As I mentioned yesterday, we are trying to decide what to do as far as lighting in the living room. Currently we have a ceiling fan with light, a lamp on our new sofa table (more about that later), a lamp on the side table we moved from the guest room, and a stool with a lamp balanced on it (a very temporary solution). Shamefully I still have not taken an updated photo of our living room, but you can see the lamp on the side table below (the one with the white shade) and the lamp with the grey shade now lives on our Hemnes sofa table (I first mentioned wanting that here). The ceiling fan was to my right as I took this picture, and the wall with the trees is just beyond that.
As I said yesterday, we are thinking of hanging a pendant light over the table in the living room. The one I have been considering is the Eden pendant from CB2 (below). The only problems with this choice are that I prefer the color the shade appears when on (right), and I think the diameter for the shade is a bit to large for our space.
I am also ridiculously in love with West Elm’s Drum Sconce and Flat Flush Mount Light. Well actually, as far as the sconces go, I really, really love the way they look, but I’m not sure they are the best choice in this area. I could very easily see putting one of these on either side of our bed, but I love our touch lights from Target, partly because I am lazy (I know you can get touch kits to make pretty much any lamp a touch lamp, but for now I think we’ll stick with our Target lights and drool over the ones at West Elm). I think that the Flush Mount would be a big improvement over the current low-hanging ceiling fan (our tall friend, Jason, wouldn’t hit his head anymore!), and I have looked at a bunch of similar options from Overstock and Lamps Plus but I keep coming back to West Elm based on the size and construction. Another thing going for the Flush Mount is that we could potentially use a gift card from our credit card reward points (although we don’t exactly rack those up quickly, so that would mean waiting longer for the light).
Even supposing we have solved the ceiling fan issue with the Flush Mount, I still want a light over/near the table that could be turned on independently of the Flush Mount. Another CB2 find that caught my eye (but scared my wallet) is the Firefly Pendant Light. It reminds me a bit of the light fixture we made for the dining room, and if we remove the ceiling fan we will have 4 seeded glass globes we don’t need so I could DIY another fixture. The correlation between the two would be nice, since the tables are in eye-shot of each other.
There are a couple other lights that I am in love with, but that didn’t make the cut for this space (and for length purposes I’m not including them in this round up of choices). Maybe soon I will do another post on lights that have caught my attention recently.
Has anyone else made a light fixture, replaced a ceiling fan with a light or put a light where there previously wasn’t one? (Which reminds me I need to post about the process of putting the light over our sink.) Personally I love Kara Paslay’s DIY Mason Jar Chandelier, and if you haven’t seen it you should check it out!