What I Found in my Creepy Basement

One of my sisters put in a special request for a post yesterday. She wanted a “What I Found in my Creepy Basement” post. I’m not sure why. I’m positive she knows every single thing that’s in my basement.  Much of it is stuff I stole from her.

She just likes those posts. She thinks they’re fun.  She also thinks drawing up kitchen plans is fun.  And cleaning.  She thinks cleaning is fun.  We have now established that this particular sister is clinically insane.

If you’re relatively new to the site you might not be familiar with the “What I Found in my Creepy Basement” series of posts.

In the following sentences, possibly paragraphs, I’ll try to describe what the “What I Found in my Creepy Basement” posts are about without getting too involved or technical.  You know … just sort of a short summery of something very complex.

What I Found in my Creepy Basement posts are about … things I’ve found.  In my basement.
GREAT.  Now that that’s all cleared up we can all move forward and have a look at the latest thing I found in my basement.









I bought these lamps at a junky flea market about 10 years ago.  They didn’t match my house at ALL at the time, but I knew they were a good buy and the sort of thing I might just want in the future.  Kind of like the time in highschool when I bought an antique beaded necklace which I knew highschool Karen would never wear, but grown up Karen would probably love.  By the way.  I know that highschool is technically two words, (high school)  but I’ve decided it should really be one word so I plan to spell it that way from here on in.

Remind me to notify the Scrabble people.

These lamps (there are a pair of them) have been in my basement for the past decade.  Even after I redid my house they didn’t seem to fit in.  Part of the problem may have been that I was trying to display both of them.  Finding a place for two lamps is way harder than finding a place for one.  Kind of like finding a place for two noses on your face is harder than finding a place for one. Usually.

I’m not convinced about the shade, it’s probably a little too … kitschy for me … but I don’t hate it as much as I thought I would in the room.  In fact I’ll leave it as is, on display and everything, until I find a shade I prefer.

What REALLY sold me on these lamps, other than the approximately $20 price tag, was this ….

Retro Sputnik Lamp


To turn the lamp on and off you pull down on the wooden dowel in the middle of the lamp.  It’s attached to a chain which clicks the light on and off. It makes a really great CLICK, CLICK sound.

There will be those of you who love this lamp.  There will be those of you who hate this lamp.  And I’m O.K. with that.  You are my readers and you’re allowed to have different tastes than I do.  It would be stupid of me to say  You have no idea what you’re talking about and THOSE lamps are great and you can suck it.  GET LOST!

That would just be cutting off my noses to spite my face.   That’s a phrase that I learned in highschool by the way.



  1. Carey says:

    Karen, you seriously crack me up. The lamps are great, and btw, two lamps are greater than one. I LOVE them. I also love how the kitchy turquoise shade matches the awesome painting in the background. Well played, friend@

  2. Estée says:

    Karen, that’s a weird-upside-down-table, not a lamp.. Silly!

  3. Amber says:

    It’s kind of like a 3 legged deer all spread eagle with.. some kind of ..contraption up in there. I love it! Great lamp. 🙂

  4. I think they’re adorable, kitchy shade and all. And adorable in a lamp sort of way, not a kitchy sort of way…if that’s way at all.

  5. Denise Leavens says:

    I love the click, click dowel switch! That kind of thing is part of my happy place. However, sneaky-deliberately-misleading-cheap-shot blog posts are not.

    Okay. You got me. I was sure we were seeing something down in the creepy basement. Like a flashlight shining on insects that have an aversion to light. Turns out they are stylized spiders on a 50s-Atomic-Age lamp shade (that goes well with the abstract painting b-t-w) and I hope your happy now.

    You insist on one word highschool. I insist on the stylized spiders, not stars. So there!

  6. Pam'a says:

    I love the craziness of it. It looks like a lamp table tried to do a gymnastics move, but it turned out terribly wrong. And the click-action alone is worth several points on the lamp-grading scale.

