My first "adult" apartment was essentially a cave. It wasn't underground, per-say, it was more sunken-into-the-ground-and-also-nooked-up-againest-a-"cliff"-aka-the-parking-lot. The point is, it was really, really dark and a bear could comfortably hibernate in it.
So, as newly minted adults do, I went to IKEA, where I got lost for 6 hours (Google Maps should have an app just for navigating IKEA stores. Wait, light-buld-over-my-head, that's a brilliant idea...). When I finally emerged, I was empty handed and appalled at how dull and expensive most of the lamps were. Yet I didn't want to bear another night in the cave, so I went to Walmart and bought a boring lamp for $30 (Walmarts in Orange County are nicer than Targets on the East Coast, but still).
Working in fashion, my nightmare was to show up in the same outfit as someone else, so you can imagine my (I want to say "disgust" for shock value and to really drive my point home, but I also want to be respectful-- you'll see why-- so I'll say "surprise") when I visited my 26 year old brother and saw he had the same exact boring Walmart lamp (now you understand why I went with "surprise." My brother's fantastic, but he's more financial advisor than fashionista-- respectfully, Bro-seph).
Now that I have 30 years under my belt, I'm older, wiser, and IKEA is now my nightmare. However, I'm still pretty cheap and still don't want my home to have the same decor as my brother's bachelor pad (I haven't changed that much), so I often DIM (Do-It-Myself) or turn to vintage shops and handmade boutiques when I want someone to DIFM (Do-It-For-Me).
If there's one thing my adult-self has learned, it's to avoid big box stores for home decor (and everything...) and stick to supporting small businesses (or yourself) to make your home look cooler (and not like a boy's post-BA-bachlor pad), to keep your wallet fuller, and to prevent yourself from going insane because IKEA's a freaking nightmare.
Click the DIFY links below to shop the featured lamps or click the DIY links to learn how to Do-It-Yourself.
1. Steel arrow wall light by Hit and Miss Limited
2. Industrial chandelier light by Luke Lamp Co
3. Industrial wall light fixture by Vex Decor
4. Skateboard vanity light fixture by ZAL Creations
5. Mason jar ceiling light by Lamp Goods
6. Bulleit bourbon lamp by Graffiti Glass
7. French statement table lamp by Soooo Frenchy
8. Chandelier with Edison bulbs by Benclif Designs
9. Camera tripod floor lamp by StudiORYX
10. Roller skate table lamp by StudiORYX
11. Bell jar table lamp by Southern Lights Electric
12. Wine bottle pendant lamp by Gnome Called IP
13. Edison industrial desk lamp by The Rusted Key 14. Green wine bottle hanging lamp by BoMoLuTra
15. Color block wall/ table lamp by madda design
16. Cardboard pendant lamp by Gray Skunk
17. Antique book lamp by Knick of Time
18. Modern table lamp by DL Designworks