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post #1 of 66 Old 07-10-2015, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Finding Sensible Items in the Modern Age

I'm re-posting this from our social thread to start a general discussion on modern madness:

Hi folks, something I had to show you all. I mentioned I was still looking for bedside lamps to suit the Bush Room (https://www.flickr.com/photos/redmoonsanctuary/ and scroll down to the room with the raw timber wall). That's because since I last went lamp shopping, I seem to have fallen off the planet and landed on a cheap replica... I am just looking for a traditional turned-timber or timber/wrought iron type lamp, you know, like they pretty much all used to be, shouldn't be too hard...

Well, in the local shops not a one. I remember a few months ago, we bought bedside lamps for our bedroom from a second-hand shop, nice ones in turned timber/wrought iron, and I just bought new cherry red lampshades for them. (Will show you these when I've finally hemmed the bedroom curtains! )

But nothing at all like that. The bases all look like vases now, or rubbish bins, although they did have a very kitschy pink plastic cockatoo as well. Has the world gone mad where you are also?

So tonight I started looking online. Under "traditional lamps" I found these:



For just under $90, you too can have a design that looks like a toilet roll core on a stick!




Or - how about a psychedelic tampon on a stainless steel stand?




Or you can spend about $130 on something that looks like a shower head.




One of the vases I was talking about. Aren't we supposed to keep electrics away from water?


Now to other sources:



IKEA offers this charmingly elevated wastepaper basket. And it's only $20.




Or you can have Barbie Doll's blender, it's very affordable at $15, also from IKEA.



How about this retro 1980s computer look? About $50 from Bunnings, our biggest hardware chain.



This is around $150 and reminiscent of prosthetics.




Hmm. Not sure what this is, or its price, but kinda not interested...

Man, what happened to design?

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post #2 of 66 Old 07-10-2015, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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...and for these and other reasons we generally get a lot of our stuff second-hand or make it ourselves! Any nice DIY projects of whatever are totally welcome on this thread!
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post #3 of 66 Old 07-10-2015, 11:50 PM
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Oh, those made me laugh!

I don't have any photos, but like you, I buy second hand. I either go with the vintage look or put my own spin on it.

My latest project is making a headboard for a twin bed out of a picket fence gate I found on the place when I bought it. I have a boarder in that room right now though, so it will be September before I get it done and up.
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Actually, I like some of thise.

The one with the boxy bottom would look cool in that room with the wood wall.
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I'm not a fan of modern décor so while I'm waiting for decent fabric colors to come back in style my livingroom furniture keeps looking shabbier and shabbier.
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I found this by searching "country style furnishings".

Primitive Lamps
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I am a member of a local Facebook "Garage Sale" group and I buy so much stuff from there.

Like a lovely, homemade, secondhand, massive full wood bookshelf for $50. Just like random stuff. I got an iron towel rack the other day, and a free full wood wardrobe that was about 40 years old and more solid than many you see these days.

Buying new there isn't much at the moment. You can get little kits to turn things into lamps. Like it has the cord and bayonet and you can attach it to anything really.
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Your descriptions made my day.
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post #9 of 66 Old 07-11-2015, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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Actually, I like some of thise.

The one with the boxy bottom would look cool in that room with the wood wall.
Well, we clearly disagree on that one. We think that's a total mismatch! The vase thing looks twee, if that's the one you mean, and the 80s computer sculpture isn't right for a natural-material room. None of these are candidates.

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post #10 of 66 Old 07-11-2015, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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I found this by searching "country style furnishings".

Primitive Lamps
Thank you, JCG, some of these look very nice! Shame postage from the US is so expensive.

I'll try the same keywords for my next Australian search.

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