Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Love in Lighting!

Lighting is so important in a home and with out the right amount of lighting you can find yourself in the dark. We added all new lighting in this home and it really made all the difference. Get creative when using lights. We mixed it up and put many varieties of lighting in the guest house including:
recessed 5 inch can lights, a McKenzie Childs white teapot chandelier,
two fabulous pewter and crystal chandeliers over the kitchen island and a unique
Shabby Chic glass chandelier in the small bath.
Have fun with your lighting and think outside the box. If you stop and take a look around your favorite room in your house, it may be telling you that it's time for a lighting update.
  • Lighting Tip #1: When updating your lighting in your home, get white recessed cans in 4-5 inches. The 6 inch cans look more out of date and can be overwhelming to the space. Outline the perimeter in your room, being sure to highlight draperies, artwork and other accents in your room.

  • Lighting Tip #2: If updating your entire home, don't break the bank on background fixtures. You can get really cute lighting for less at Lowe's, home depot, Lamps Plus and other discount stores. Than you have more money to spend on the show stoppers like over a dining table or kitchen island. Put your money in the right place and don't worry about the hallways so much as the kitchen!

  • Lighting Tip #3: Lamps, Lamps, Lamps. You can find great lamps if you look in the right places. Shop at local furniture shops, antique shops and my favorites, TJMax, Marshall's and Target. Not only do lamps offer warmth and dimension in a room, but if done correctly can offer the perfect light for reading a great book.

Lighting can be fun, exciting and sometimes overwhelming. you can easily update the look of a room by making some small lighting changes. Even if it means just putting in a new lamp next to your favorite reading chair or by the bed. If the lighting world has got you stressed and overwhelmed and you can't decide on the right lighting, seek help from a design consultant. It can really help you save money by getting an expert involved in the decision making process.

Lots of Love on Lighting!



Rue said...

Hi Dana,
I came over from your Sue's blog and I just wanted to tell you that the guest house looks wonderful. I'll bet her parents are thrilled :)

take care,

Anonymous said...

I've enjoyed watching the progress... it looks great! Beautiful pictures of the boys too. You are blessed.
Love Pam

Celene said...

Wow! What a beautiful home. How wonderful for you. I love the tea cups light with the black and white shades. You have stunning taste. Come on by my place for a visit. God Bless, Celene

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Dana! You have done a fabulous job on the Guest House. All of your hard work has paid off. Love, Angie

Sugarplum Cottage said...

Love the guest house. You have a wonderful way of decorating. I may can use your help, the chandeliers are gorgeous. RoseMarie