Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Ok so Im being told that this blogging thing is a winter sport. Can this really be considered a sport? I mean really, Im sipping a toddy with just a splash of vodka,(....the size of a tsunami) and shoving a donut in my mouth; and dare I say I just finished an entire bowl of mac and cheese ( it's considered a vegetable here in the south, I don't make the rules, I simple enjoy them.) So as we enter into our 5th?, 6th? Target Tuesday I can't help but wonder if I am missing the boat of enlightenment. It may take a fork lift to get me to that boat, but could it be possible that Target is on vacation? Oh MY!

My journey today will be focusing on lamps. I love lamps. I know, I know, I LOVE every thing home decor. I suppose that is why I do what I do. But lamps make doing it easier! Lamps are the quintessential accessory. They do so many things. A home decor work horse if you will. They bring proportion and scale to a room. They are decorative with ceramic, brass, glass, painted or wood bases. And the shades! Oh they can just add that little pop of surprise or be subtle and sleek.

Lamps add light. But they also add warmth to a room. No fluorescent bulbs here. I practice many green things, but I draw the line at fluorescent bulbs. They are too blue and cold. They make everyone look blue, and dead. And while the dead need to look good too, their lighting is not nearly as important as other things are.

Target has a decent selection of lamps, but they are quite generic. Nothing overly fun, and as usual Im not keen on the sizes available. In a designers world size is EVERYTHING. If it isn't the right size everything around it will be off. My lamps will offer several different mediums. Glass, ceramic, wood, iron and metal. My favorite is ceramic. I love glazed ceramic lamps with color. I will have different shade options, but my favorite shade is a drum shade. It offers the most versatility, it is sleek in design and it puts out the most light. I will have shades in solids, and textures but specialize in drum shades. All my lamps will be easily mixed and matched and as always they will be classic, easy on the eyes, and tailored in style.

Well hopefully Target is not on vacation. Although Im finding that EVERYONE is on vacation except me! Hopefully while on that cruise, excursion, or adventure you have a moment to open that laptop and give AB HOME a little peek, so when you return we can get to work! Thanks for visiting us on TARGET TUESDAY!!


  1. You are too funny! While I have been trying to use the CFL's in many of my lamps, I don't really care for them. I like your thinking: "They are too blue and cold. They make everyone look blue, and dead. And while the dead need to look good too, their lighting is not nearly as important as other things are."

    I'm not on vacation either; don't feel bad.

  2. I am not on vacation either ;) I sure hope Target isnt either! I found a really nice pair of lamps for my guest bedroom from Target, as well as a cute...can I say..tres feminine..one for the bathroom. My husband must love me! ha :)

  3. Vacation, what is vacation?

    My hubby made me pick out energy star lighting for our new house. Erm, do you know how ugly energy star lighting is? I spent HOURS looking at sites online to find decent fixtures in my budget that were energy star.

    Beam me up, Scotty. Ugh!

  4. I was at Target today and bought a lamp shade that I am going to remake and redo. We'll see if my creativity is ample for that!

  5. i like lamps, but with pretty all decor(in my mind) they are over priced for what they are. plus, they are usually cheaply made and are not durable with kids. can you change that? i know i would love it if you could.

  6. lamps oweeeee, i looove those totally, big or small they always make an impact, it adds the bing zing and everything to a room, nice one

    thx for the comments on the blog, its updated

    take care and keep writing......

  7. vacation is for wussies!! i'm committed! note to self: buy new lamp....

  8. Yet another reason why being a British blogger is Booooo. We don't have Target. YET....!!!

  9. Vacation? What's that? You're so funny Amanda!

  10. No vacation here!

    Lamps!! Thanks for the reminder. I've been neglecting this feature in my home. My husband has installed some really nice light fixtures but lamps make a home cozy. Maybe I'll try goodwill to see if there's a trash waiting to be made into a treasure.
    Yes, I will be on the lookout for lamps!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. haha mac and cheese a veggie- too funny!