Of all the things to buy for a house, my absolute most favorite is lighting!! Lighting is the jewelry of the room. Think about putting on a nice pair of jeans and a plain black t-shirt. Now think about adding a fabulous statement necklace. The outfit just got way better, right? That’s what the perfect light fixture does for a room. It is the statement necklace to your black t-shirt and jeans.
Since lighting is my obsession, I’ve already bought most of the decorative lighting for the new house. I thought it would be fun to share all the pretty fixtures with y’all. Also, it will be super helpful for me to have a post I can reference in the future that clearly lists the lighting I already have. That way I won’t be tempted to buy a stunning light fixture for a certain room just because I “forgot” that I already HAVE a stunning light fixture for that room!
Let’s start with a couple of lights you’ve already seen in the kitchen and dining room design board. (Btw, here’s a quick link to the floor plan in case you’re curious about where exactly these lights will be installed. Also btw, I bought all of this lighting at Joss & Main. I’ve had incredibly good luck there with lighting. If any of the fixtures are still available on the site, I’ve included the price and a link.)
There will be three of these pendants over the peninsula in the kitchen:
This chandelier will be mounted above the dining room table:
These are the lights that will run down the entry hall and the hallway along the living room that leads to the master suite:
These sconces will be installed in the guest bathroom (along with a couple of recessed lights):
This chandelier will be used in both the guest bedroom and probably the craft room (I need to think through the lighting plan for the craft room more thoroughly since that space will be all about task lighting):
I have two of these very cool rope chandeliers to hang above the end tables on either side of the sofa in the living room:
I also have two of these chandeliers; one for the master closet and one for the dressing area / office nook in the master suite:
And this beauty is for the main part of the master bedroom:
Finally, this practical and pretty fixture will be installed in the laundry room:
So yeah, I have quite the stockpile of lighting. I’m very lucky that my parents have a barn where I can store all this stuff!
The only decorative lighting I have left to buy is for the master bathroom and the exterior of the house. I’m running out of lights to buy! Sadness!
Note: I bought almost all of this lighting in January and February. That’s a great time of year to buy furniture and home decor as there are big sales to make way for new inventory that launches in February. I have found this handy guide from lifehacker.com to be pretty accurate regarding the best time of year to buy stuff. If you have the flexibility to time your purchases, you can save big bucks!