Light It Up

November 16, 2016

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.

foyer lightI 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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!living room light

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.

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  • Reply Tori Williams November 17, 2016 at 1:22 am

    These are stunning!!! I love interior design :) You have great taste.

    • Reply English November 17, 2016 at 3:05 am

      Thanks Tori!! It has been a journey, a very good one!!

  • Reply Kelley November 17, 2016 at 3:33 am

    Congrats on your home being on the tour! I love your lighting choices too – I was in Steven Shell last weekend looking up most the time pondering lights!

    • Reply English November 17, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      Thanks Kelley! It was fun to show the before and after during the tour, and remember how far we have come on this project! Steven Shell is a great source for lighting!!

  • Reply Gina Catalano November 17, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Just love your fixtures and the this post even more! Being well-accessorized is always illuminating : ) Can’t wait to see everything in person. It is absolutely inspiring!

    • Reply English November 18, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      Thank you!!

  • Reply Cindy Ellsworth November 17, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    I so agree and am having such a hard time choosing the right fixture for our foyer as part of our renovation. They truly are the jewelry of your home. Great advice. Wish me luck!

    • Reply English November 18, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      You got this!! Even Marc approved of the “off budget” bling!!

  • Reply Michelle November 18, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    I am loving your choices. Keeping with the home but contemporary and in style. Like a photo out of Traditional Home. I have lots of old stuff from my Dad’s home in Virginia, so I’m always looking for ways to make it fresh by adding newer pieces with it.

    • Reply English November 18, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      It is amazing what some frabic, pillows and lighting can do to a space to update it! Keep the old stuff ~ you can make it work!!

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