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Kris Lapota was the grand prize winner in our holiday photo contest, and she wasted no time redeeming her $500 shopping spree! As soon as her new lamps arrived, she set them up and shot some great pictures. She chose some very nice pieces to complement her home, which features a sophisticated yet warm Arts & Crafts style. Besides being quite the home decorator, Kris is also a great writer with lots of personality and an obvious passion for lighting and design. I'll let her take it from here:
Everyone always joked that I should enter my tree into a contest as they deemed it prize worthy. Then, as if on cue, there it was on my Facebook wall: a Holiday Cheer contest by Lamps Plus! I entered in haste and was beyond ecstatic when I found out I was the grand prize winner! Then the panic set in....I had picked one lamp as I was sure that if I had a shot, it would be as a $100 winner, never thinking I'd be the $500 winner....$500!!!! Do you know how much you can get at Lamps Plus for $500? A-LOT... So with the help of friends, I narrowed down the area in my house that is lacking adequate lighting, the great room. I have an Arts & Crafts home, but I don't like it screaming Arts & Crafts. It's a very comfortable, feet-on-the-table kind of room, and I wanted the lighting to reflect the same.
The Restoration Bronze Swing Arm lamp serves a dual function. One, it looks great and it emits alot of filtered light (150 watts baby!) and two, because it sits in between the couch and a recliner, the light can swing over each sitting area as needed.
Here's Jack doing some "light reading"! The Kichler Adjustable Balance Arm Floor Lamp is the bomb. The solitary leather chair serves as a homework/reading/sewing area and had no task lighting. What's great about the Kichler is that the down lighting provides awesome lighting to task with, without disturbing anyone else in the room, not to mention that it is a crowd favorite. Seriously, did you see how cool it looks? I was a bit nervous about the aged brass (isn't brass dated?) but the finish is what is so amazing about the lamp. It's a huge seller, now I know why....it's fab, I love it and it's mine.
I thought the Black Bronze Genie Bottle Table Lamp would be an awesome table lamp (it is) between my two chairs. I liked the shape and the style of the lamp so much that I bought another one for the desk of my office and it's equally fantastic there.
And I saved my favorite for last, the Twin Pull Chain Gourd Shaped Table Lamp and I chose a pair of them as bedside lamps in my bedroom. I can not tell you how fantastic this lamp is...but I will make a solid attempt: The shape is fabulous and the finish is PHE-NOMENAL! The detail of the finial and the hand pulls give it such a great finished look. Terrific bedside lighting or elsewhere....my favorite choice of my $500 shopping spree! LOVE LOVE LOVE! If it ever comes in a larger size, you must promise to offer it to me first. I totally got dibs.
All of my choices were based on function, as we are a no-nonsense, middle-class, practical, hard on the furniture type of home. The fact that they are fantastic to look at, well crafted while still being reasonably priced speaks volumes for Lamps Plus.
I voted only stop her nagging.
Can I get the "Besides being quite the home decorator, Kris is also a great writer with lots of personality and an obvious passion for lighting and design" part on a notorized, legal document and enlarged to 16x20?
Seriously, the lamps are marvelous and I was totally serious about getting dibs on the gourd lamp in a larger size....I said "dibs" which is the equivelant to "shotgun" for the front seat. It's a legit agreement.
Kris, You are just marvelous!
Kris, we consider "Dibs" to be totally legit around here. And, I'll work on the notarized document, but for now it's on the internet for all to see!!
And thanks to your friends Dawn and Tom for posting, too. They both love you in their own special way :)
I like the restoration bronze swing arm. Its like a multi purpose lamp that's classic to look at.