11/26/13

What a difference some lighting makes...

Hello, Loves!

So for this week's home decor post, I'm sharing some new updates around here. Well some new, some old. Actually a quick little lighting change up I did (all by myself) a few weeks ago spurred this entire post and sort of triggered me to share lots of the lighting updates we've done around here. Most were done the week we moved in! Some of these are old news to us, but still something I haven't shared yet, so new to the blog, right? ;)

So my point here is that when you move into a home, usually it doesn't reflect your personal style right away. People usually think to change paint colors and of course bring in unique accessories and furniture that reflect their style,  but I've found that a lot of people overlook something that makes a HUGE difference. Lighting.  It can really change the whole feel of your home.
We talk about decor and fun stuff to make your home unique on here all the time, so I can't believe I've never really talked a lot about this subject!

Part of that is because it can get expensive. The other part is because they can be a hassle to install. This post definitely isn't a how-to on that, because the day I start giving electrical advice, I'd probably need to re-think this blog... haha
So we're not even going there. If you're unsure about installing fixtures yourself, hire an electrician to be safe.
Ok, back to the post...

So our house came with builder-grade fixtures. However, they were brand new. So we brought a few fixtures from our last house we loved (the dining room and breakfast area chandeliers) and replaced the ones at the old house with the ones at the new house. The dining room chandelier at our current house was actually really beautiful. Looking back, I kind of wish we would've kept it for the foyer, but the lantern-style fixture in there is really growing on me.  Oh well, it's living at our last house and that's fine by me.

So we'll get to those in a moment, but my point is that we knew we'd want to change out a lot of the "boob" lights. Surely, you know what I mean. No other way to describe them. They look like ceiling-mounted boobs. Not really what I'm going for around here.

So anyway, I'm going to share with you all the fixtures we've added so far, but first I want to share these little guys that inspired the whole "lighting" post.

These are in the little bar area in the basement...


Ugh. that room looks straight up yellow. I will learn how to photograph it one of these days... haha. Until then, imagine it as a pretty tan.

Can you believe I put up those little pendants in less than five minutes??
Ok, don't get too impressed. I cheated a bit- They're a recessed can adapter. They screw in at the top just like a lightbulb. We had these in the kitchen at our last house and the other day it just totally hit me that they would be perfect down there! I got mine from Ballard Designs.  The only catch is that you have to have a recessed (can) light already installed. You just unscrew the bulb at the ceiling and screw in the adapter. Kind of genius.

You may notice the table is gone. Yeah we decided to garage-sale it. I figured it wouldn't really get a ton of use down there. We're still on the hunt for a great bar or maybe a long, taller table that is narrow. So that we can still use bar stools with it. I'll keep you updated!

So speaking of pendant lights... how similar do these look to the ones in the basement??


These are actually hard-wired. We replaced some boob lights with these. We had these in the hall of our previous home too.
But seriously, how cool are the lightbulbs??


They have chrome ends! Pretty awesome. I can't believe we blinded ourselves with regular bulbs in these for so many years. I put these same bulbs in the similar basement fixtures too.

Before we go on, you may notice the little cutie in the laundry room. It was the chandelier in the closet at our last house. I didn't have plans to change the light in there until my dad was over here helping us change out the fixtures and he said, "Hey, let's put it in here."  Good call, dad. Good call.


Seriously how fun is that? Adding a fun little touch like that in a space like a laundry room makes it feel special. I've had this little chandelier for years. I got this one maybe six or seven years ago at Home Depot. I mean, who doesn't want to feel a little fancy doing laundry?

Speaking of fun fixtures (and hanging on to them for years), we added this fun fixture in the little landing area at the top of our stairs in the hallway the week we moved in also.



The hallway is still basically untouched other than the little fixture change up, but I think it made a huge difference!

This guy sat in our garage at our previous house for three years!! I got it on sale at a ridiculous price at a local sale and just held on to it, waiting for the perfect place to put it. Can't believe we never hung it at our last house, but I guess it worked out perfectly!

Here's a very similar one...
This one is nice because it is an actual pendant so you can have some more options.

