Saturday, January 30, 2010

Let There Be Light!

When I was contacted to do a review for CSN, I was excited but wary.  I spent a week going over their sites, their products, trying to decide what I thought of the company before I responded to their offer.  I read over their return policies, their guarantees, and in the end I decided to go ahead and give it a shot.  Having seen a lamp from them on another site, I decided to do a review over the Sonneman Essex Arc Boom Table Lamp.  It shipped a week ago today, and arrived on Tuesday.  (which rocked, in my opinion)  It was packed well, not a dent on the box, I was able to track it the short time it was in transit, and the woman I was working with was super nice!

Now, if you read my other blog you know I faced some big disappointment with a rug from this week.  It was the wrong one, and their people handled it badly until I kept going up the chain.  So I was nervous to say the least to open the box.  Eventually I tore the tape off, peered inside and stared.  Making sure I was right I took it out and stood it on my coffee table and stared some more.  The thing was huge!  And so shiny!  I thought, "what have I gotten myself into?"  I loved it, but had no idea where to put it.  I had planned on using it at my "office" (a.k.a. desk nook where I am supposed to be writing), but was worried it was too big.  (So for most of this week it sat on our needs-to-be-painted dresser in our living room, since the size seemed more right there.)  I waited for G to get home, and the first thing out of his mouth was "That thing is huge!"  and then "Damn, it's heavy!"  (which for G is a plus, so he was pleased as all get out)  And it is, it's big, shiny, and heavy.  If I could lift it, I could defend myself against an intruder.  Biggest lesson learned, don't just look at the pictures, Kalee, look at the size too!

This lamp is stunning to say the least.  I was wondering how to mesh the chrome uber modern-ness with my more vintage modern feel, but I didn't have to do anything.  I finally moved it to the desk, and not only was the size fine, it was perfect in fact, it will light right where I need it to.  The style blends in seamlessly, and should look even better once we put curtains up.  My desk is where I type, paint and write correspondence, I'm a known insomniac, so light is good for these activities.  And it has a dimmer so it's not going to always be whoa bright if I just want a light on for the comfy feeling.  (you can only type on a computer screen for so long before it's glow drives you batty!)  And I don't have to worry about knocking it weighs 30 lbs!

So here it is in all it's shiny beauty, what do you think?  It's snowing outside which makes for weird light, I must admit, but I love the lamp all the same!  I only had my college style black lamp before, and this helps the area feel a little more grown-up for me.

*Disclaimer* I was given the lamp to do a review of their stores, I was not compensated monetarily for this review, nor did I make any promise of a favourable review if they sucked.  They just happened to rock through the entire process!
(this shows it's shiny-ness a bit better, and my two lovely plants!)


  1. Ooo I like it! I agree that it works perfectly there! Good job! :) And may the new brightness for your "writing" area be inspiration to spend more time there! ;)

  2. It looks great there! I love the style of it. And it's so shiny I can actually see your reflection in it (2nd picture)!! :)

  3. How awesome that you were contacted to do a review! Love the lamp.

  4. I love the clean lines of your desk . Mine is looking too cluttered at the moment, but it has inspired me to sit down this afternoon, go through the paperwork and clear away the clutter!


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