Martha Stewart On the Front Porch…a tale of two lamps!

While I was away attending the Haven Conference…

My hubby called and said that Martha Stewart was on the front porch.

What?…Please say that again!…He repeated, “Martha Stewart was on the front porch”..

Oh…my lamps came!…

Lamps in Master Bedroom

I saw this lamp at JC Penney one day…but it was in another color…

…..a color that would not fit well into the room I had in mind.

Master bedroom lamp

I went on-line at JC Penney…to see if they came in any other colors…

They did!…One of the choices was “wheat”….and they were on sale…”REALLY” ON SALE.

The regular price was $195…and they were reduced to $78.00 with an additional on-line coupon.

They are still available at that price!



Martha Stewart lamp/with Pottery Barn Bedding


When I arrived home from Haven, my granddaughter who was there to meet me said…

…..Grandma your lamps came!

I could not wait to open the boxes…

Master Bedroom lamp

For some reason…the lamps had a bit of a green hue in the great room…

However, I did not panic as I would wait until the next morning to view them in the sunlight.

Martha Stewart lamp

The color seemed to be a bit better for the room in the natural light…

Master bedroom lamp

I was walking around the house with my pretty lamp.

Then, “THE LIGHT WENT ON”…when I walked in my bedroom with the lamp…

… was perfect…the perfect color for the room and with my bedding!

It was “A Good Thing”!!

Master bedroom lamp

In addition to my constant quest for lamps and other lighting fixtures…

I also have been searching and searching for the right area rug for my sunroom.

And I obtained these great tips from Martha Stewart.

When reading the tips, I realized that they had a new carpet/binding option at Home Depot!!



The Martha Stewart Living™ bound rug program at The Home Depot is a perfect solution for quick, affordable room makeovers. Kevin Sharkey, Senior Vice President, Executive Editorial Director of Publishing and Executive Creative Director of Merchandising at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia suggests, “Bound rugs are a great way to experiment with new colors, since they aren’t permanent and you can take them with you when you move.” The Martha Stewart Living bound rug program offers over 120 stain-resistant options that coordinate perfectly with the Martha Stewart Living paint palette.


While carpets are wall-to-wall and fixed in place., our rugs are cut to size from carpet, bound, require no installation, and can be moved for cleaning. You can create customized rugs up to 15 feet wide with no seams. A bound rug is ideal for renters as it needn’t be left behind when you move.


In a small room, rugs should cover most of the floor and leave about six inches between the edge of the rug and the wall. In a large room, there should be approximately 10-12 inches between the edge of the rug and the wall.
How do you choose a rug’s color and construction?
As with carpet, keep your lifestyle in mind, as well as the room the rug will live in. For rooms and entryways that get the most foot traffic, it’s best to choose a durable construction that will wear well, such as Loop or Texture. A plush construction like Twist feels great underfoot in bedrooms and family rooms, while Pattern brings elegance to more formal settings. Children and pets cause wear and tear; so for rooms where they spend the most time, consider colors that will mask spills.


Sharkey recommends that if you have a rug under a dining room table, the rug should be large enough that the chairs don’t come off it even when pulled out. Under a sofa, it’s okay to have the two front legs on the rug, and the two back legs off, as long as the furniture doesn’t rock.


So I will be off to HOME DEPOT to check out the bound rug options for my sunroom…

I have had carpet bound before in some of my previous homes and it was a great solution…

… be able to choose a great carpet design and be able to have the perfect size.

Thank you for visiting today…I hope you enjoyed my Martha Stewart Lamps as much as I do…

…..and hope that the carpet tips are helpful too!

I cannot tell you how happy I am that they are offering that option!!

Have a wonderful day!!!

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  1. What a cute story! He has a great sense of humor, Shirley! I love your lamps! They are perfect in your bedroom! The carpet tips are fantastic; thanks for sharing them. Your bedroom has come together nicely! I know you must be so happy with the changes.
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  2. The lamps look great, Shirley! And I was actually thinking of a bound rug for our den…
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  3. What pretty lamps – and boy do I love your furniture!!
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  4. Love your new lamps, Shirley! They’re gorgeous.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉
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  5. Beautiful lamps, Shirley! They look like they are perfect for your bedroom! Have a wonderful week!~~Angela
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  6. Love the lamps, the color is perfect! and thanks for the tip about the bound rugs…I need one for my dining room, so next time I’m a HD I’ll definitely be looking at the rug department.

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  7. Those lamps are so pretty. The shape and the color are timeless. Good choices.
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  8. those lamp bases are so pretty. I love the shape.
    PS- don’t be surprised if martha pulls up to your house one day! 🙂
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  9. Linda Miller says

    Why is finding the perfect lamp one of a decorator’s biggest challenges? I feel your pain. Anyway, they look great in their new home. Enjoy!

  10. Love the new lamps and you are right they are perfect in your bedroom space:)
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  11. Those lamps are perfect in your bedroom and now you have extra money in your pocket for France!

