In today’s post, I’m sort of getting the cart before the horse. lol Yesterday I posted a table setting for Tablescape Thursday here in my breakfast area. In that post I shared this photo. I liked the contrast viewing the all white, serene table setting juxtaposed against the colorful, red plaid shade of a lamp I had just added to the kitchen.
That picture sparked a good many questions and emails asking about the lamp, so though I had planned on posting about it next week (after I share the porch where I first saw it) I thought I’d go ahead and share it today since there was so much interest in it yesterday and since I know they will not last long in the stores.
Recently, Linda, whose porch I’ve shared here on the blog before, sent me photos of her beautiful porch all decorated for Christmas. I’ll be sharing that reveal on Monday. In her photos I immediately spotted two of these awesome lamps. Linda told me they were from HomeGoods, a wonderful gift from her daughter.
Hold the phone! I immediately called the closest HomeGoods to me, which is about 2 miles away, and asked if they had them in. They did! It was about 9 or 9:30 at night but I knew HomeGoods stays open later this time of year so off I dashed in search of tartan, pine cone lamps!
They had four and I put two into my buggy. While I was there, I decided to check out some of the other holiday goodies. As I walked around the store pushing my buggy at 10:00 at night, I had two separate ladies come up to me and exclaim over these lamps! They loved them and wanted to know where in the store I had found them. They had the same excited reaction I had upon seeing them.
So, that’s why I’m sharing this now. My HomeGoods got them in about 3 days ago and Linda’s HomeGoods had them in even before that. So if you would like a tartan lamp for your home, get thee to a HomeGoods today. And no, HomeGoods isn’t sponsoring this post and has no idea I’m even sharing their lamp. 🙂
My HomeGoods is also a TJ Max. I don’t know if the TJ Max stores got any of these in or not, but if your HomeGoods doesn’t have one, you may want to check TJs. They are very reasonably priced at $39.99 so again, I know they won’t be around long.
I ended up just buying one. It was so late by the time I left, I figured if I got home and realized I had a good spot to use two, I could go back the following morning and pick up another one.
In the end, I decided one was all I needed. When I got home, I walked around the house checking out various places it might work. The plaid in the lamp is red and navy, but the navy looks black when it’s lit up.
If the plaid pattern had been in red and dark green like my duvet, I would have considered placing one here in the bedroom on the table between the windows as an accent lamp during the fall and winter.
But ultimately the place I liked it best was here in the kitchen.
I have red accents already in the kitchen with a red tea kettle and a red Kitchenaid mixer. I also have a red rooster that I sometimes place on the counter, so the red plaid works great here.
I like how the red shade looks with the vintage Spode Tower dishware stored in the cabinets above it. That was a happy accident.
The only small negative I found about these lamps is they didn’t do a very good job of matching up the plaid fabric where it meets. I’m a stickler about patterns matching up in my clothing. Out of the four lamps I saw, this one lined up the best.
If you buy one of these lamps and your lamp will end up against a wall, it won’t really matter since no one will ever see if the plaid doesn’t quite match up. It’s not very noticeable here in the kitchen since the lamp backs up to the cabinets. And, let’s not forget, this lamp is only $40! I can make-do with a little mismatching to get a beautiful lamp for that price.
Here’s how it looks at night with my under-cabinet lighting on, except the kitchen doesn’t feel this dark. The under-cabinet lighting was fooling my camera.
And her’s how it looks with under-cabinet lighting off. One thing I really like about having a lamp here (other than how it looks) is that it’s giving my under-cabinet lighting a break. I usually have the under-cabinet lighting on a lot in the evening because I absolutely do not like overhead lighting. But the lamp cozies up the kitchen so much that I leave it on in the evening instead of the under-cabinet lighting, unless of course, I’m working at the counter.
I’ve been hoping to add a lamp to my counter for some time. I’ve always loved that look because it makes a kitchen feel like another beautiful room in your home and not just a place where you cook and clean up.
You may remember this kitchen that I shared in this previous post: A French Country Cottage with a Dream Kitchen. I loved how they used lamps in this space. Lamplight is always so inviting and it makes pretty good task lighting in the kitchen, as well.
I hope this answers any questions folks had about this lamp. Again, if you want one, call or visit your local HomeGoods as soon as you can because I’m telling ya now, they aren’t gonna last. I wish HomeGoods, TJ Max and Marshalls would get in more stock of the items they carry, but they never do. I hope everyone who wants one, gets one!