Lighting the Way

by Cait

Thank you all for your well-wishes yesterday! I’m feeling much better now, and I’m turning my attention away from Grey’s Anatomy & How I Met Your Mother reruns and back to house-related topics, like exterior lighting.

It’s a subject I’ve touched on before, but we have yet to actually buy any. When we left off last time Robert and I had been planning on getting a couple of lights like the upper left for the backyard. Having looked at them in Lowe’s several times since then, we’ve decided  that we prefer the style of the  lower left light for the backyard (slash Robert used his veto power, and I agreed that the galvanized will look nice with the outdoor shower and eventual tank pool).

The light in the lower right is what we already have near the top of the driveway (we replaced it last year pre-blog when the old light began letting rain water in, which besides being generally unsafe was causing the bulb to shatter) and the upper right is what we are currently considering for the front porch. (Sidenote- we replaced the “boob” light from the former owners on pre-blog. Below is a super-old, super-crooked iPhone picture of our previous solution.) We also have these lights from Target strung across our porch.

cheap HomeGoods lantern turned porch light; worked like a charm for over a year

The  style we’re going with for the exterior of our house (at least for the front, but we’ll get to that later) is rustic & electic modern with traditional & Spanish influences*. Yes, that’s a mouthful. (Please, someone invent a design term for my style! If I have to coin a term it’s going to end up something like Dowisetrepla.)

So the question is: should our exterior lights on the front of the house coordinate with the ones in the backyard, or does it not matter? Generally speaking I’m a “buy what you love, the rest will fall into place” kind of person. I think the galvanized lights will fit better with the plan we have in mind for the backyard. We do have a corner lot, but for the most part you won’t be able to tell that the front and back lights are different styles.

What do you think? Do the front yard and backyard have to be cohesive? And also, does your design style mesh bewteen the interior & the exterior of your house or are they totally different?

*The direction of the backyard is a bit more rustic modern while the front of the house is (currently) more traditional. we’re working to make it more modern, with Spanish influences. (Both because of the area of town we live in, and the fact that we love some of the elements of Spanish houses, but more on that in another post.)

15 Responses to “Lighting the Way”

  1. I don’t think they necessarily have to match, but I think they should at least be complimentary. It seems like y’all won’t really have a problem though…. love the lamp on the lower left btw.

    • Thanks Emily! I think the front porch light and the post light will coordinate nicely (which I think is important) and the lights in the back will not be seen at the same time as the front lights, so I’m thinking it doesn’t matter as much?

      Or it could be that I’m completely smitten by those lower left lights.

  2. I would say that as long as they have a common element–be it color, shape, or something else–they’ll work together beautifully. Having things matchy-matchy looks nice and all, but mixing it up is so much fun. Choose fun!

  3. I don’t think they have to match. Our house is that stucco-y stuff with the tiled roof. Very southwestern. The light I have in the front I definitely want it to go with the style of the house, even if it isn’t my favorite style, I’m going to find one that I like and that compliments the style (someday). The back of the house I want to compliment the house’s style, but it isn’t my major concern. That space is more for me. Does that make sense?

    They are all wonderful choices.

    p.s. Hope you are feeling better!

  4. Realistically…you guys are the only ones who are going to notice….do what you love!

    (I do really love that galvanized one!!)

  5. I love your first choice and the latest choice! I’m in the buy what you love camp myself. I just think that things are naturally cohesive that way, unless you’re a really confused person stylewise. Which you are not, for the record ;)

  6. Girl, go with what you love! Who cares what anyone else thinks? If they get to see the front AND the back, chances are they’re either coming to steal your stuff (which means they probably aren’t enjoying the scenery ANYWAY) or they’re good friends (so they’re gonna love you and your house regardless!).

    And if you cant make up your mind, you can always choose them all and just use a few accent pieces to tie them all together!

    I’m 1 billion percent positive that whatever you choose is going to look fabulous. I can’t wait to see!

    • Thanks Britt! That makes me feel better! (Well, except the part about people trying to steal our stuff, eek!)

      I think we’ll probably go with the galvanized ones for the back, I’m falling more and more in love with that one (and the one for the front porch!) whenever I look at this post.

  7. I love the top two lights! So charming.

    Oh, and HIMYM is the best show. My fiance and I watch the reruns every night while we eat dinner. Nice mention of Dowisetrepla!


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