I’ve had the same table lamp on my nightstand since college because it worked well enough and until a couple of years ago, it was just me so no reason to have more than one bedside lamp. Then in Alaska our house was too small for us to have two nightstands. Now that we have almost doubled our square footage (from 850 square feet to a whopping 1500!) I found matching night stands at a local vintage market and have been passively looking for a nice table lamp since then.
I was browsing Target yesterday and saw these fillable base lamps and knew that would be perfect. It’s from their mix-and-match collection so I chose two fillable bases and then a lightly textured lamp shade that I thought would work well with the style of the lamp and the bedroom.
Next, I picked up a couple stems of artificial cotton and some sand-colored glass gravel from Hobby Lobby. I used a whole bag of the glass gravel in the bottom of one lamp but decided that it was too much and split it between the two vases. Then I used some wire cutters to cut the cotton stems down to size and arranged them in the base. Total I used one bag of the gravel and three cotton stems, but I bought four bags of gravel and four stems because I’m not particularly good at estimating and it’s easy to return things I don’t end up using.
How easy is that? I saw lots of other cute ideas online that you could do in these kinds of lamps – tickets, fake fruit and flowers, Legos or small toys in a kid’s room, and my other favorite, creating a little forest scene with artificial moss and miniature trees. I love that we each have a bedside lamp now so P can stay up reading his hunting magazines while I sleep.