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50 DecorBook Ideas : 34. Pin-Up Lamp

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Remember the pin-up light?  Growing up, they were here and there in all our houses - most anywhere there was a need for gentle ambient or bright reading light.  I always loved Aunt Helen's little clip-on shaded lamp on her headboard.  Still practical, as they use no floor or table space, a pin-up light is now most commonly called a "corded sconce."  If you can't hardwire, these are the perfect solution as they can be attached to any wall.  And best, they come in a wide range of styles and prices.  Let's take a look at current trends.
Living room wall statement with a shade that can be rotated.
Seems like hardwiring in a bathroom would be safer, but don't you love the look?
Maybe a little too basic?
Layla's guest room - grommets in bedside tables so guests can easily turn off and on - genius!
Stylish unlacquered brass.
Industrial looking sconce with metal cord cover.
IKEA's Foto pendant lamp in lacquered aluminum is $20 and now comes in black for 2017.  Here's how the white shaded looks in my home office.  If you're in the market for a pin-up lamp, the one in the top photo sells for $850.  It's a beauty but you can find amazing pin-up lamps at IKEA, Walmart, Amazon and LampsPlus for under $50.  Here's to shining a little light around your rooms.
Stay cool.  Around the Bay Area, we are in our 4th day of 100+ degrees.  In Jennifer's amazing San Jose backyard, even the candles in her terra-cotta candelabra are feeling the heat.   
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  • Glad to know that Rejuvenation carries pin-up lamps, but $355 is a lot for one little lamp! I love the idea of the IKEA one in your amazing “cabin.” Hope to see again one day!

    Kathleen on
  • Thanks for presenting pin up lamps on your great site. I just received my Fall 2017 Rejuvenation catalogue in the mail and loved The Imbrie articulating sconce priced at $355. For our little beach cabin, the inexpensive IKEA lamp you have featured will be a much better choice. Thanks for doing the shopping for me my dear friend.

    Connie on

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