Mismatched bedside lighting & tables

As you probably know, I love vintage and retro stuff. As Mike says, I'd usually rather buy old stuff more than new. Thankfully he doesn't mind--at least I'm not paying full retail price.
Shopping habits like mine mean we have a mismash of different items throughout the house. There isn't a buffet to match the dining table, our side chairs weren't purchased with the sofa, nightstands next to our beds vary and many of our lamps aren't of a pair. But that doesn't mean we can't make them work for our spaces.

And then there's the design principle of balance, which I'm a big fan of. It makes things seem right, it evens out the playing field, it always works. But I often struggle with how to achieve balance with my random assortment of items.

Take these two lights, for example. I've blogged about them before, they're two of my favorites. The hanging lamp on the left was a surprising thrift store find last year (remember what I found out about it after looking online?) The tall gold number on the right was made by my great-grandma in ceramics class and lived in the master bedroom at our old house, as seen here. It even has my grandma's signature on the bottom of it!
They're fantastic lamps, but their uniqueness makes it challenging too.

And then there are the mismatched nightstands. Actually, this particular arrangement all started with the mismatched nightstands. The bedside table above is a part of a set. It matches the bed, which is nice and easy. But there's only one--a little harder.

So I brought in this cute little table (that I transformed here.) The only problem was that it was significantly shorter than the other table. I put the giant gold lamp on it. Then I decided to hang the other lamp at the same height to try to achieve some sort of balance with these four unlikely friends.

And what do you know, I love it. I love it even more than I would if I had two matching tables with two matching lamps. It feels balanced but fun.

What do you think? Do you ever break the "rules" of decorating?

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  1. That hanging lamp is gorgeous!! So fun and colourful, what a find. I like mixing it up, too. But balance is much trickier when working with non-matching pieces.

    1. Thanks Tanya! I love love love that lamp too. It makes me smile. What's better than that, right?

  2. P.S. I was blog-tagged and now I've tagged you! Hope you're into some bloggy-fun games!

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    And have an awesome day!

    1. ooo! Thanks! I love these things--I'll have to put a post together!

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