At our last house our sofa was placed in the middle of the living room, and so my dh installed receptacles in the floor. We have a similar layout in this house with the sofa, so again dh installed receptacles in the floor.
This may seem like a minor thing, but it makes such a difference, as now we can have table lamps on our end table's either side of the sofa. There are two sockets in each receptacle and dh chose a brass finish but they do come in different finishes.
So the next plan of action was to find a couple of lamps for the end tables. I didn't want to spend a small fortune, but do have to say I have expensive tastes and all the ones I liked we $200+ each. Then there were many I liked but the shade wasn't right, or the base wasn't right, so after exhausting many options I finally found what I liked at Home Depot of all places.
This lamp comes in separate pieces, so you buy the base and the shade separately.
The shade has a quilted look to me, or even fish scales. It's an off white colour, but more white than ivory which is what a wanted and best of all it was only $25, you can see it here.
The base is a metal one and I like how it isn't solid so doesn't look to heavy and clunky and it was only $40, and you can see that here.
They are a decent height and I am so pleased with them and they didn't break the bank.
We have bought a new sofa and our daughter took the old one on the weekend, and the new one doesn't come until Thursday so I will show it too you then. The living room is looking a bit strange without the sofa....
Today's Christmas music a classic song from my teens: