Thursday, October 22, 2009

thwarted

There was a time when I thought garlic bread was the height of sophistication, later supplanted by jars of breadsticks on gingham tablecloths in Italian restaurants, and for many years I gave no thought to my surroundings and lived with the landlord's choice of chintz. But now I own a house and I'm fussy, inconveniently so. Here are the things I can't find:
  • a large wooden round dining table with a central column;
  • an armless sofa bed that isn't brown or navy or leather or abominable;
  • an elegant floor lamp that doesn't have a tediously fashionable curve.


Look at this lamp that's much on my mind, depicted by Douglas Friedman Photography via Desire to Inspire. Perfect for operations, interrogations and theatre, and I dearly want it, but I don't know where to get it. Perhaps I should settle for mere light rather than a play with proportions, and have another breadstick.

32 comments:

  1. Here's the closest thing I can think of, short of a giant Anglepoise and a giant price tag!
    http://www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/product.aspx/floor+lamps/giant+floor+lamp/lighting/lighting_floorlamps/-/hnx8149.htm

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  2. Yes it is nice. Maybe try ebay?? Auctions?

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  3. Ethan has a navy blue sofa bed that is the bane of my existence, but it's just too practical to part with at this point in time. Your dream table sounds just lovely, and that lamp has such a presence!

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  4. Do you have any surgeon-friends?

    I had a friend years ago with a table that would fit the bill ~ if only I'd made off with it when I had the chance! Such tables are amazingly handy for all kinds of things, not to mention holding surgical implements.

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  5. 2 and 3 I cannot help with and I have previously posted about uselessness of internet to find thing. No 1 would be I am pretty sure a georgian style table or maybe late victorian. Go antique shopping

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  6. Sorry meant 'go antique shopping, that may help with your table desire! xoxo'

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  7. Don't think that I can help you with finding those items, Mise but I'm sure you'll find them eventually.I think that I need to take that lamp around with me as I can't seem to see anything now that I'm getting older. Good luck with your search....I think that the other Jane is right about the table. An antique or junk shop might be the answer. Have a great weekend Mise XXXX

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  8. I'm having trouble trying to visualise the table with the column coming out of it ,
    dare i mention ikea for the sofa
    and heres a link to a really rather beautiful elegant lampshade...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaboopee/3993762804/

    ;0)

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  9. Try Baileys www.baileyshomeandgarden.com - they may be able to help. It is probably of no consolation to tell you that I found an old theatre lamp just like this a few weeks back in one of my local recycle haunts. And, I hope you have the chianti bottle candlestick on the table with the breadsticks!

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  10. Thank you all for your kind suggestions!

    Zee, well-spotted, bless your eagle eye! Definitely along the right lines.

    Courtney, a floral slipcover as revenge?

    Jaboopee, I really can't bear the trip to Ikea (have they started delivering yet?) and you're such a meanie to taunt me with your lovely lamps. You wait, I'll make my own ra-ra rip-off one day.

    Amanda, thanks for that great link and you're right, the chianti candleholders are essential for the late eighties glamour vibe.

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  11. I'm with you on that lamp!! fabulous and agree what's with the big swan dive curve on lamps these days? I'd rather the industrial variety..

    Good luck with the rest!!

    Ciao... xx Grizzly.. I mean Julie

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  12. p.s. I love your new header! It's really beautiful.

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  13. Wow...now that is a light! You could light up your whole neighbourhood with that. Good luck in finding your pieces!

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  14. It looks like Pixar's mummy lamp and a scary beastie at that! I think it has eaten all the little lamps and you're next! ;O)

    Bit I love it too.

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  15. I'm going to be honest. That light sort of frightens me... but yet I like it. The proportions make it sort of whimsical.

    Is there anything worse than knowing what you want to perfect your space and not being ablt to find it anywhere?

    Good luck!

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  16. I do love the lamp!!! Hope you find it, or something similar. Now, regarding garlic bread....
    When I was a teen I worked at a place called the Spaghetti Factory. Talk about sophistication! Ooh la la. Garlic bread aplenty.

