Thursday, August 4, 2011

Favorite Fixtures

I adore lighting.

For many, choosing light fixtures for their home can be a daunting task.  Walking into a store that carries nothing but lighting or a store that carries an abundance of fixtures can be extremely intimidating.  I used to feel that way.  We'd walk through the Home Depot and the lights would flicker on and off as if they were trying to confuse me.  Those sneaky lights.  As years passed, I began to develop more of an idea of what I liked.  I also knew where to shop.  It took making mistakes and taking chances.  Currently, the cottage has beautiful lights gracing the ceiling.  However, some of the fixtures are a bit too rustic/tuscan for my taste buds.  When touring the home prior to us signing the papers, I envisioned each room and what light or sconce would work and then reality hit me.  Lighting is expensive, my friends.  In our past home it took us years to change out each fixture.  My best advise is to either utilize Craigslist (can be your best friend) to sell your used lighting or find options that won't break the bank.  Here's some of the lighting in our house now...some has already been swapped!

So far we've changed two lights...

{dining room}

{half bath}

Some of my favorites.
...Some under serious consideration...

{mariestad from ballard designs}

{chaumont from ballard designs}

{moravian star pendant from ballard designs}

{verdi sconce from ballard designs}

{armonk from pottery barn}

{architectural salvage chandelier from pottery barn}

{capiz pendant from pottery barn}

{reed star sconce from pottery barn}

{vintage single sconce from pottery barn}

{boston library fixture from bellacor}

{hyde park plug in sconce from bellacor}

{salento from bellacor}

{industrial cage pendant from shadesoflight}

{industrial chic sconce from shadesoflight}

{landmark lighting schoolhouse pendant from cns lighting}

{savoy school house light from cns lighting}

I could go on for days.
We're hoping to take a trip to the Ballard Designs Outlet.
Crossing fingers.
The Pottery Barn Outlet happens to be in close vicinity.
Mission: LIGHTS

light up your life

 *photos courtesy of ballard designs, pottery barn, bellacor, shades of light, cns lighting

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