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My birthday present to myself

by Clare Mansell
My birthday present to myself

I’m sure I’m not the only one who occasionally uses their own birthday to as an excuse to splash out on something that they really want, but can’t justify buying? For the last year we’ve had a rather sad looking Ikea paper lantern sitting in the corner of our living room which I’ve been itching to replace, but swapping one functional light with another functional light isn’t really something that’s easy to justify!

giant george angelpoise

I managed to resist some expensive but lovely film lights at Ardingly Antiques Fair last autumn and even resisted spending a Homebase voucher I won on a new light (we bought sensible storage for the garage instead!) but I’m afraid I did crack when I saw the Giant George angelpoise lamp on the Iconic Lights website.


The “Giant George” comes in my favourite shade of yellow, it’s a classic 1930s design (so fits with some of my other midcentury repo pieces) and it’s practical for reading and sewing.

Fortunately the reason I was browsing the website was because I’d just been invited to join Iconic Lights ambassador program and although this wasn’t one of the products they were offering for review they did agree to give me a discount.


“George” fits in perfectly with the strong colours in our living space and is a good match for our little folding Habitat table which Theo loves to sit at to eat his tea.


In fact I’m so inspired by the addition of yellow to the room that I’m going to be adding a third yellow thing next week by jumping on the “partial painted wall” bandwagon. We even have a TV crew coming down to film us doing it for the pilot for a new Interior Design show… But that’s going to be a whole other blog post!

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Karen August 21, 2015 - 4:44 pm

Loving the yellow and a TV Crew sounds exciting. Your house looks amazing will have to come & visit one of these days x

Polly @ Our Seaside Baby August 25, 2015 - 5:50 pm

Love the lamp and it’s colour, definitely brightens up the room 🙂

Em @ snowingindoors August 28, 2015 - 4:49 pm

That’s lush! I’ve got similar kind of big yellow light in the lounge next to ‘my’ spot on the sofa. That bright yellow is such a happy colour and brightens up the room even when it’s not switched on.
Congratulations on becoming an ambassador xx


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