Budget Statement Light Fixtures

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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Weekend Reading

June 27th, 2014

It’s been an interesting week around here, I’ve spent much of it looking at tile samples until my eyes glaze over. Also picking up extra power tools and packing dishes and furnishings to load up on the moving truck next week as we head out to the desert to start work on the house. We’ll be living there during the renovation journey (going back and forth between CA and NV) so it needs some furniture, there is much to do to get ready. I start to perspire just thinking about it all…

This setting looks like a better way to spend a summer day. I hope you are all squeezing in some serious down time this month where you do nothing but catch up on a pile of books and magazines followed by an afternoon nap.


mauldin designs 

A few more favorite links from the past week…

Speaking of Airstreams, this is one fab makeover.

Tropicalness. Yes please.

Questions to ask when you hire a cabinet maker.

Five myths of vinyl flooring.

I used this app today. Warning: very dangerous for your wallet.

How addicted are you to your phone? There’s an app for that too.

Trademarks for bloggers: how to and why you should do it.

Anyone can draw.

Such a lovely wine country wedding. (Congrats Crystal!)

Amy is a (first) class act.

A map of favorite fictional places.

The impossible task of ranking Meryl’s performances. I couldn’t possibly, she is consistently amazing.

Bronzer round up (#5 is my fave, smells divine).

How to travel around the world in 80 days.

Upcoming event! Next week I’ll be hosting a Twitter chat in partnership with Glidden to answer all of your paint related questions. It’s Tuesday July 1st at 7 p.m. EST/4 PST. Follow me and Glidden Paint on Twitter to join in with the hashtag #Gliddenchat to participate!

My fellow blogger and color expert Maria Killam is hosting a summer school webinar called Renovate with Confidence with a focus on choosing the right finishes when making upgrades to your home. If you have a bathroom or kitchen remodel in your future, you should definitely consider this course. Click the button below and follow the link to “Webinars – Summer School” to enroll! (affiliate link). It’s $100 off through Sunday.    

maria summer school


My latest articles at Better Homes & Gardens and My Colortopia:

metal wood mix

yellow paints

Mix These: Metal + Wood

Choosing the Right Yellow

Don’t miss the entire Color 101 series where the MCT team breaks down the basics on choosing any paint color on the color wheel. 

Summer movie recommendations! Both the Edge of Tomorrow and How to Train Your Dragon 2  were so great! (My kids made me watch the first one so I was up to speed, loved it!) I also saw Chef  last night which make me smile throughout, what movies are you loving lately?   


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