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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  • Katharine
    March 17, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    I’m sure the GE #100reveal bulb would really help my husband’s little reading corner in our living room!

  • Bridgette
    March 18, 2015 at 12:06 am

    I’d set one up in my bedroom. We have great light in the daytime but early mornings and nights could use some light!

  • JC
    March 18, 2015 at 6:48 am

    I’d set up a reading area near my daughter’s craft/sewing spot with GE Reveal! #100reveal

    Thank you!

  • Nicky Jones
    March 18, 2015 at 7:02 am

    I’ve got the perfect little corner with nothing in it! It’s crying out for a #100reveal. A little side table and some decent lighting and I’d get to work on my stack of not-yet-read books!

  • patricia g
    March 18, 2015 at 8:06 am

    #100reveal I would probably buy the same brass floor lamp to spruce up our living room

  • Haleigh
    March 18, 2015 at 8:15 am

    I would set up a little reading nook in our bedroom. I have a stack of books on my to-read list, but life always gets in the way! #100reveal

  • Alli
    March 18, 2015 at 8:16 am

    I’ve been reading your #100reveal posts (and watching, thanks to your GIFs!) with some skeptism, but this post has me convinced. We have a serious issue with this type of yellow lighting in our living room and I would love to brighten it up with GE #100reveal.

  • Julie
    March 18, 2015 at 8:19 am

    wow, totally off topic but would you consider sharing what eye makeup you’re wearing… maybe a tutorial one of these days? :) Looks amazing!

  • Jenny A.
    March 18, 2015 at 9:46 am

    #100reveal – I could use better lighting in the bedroom for late night reading.

  • Holly
    March 18, 2015 at 10:24 am

    I would really love to get some good lighting in my living room. I’ve got a reading nook and an area where I keep all of my knitting supplies and the light is entirely too dim for me. I’m sure it would make my dad happy that I’m reading and working in better light, too… he always comments on that :)

  • barbara
    March 18, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Easy- much needed lamps from Target and #100reveal bulbs!

  • Judy N
    March 18, 2015 at 10:51 am

    #100reveal, I have the reading spot but need some floating shelves and pretty file boxes to corral my stuff. And maybe some bookends, too. The GE #100reveal bulbs will make everything look better in that corner!

  • Isadora
    March 18, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Would love to bring new light into my kitchen! #100reveal

  • Jessica
    March 18, 2015 at 11:20 am

    I’d put a #100reveal toward some organization for my office area and the kids’ playroom.

  • Diana Connor
    March 18, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Would love to set up a reading area with the help of #100reveal and target!

  • Christina
    March 18, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Hi Nicole!

    Thanks for another chance to win! That brass lamp is exactly what I need in the reading nook of our living room; fingers crossed. #100reveal

  • Stephanie
    March 18, 2015 at 11:47 am

    #100reveal I would bring some new light into my kitchen. It is a sad dim yellow right now.

  • Christina
    March 18, 2015 at 11:47 am

    #100reveal – Thanks for another chance to win! That brass lamp is exactly what I need in the reading nook of our living room; fingers crossed.

  • Nitya
    March 18, 2015 at 11:53 am

    The library is looking nicer and nicer with every update. So, I guess your worries about too much oak are put to rest, right :)?
    Also, really like your earrings!!

  • Emily
    March 18, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    #100reveal – what a pretty light! I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at lighting lately. I’d add a new throw and pillows to a cozy reading chaise I have set up – and buy a new book too, to see how the pages look with GE reveal bulbs!

  • Tori
    March 18, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    I can’t believe how big of a difference a simple bulb change makes! We are getting ready to move and will definitely be making the switch! And a gift card to Target wouldn’t hurt either ;) #100reveal

  • chaille Clarke
    March 18, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    we live in a 200 year old house and rely on lamps for much of our lighting. My husband loves to get up early and spend time in the word. He needs a good reading spot! #100reveal

  • Heather
    March 18, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Comfy chair or some floor pillows and just the right light. #100reveal

  • Jamie
    March 18, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    #100reveal I would buy the same brass floor lamp – love it!

  • Taffi
    March 18, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    My son, who is almost 3, has decided he’s a “big boy” and doesn’t want to be rocked. BOOHOO to this mommmy! So to brighten my world, GE #100reveal bulbs would be used in my new bedroom reading nook, which would include the glider I used to soothe him. Now it can be used to soothe my soul!

  • Ashley
    March 18, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I would use the GE #100reveal bulbs to set up a special reading spot in our new school room over a comfy armchair.

  • Lori
    March 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I’d put those bulbs in my wonderful lamp in the sunroom and read away… #100reveal

  • HollyO
    March 18, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    I would love to setup a cute reading book for my kids using new lighting from Target and #100reveal. Library looks great!

  • Jessica
    March 18, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I could totally use a #100reveal makeover in my reading nook that’s currently tucked in a corner of our living room.

  • Julie
    March 18, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    I will try these! #100reveal bulbs..just blew the other bulb in the dining room.
    And thanks for the tip on that lamp.

