple of months ago I picked up this lamp at a TJ Maxx in Biloxi, Mississippi.   

PB lamp 002


Then this past weekend I was in the same TJ Maxx and picked up this one…..

bee lamp 1

Here’s a decorating trick I borrowed from my best friend Judy.    She puts lamps, clocks, plates, books, or whatever she can fit into a box on her tabletops.    I love that look!    I’ve had this turquoise metal box I picked up when shopping with her last fall and decided to use it on my dresser in the bedroom since I’m using turquoise as an accent color in there (as well as the sunroom).    It “just” fits and for now it will stay here.    Now in a couple of weeks, it might turn up somewhere else!

bee lamp 2


bee lamp 3



bee lamp base

I’ve seen both of these type lamps in high end catalogs and stores but can’t justify the price.    The first one above cost $39.99 and the one I scored this weekend was only $29.99!    Now that’s a price I can live with.


Then today when I was browsing through Hobby Lobby getting inspiration for some fall decorating (please hurry up and get here!) I saw this frame someone had apparently hid so no one else would buy it.   

turquoise frame 2

But I’m onto those tricks cause I do the same thing!    Whenever I’m walking around, I look high and low cause you never know what you’ll find or where you’ll find it.     Since frames were half price this week, I grabbed it up and ran to the check out.    I was really surprised it was only $23.99 and would have gladly paid that but at half off that….well, you do the math.


Ya’ll remember I’m using turquoise in my sunroom too so this frame was perfect in there and I love the way it has that touch of black & white zebra which goes with my little zebra rug….

zebra rug


And the little chippy turquoise table I got at a local flea market

turquoise table


framed coffee sack

Here’s another little project I recently did.   This is a coffee sack I picked up for $8.00 and put in this huge old frame I’ve had for a while.    Hubby actually “installed” it and when he turned it over I saw it was crooked.   Of course, he’s not as “anal” as me and didn’t think it needed to be fixed.    I’ll get around to that one day but in the meantime it’s just propped up on the sideboard in the sunroom (not sure why the wall color is so washed out, it’s not that wimpy looking in person).

I wish I could tell ya’ll I’ve made some progress with making the panels for my sunroom but I’d be lying.     I guess I’m just waiting for the urge to get busy sewing….soon I hope!


Diana said...

Love the lamps, Judy! I know how you feel, I have projects that are sitting too. Summer Hades heat has taken the fun out of a lot of things so I'm waiting for the change of season weather to really get me in the mood for some fall decorating. Don't you just love the fall smells in Hobby Lobby during this time of year! I think that causes me to spend a whole lot more in there than I need to! LOL! Take care! :)

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

LOVE those lamps...I went to the TJ Maxx in Auburn Sat. looking for some for my those college gals had got there before me:( Great price on that cute frame. Stop by and enter my current giveaway…it’s a $40 Pottery Barn gift card plus a coastal goodie!


Deserae said...

Wow, you found some really great those lamps!!! I am ready for fall too and can't wait to open all the windows again :o)

PS. did you get my email about the zebra rug?

Unknown said...

Love it!! I'm a lamp tramp too! Hmmm, I'm also a pillow tramp and a shell tramp, etc!! LOL! Thank you so much for sharing, love the lamps!!

Becca Bertotti said...

Lamp Tramp ... love it! You KNOW I want to come and sneak off with those fabulous new lamps! And, fab idea of placing them in boxes, etc. The splashes of blue are beautiful, and I love the zebra print frame! This teasing of your sunroom is painful ... want to see the reveal!

Simply LKJ said...

Glad I wasn't drinking tea when I read that! LOL Love it, and everything you have done. You tablescapes are beautiful!! And, I too love a good lamp.

Yvonne@StyleBurb said...

I love your lamps- what a fabulous idea to put a lamp in a box! It looks so cozy. I also really love the framed coffee sack. So smart!

NanaDiana said...

Hi Judy! I don't even know HOW I found you-but I did...and I am now your newest follower. You had me a LAMPS! I love lamps too. I don't know why but I could buy a lamp every time I went shopping...but I don't because if I DID I could not afford light bulbs for all of them!

I scrolled down and read a few of your posts and I think you will find my face here everytime you post.

I am NOW a Midwestern gal but my heart belongs in the South.

And The Help...I read that book and pushed it on everyone I could! Did you know that it took her 60 tries before someone would publish it? Love it...can't wait to see the movie.

I'll be back- Diana

Southern Lady said...

Judy, I, too, love lamps and think they add such warmth to a room, especially places like a bathroom vanity or tucked into a corner of a kitchen. I love yours and the "lamp in a box" idea. Thank you for sharing them.

Melissa Miller said...

Lurve the gorgeous lamp Judy. It is really pretty!

Blue Creek Home said...

I have a weakness for pretty lamps too. All of yours are lovely and the box idea is crazy cute!

Helen's Decor said...

Judy, I'm a new follower!! You had me by your "lamp tramp" confession. I say, "if you can count all your lamps on one's time to go shopping for more lamps." They are indeed my favorite decorating item. Get a glass of sweet tea and come visit my blog! Thanks for the fun post.

Cheri said...

Judy...I LOVE the idea of putting items in a box. I have never seen that done clever. I just may have to steal that idea. Thanks for sharing and thanks to your friend, Judy, for showing you.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Hi Judy!! I stumbled onto your site from Grits and Glamour. Such cute ideas!! Love the lamp and the vignette you displayed. So beautiful! I'm a newbie to blogging and your newest follower. I hope you will follow me too! Peace and Blessings!

Mimi's Meanderings said...

Do you have a closet full of lamps and lamp shades? I'm gonna steal the "lamp tramp" title! If I am anywhere they have a lamp, chest, mirror I have to be bodily removed or it will be mine. I am running out of space to store them until someone needs one or I switch out ones at lake cottage with one at home in AU! WDE :-)

Mimi's Meanderings said...

Do you have a closet full of lamps and lamp shades? I'm gonna steal the "lamp tramp" title! If I am anywhere they have a lamp, chest, or mirror I have to be bodily removed or it will be mine. I am running out of space to store them until someone needs one or I switch out ones at lake cottage with one at home in AU! WDE :-)

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