Let’s start with, I’m not a electrician. You got that right? I am not a electrician… in fact I’m nothing even close to one. But I moved into a house with some of the most run down and out of date light fixtures I had ever seen. This meant I needed to get creative.
Picking a Style
I went into home ownership thinking I had drank the farmhouse style kool-aid and that everything was going to be bright, white and shiny. Then we moved in. I very quickly realized that living on a real farm is dirty, furry, and a bit more down to earth then beautiful white walls.
I spent some time reading Joanna Gaines’s book Homebody. While flipping through pages and pages of dream spaces I realized I wasn’t as much of a farmhouse style person as I thought. In fact I was drawn to a rustic and modern look. Enter light fixtures.
Lights, Lights Everywhere
I had lights from the 70’s and 80’s most of which were rotting away. You see, our house sat empty for a while and here in Florida a empty house is a bad thing. I would go to change a light bulb and find more rust then bulb in the socket. It got to the point that replacing them was easier then changing a light bulb.
Learning to change light fixtures was easier then I thought. There are great YouTube videos to help! Actually if I told the truth I have fixed almost everything that has broken with a YouTube video. Now that I knew what to do it was time to start shopping.
Where to Buy
I found a majority of the light fixtures we used at two places. Lamps Plus and Wayfair. Honestly, I shopped everywhere! I have very low ceilings so I needed flush mounts or something close to the ceiling that was still stylish and these are the two places I found them. On both of these websites I have purchased items on clearance or from their open box selections and I have been pleased each and every time. Keep an eye out for sales, first time buyer codes and more to ensure you are getting the best price. The more things we buy for this house the more I have realized my years of paying full price for something is over.
Since my style is a little bit rustic and a little bit modern I looked for iron and wood finishes. Some gold accents and anything that would make a edition bulb look good! Lighting is a personal decision for many but you have to envision what the final product will look like. Planning to redo the ceiling? What would go with that? Going to someday paint your cabinets? Buy the lights that would look good with a new color. If you don’t think ahead, you will spend more time and money then you need to, getting what you want.
Some of my Favorites
Well, here they are! Some of my absolute favorites that made it into our home.
I’ve learned one thing throughout this process. Trust your gut! If you love it now you will hopefully love it later. And if not, changing it out is pretty easy once you make it through your first one!
What are some of the places you find your favorite light fixtures? Comment below!
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