September 24, 2012

Tuesday Ten: Lighting

Elegant lighting is always something I admire in a home. I think it speaks volumes to the homeowner's style, and taking the time to personalize and upgrade builder basics is easy and makes a huge impact. Whether your budget is large or small, there are a plethora of options out there to warm up your rooms.

Below are ten looks I'm loving.
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A crystal chandelier is a classic symbol of beauty and I have always dreamed of having one in my entry. For now, I'll keep dreaming.
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How adorable is this lighting made out of glass decanters? So perfect for a bar area but also unexpected when used in another area such as a hallway.
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Bold and interesting floor lamps are a great way to make a statement and add some interest to a room. I love this one, but affordable options can be found a thrift stores and simply spray painted. IKEA also has a lot of great floor options. Bold table lamps are another way to make a statement. I have tons of these throughout my house that I have found at thrift stores for under $10 and painted.
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Side note: how adorable/awesome of an idea is this faux sunburst mirror? What an incredible idea to just paint the design on the wall using a small mirror as the center. Totally affordable and easy. Look out for a post on this in the future. And if any of you do it too, send me the end result and I'll show it on the blog.
String lighting adds a romantic feel to an outdoor area, and adds a nice touch for events. I think it's always fun to add these indoors as well, even outside of the holiday months. There are so many variations of string lights to choose from, but sticking to the basics will give you the best bang for your buck. Think of stores like Target and Walmart or even old holiday lights from a yard sale, just make sure you test them out to ensure they work before you hand over the cash.
Basket lights are always eye catching, and this one can easily be a DIY project using a simple string light kit and an old wire basket. I love the look of this for a little boys room or over a rustic breakfast table.
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This magnifying glass lamp really caught my eye while shopping this past weekend. It is a really fun conversation piece, and I love when art is functional. It also comes in a floor version, which I'm kind of obsessed with, but clearly it's way out of my price range.
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