Weekend Snapshots: New Lighting
November 11, 2013
Confession: I've been dying to update the lighting in my home ever since we moved here back in July 2012, but it was one of those projects I had to place on the back-burner due to time and budget constraints. In retrospect, I'm actually really glad we waited. When it comes to projects around the house, I'm finding it's best to wait until inspiration strikes, and then to wait even longer just to make sure it's something I'll be happy with for a good long time.
In the case of the dining room, our previous lighting came from an old white ceiling fan that wasn't obnoxious enough to warrant immediate removal, but wasn't us either. We knew it would eventually need to go, so we'd look through the lighting section at stores and online on a regular basis, hoping something would jump out at us.
For me, it was the big hanging pendant lights that caught my eye. I was drawn to their simple, industrial aesthetic, and I knew that replacing our ceiling fan with one of these would pull the space together. It took a few months to convince Matt (I sent him lots and lots of photos from Pinterest), but he eventually warmed up to the idea, so we went to Ikea and picked one out last week.
While we were there, we also brought home a floor lamp for our living room. This particular floor lamp (Ranarp) was one of our top three favorites (with this one and this one), and now that I see how it looks in the living room, I think we made the right choice. It's a simple change, but it really does cozy up the vibe while serving a functional purpose in that I no longer suffer eye strain while reading and knitting at night!
We still have several rooms in the house that need updated lighting, but I already have a pretty good idea where to start. And now that I've seen how big of an impact the light makes on the surrounding space, I'll probably make those updates sooner rather than later.
As for the candles, well... it's just that time of year, isn't it?