Elma Family Kitty Photography Pip {the ordinary moments}

My spot


Last weekend we made a sort of impulsive purchase.  Impulsive because we made the decision in about three minutes while also jogging an increasingly wriggling Pip around the shop and talking to the girls about why we weren’t going to get pink fairy lights just then, and not, because we’ve been talking about it for the last ten years.

And that momentous purchase? We bought a lamp.

Space for the Butterflies

Space for the Butterflies

We’ve lived in our house for more than ten years now and in all that time our lighting in our lounge-dining room has been two overhead bars of four lights each.  They’re nice and bright and we can see what we’re eating for dinner but it means that the lights are either on or off. Any “mood lighting” has been candles (which we love) or only switching on one end of the room.

Space for the Butterflies

A lack of plugs (this house has a ridiculously tiny number of plugs in every room except the kitchen which has more than anyone could ever need) an a worry about the children knocking over a table lamp rather limited those options, but we’d talked for ages about having some sort of a lamp at the end of the sofa so that I can see to knit and sew without having to have all the lights blazing, and we can have a cosy, winding down to bedtime sort of vibe.

Space for the Butterflies

Im not sure whether it comes under my “less is more” (less light) or “more is more” (more sources of light) but it was definitely on my list of Intentions for the year.  It came home on Monday, we put it up in minutes, and now it looks as though it’s always been there, which is exactly what we wanted.

I knew we’d use it when we were watching a film as my personal knitting light, but it’s fast become our usual evening light and it’s so funny watching the children’s reaction.  There’s just something about a cosy pool of light that makes you want to curl up in it, and that’s exactly what all three of them do, like a trio of sleepy little hygge fairies.


But when they’re all tucked up and dreaming it’s my spot. My corner of the sofa.  If you need me, that’s where I’ll be, tucked up with a quilt and my knitting and the corner of the play kitchen to hold my scissors. Perfect.

joining Katie at Mummy Daddy Me for the ordinary moments

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  • Lindsay @ a mum seeking sun 14/02/2016 at 11:22 am

    I love some mood lighting and also have my designated space on the sofa right next to the toy box which makes for a handy table for tea/wine/gin etc!
    Your lamp looks great!

    • Carie 14/02/2016 at 10:06 pm

      It’s multipurpose furniture!!

  • LauraCYMFT 14/02/2016 at 2:34 pm

    I love having a lamp in our living room. Somehow having the “big light” on makes it seems really intrusive whereas the lamp makes everything really cosy and homely.

    • Carie 14/02/2016 at 10:05 pm

      It’s definitely the time of year for warm and cosy isn’t it!

  • Evelyn 14/02/2016 at 5:26 pm

    that looks like such an inviting spot. Isn’t it funny how changing the lighting can affect the feel of a room so much. I’ve got a lamp near my side of the sofa for knitting, it makes such a difference

    • Carie 14/02/2016 at 10:05 pm

      It’s lovely isn’t it – your spot sounds very inviting too!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 14/02/2016 at 6:57 pm

    That definitely looks like an inviting spot. Funnily enough we have always been the same, until last year. I never really got on with lights, I couldn’t figure out what would look good in our room, but now we have actually invested in quite a few. It definitely makes the room feel much cosier. xx

    • Carie 14/02/2016 at 10:03 pm

      I think for us part of it really is the plugs, but also it’s only now we’ve got the children that we’re not spending our evenings working or out at classes/the gym etc so we want to make it even cosier!

  • Sherry 14/02/2016 at 7:44 pm

    We haven’t had lamps for a few years as the hubster hates them but I really do miss having the altered light. Your sofa spot looks very inviting and I may have to push him to buy one again 😉 #TheOrdinaryMoments

    • Carie 14/02/2016 at 9:54 pm

      It’s one of those things we’ve been thinking of getting for years and I’m so glad we finally did – but I can understand the reluctance – with our little ones around anything less sturdy would be under threat!!

  • Becky 14/02/2016 at 8:56 pm

    Candles and lamps in the evening make for the most relaxing atmosphere, especially smelly candles too! x

    • Carie 14/02/2016 at 9:53 pm

      I love candles – beeswax ones especially, they smell like honey!

  • jemma@listoflovelythings 14/02/2016 at 9:16 pm

    oooh I am inspired! We need a light in our lounge! It looks a perfectly cosy spot for knitting xxx

    • Carie 14/02/2016 at 9:52 pm

      It’s amazing how much difference it makes I can’t believe it took us so long!

  • Rachel In Real Life 17/02/2016 at 11:54 pm

    I know exactly what you mean! Once Cheeky Chap has eaten his dinner, the overhead light goes off and the lamp goes on. The overhead light comes back on while we have our dinner later and then goes off leaving only the lamp until we head to bed. We usually head to bed around 9.30 pm and watch TV there, where again, we will have a lamp on rather than the main light! It just feels more relaxing, inviting and somehow warmer.

    • Carie 18/02/2016 at 8:15 pm

      And right now cosy is a very wonderful thing – it’s just too cold and wet in the outside world 🙂

  • Sally 10/03/2016 at 9:48 am

    It looks so cosy and relaxing just in photos, never mind the real thing. And I had never realised this before till reading your post but – I (possibly we, but definitely I!) need a lamp in our sitting room too! You have given me a moment of revelation!