There are two things I’ve wanted to tear my hair out over with the renovation of the 70’s Landing Pad – the master bathroom renovation and lighting. Oh wait, I forgot about wallpaper removal. Make that three things. And then there was the paint color selections. Hell, let’s just go on and admit that this whole reno is going to send me to the looney bin sooner than I expected.
Anyway, this post is supposed to be about lighting. To date, I have bought one single light fixture for the 70’s Landing Pad – a lucite chandelier (just like this one) from a local antique store. You guys aided in that purchase by telling me to go ahead and just buy it when we were chatting about the kitchen plans. When I went to go buy it, it was marked down and I got an extra 10% off, so it ended up being $150. Thanks for enabling me, y’all. I am madly in love with it, but can’t decide the best place to put it. Entry? Dining Room? Kitchen?
And then I started looking for lighting for the rest of the house.
And that’s when I lost my shit and preceded to find the nearest corner to go into the fetal position and cry.
Lighting is expensive. Or maybe I should say pretty lighting is expensive. I mean I could just go with the single bare bulb look complete with white ceramic base in every room and it would only set me back $10 each, but where’s the fun in that?
So I scoured the internet. I promise you, there is not a single solitary lighting site (or lighting store within a 100 mile radius) that I haven’t looked for affordable and pretty lighting at.
While I haven’t necessarily set a lighting budget, I knew right off the bat I can’t (nor do I think I could ever bring myself to) spend $800 on a ceiling light – not even a chandelier. In my head, I was looking to spend $300 or less on bigger fixtures – chandeliers, pendants, and flush mount lights. For sconces, I didn’t want to spend anymore than $100. So here is what I’ve come up with…
Lighting for $300 or Less
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Chandeliers & Pendants for $300 or less
Chandeliers are my weakness. Seriously, if I could put a chandelier, preferably a lucite or crystal one, in every room I probably would. Unfortunately, my pocketbook doesn’t agree with me…nor does Grunt Labor.
2. Black Geometric Pendant, $196 – this one could also work over the banquette area, although it isn’t quite as glam. It does come in more colors as well.
3. Millau 9 Light Chandelier, $215 – This chandelier gets the best bang for your buck award. It’s huge and only $215. I’m not a fan of the fabric shades on chandeliers because they can be a pain in the butt to clean, but I’m wondering how this one would look without the shades. I’ve got one ordered to find out. Stay tuned…There is also a smaller five light version available for $155.
4. Top Hat Pendant, $94 – this is in the running for the light fixture in the Circus’ room – how fun is it?! A top hat as a light! And now that I think about this, I may just be able to DIY it…hmmmm
5. Nested Pendant, $274 – a bit crazy, a bit glam, but fun.
6. Penn Brass Pendant, $97 – these are smaller sized pendants, so they won’t work well for over a dining table, but are great for islands. The hall bathroom in the 70’s Landing Pad has two pendants on either side of the mirror and I’m thinking these would work perfectly for that space.
7. Geometric Pendant, $80 – also a smaller pendant and now that I look at them more closely, maybe they would work better in the hall bathroom. And this is why I have only purchased one single fixture. I effing hate lighting decisions. Thoughts?
9. Black & White Drum Pendant, $200 – This is another contender for the Circus’ room. I think the stripes give it a “circus” feel, but could also grow with her.
10. Botanica Drum Pendant Light, $300 – I just found this one and think it would be perfect for the kitchen with that pop of green. There’s also a smaller version for $229. See – I can’t make up my mind in the slightest.
Flush and Semi-Flush Mount Lighting for $300 or Less
1. Bell White Flush Mount, $60 – the award for best bang for the buck in flush mounts goes to this baby. It’s pretty and it’s a hell of a great deal. This light will be gracing the hallway and most likely the master bathroom.
2. Tekoa Semi-Flush, $258 – I’m totally digging the geometric shape of this fixture.
4. Vega Flush Mount, $249 – this flush-mount is kind of like a chandelier to me – and I like that. A lot. This bad boy is going in my living room at the 70’s Landing Pad.
5. Midtown Vogue, $98 – It does slightly resemble the “boob” lights, but it’s a bit more chic.
6. Cadence Flush Mount, $115 – oh how I wish this one were in brass – it would be a no brainer.
Wall Sconces for $100 or Less
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Shockingly – all of these came from Wayfair. I thought Wayfair was more pillows and accessories and some furniture, had no clue they had such great lighting. By far, their prices on sconces were the best for what I was looking for.
1. Margeaux 1 Light Wall Sconce, $89 – to me, this one has a “bamboo” feel to it. It is also available in a double sconce here. These were a top contender for my master bathroom.
2. The Saber Wall Sconce, $69 – I am 99% sure this is what will end up in the master bathroom.
3. Dunwoody Wall Sconce, $48 – brass may be my first love, but a good shiny chrome is my 2nd.
4. Urban Renewal Sconce, $98 – a brass industrial feel
5. Winston Sconce, $99 – these had me at hello. The only problem was that I was worried they wouldn’t give off enough light with those tiny bulbs.
6. March Sconce, $61 – another pretty chrome option.
7. Chrome Sconce, $66 – and another chrome option.
8. Digby Sconce, $62 – the touch of black with the shade is nice on this one.
We will still need one more sconce for a wall in the den/man cave and I have no clue what will go there yet, but I’m willing to bet it will be one of these.
Ok, what are your thoughts? Which ones do you love/hate/think I should use?
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