Double Parlor Home Library The Victorian House

More Light for the Library

We’ve come to the last of four #100reveal makeovers in four weeks, using just $100 from Target each time, plus GE reveal® LED light bulbs. I’ve had a total of $4000 in Target gift cards and plenty of GE reveal® lighting to give away too, so that each week, 10 readers win everything they need for their own #100reveal makeovers at home! I’ve already shown the changes I’ve made to the dining room, my work space, and our playroom as part of this series, and the library is the fourth and final space, so let’s get to it!

The Library, Before

What the room needed most was more light. The secretary desk that I’d added recently was fine to use during the day, but once it got dark out, that corner of the room was in shadow. I used half of my Target budget this week to buy a brass floor lamp, and then used the other half for a couple of vases that were on sale.

brass lamp and vases from Target, and GE reveal® LED bulbs #100reveal

I arranged the vases on top of the secretary for a bit more height, and I like that their colors reference the wall color of the entryway just beyond the doorframe. Of course, as nice as those vases are, the biggest change in the library was the addition of the much-needed floor lamp.

Vases and a Brass Floor Lamp from Target

Before and After with a New Brass Floor Lamp in the Library

The other floor lamp in the room, next to the floral chair, had two CFL bulbs in it. Their light was always very yellow, so I swapped them out for GE reveal® LED bulbs. The dingy color they cast was gone, and the pattern in the chair was much more vibrant in the new lighting. Even the books on the shelves looked better!

The Library, Before and After with GE reveal® Light

Light Comparison

You can see more of the library’s #100reveal makeover in this week’s video.


How would you set up a reading spot of your own using GE reveal® and a $100 gift card to Target? Comment on this post mentioning #100reveal for your chance to win!

There will be ten winners drawn. See the complete rules for more information, and good luck!

GE LightingI’m so excited to be a GE reveal® #100reveal sponsored blogger. Opinions are my own, projects have been chosen by me, and additional products used in the project were selected by me and provided by GE reveal®.

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  • Reply
    CR Williams
    March 19, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I wouldn’t set up a reading spot but I would buy something else for my bedroom.

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    March 19, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    i love targets nmidcentury collection. I would love to buy a new lamp, chair and reveal lighting to make a cozy reading spot in my new sunroom!

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    Sandra P
    March 19, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Our guest bedroom, which also doubles as our library, could use some new lighting so the the #100reveal giveaway would come in handy!

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    March 19, 2015 at 7:55 pm


    I want to paint some builtins and add some bookshelf lights above them.

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    March 19, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    #100 reveal .. I’d love to add more accessories and lighting to many of my rooms! It will be hard to choose where to start!

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    March 19, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    #100reveal – I would add new lighting to our
    Living room!

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    March 19, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    We moved to a new home in the fall and baby #2 is coming in June. There are sever spots I could use more lighting and accessories!

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    C Newton
    March 19, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    I have the reading spot, I’d just get new bulbs!

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    March 19, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks for this post…love your decorating style. Thanks!

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    March 19, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    I’d set up a reading spot with two lamps to make sure that I can read easily!

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    Debra Leslie
    March 19, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Wow! I need to try these out. We have a lot of dull lighting at the new house. I will have to try them in a room!

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    March 19, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    I would like to spruce up my reading nook. #100 reveal

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    March 19, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    I would definitely buy some GE Reveal light bulbs (I’m sold!) and Threshold lighting for my living room which is in desperate need of a new lamp! #100reveal

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    March 20, 2015 at 12:34 am

    i want to set up a corner of my office with a comfy chair and a floor lamp, maybe table lamp for reading and for lounging. Sometimes when I’m working kids come in and want to hang out or chat. That would be a good place for them to do that!

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    March 20, 2015 at 3:01 am

    I love reading in the living room, but the lighting is too dim at night. New lights would help! #100reveal

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    Megan r
    March 20, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I’ve been thinking up a reading nook for my son who has recently fallen in love with chapter books. Love the lamp you chose! #100reveal

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    March 20, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Our TV room/den area is very dark so a new light would definitely help. #100reveal

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    March 20, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Love the light reveal! My living room has no overhead light and there a lot of little lamps. I would like to get some more statement lamps and shades to brighten it up with the GE reveal lights! #100reveal

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    March 20, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Well first I’d need to up my cozy reading chair game. Our living room isn’t as inviting as I’d like so I hardly spend any time there anymore. Target has some great chairs that I’ve definitely got my eye on! The Zuo Aventura, Abbyson Living Kendall Tufted Armchair, and the LumiSource Rockwell Accent would be lovely paired with that brass floor lamp (lit with a #100reveal of course), a good book, and a cup of chai. A girl can dream, right?!

