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On Friday, I stopped by TJ Maxx on my way home. I intended on checking out their pillow selection and adding to my growing collection, but as usual, a trip to the store to get pillows had me leaving the store with everything but pillows.

There is a long, long list of things I need for the house eventually:  pillows, picture frames, light fixtures, curtains, artwork, etc. So when I go out shopping, I feel pretty free to look at just about anything, and as long as it fits my budget, buy what works for the house. Even if it means I haven’t gotten to a certain spot to really use it yet (like the duvet cover I bought for the guest bedroom – to be revealed soon I hope), I have a growing design scheme ready. It may require a little more patience, but there’s a certain point in a DIYers journey where a perfectly smooth wall just isn’t satisfying my zeal for change in this house. Enough about toilets and tile for one day; I need color. I need to see a friggin’ finishing touch already!

When I saw them, I knew right away that these lamps were exactly what I wanted in the primary bedroom. If I’d been asked to draw the perfect lamp for the room, I’d probably have come up with something made of mercury glass and capped with a shade. But maybe that’s why I hadn’t found them before until now; I’d been looking at lamps that were all almost right – that each had something about them that just weren’t right. Now it makes sense, because now that I have these, what all those other lamps actually were was totally wrong. Funny how that happens, right?

These weren’t all that I picked up; even Charlie scored big with a new favorite toy.

The lamps provide the perfect light in the evening for reading. And I suppose it’s just in time; I’ll be using them plenty in two weeks when school starts up again! Happy Wednesday!

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