I love this lamp. I have the floor lamp of the same style and I really like it too, but the table lamp has the added fun of the hanging beads. It's so cute lit up and the colors when it's off are dark, rich and exotic. This lamp is such fun. I have it near a window so I can enjoy the sun coming through the beads and enjoy it when it's off. When it's on the cabochons glow and the lamp gives off a warm cheery light. The base goes really well with the exotic shade and it's heavy enough to keep the lamp stable. My guy had no problem assembling it. The packing is messy but that's about all I can think of as a "downside". Great value for money. I had a wonderful great aunt who owned a lamp from the 30s that this one reminds me of. So glad I finally ordered it. Thanks Overstock!