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    March 20, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Oh how timely! The light in my living room, right next to the built in bookshelves went out. I would totally use the #100reveal to spruce up the reading area!

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    March 20, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    I’d definitely use the #100reveal lighting in my daughter’s new “big girl room.” I have big plans for the space, I just need to set aside the time to shop and finish!

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    March 20, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I’ve got the same problem! My reading area is really in my bed, but it’s either too bright or too dark… I’d swap out the lightbulbs in the lamp next to my bed for a brighter light. :) #100reveal

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    March 20, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    There is an awkward corner in my living room with an oversized comfy chair too far from the television to be used for much other than reading. The only problem is I do not have a decent lamp and shelf for reading material. This giveaway would help change that! I can see a small bookshelf with a beautiful lamp with GE reveal lighting! #100reveal

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    March 20, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    #100reveal I love what you’ve done!

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    March 20, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    I’m trying to reclaim a room of my own and set up a reading area!

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    Rach McP
    March 20, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    obsessed with this Threshold jumbo architect floor lamp — and it’s on sale, so I’d add a pair of seagrass cubes for magazines #100reveal

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    March 21, 2015 at 8:22 am

    We have these great areas just outside our lofted master and guest bedrooms, I call them the ‘catwalks’, that I’ve been meaning to turn into reading nooks forever. I really just need to add floor lamps and some cute little side tables, perfect for laying down a book and a warm mug.

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    Alex Lee House Plans
    March 22, 2015 at 2:39 am

    Oh dear! The designs featured for the library is very nice… can’t wait to incorporate something similar in an upcoming project. ^_^

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    Kirsten Newcomb
    March 22, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    I have the most comfortable chair in my sitting room but it’s so old and ugly. I would definitely try and spruce it up and get a new floor lamp! #100reveal

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    March 23, 2015 at 2:51 am

    If you’re trying to show the true color differences between the lightbulbs, the best option would be to take pictures using RAW file formats (the big brother of JPG). RAW format is generally found in more expensive cameras or DSLRs like the Canon Rebel line or Nikon D series. It is perfect for these kinds of photos. It is the unprocessed picture, without any influence of the camera on correcting colors/lighting/shadows. Especially indoors, finding “true” white is only possible with RAW format. My picture I linked to shows the difference between what the camera saw in RAW, and true white (found with Adobe Lightroom).

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    March 23, 2015 at 6:31 am

    You did a great work and it is very impressive and thanks for sharing.

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    March 23, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I love the library! I would love a makeover in my office!

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    March 23, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Nice project! I would love to win and get new lights for my living room. Thanks for the chance! #100revealSweepstakes

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    March 23, 2015 at 9:55 am

    The library looks great! Love the décor! Would be great to win such a wonderful prize and to renew some things at home. #100revealSweepstakes

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    Jennifer C
    March 23, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    I have a great chair in my living room for reading but I only have one lamp in the room. I really need a floor lamp to put in the corner with the chair. #100reveal

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    March 23, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    I live in Alaska — I always need more lighting!!

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    March 23, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    I live in Alaska — I always need more lighting!! #100reveal

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    March 23, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    My hope is to build a bench seat next to my picture window and build bookshelves on either side to make it a nice reading nook. #100reveal

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    Janice Gilliland
    March 25, 2015 at 6:00 am

    I love reveal bulbs!

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    June Bauman
    March 29, 2015 at 2:43 am

    #100reveal light could certainly make some
    Great updates in several areas of our house.Good
    Lighting is very important in Alaska, the
    Land of the midnight sun only I the summer.

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    ms tk
    April 3, 2015 at 11:02 am

    i have a little reading nook that could use some fun lamps and great lighting! #100reveal

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    December 15, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    I likewise have a very dark library. It doesn’t even have overhead lighting. I should get on that already! #100reveal

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