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New Lights, and New Favorites

There are three existing lights in the hallway: the one that you can see below, hanging down (which is cute and has a round glass shade), and two others that don’t match. Now that the hall construction is complete and the walls have been painted, I want all three lights to be identical for continuity. I was looking for flush mount fixtures in brass to match the metal finishes throughout the Victorian, in a small scale, and in a classic style. I wanted something that looked good, but nothing that was too much of an in-your-face statement piece (hallways are utilitarian spaces — they don’t exactly need chandeliers!). I’ve been a fan of Schoolhouse Electric’s fixtures for ages, so when they offered to provide lighting, I chose three Newberry 4″ pendant fixtures in brass and these white glass shades. They arrived a couple of days ago, and they’re going to look fantastic.

The New Lighting for the Hallway

(Oof, that belly. Almost done!)

We’re rewiring the house soon and getting rid of the old BX, along with any hidden knob and tube that’s still active (oh, the joys of old houses!), so we’ll have new fixtures installed then. We’re also having all of the switches on the first and second floors changed out for new push-button switches at the same time. There are a few original ones left in the house, and I love them! I’m so excited that all of the switches are going to match.

OK, and I have to share the new collection that Schoolhouse Electric just released this week. We’d been emailing back and forth about the lights, and they gave me a sneak peek at everything… and whoa. Way more exciting than finishing up a hallway! First of all, this bedroom is perfection. You know I love a good Jenny Lind bed, and a good floral.

Schoolhouse Electric Bedroom, Fall 2014

My favorites from the new line are below. I want to put a room together around all of these pieces! Can’t you just see it? So awesome when a collection leaves you feeling inspired.

Favorites from Schoolhouse Electric, Fall 2014

  1. Brass Planters

  2. Flowering Confetti — His — Silhouette Framed Art

  3. Flowering Confetti — Hers — Silhouette Framed Art

  4. Wayne Pate Bouquet Framed Art

  5. Fuller Pendant — White Glass

  6. Charcoal Stripe Linen Duvet

  7. Ceramic Bud Vase

  8. Woodland Meadow Sheet Set

  9. Library Ladder

  10. Lenox Bench — Canyon Coral

The 30 Best Flush Mount Lighting Fixtures

Opening up the hallway in our renovation meant that the two lights on one end don’t go with the newly exposed third light from the back side of the house. It’s not the worst thing in the world but the mismatched fixtures irk me, so I’d rather not put them off. Of course, this means I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at flush mount fixtures lately. So many of them are so ugly! There are some great ones out there too though, and I’ve narrowed down the assortment out there to the 30 best — presented here for your illumination (and mine).

The 30 Best Flush Mount Lighting Fixtures

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Flush Mount Lighting Fixtures Under $100

  1. Bell Flush Mount Lamp, CB2
    Sometimes modern design like this comes with a big price tag, but these little guys are affordable and available in white and brass, or black and steel.

  2. Oxnard 2-Light Ceiling Brushed Nickel Flush Mount, Home Depot
    A sleek and simple light without a lot of fuss for a great price.

  3. Alabax Medium, Schoolhouse Electric
    Adorable! Choose your porcelain color from marigold yellow, gray, white, or black.

  4. Vanadin, IKEA
    A faceted fixture that looks like collectible milk glass.

  5. Nantucket Ceiling Light, Shades of Light
    The antique copper finish lends some antique charm, but you can also choose matte black or brushed stainless.

  6. Allen + Roth Harpwell Oil-Rubbed Bronze Ceiling Flush Mount, Lowe’s
    The clean lines and oil-rubbed bronze make this a simple but handsome fixture.

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Which Chandelier for Eleanor’s Room?

The dark blue walls and ceiling in Eleanor’s room look great, but the room definitely needs more light. The fixture hanging in there now only houses one bulb. She has a bedside lamp, one on her bookshelf, and a rabbit light on her dresser, but she’s a kid. She walks in and flips the light switch — she doesn’t look around and think “ooh, some ambient lighting over in the corner would really add to the space!” So I’ve been looking for a nice chandelier for her with more light output. Ideally, I would have liked it to be either brass or a fun color, and I’ve found plenty of fixtures that I like. But I have expensive taste in lighting, and some of my favorites were thousands of dollars. Thus, two bronze options from West Elm, both bought during their 20% off lighting sale.

West Elm Industrial and Mobile Chandeliers

When I ordered them, the Mobile Chandelier was on backorder, supposedly until May. I bought the Industrial Chandelier at the same time, figuring that it might look OK and that I wouldn’t have to wait six months for a light. They both shipped out right away though, and I’m not sure which one would be better in E’s room.

West Elm Mobile Chandelier

West Elm Industrial Chandelier

They both take on different looks, depending on which bulbs you pair with them (they don’t come with any). I had that frosted white globe in August’s sconce, and I think I like the look of it for E’s fixtures more than I would an Edison bulb, but smaller round bulbs could be cute too. And I would love to add some detail to whichever light I choose by adding brass tape* around each socket, but Kathryn wisely cautioned me to see how hot they get first.

What do you think?

* Or maybe gold adhesive vinyl? It hasn’t arrived yet, but I ordered some for Eleanor’s starry ceiling since a few comments mentioned some potential issues with covering painted stars later.

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