'L' for Lighting Hallway The Victorian House

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

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  • Laura @ Rather Square
    September 18, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I love the orange bench. Good luck with the electrical work and the last days of your pregnancy!

  • jenn aka the picky girl
    September 18, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Love that pic of you! You look fantastic.

    And whoa. That floral. I need it in my life.

  • Ana from Portugal
    September 18, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Ahaha, you just made me laugh, Nicole!
    I love fearless moms, especially when they have the cutest, roundest, 9 months bellies and can still hang some lamps!!
    Go momma!!


  • Sayeh, The Office Stylist
    September 18, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Wow love the hallway fixtures you chose! I love the flower confetti his/hers artwork! So unique and lovely! Great belly shot btw! You’re about ready to pop! Thanks for sharing,
    -Sayeh, The Office Stylist

  • Alison
    September 18, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I love Schoolhouse Electric. I got my kitchen island pendants from them about half a year ago and have been so pleased… really beautiful and affordable.

    Re-wiring the house… that sounds like a massive project! Will they have to tear into drywall? Is it going to be very disruptive to life with a newborn??

  • Vanessa
    September 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    This is the mom in me speaking: “Careful on that chair!” That being said I have to agree with you that the collection is fabulous! Especially the brass planters & Fuller Pendant! I wish the shipping wasn’t so expensive on the north side of the border. #BeingACanuck

  • Jillian
    September 18, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Agree! That bedroom is perfection. And, I love the faceted pendant.

  • Meg@sparrowhaunt.com
    September 18, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    You are just too damn adorable!
    After rewiring our house I was disappointed when we couldn’t keep our original push buttons since they’re not grounded (so not to code). The new ones are almost as good, just make sure you get a ton of extra mother of pearl pieces for the buttons, many of ours fell off and were lost in the first couple of years (luckily they sent more for free)!

  • Sonia
    September 18, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    AAHHH! seeing you up on that chair makes me cringe, so nerve-wracking! you can’t reach the ceiling anyway! take it easy girl… PS: you look great!

  • Alisa
    September 18, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    OMGoodness… I just wanna reach through the screen and catch you.

    But seriously. I LOVE this collection! And I love that you love it, because it kind of reminds me of the OLD Nicole B. mixed in with the Victorian Nicole B. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    Just saying.

  • Sarah
    September 19, 2014 at 10:29 am

    What a great collection! I love that bed. We’ve been looking for a bed for over a year, I think I finally found the one I want!

  • Michelle
    September 19, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Seriously, you should get off that chair! It makes me nervous just looking at you. Can’t Brandon hang the lights? Being 9 months pregnant is enough of a reason to take it easy. Especially how unbalanced the body gets at this stage. Good luck and for goodness sakes be careful!!

  • emily
    September 19, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    that coral bench is calling my name! dreamy collection.