  7. Pati says:

    Just so you know… I LOVE YOUR LAMPS !!!!! all both of them…

  8. Becky says:

    I love how well the shade goes with the painting behind it. I’d keep the shade.

    The click click pull would thrill me too… I thought I was the only one who loves really great old lamps.

  9. Maria says:

    They remind me of the leg lamp from A Christmas Story. You know the one with the fishnet stocking?

  10. Penny says:

    Great lamp! I will take the other one off your hands if you’re feeling guilty about not displaying it.

  11. Heather says:

    I agree with you that there is a shade out there somewhere that will be better. And someday, you shall have it!

  12. gloria says:

    The only thing I found in my basement today was a mouse while doing the laundry. Haven’t been back down there since. Clean clothing is so over-rated.
    Love the lamp…and the shade.

  13. Therese says:

    That lamp is fantabulous! I REALLY love it. I’m sure the other one of the pair would love to find a new home in Australia, where it would be loved and cherished by me.

  14. motherhen says:

    What are those light coloured gonad shaped things at the base of that contraption? Just asking….

  15. Becca says:

    Ummm…those lamps are a-maz-ing. Please leave the shades with them. Love them! 🙂 And…on my screen the green of the shade exactly matches the green daub in the center of your painting.

  16. Tandy says:

    I’d strip the old finish off the wood, sand it and give it a nice oiled finish sans stain. Then I’d make a tall drum shade (unbleached or white linen or similar) with NO taper that was about as wide as the circumference of the bottom of the existing shade and tall enough that it sat centered between the top and bottom sets of woody protrusions (knuckles? Knots?) on the lamp’s arms (legs? antlers? antennae?) with about 3″ clearance between those and the shade, top and bottom. You’ll probably have to shorten the rod a bit.

  17. qtpuh2tme says:

    Waaay kool lamp(s)!!

  18. Lauren from Winnipeg says:

    Honestly can’t say much about the unusual lamp – sorry.

    I do, however, really like the painting behind it.

  19. Tandy says:

    Also I’d try really hard to use both of them on a console or something but that’s a whole helluva a lot of look, so unless you’ve got a really long expanse of empty space to fill that’s probably crazy talk.

    OH! Just came to me: could you get one of those paper globe lantern things to sit in there as a shade? You’d have this crazy, sci-if effect, like the arms were encircling a glowing, alien egg sac!

  20. AnnW says:

    I love lamp! But you might tell me to get lost because I really don’t like those lamps. I am a lamp crazy person and even have a Lamp Shoppe in my basement, along with about 40 lamps that I work on. I think I just don’t like anything Mid Century Modern. Furniture or lamps, or art. I must have been scared to death in a MCM living room once. I would encourage you to sell those because they might be worth something, especially with those shades. Ann

  21. Tracie says:

    Nice lamps! But I’m sure you’ve heard that a million times before….. 😉

  22. Terri says:

    Hmmmm…not too sure about the lamps. I think you need to tie them in with something like…you know, maybe some figurines of the Jetsons. I think you can still catch that 60’s toon on cable. Anywho, your basement IS creepy. How do you sleep at night?

  23. Natika says:

    That is probably one of the weirdest, but also khoolest lamps I’ve ever seen. I’m jealous of your shotgun click click action ability.

  24. Clara says:

    Quirky lamp with cute switch needs tube shaped shade -not a truncated cone-, me thinks.

  25. Auntiepatch says:

    So, you have to “milk” the dowel to turn it on??? I’m NOT going to tell my husband about your lamp! LOL!

  26. Jane says:

    Keep the lamp and the shade! They go together and the shade matches the painting perfectly! Great buy for $20!

  27. shuckclod says:

    Your Sis is not crazy. I love cleaning too. The lamp (s) is pretty great. It looks like there are spiders on the shade. Is does work with the painting behind it. I am surprised you have not tackled those stairs yet, those worry me. Have a great weekend.

