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Splurge vs. Steal: Tripod Lamps

This week’s high-end/low-end contenders are almost exact matches

Splurge: Tripod Floor Lamp, $350
This three-legged floor lamp from Design Within Reach would be the perfect accent to a midcentury room. The sleek, minimalist legs are powder-coated steel, so they reflect light without being too shiny. The polyester shade is topped with a perforated aluminum diffuser to help soften the light. Wondering where the cord is? It’s threaded inside one of the legs and comes out near the bottom—a nice design touch that helps maintain the clean lines.

Steal: Floor Lamp With Drum Shade, $99
No, you’re not seeing double. This is Target’s version of the tripod lamp—and it’s a steal at just $99. Here, you get the same modern look plus a punch of color with a marigold drum shade. And we like the details on this one, such as the texture on the shade and the little on/off pull chain.

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