Next up, the lighting change-up in the kitchen. I have no before photos, because I made it a point to crop the old fixtures out of any photos we took when we moved in. The kitchen was complete with two HUGE ceiling-mounted fluorescent box fixtures. Fluorescent lighting is basically the bane of my existence.
For the few weeks we lived here with them up, I got used to cooking by the light of the chandelier over the breakfast nook and the one recessed light above our sink. It was awful.
So we replaced those with these and have been loving them ever since...



Still contemplating changing the paint in here. It's definitely not as yellow as it looks. It's more true to the backsplash on the left and the front of the island (since those are the same exact colors). Crazy how different it looks up top on camera huh? We think the color is Sherwin Williams Macadamia.
Anyway, those fixtures can be found here.

Ok, so I wasn't planning on going through every changed fixture in the house, but we've come this far, so I guess we'll just keep pushing through! haha
Chandeliers next.

So you may have noticed I changed the chandelier in my closet where I film.


For a tour of this space, check out this post for all the details.

I got such a crazy amazing deal on it (so amazing that they don't seem to be available anymore),  that I purchased two. The other lives in our master bathroom now.


I can't wait to begin the re-do of this room. We've got some HUGE plans to completely makeover the space. Bathroom renovations aren't cheap so this one may come further down the road, but I'm sure you guys know that I'll document all of it here!

I found some similar options below...



Here's our breakfast nook one that we brought from the last house too.


Funny how when we put this one up, it felt more like home.
This one was a great find on Overstock.

For more on the chairs and rug, check out the posts here and here.

And last but not least, my absolute favorite. Our pretty dining room chandelier.


Check out how I made-over these antique chairs in this post.


This one is so special to me. It was our first big purchase for our last home. I'll have this one forever. Well, hopefully I'll have all of these forever! But I just love this one so much. It comes without shades, but I added these pretty black ones I found at the Ballard outlet in Atlanta.
Chandelier shades are awesome because you can change the whole look without having to change the whole fixture. You can find inexpensive ones all over the place.

Whew. I totally didn't expect that post to turn into such a doozie.  It's just that I really think lighting is so fun and makes such a huge difference.

So those are just my updates we've made in the lighting department since we've moved in. I'll definitely update you guys as we change any more. We've got LOTS of plans and a ton more to change.  Can't wait to share it all with you!



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36 comments:

  1. All of these updates look great! I love ALL of these new lights. I bought a new house a little over a year ago and I desperately need to change some of the lights! I might check out some of the options that you linked when the time comes. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Oh how lovely! Love the how the littlest things can make such a pretty difference!

    xo

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  3. absolutely LOVE your decor posts!! Can u do a "how to hang pictures/frames" post? Have a happy turkey day!

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  4. OMG your house seems to be amazing!!!!
    I looove good lights at home, otherwise it becomes fast too alarming!!!!! Like yours!!!

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  5. I absolutely love your home and love all the ways you decorate and light it up :) I wished I had that talent.
    I am a big bore when it comes to this and I can never seem to figure out what the heck to do.
    Thanks for all the ideas. Hope you enjoyed your Disney time :). Lv Lucille :)
    PS Happiest Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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  6. beautiful, all the pictures are like from the magazine. I love your kitchen and your bath :)

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  7. OMG, Love it! Can i Move into your house? :)

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  8. Yes what a difference the chrome light bulbs make! Love them in pendant lights..
    I currently purchase through this website http://www.1000bulbs.com/product/2985/DEC-103070.html

    Aweome blog.....Happy Thankgiving !!!

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  9. I can't get enough of your home posts! keep it coming!! and my favorite were the lights in the kitchen and the star in the upstairs hallway. I've never seen light fixtures like those before!

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  10. Tiffany, you have done a wonderful job with your new home! You are talented in so many areas, home decor being one of them. I loved the idea of adding a cute chandelier in the laundry room, brilliant!

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  11. Wow! So absolutely beautiful! I also have a blog that I share our remodeling journey. But I am blown away by your beautiful home! Good job!

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  12. omg your house is beautiful! Love the way you decorate it

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  13. I think your kitchen would look great painted grey :)
    Such a beautiful home!

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  14. oh gosh, I miss north america houses, here in the UK they are SO small! We have a big house but it just doesn't comparer to our old one in Canada, anywho, I really like your light fittings, I find they are so hard to pick, I am currently looking for two floor lamps for my dining room!

