How To Pick The Right Lamp For Your Dresser Emily Henderson

September 2, 2018 7:10 am by sandiego
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How To Pick The Right Lamp For Your Dresser Emily Henderson

Emily is a stylist, author and T.V. host with a strong commitment to vintage inspired approachable home style for every single person. Perfection is boring; Let’s get weird. learn more

My interior design blog remains personal, totally transparent and honest – documenting both proud and embarrassing design moments/mistakes and giving real life pricing and expectations.

This dresser is simple and beautiful (vintage, from Shopclass). I wanted to buy it, but Ginny, my lead designer, snatched it up before I had a reason. She’s the worst. So before she took it home, we shot it a few different ways, to show the transformative power of styling. Sounds like a new self-help book.

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My motto has always been to write and publish on my blog what I personally want to read about.

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This lamp, below, is the big winner for very obvious reasons.

Now, folks the fate of these four looks is up to you. So do yourself a solid and click below (in the poll) to let us know which number you like the best! Once you vote you can see what the tally is  (and no signing in or anything, just a click of the mouse). Oh, and in case you have two that you can’t choose between, you can now vote twice. I actually can’t choose between two of them so I figured some of you wouldn’t be able to either.

As a home style expert who has a strong commitment to peeling back the intimidating layers of the world of home decor, and showing how every person can have a beautiful home that represents their personality, no matter what the budget.

All these lamps are good in different ways, sure, but it doesn’t mean they can just be placed anywhere, all willy-nilly. Scale, style, shape, color, and finish all have to be taken into consideration, or your dresser (vertical or horizontal) will die a sad, dark death.

After styling for magazines and catalogues for years, I started my own interior design blog, won HGTV Design Star, and have gone on to host my own hit TV show Secrets from a Stylist, Author the book STYLED, and create the design firm Emily Henderson Design.

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So, hopefully the quick video helps you when you are stuck in a life or death lamp choosing scenario.

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Much like my love for Fresca, Vietnamese food, marathon-ing tv shows (strangely into The Arrow and The Affair right now) and thrifting, my love for mixing all styles together never wanes. Sure, there are times when one style get more attention, or a new style captures my eye, but ultimately as long as its good, I don’t care what style it is. Of course mixing them together does get tricky at times (which is one of the biggest chapters in my upcoming book), but it can be done.

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This lady is a more modern, but has a bit of granny inside of her (ring a bell?). The large scale of the flower wallpaper is contrasted by the tiny billy ball flowers and the simplicity of that vintage danish lamp (sorry, its mine). The portrait adds an element of ‘the weird’ because the graphic nature of the wallpaper can go really preppy and ‘decorator-y’ unless you shake up that pattern. And everyone should own that book, ‘Collected’. Its just wonderful.

Click through to break down these style and vote for your favorite!

When Sara (social media coordinator/graphic designer over on this here blog) decorated her bedroom for the blog (see here) she said she had a real tough time figuring out what lamp was right, on virtually all of her surfaces. As someone who has placed like 976, 420 lamps on surfaces over the years it rarely occurs to me that it can be a challenge to others. So while we were shooting a recent guest room, we shot this mini video to help with such conundrums.

Ok, so I suppose by this point you’ve realized that they are not 4 wildly different styles but instead four eclectic versions of me. Yes. This ‘me’ is happy, modern, and granny-glam with that dresser keeping it grounded and more masculine. The oatmeal tone of the lampshade is helping it all feel more pulled back and less ‘totally incredibly crazy lady’. Remember my love of trays and that every room could use a tray or two. In a bedroom it makes more sense to have a tray then a stack of books, certainly, and it kinda does the same thing visually.

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I started this interior design blog in 2010 as a journal of my style and home projects with the belief that design should be approachable, informational and accessible no matter what budget.

I believe that your home should look like you, that every room is soul-less without something vintage or antique. I also believe in having fun. Like, a lot of fun.

This lady/man is bold, risky, and dares to put this wallpaper in a bedroom. But, wait, maybe they are so rich that they have a ‘dressing room’ which makes way more sense for this paper. Its metallic gold on navy and its wonderfully weird, unless you are an archeologist, in which case its so predictable. We played off the gold with the brass lamp, but then added color, contrast and femininity with the hot pink accents. Note my old trick (which you’ll see in all of these), there something vertical (the lamp) something horizontal that grounds it (the books) and something soft and sculptural to help bridge the two (the flowers).

Hey pretty fancy-faced lady in your bouffant and your fur. The smaller scale wallpaper needed a graphic, larger scale piece (like the portrait) to break it up and tell the eye what to do. Its like ‘hey eye, don’t get dizzy with that pattern, look into my eyes and get dizzy with love and sensual tension’. The simple lamp once again keeps it from going full on crazy (we put a porcelain floral lamp in there at first and we decided that nobody would vote for it).  Wallpaper: Diamante Red by Hygge and West

What’s a win for us is if these four vignettes are equally voted for. The last few polls (my living room, the pillows) all had a clear winner, which taught us that my readers are eclectic, irreverent, fun, and don’t really want a particular theme. So while some are more pulled back and refined, none are particularly minimalist or contemporary because, well, I don’t think thats who any of us are.

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