I feel sorry for the Floor Lamp. It seems to have gone the way of the coffee table (are people not
reading, drinking coffee and putting their feet up anymore?). To me, the floor lamp seems like one of the easiest ways to add height and interest to a room, never mind the fact that it also helps us to read at night and is a handy guide for the teen who wants to navigate quietly through the dark, wishfully thinking that their mom has become tired of waiting and fallen fast asleep.
By the way, we haven't really gone to sleep; we are lying in bed waiting for you to come home, wondering whether we should call the police or change the shade on the tattered old floor lamp.
As a person who has a nostalgic love for umbrellas, I am now seeking out a lamp shade just like the one in the photograph. I love the eccentric mix of vintage and modern in this room, and while I am not quite sure if I would have that green, droopy plant on my mantel, this beautiful home (designed by Caleb Anderson) reminded of the three most important reasons why we really all should own a floor lamp...
They stand alone, and don't take up any space at all on our nearest and dearest side table.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY ACCESSORY
Every room needs some height, and floor lamps are naturally quite tall.
With so many choices of stands and shades, they might just be the most perfect design dose of retail therapy; we can mix and match for hours until we find exactly what we need (or the shop closes, whichever comes first....).