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  15. what a wonderful house you got.. very nice!!

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  16. Beautiful! You're so lovely and sweet ^.^

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  17. God I love your chandeliers! You have a very beautiful home, and I can't wait till we make renovations to ours in the future!

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  18. I absolutely LOVE all the chandeliers! Gorgeous!

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  19. Your house is gorgeous!! I have been on the fence about installing chandeliers, how often do you dust? I had a small one and I felt like I had to clean it every other day.

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    1. Thank you! Well I don't clean the fixtures very often at all. That's probably horrible. But i find the big chandeliers in the kitchen and dining room don't show dust too badly, however, those little clear glass pendants are HORRIBLE. I do feel like I need to dust over those every few weeks or so to keep them looking nice.

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  20. Awh, your laundry room is really cute! ^.^ The Chandelier makes a very nice touch. :3

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  21. Thanks for sharing Tiffany, we just move into a new apartment a couple weeks ago and I have yet to take care of decoration details such as lighting so this post is very helpful and inspiring :)

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  22. Great lighting! I'm intrigued about the wall color throughout these pics. Do you really think it's Macadamia? That's one of the colors I'm considering for our new house that needs new paint in EVERY room ... but online Google Images for Macadamia are much lighter. Now I'm really stumped.

    By the way, your kitchen is fabulous! I hope mine looks as nice (although I can't convince my husband to extend the wood floors into the kitchen. He's a die hard tile guy in kitchens and bathrooms so I hope I can at least talk him into some darker tiles).

    Very classy!!!

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    1. Thank you! I'm definitely not 100% on the paint color. It's just what we think it may be. Thanks about the kitchen! We love the hardwood in there. After having tile in the kitchen at our last house, it drove me absolutely nuts keeping the grout looking clean. So I'm liking it here. I like having the same type of flooring from room to room. It really opens everything up.

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  23. I totally agree on the lighting. Those fixtures look great and your house is amazing!

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  24. Very nice information shared by you. I was just searching this type of information and luckily I got it from your blog. I like your blog also. Keep it up.

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  25. Ha! I have a ceiling fixture that I keep moving with me, this is the 3rd house. When we move out of here, I'm also taking the crystal chandelier in the kitchen! And my family, especially my sister, laughs at me!! Lighting is so important! You go girl!!

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  26. You have an amazing home! I never thought i'd like reading about lighting...but this post was great. It's made me more aware of the importance of lighting in a home, thank you!

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  27. Tiffany your house is beautiful! You have such good taste in decorating and organizing. Very inspiring!

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  28. I'm very impressed with your laundry room. I will change mine like yours. It will give me spirit to wash, haha..

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  29. What is the paint colour in the landing at the top of the stairs? Is it the same throughout - the one you mentioned, SW - Macadamia i'm assuming? It is like the perfect colour of beige! Tiffany, I have said it once and I will say it again, you are by far my favourite person on YT, everything from makeup to fashion I agree 100% with your taste and home decor is just another talent that you posses that I admire. Keep up the excellent work on your blog and I look forward to many more posts to come! You and Brad (and Waylon) have a beautiful home.

    Sending you love from Canada! <3 xx

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  30. Beautiful ceiling light fixture. I was in search of the perfect ceiling light to kitchen of my house.

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  31. Hi Tiffany, First of all I want to tell you, I LOVE YOUR HOUSE!!
    It just showers love and warmth and so well kept. Kudos to you!! And your golden retriever looks too cute..
    Do keep us posted with the new things you add to the house. would love to see.
    Wish you a very happy and prosperous new year! Love, Shivani, India

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  32. I've always watched your videos - not sure why I never knew about your blog (shame on me!). Anyway, I'm not usually one to comment on blogs/videos but I just have to say your house is absolutely gorgeous! I'm working on decorating our new house at the moment and your pictures are wonderful inspirations! Thanks! :) xo

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  33. All lights are giving a gorgeous look to your home. Amazing.. design. I agree with you Light can change the whole feel of your home. A room illuminated with bright light will seem very spacious. While bright light will bring all aspects of interior design limelight. The bright lights will highlight the interior design, even the smallest detail. There are a bunch of awesome Chandelier shades. Thanks for sharing nice lighting design with your beautiful home.

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