  • sue gaughan
    March 18, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    love the difference in the light. #100reveal I would replace some bulbs and lamps in my dining and living rooms for a less harsh light. Something more natural and soothing! Plus – the lighting is more flattering & I would look younger!

  • Eva D'Intino
    March 18, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    My daughter’a room has the worst lighting, so tht would be first to change in her book nook! #100reveal

  • Sharon
    March 18, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    I’d love to have a reading room with reading lamps situated next to comfortable chairs with cozy throws, with lots of windows and plants surrounding me.

  • Kim Rowell
    March 18, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    I have a mountain cabin with all wood walls, wood ceilings and wood floors. The last thing I need is yellow lighting!! #100reveal sounds like a solution!

  • Elizabeth R.
    March 18, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    I live in a basement apartment and my bedroom is tucked far away from the windows and the lamp light I have is not good. I would use the #100reveal to replace my existing lights and maybe add more!

  • cvjn
    March 18, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    #100reveal for the win. I actually went, to Target and bought some more reveal bulbs for my office which was feeling way to yellow. Next up, I would get better lighting in the living room for reading at night after the kids are in bed. If I get in bed and read, I fall asleep. :)

  • Andrea
    March 19, 2015 at 12:05 am

    so appreciate the great #100reveal giveaway! I’d do pretty much what you did… have been coveting that exact brass floor lamp.

  • Maggie
    March 19, 2015 at 3:29 am

    what a difference the lighting makes! Love the floor lamp and the cute vases. I’ve really enjoyed the #100reveal posts!

  • Norma
    March 19, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Change out my light bulbs for #100reveal and get some sort of chair side table and boxes/baskets to hold bookmarks, pens, and note books. I keep a notebook of all the books I have read. I also have a notebook for note taking and one to collect quotes that touch me.

  • Abby J.
    March 19, 2015 at 7:40 am


    We’ve got a little corner tucked away by our loveseat that needs an end table and a nice table lamp. Our living room light is currently only two badly aging recessed lights, and we really need some more lamps to brighten the room!

  • Marcie
    March 19, 2015 at 7:48 am

    I am hopeful spring is coming while looking at the beautiful lighting change in your home. The energy savings are also an added bonus. We’ve seen almost a 50% rise in energy costs here on the East Coast. Thank you, I am ready to make the swap!

    • Marcie
      March 19, 2015 at 7:51 am

      #100reveal on my list of changes!

  • Holly
    March 19, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Love the blog, the very regular GE-sponsored lighting posts are becoming tiresome even with giveaways.

  • Lori
    March 19, 2015 at 11:26 am

    #100reveal my living room

  • mary
    March 19, 2015 at 11:28 am

    i’d love to try the ge #100reveal in my house – we have such poor lighting that i’m sure these bulbs would make a huge difference!

  • Allison
    March 19, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    We have this great spot in our master bedroom that screams reading nook,and has been what we have always envisioned there– we just have never gotten to it. We are expecting our first child so a nice little reading/sleeping nook getaway will be just what we’ll need. #100reveal

  • Lauren
    March 19, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    I would add a floor lamp to my family room. #100reveal

  • Elizabeth G.
    March 19, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    I would love to try these light bulbs! #100reveal

  • megan
    March 19, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Our reading corner has only overhead lighting. A reading light would be a terrific improvement!

  • Krystle
    March 19, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Need those bulbs! We are renoing our bathroom and the led lights we put in made the colors go south. #100reveal

  • Nicole Serena
    March 19, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I would love new lighting in my casual dining area! #100reveal

  • 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.

  • Laura
    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!

  • 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!

  • Allison
    March 19, 2015 at 7:55 pm


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

  • Katie
    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!

  • Mom
    March 19, 2015 at 8:05 pm

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

  • Sarah
    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!

  • C Newton
    March 19, 2015 at 8:21 pm

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

  • Katheryn
    March 19, 2015 at 8:40 pm

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

  • Rachel
    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!

  • 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!

  • Autumn
    March 19, 2015 at 9:03 pm

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

  • Alison
    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

  • Raquel
    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!

  • Erin
    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

  • 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

  • Heather
    March 20, 2015 at 11:25 am

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

  • Sara
    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

  • Emma
    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?!

  • Sofia
    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!

  • Brooke
    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!

  • katie
    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

  • Kendall
    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

  • Erin
    March 20, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    #100reveal I love what you’ve done!

  • Allyson
    March 20, 2015 at 7:20 pm

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

  • 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

  • Jessica
    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.

  • 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. ^_^

  • 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

  • Jennifer
    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).

  • Rentalic
    March 23, 2015 at 6:31 am

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

  • Claudia
    March 23, 2015 at 9:49 am

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

  • Victor
    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

  • Claudia
    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

  • 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

  • Dana
    March 23, 2015 at 7:34 pm

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

  • Dana
    March 23, 2015 at 7:35 pm

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

  • Caitlyn
    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

  • Janice Gilliland
    March 25, 2015 at 6:00 am

    I love reveal bulbs!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Chelsea
    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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