  28. Lori says:

    O My I love the lamp!!!! I pretty much love anything made of good wood! And that lamp is great!!

  29. Suzan says:

    My youngest son has a “thing” for lamps…especially unusual lamps. His mother – not so much. I do, however, like the shade. Probably because my great aunt had one very much like it and she was a sweetie. Not a good decorator but a sweet woman! I have the same creepy basement walls but my stairs are not quite as steep. I take my phone with me when I go to the basement just in case I fall so that someone can come rescue me. If I had your steps I would only send down able bodied teenagers hoping they would return…

  30. Julia says:

    I want to see the necklace…

  31. Laura Bee says:

    You got me! I was sad. Before coffee. I thought my stupid computer wasn’t loading pics. I clicked on it (which I know does nothing) then I refreshed. THEN I scrolled a little more.
    I love the lamp, it would look marvellous with my side tables. And the coffee table that is at my mom’s because it’s too big for our place. I miss my table.
    Now I’m sad again…

  32. Marti says:

    Denise is your sister, then?

    Denise… can you come over? I’ve got a kitchen that needs some planning and a living room that needs some organizing.

  33. Sarah says:

    I though you had spiders in your shade and not the stars, when it was lit up, in the dark. “Halloween starts early at Karen’s house!”

  34. Debbie J says:

    I’m sure it was assembled incorrectly. It’s really meant to be a floor lamp! Love the shade and the clicky feature.

  35. Danielle says:

    Would a big drum shade work? Covering up the top part of the weird upside down legs. The shade seems way too small for the size of these lamps.

  36. Darlene says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the tall lamp – I would have the perfect place next to my sofa for that!

  37. Rachel says:


  38. Tigersmom says:

    That lamp is such a statement piece that it wouldn’t just diminish it’s impact to display a second one, it would be garish and tacky. Think of that second one in the basement as a spare in case something ever happens to this one. Some things lose some of their fabulousness when they are repeated.

    I think a narrow textured fabric drum shade in white or off white would be very cool, but it would need to be about the same height as the current one. As for the current one, you have styled it in such a way that it really picks up the aqua in that painting and it looks really good. This provides you with the luxury of a little time to find just the right replacement. Although I would never get rid of the aqua one for when you want to go back to a jolt of color.

    I actually remember seeing (perhaps even having in our home) a lamp like his when I was very very young.

    WIsh we had basements in Texas. You’d think they’d be a given with the tornados we get…

  39. Emily says:

    I FRIGGING LOVE IT ! ! I love things that are different. And I agree with Carey, love the shade matching the painting behind it.

  40. Su says:

    Shade is cool color. lamps are very retro 1960’s. Love a find I’ve already bought and forgot about…

  41. Beckie says:

    the shade is PERFECT!!

    I am in the *I love the lamp(s) camp!*

    Lamp Camp…hmm…wonder if there is a Lamp Camp? You know, where you can go to learn how to, well, make lamps?

    I like lamps!

  42. karol says:

    A little too Judy Jetson for my taste.

  43. Diane S says:

    Love the lamp(s)and the shade(s). But now I believe that drugs were seriously a part of the 50’s…not unlike this lamp. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall of the designer when he-she came up with this one! Do you think he-she said “wait dude…what if we add a click-click?!?”

  44. Wendy says:

    I was waiting for the exorcist ~ Then the sleigh transformed into a lamp appeared. Have you been reading Alfred Hitchcock?

  45. Ann says:

    I TOTALLY LOVE THOSE LAMPS. There I am now done shouting. Mid century modern is my thing. Although you would not know it from my house. Which is more a thrown together, I never know what I am buying kind of look.

    I wish I was as lucky as you at flea markets and Goodwills. I have gotten a few good things over the years but nowhere near as great as what you find. I want to come shopping with you. But then I would probably need a very big trailer to get it all back from Canada.

  46. Sandy says:

    It’s different. I like it and think you need to find a place for both. I love the way you turn it on. I have never seen a lamp like that. You have two of a kind, my dear. Display them proudly.

