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Budget Statement Light Fixtures

Monday, June 30th, 2014

I’ve been spending a lot of time focused on pendant lighting lately, the best kind, the statement kind. But this girl is on a budget and so the fixtures I seek must accommodate my wallet’s limitations. Great overhead lighting is the jewelry in a room, it can be silver, gold, bronze, textured, or colorful, but it’s the finishing touch on a fantastic space and not to be overlooked. Am I right?  

coral chandelier

grey crawford 

So many light fixtures that I adore cost a small fortune aka money I should be saving for my kids’ college funds. Jonathan Adler, your fixtures are hotness, but dang, they’re pricey. Oly Studio, same thing. I love you, but I can’t afford you. So a girl’s got to get smart, hunt down deals, watch what fixtures pops up on flash sale sites, and shop at stores that offer affordable options, maybe even create a DIY version inspired by high end designs. Like these.    

Looking to upgrade your overhead chandelier on a budget? The following fixtures are all under $250! statement lighting under 250

metal strap, $99 / semi flush sputnik, $199 / metal globe $199 / firefly $199 / stockholm $99 / faceted capiz $159 / ikat drum $99 / wooden $188 / georgetown $149 / stiletto $229 / marlowe $129 / glass orbs $199 / apollo, $241 / mod euro $169 / jasper $249

Flash sale sites are another great way I score lighting at a discount. I’m patting myself on the back at this recent find, a gloss white rattan pendant purchased with credit from Joss & Main at half the price (below) than retail (above). Perfect for a dining space I’m working on …

rattan pendant

 

I’ll be spending tomorrow packing up the moving truck and then we’re off to Nevada to begin our renovations and celebrate the Fourth with our extended family. I’ll have much home improvement goodness to share in the upcoming weeks, I’m really excited! .

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Etsy Treasuries + Favorite Shops

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

I went looking for a particular vintage brass object the other day and of course one turns to Etsy in such situations. As always I hop over for one thing and end up spying dozens more charming finds, but then I discovered there’s a way to bookmark them there. Pinterest is fab but I discovered with an Etsy profile that you can create Treasuries of favorite items and then share them with the community. How long has this been around? A month? A year? Forever? Anyway, I love it!

Handmade, unique, vintage… it’s those one-of-a kind finds that personalize a space, give it a little quirk, make it feel collected over time and less one stop big box shop.

You can find all of that at Etsy, which is why I love to feature favorite artists and creatives in the Etsy Art I Heart series once a month. I was going to do a roundup of really cool home decor but got distracted curating various Treasuries and Favorite Shops of my own. I convinced myself it’s more efficient to categorize them that way. I created several lists including finds from amazing lighting to quirky things like cat pillows, meow!

etsy treasuries

You can also find over 50 of my favorite go to Etsy shops for pillow covers, gifts, art prints, etc. listed here. favorite shops

Enjoy the galleries and share your favorite Etsy shops you love too, I’m always on the hunt for new treasures…

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