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  17. I don't know where the piece is from but it looks like an industrial piece. Maybe a theatre or professional photography supply type of store would have something similar?

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  18. OK my dear, here you go... I just happened across this

    http://www.sundancecatalog.com/PRODUCT/For+the+Home/Lighting/Indoor+Lighting/50474.html

    on Design Sponge
    http://www.designspongeonline.com/2009/10/living-in-edward-scissorhands.html

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  19. Thank you Courtney! You've made my day, and no doubt the day of the relative I swiped the photo from.

    Helen, you have that lamp in one. It's eaten everything. You have to admire it for that.

    Janis, it's made you the woman you are, right? I never mastered eating spaghetti, so I don't go out in public any more.

    Dandy, you're a wonder! You've found the lamp's slightly unruly yet inwardly vulnerable goth daughter. I'll obsess further.

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  20. Oh, to have these dilemmas - so fun, no? I'm at the beach for the weekend and here I am checking in with you. :) I'm just saying hi, and being unhelpful in the most unhelpful of ways... I'll look into your wants next week and let you know if I come up with anything of interest. In the meantime, ave a wonderful weekend...

    -maria

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  21. Sofas!! I have officially given up on finding a sofa that is "just right"....I feel like a frustrated Goldilocks. Isn't blogland wonderful with all these clever people providing you with links? Happy shopping. Meredith xo.

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  22. hi from canada. i was looking at the post about your home and i agree, anything is more interesting than insulation. however, this time of year in canada, it begins to look a bit better !!
    cheers ~L

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  23. The lamp is almost fatherly in its attention. With a lamp like that for company working at the desk should be a breeze.

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  24. That lamp is divine! and love your new header!

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  25. Loving the new blog header oh creative one...and, don't kill me for suggesting it, but why don't you make the armless sofa/bed yourself? The legs could be easily purchased online for $50-100 (or much less on ebay) and if someone could build you the frame, you could add enough foam/down/bunting to make it super cozy. Then just toss on some fabulous fabric of your choice, add some buttons via an upholstery hook and wah-lah.

    Perhaps I'm losing it in DIY land. Have you checked out ballarddesigns.com, wisteria.com--and do they ship to your neck of the woods??

    In terms of lighting, there is the coolest German manufacturing company (Manufactum). Perhaps easier to receive shipments from Germany than the U.S.?

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  26. I love industrial lighting...and this one fits the bill.

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  27. I think you might find it easy to check for cavities in your kids mouth with this light too!! hee hee. It's fabulous - bloody lovely. But don't we all have one of these unattainable items on our want list. It's just mean that we can't have them..or find them easily.

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  28. I don't unfortunately know where to find what your heart desires lately; yet I must say I'm happy to have serendipitously rediscoveered your lovely blog as I perused the past comments on my Silken Purse blog.., Thanks for your lovely comment re., the beautiful Annapollisis Royal gardens in Nova Scotia..,(I seldom to never go that far back to my older blog postings, to re-read the older comments; yet for some reason, I just felt like doing so tonight)..,

    Do feel welcome to pop by to my little blogging corner sometime, perhaps to see "Autumns Jewels" blog photos on my The Plumed Pen blog.., Or maybe you would enjoy the closet/dressing room photos posted on my other blog; The French Dressing Room"..,

    Best of luck in finding what you're looking for!..,

    Cheers

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  29. Hey Mise - check this guys out for sofa beds without arms. Some are a bit pricey but they have a huge range so you might find one in your price bracket. They also deliver to Ireland.
    http://www.proformshop.com/en/seating-furniture/sofa/sofa-beds/

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  30. Hey, love your blog! I know wat you mean about the lamp..its such a vital peice of furniture you have to get right! I still havent found a good one and ive been looking for nearly a year!

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  31. I know how hard it is to find something you have in your mind but can't find out there. The bespoke option can be good otherwise I'm sure what you want you will find soon. Good luck with the decorating. I love this lamp so much. I want it too!

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