  47. Dixie says:

    I think that the lamp shade color matches your painting behind it perfectly! you should never change it…

  48. It looks like the top of the tower of Sauron! Beware, it might be an evil lamp.

    But totally worth the risk. They’re gorgeous!

  49. JebberA says:

    Süper cool. Über cool . As cool as two dots over a u.

  50. I, for one, really like your lamps.

  51. SuzyM says:

    Karen, dear, I love your taste, your aesthetic, your chicken coop and garden scheme. I adore what you’ve done with your kitchen and all the self-leveling information you’ve provided to me. It’s been great….
    up until now…..sorry…and, of course to each his own, but the shades are the only acceptable part of those awful lamps. All phallic reference aside concerning the tugging of the dowel rod to turn them on, they are what I would call G*d awful!

    I hope you won’t drop me as a follower because of this, but I will understand if you kick me to the curb, but would suggest you do the same with the lamps, holding onto the shades, of course!

  52. Elizabeth W. says:

    Great lamp! Wouldn’t you love to know the creative process for designing this thing?? I would have the click-click broken in a week, and the FBI at my door wondering who I was signalling with the flashing light. I’m surprised it still clicks. And keep the shade. It will look fabulous somewhere else if you find one better for this lamp.
    Estee, I think you nailed it with the upside-down table idea. A round glass plate on top, and you’d have a great uplight shining under the table. Wow.

  53. Susan Dulley says:

    Honestly, the lamps have potential, but, the shade. Well, maybe it is because I do not like the color. Or maybe…no, I am sorry. Change the shade… or at least I would. They are different and would create conversation at a party, but, not my favorite. Sorry, I have made purchases just like that, then re-donated them. However, just because I do not especially like them…does not mean that you should not.

  54. Amanda says:

    It’s unique, there are probably few people in the world who have anything like it. Who wants a conventional lamp when you can have THAT beauty! Work it, Karen!

  55. Fran says:

    A slight adjustment to your shade will totally make it go with the rest of the lamp. Remove the trim on the edges that make me think of log cabin stuff and give the shade edges a sleek contemporary trim. NOW they don’t fight stylewise with the rest of the lamp. (We’re all coining new words here!)

  56. Kerry says:

    The lamp is great. Definitely keep the current shade!

  57. ellen says:

    Well played. IMHO there are only two ways to go with lamps: seriously beautiful or kitchy/campy. Sometimes both, as in this case.

  58. Carolyn says:

    I want to see more creepy basement. It looks cool down there. as far as the lamps. They are different. and to me, I love old stuff.. I would display both the lamps. It’s your basement. It’s your house. Who cares if they go with or with out other stuff. That’s what makes a home. I like them.. And I love your blog. I wish I lived down the street. You are a cool chick. Keep smiling Karen.. the world loves you. I’m still working on my chicken feeder.

  59. jainegayer says:

    Definitely keep the shade. It does have that awesome blue which goes with the painting.
    And thank you for mentioning (in your other posts…I’m new) Rough Linen. I now own the BEST sheets in the world!

  60. Patti says:

    That lamp is a … conversation piece! I like how you did the dramatic revelation 🙂

  61. Shirley says:

    Re your lamp, words fail me! No, really!!

  62. Miriam says:

    I kind of like that shade. The lamp I’m not so sure about. But the on/off part? Hilarious. Sorry, but it looks like you have to masturbate your lamp to make it come on, er, light up.

  63. Shirley says:

    (and we all know or at least suspect how infrequently THAT happens!)

  64. KimC says:

    At first glance I wasn’t sure how I felt about the lamp but now I can’t look away! I think I do love the lamp and in fact the shade makes it. Well actually I think it’s your styling abilities that really give it new life! I can see why your sister is fascinated with your creepy basement.:-)

  65. kelliblue says:

    That lamp is so ghastly it’s fantastic. Reminds me of Vikings. Or narwhals. Or something.

