The shade on this lamp would have been perfect for what I was looking for, but the base was just too plain. Also the shade seemed to sit too far down on the base which didn't help either. It's the first time, too, I had to assemble a lamp other than screw the shade on, but it was simple. I usually make my selections very carefully and trust the reviews a lot, but it didn't work this time. Since you have to absorb the cost of shipping when you return therm as well as they deduct shipping for sending them it took away from the value that's for sure. Had I know this prior to ordering I would have only ordered one for review first, but then again, these were very low in inventory. I also had to chat via internet with a service rep since my return labels never came through as stated in their return procedures. Come to find out Overstock was experiencing technical issues. The service rep was very helpful and was able to issue them directly. I just can't get over having to absorb $14.31 X 2 for each lamp to be returned! That's over $50.00!!!!