  12. Shirley your Martha Stewart lamps are gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing tips about rugs .

  13. Love those lamps! I have never heard of bound rugs by Martha Steward – I think I will have to go check those out!
    Thanks, Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design
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  14. I do like your new lamps! They seem to look perfect on your nightstands by your bed.
    I just saw a sign at Home Depot about the rugs. We have a local carpet store that does this too and it’s a nice option. That’s nice that the Martha Stewart info spells out some of the details on how to choose the size of a rug.

  15. I love your new lamps and they look wonderful in your bedroom. I also love the fabrics in your decorative pillows! I’ve used bound rugs in my sun room for several years. As a cost effective tip, if you have a retail carpet company in town, they may have carpet remnants in stock (often in large quantities) that can be purchased to fit your needs and they can usually have it bound for you. I’ve always been very satisfied with the end result … at a fraction of the cost!

  16. I am looking for a rug for the hearth room with no luck. Thanks so much for the Home Depot info!

    I love your lamps!!
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  17. “Martha Stewart was on the front porch”…how cute…lol! Your hubby has a great sense of humor. Love your new lamps. They really do work well in the room. You are one busy lady!
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  18. My oh my! That Martha sites gets around! The lamps are perfect in that room. Simply elegant!

  19. They are beautiful! Great when you find the perfect lamp at the perfect price.

  20. nice lamps and I am glad to hear only her lamps were on your porch…LOL….
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  21. Shirley, thanks for sharing the lamps and the info on the rugs. Lamps are my favorite things to select for a room after the furniture. Your post is timely as we have been searching for a rug for our screened porch.

    Thanks again,
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  22. Beautiful lamps and what a deal! They look lovely in your room. Have a great afternoon, Hugs, Ginger
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  23. Fab!!!! Love the shape of the lamp base as well as the color. Glad they worked out!
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  24. The lamps are very pretty. Since I have an uncle that owns a carpet store in NJ, we have been binding rugs and using them as area rugs for years. Can’t wait to see what else you pick out, have fun!!!

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  25. Your lamps look great…and such a bargain! 😉

  26. Hi Shirley, this is one of those if you love it buy it….especially at that price, wow!
    They look great in the bedroom!

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  27. Shirley- Those are beautiful lamps- elegantly simple and could go anywhere. I love them and WHAT a deal!!!! I have a Marthha Stewart bound rug that has worn wonderfully well- xo Diana
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  28. The lamps are great, Shirley. Love the subtle color.

  29. Love your new lamps Shirley! I think bound rugs are a great solution, thanks for the letting me know about Home Depot and the rug program 🙂
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  30. The lamps are perfect in your room! Love getting what I want on sale too. 🙂 thank you for the carpet tips too, I will keep it in mind for the future as we are considering replacing our carpet with wood floors.

  31. The lamps look great! I’d rather see those lamps at my front door than Martha herself.

  32. Pretty lamps. I love your husband telling you Martha Stewart is on the porch.
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  33. Shirley, your lamps look just lovely where you put them! Interesting rug tips!

  34. Your lamps are the absolute perfect shape…I can see why you love them. I have had rugs bound too. My family room is long and narrow so standard rug sizes just don’t work. Good luck at Home Depot!
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  35. Shirley,
    I adore your Martha Stewart Lamps, dear one!!!
    They are the perfect match in your bedroom!!!
    Too, too funny. . .”Martha Stewart is on the front porch.”!!!
    Enjoyed my visit today!
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  36. Those lamps are so pretty in your room! They were a good choice (especially on sale). I know what a great feeling it is to have a package waiting at your front door! I think that’s why I like to order things so much. LOL! Good luck with your carpet selection too. Looks like you’re off to a good start.
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  37. I love your lamps Shirley –
    I had to laugh at your ” it’s a good thing ” you’re too cute!!!
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  38. Those lamps look perfect in there! I love the simplicity of them….they have a very elegant and timeless feel! Can’t wait to see the rug you choose!
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  39. Your lamps are very pretty, Shirley. They look lovely with the pretty linens.

  40. That is funny about Martha being on your porch!;) Your lamps are just lovely Shirley.
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  41. Shirley your new lamps look great! I love your pretty bedding too!
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  42. The lamps have such a beautiful, sophisticated shape, I can see why you love them so much! My eyes couldn’t help but wander to your bed pillows. They are full of texture, which I love and have a total weakness for.

    I’ve been thinking about a rug for under the dining table at the cabin (not crazy about the one that is there) and knowing about this tip you shared has opened up new possibilities. Thanks!!
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  44. They are gorgeous & fit perfectly in your room. I think I need a bigger house so that I can get a pair! ;o)

  45. They’re beautiful, Shirley! We’re featuring them at Home{work} Wednesday and on my fb page. Thanks for linking up each week!

  46. What a perfect color and shape, so classic,you will have these lamps for a very long time.
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