    But it doesn’t look “summery” at all…in fact it looks kinda wintery. Or maybe fally. Yes, I’d say it’s a 3-season lamp. 🙂

  66. toekneetoni says:

    the lamp is funky and the wooden dowel switch makes it awesome!
    first the salt/peppers shakers, now highschool as one word???! karen and the art of doing stuff shifting the universe’s axis bit by bit.

  67. gogothrift@etsy.com says:

    this lamp is the bomb. I’ll send you my address so you can send me the other one. I’ll even pay for postage…….seriously. Just say the word.

  68. Jennifer says:

    Not so sure about the upside-down table lamp but the on/off switch is very cool!

  69. Marion says:

    I like them! Definitely not something you see everyday.

    Also, I agree that highshool should be one word. Stupid spell check is underlining it in red right now and I’m just like “eff you spell check! I’ll spell it however I please.”

  70. Tigersmom says:

    Ok – I’ve had coffee now and I agree with a couple of the above comments.

    I still like the idea of a tall narrow drum shade, but it’s the whipstitching on the aqua shade that makes it rustic and not exactly work with the sleekness of the lamp. An easy fix, you could remove and add a bit of very plain gold trim to pick up the oval dome shape in the base or simply leave it and cover it for that matter.

    I also really like the idea of using a large drum shade. I get sick of things rather easily and love to have options to tweak things instead of having to change them out completely.

  71. Ellen says:

    The lamp is wonderful!! It just needs the right setting, and you have it.

    I wonder who thinks up stuff like this? Way, way out of my league.

  72. Karen says:

    I love the lamp. If you get tired of it in six months time…eh, who cares! You’re only out twenty bucks. I figure the only thing that is a constant are the dust bunnies under the couch until your sister comes over! 🙂

  73. Edwina says:

    I love the lamp, especially with the painting behind it and the white bowl and books. An interesting arrangement of shapes and colors that are like candy for my eyes!

  74. taria says:

    I can’t believe you have been hiding those terrific lamps. There are 2? Wow I love funs wacky stuff like that. In So Cal we don’t have basements. I feel ripped off. Those would go for a ton of money at the Rose Bowl swap meet!

  75. Erica O says:

    I am 100% with you on “highschool” If enough of us use it, it will make it to the dictionary, a la “selfie”

    Also, I want to go shopping in your creepy basement. I have all my shots so I’ll be totally safe. When you have a basement sale, please notify me. I will dress in pirate gear because your creepy basement sale = treasure hunting.

  76. Brenda J. Moore says:

    very cool, both of them…well bought!

  77. Tracy says:

    Hey Karen,

    I love the lamps. I would buy those in a heartbeat. I do think the shades could be vastly improved. They have sort of a Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, kids vibe to me. I think a narrow drum shade would be the ticket to match the elegance of the base. Just my opinion (that you didn’t ask for).

  78. FlagirlinTN says:

    I love it because it is Judy Jetson. Man, would I love to shop in your creepy basement!

  79. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I MUST HAVE THEM..NOW!!!! They fit right in here with my retro stuff..You should see the retro floor lamps I have..they would be happy here..they would have many retro friends to hang around with..I even have a smaller version of that fiberglass shade on a retro table lamp….I LOVE THEM!!!!!…OK..I’m better now..maybe..where is my inhaler..

  80. Trissi V. says:

    ummm…that lamp is kinda AWESOME! It seems like the shade is almost the wrong size for it though…like it should be just a bit bigger and in an off white instead of dusty teal…that’s my 2 cents. 🙂

  81. Ruth says:

    Hmmm….upside down legs… groping/stroking action initiates ‘aha moment’….. a lamp, you say?

    Okay then….. *backs away slowly*

  82. Elaine says:

    The lamp is nice but I love the painting behind it.

  83. Chris says:

    I have one of these!! The original shades are drums that completely fill the space between the wood spires.

