I have fallen in love with my lighting all over again. As darkness greets us earlier each day, I am guilty of turning on all the lights. I first noticed on Halloween, “Wow, I am so glad I got that light fixture”. And then, our house was recently featured in the Hampton Park Terrace Home and Garden tour. Over 30 days of bright sunshine and then that one rainy day of the Home Tour, and “I was so glad I got that light fixture”. I find myself staring at the lit ceiling being so happy that I went for a little extra bling to light up the newly renovated house.
I probably spent more time shopping for light fixtures than any other component of the house during the renovation project. I treated it as if it would truly be the jewlery for the house. It was like shopping at Croghan’s for the perfect bracelet, necklace, or earrings, except I was looking for the perfect light fixtures to adorn the house. And somehow, whenever I saw it, I knew immediately what would be the perfect fixture. I didn’t buy right away and I shopped early in the renovation project. I allowed my self plenty of time to stalk the fixture I wanted, hoping I could get it on sale. As a result, I got some pretty good bargains for some pretty cool light fixtures. Here are my tips for finding the perfect light fixture for your home.
- Study online inspiration rooms to find out what you love, what makes you smile. You can find tons of inspiration rooms on Houzz and One Kings Lane to name a few. Once you find what you love, spend time searching for the best deal.
- Shop in the less obvious places. Don’t just go to a lighting store (although they can be a great resource). Venture out into consignment stores and furniture stores. I found this dining room fixture at Steven Shell. They have some very dramatic pieces, which is what I wanted for my dining room. Spend time looking up when you go there. They have some special, unique light fixtures.
- Don’t forget to update your lamps. I shopped Pottery Barn, West Elm, and Home Goods for just the right lamps to compliment the room after it was done. I had not updated lamps in years, and it was time. Even new lamp shades can update an existing lamp.
- Take advantage of design services. I was visiting NYC and on a whim, made an appointment at The Studio, One Kings Lane for design services. It was an absolute wonderful experience. I had my room dimensions and photos of furniture I planned to use in the space (my living room in this case). They designed the room for me using my pieces and new pieces with a complete layout, accessories, and LIGHTING. I didn’t implement everything they suggested, but I did find a version of the light fixture they recommended. This was such a fun thing to do and they were incredibly encouraging with no pressure, just joy in design!
Your light fixtures really do add the finishing touches on your home. It’s your house bling and don’t we all love a little bling?!
The really good photos are by Gillian Ellis Photography, others by moi.