Southern Home Must-Have: Tiny Lamps

Give any room of your house a glow-up by adding a little light

Photo: Bess Friday

A lamp by Visual Comfort in a bar designed by J. Kathryn Interiors.

If you visit a Southerner’s kitchen or library or bedroom, you’ll likely notice a bevy of comforting and welcoming decor ideas, including special attention paid to ambient light. That’s because the right warm glow in the right spots can make or break how friendly and cozy a space feels. 

Lately, I’ve been drawn to the world of smaller lamps, even tiny ones, that provide a sunny beam of light on bedside tables, desks, bookshelves, mantels, and countertops. Below are a few of my favorite sources.


This handmade design from Hwang Bishop softens utilitarian spaces like a kitchen. $1,010;

photo: courtesy of Hwang Bishop


Pairing this tiny wood base ($148; with this patterned shade ($98;, both from Anthropologie, would introduce a little moment of graphic interest on a bookshelf.

photo: Courtesy of Anthropologie


A modern, bubbly look by Schoolhouse strikes a handsome note as a task light on a desk. $299;

photo: Courtesy of Schoolhouse


A dainty scalloped raffia shade and glossy chocolate brown ceramic base from Serena & Lily would bring a little glamour to any corner. $258;

photo: courtesy of Serena & Lily


This example from Visual Comfort has an ideal silhouette for any style of home bar—like something out of a Wes Anderson hotel. $479;

photo: courtesy of Visual Comfort


An all-black lamp like this one by Currey & Company will balance any wall color or pattern with flair (and lends a noir edge). $238;

photo: courtesy of burke decor


Jayson Home’s monochromatic concrete lamp would perch perfectly on a stack of books in a library. $78;

photo: courtesy of Jayson Home

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