  84. Awesome lamp! Love how the colors go with the picture behind it.

  85. Sorry Karen, somethings are just better left in the basement, hate em!!!!

  86. Thanks for the tour through a dark basement. That was scary like spiders. Without the lamp shade, that lamp would look like it’s upside down. It’s okay with me if you make up your own words but I’m really kinda worried about you having more than one nose…

  87. Linda says:

    We are still trying to find the $$$ in our basement left by the 1920’s surgeon who performed ‘out patient’ surgeries. There has to be money (or jewels) someplace but I’m afraid of spiders–too creepy even with the cash motivation.

    • Melissa says:

      Old medical equipment is so, so cool. I pilfered an old dental chair from my folks this summer. Supposedly, someone would pay money for it, but I want to keep it. Good luck on your quest, Linda 🙂
      I think you have an Alfred Hitchcock story on your hands, btw.

  88. Patti says:

    Love the lamp! Even the funky shade! Never knew a lamp like that existed…guess I need to look out for them so we could maybe have twins!

  89. Laura K says:

    Ha! I love the lamps! I, in fact, have the matching floor lamp, except mine has a much longer cream colored shade. Found it at a yard sale a few years ago and had to have it.

  90. Jenny says:

    It looks like someone was moving out of a place with stairs, didn’t want to make two trips, so turned a table upside down and sat a lamp inside for easier carrying. It’s certainly a conversation piece!

  91. Susan says:

    While the shades say MCM, the design is certainly reminiscent of Danish Modern, and both could be the case. I’ve seen lamps similar to those that had a HUGE fairly squat fiberglass shade that went outside the wood spires, and others with tall, slim shades like the ones yours have, but even taller. Whatever it is, there’s likely someone out there who’d be willing to pay a pretty penny for two matching ones, if you ever decide to get rid of them….anything from a couple of hundred US each to higher, depending on the lamp maker, so you got a very good buy. If there’s a name on the bottom, be sure to look it up! I don’t think it looks at all out of place in the location you set it, especially with the painting behind, and the white glass flying saucer dish on the books.

  92. Joanna says:

    Oh!!!!love them!!!!

  93. Sue Ann says:

    Sorry, but to me it looks a bit like a medieval torture device. lol
    I do, however, love the way the shade coordinates with the painting behind it. 🙂

  94. Chris says:

    That lamp needs a faux-panelled wall to go with it!;) The shade is fine just update the colour if it can take paint at all.

  95. Susan C. says:

    Extremely odd, but I like it. Not sure what that says about me.

  96. Rebecca says:

    Great lamp! But I agree, the shade is a little too cute for the legs of this piece. Def think it needs a more modern shape, tubular perhaps, in a white or off white, to show off the wood. Right now, your eyes see the shade first. Just my opinion… but great find!

  97. rktrixy says:

    I agree – wholeheartedly. Your sister must be taken to the doctor for her cleaning disease. Or, in lieu of the doctor, come and clean my garage. And it’s because we care…

    I like early versions of things that aren’t like everything else. Where part of the charm of looking at it is thinking “What were they thinking?”.

    I’m wondering if there wasn’t a totally different idea for the shade originally – like a white glass globe that was held by the legs. And it broke, so someone borrowed this shade from another lamp. Which is all sorts of wonderful.

    The click-click sound: is it as loud as a shotgun being pumped? I’m thinking it would be a great sound to make if burglars ever came into your place. “They are packin’! Let’s go!” And it’s a work of art. Much better than a shotgun.

    • Karen says:

      Thx rktrixy – This is the type of shade that would have been original to this lamp. I’ve seen them before and if you watch Madmen they have a very similar one on their side table! ~ karen

  98. marilyn says:

    ok almost didnt comment because my finger was tired of scrolling..thats a whole lot of lamp love goin on there sista!count me among them…and not really an abstract kinda girl but gotta say i love the painting too!

  99. susan w says:

    Were you punching things in the basement, or banging in the wall ? Your knuckles look like they have been making not gentle contact.

