the late night freak out lamp text

Thursday, May 31

Nearly every client has a moment in the process where they think "what in the world have I done." 

This is usually somewhere in the early stages, when only a few pieces are in place and things feel..."off".  Last night I got what my client referred to as "the late night freak out lamp text".  Hehe.

Remember this living room design I did for a family in Massachusetts?

When Denise hired me the room looked like this:

They have been taking baby steps toward the design plan I created for them.  They moved the sofa in front of the window.  They splurged on the large rug from West Elm, and she ordered the two green glass lamps for each side of the sofa.

Once they added the lamps, she got nervous they were *much* too large. We had a whole conversation about them over text and it ended with me saying this:
Every client has this moment.  That point where you say what in the world have I done!  But you are making great progress.  Baby steps are important, and necessary.  Every detail relies on the other, so just decide to *not decide* yet. :-)  Good night!

But I promised her I would post some images of large lamps. She actually gave me the title for this post!






 In my design opinion, it's better to have large lamps than small.  Would you agree?

20 comments:

René said...

Yes to large lamps! I think your original mood board is perfect! Good luck.

Dana Frieling said...

A picture's worth a thousand words and a client's piece of mind!

Dana Frieling said...

Of course, that would be 'peace' not 'piece.' ha!

Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} said...

Love all the lamps in those images!! And those green glass one you chose for you client are gorgeous!! xo

Julie said...

Hell yeah to big! It is so difficult to do things in pieces, since the design is the whole (as you said). Any way to work toward one install day with online clients?

Sarah Elizabeth said...

I love big lamps! Julie, thats a good idea but a lot of folks cant afford to buy everything at once for a one day install. I know we cant :)

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I'm a HUGE large lamp fan so I'm definitely on your side with this one- the bigger the better in my humble opinion:)

classic • casual • home said...

Totally agree with you. I recommended some turquoise lamp for a client and then she bought cheaper, smaller ones and it's just not the same.

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

That is definitely a resounding *YES*!!! They are such a fantastic way to vary the size of the accessories in a room without going wacky, y'know? I love the green color you went with, so gorgeous!

Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

Totally agree with you! Love all of your inspiration pics too!

JP said...

Thank you for the blog post, I think this really helps put things in context :)

Megan Sloan said...

I love large lamps! Especially pretty ones that don't distract, such as the green ones.

Diana's Life said...

Definitely agree with you! Love the examples that you showed with the larger lamps.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Yes, love large lamps! and those green ones are real beauties ! p.s. this is one of my favorite design boards you've done!

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

Love large lamps! The title of this post is awesome - ha! Your design plan is great - hope they keep the lamps!

Simple Dwellings said...

I totally agree! And these are all perfect examples of how large lamps work so well. When it's all in place, I'm sure she will enjoy the scale and light it brings. :) Love the title for this post! :)

redesigningsarah.com said...

Love big lamps. The bigger the better. My pet peeve is teeny tiny lamps - they look so dinky!!

sweethomecharlotte.net said...

Go LARGE or Go HOME!!! The bigger the better for sure!

Anna Williams said...

I love large lamps so I hope she listened to you! It's so important to create some dramatic scale in a room and lamps are the perfect way to do it. They can look strange when you first put them in though so I understand why she freaked out :) xx

Anna (My Design Ethos)

SHERRY HART said...

Yes...yes...yes....bigger lamps are always better in my opinion. And I do find that happens when the room is just coming together and they start to panic.

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