  100. Meg says:

    Man this stuff is great. The only creepy things I found in my basement ever were horrible bugs, spiders, and a colony of mold that probably had a subway system. Oh, and that anvil. Cause, you know, who DOESN’T have an anvil.

    Man I wish I had the power to recommend posts. I’d get you to do another cleaning post, to motivate me into decluttering my clutterpiles. (which is clearly also one word, as highschool is.)

    maybe I’ll do it anyway.

  101. Ella says:

    I love the lamps, the shade, and the way they turn on and off! I also love John Prine’s “In Spite of Ourselves” song, which talks about “cutting off my noses to spite my face”. It’s a must hear, if you haven’t heard it!

  102. Jcrn says:

    I love the wooden base of that table! Love, love, love it. I do wonder if the shade is original to the lamp or was it possibly an add- on? Do you happen to know?

    Sorry if I missed it in your post. I took allergy meds an hour ago and I’m feeling dazed and my brain seems a bit muffled..or something. Exact vocabulary seems to be elusive as well. But no sinus pain- and I’ll take the trade-off.

  103. Debbie says:

    I love it! I really do – I hate lamps that look like everyone else’s lamp. I’ve never seen anything even remotely like that, and it looks more like a piece of sculpture than a lamp. Frankly, it’s exactly what I have been wanting for my family room. I vote keep it as is!

  104. Tammy Rizzo says:

    I liked this post. Our house doesn’t have a basement, but if it did, I’m sure we’d have some pretty weird stuff in it.

    Love the lamp, though! It really looks like it would be at home in some 50s living room, with bronze flying duck silhouettes on the wall, and stained wood chairs with green and gold velour cushions.

  105. Jcrn says:

    Karen- mid century modern Danish. Isn’t this almost a match?


    That is not my item or anyone I know.

  106. Trish R says:

    Don’t forget to contact the Scrabble people.

  107. rose says:

    OMG. That’s one of the ugliest lamps I’ve ever seen. Give it away and free up some space!

  108. Debbie Bashford says:

    great lamp, I love those old fiberglass shades

  109. Laurinda says:

    I’m not the biggest fan of the lamps, as a matter of fact, I’m SURE that I would have walked right past them without a second glance. But oh, that/those shade/s! They would TOTALLY fit it with what I’m transforming my kitchen into!! (so if you need a new home for them…hint hint) 😀

  110. stephbo93 says:

    While it’s not my personal style, I think it goes really nicely in your home, including the shade, especially next to that painting. Good job decade-ago Karen!

  111. OMG!! That is probably one of the coolest lamps I have ever seen. Even highschool me would think so!

  112. It’s furniture porn, upside down with a light shining between its legs. It will be on a VHS somewhere.

  113. Melissa says:

    LOVE this post. I have enjoyed reading the comments (and commenting on some) as well as pondering the idea that Karen might be a long lost relative of mine —- that whole paragraph about “younger Karen” buying things for “Future Karen.” That is just gold. ^_^ And now, I’m gonna grab that industrial wood roller and figure out an application for it in my decorating scheme. Oh, and put the dental chair into rotation, too.

  114. Ashly says:

    I’m a huge fan of weird/ugly lamps. This is right up my alley and if I came upon them for that price, I would have snatched them up immediately. I do agree, though, that the shade has got to go. You’re probably already aware, but http://www.moonshineshades.com/ has a great collection of period-appropriate and -BONUS- less awful shades.

  115. Hey I like you thoughts! But what caught my attention was when you bought that antique necklace for Karen (I bought an antique beaded necklace which I knew highschool Karen would never wear, but grown up Karen would probably love.). I didn’t think of that and that is the most intelligent idea a highschool friend would do. Nice one!

  116. jane says:

    So when I saw the picture of your lamp, I thought that it looked like the eye from lord of the rings… hope that is not too geeky but its all I can see, you just have to take off the lamp shade and there is the bright eye looking for the one ring.

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