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One Room Challenge: Week 5 (The Lighting)

I had a knockoff Serge Mouille 3-Arm Ceiling Lamp in the den because I came across one for cheap on Craigslist a while back. It’s an awesome light and far better than the dinky lantern that was there, but the scale was all wrong. It isn’t a tiny room (13×15), but it’s not really big enough to support something so sprawling. Plus I wanted to move the task lamps from beside the bed to behind the sofa, and it started to look like there were arms reaching out everywhere!

Taking down the lighting fixture

I was excited to hear that Crystorama was a One Room Challenge sponsor, because I’d had my eye on two of their lighting collections: Galileo and Broche. Once the rest of the room was planned out a bit, I went with the Galileo 8-Light Forged Bronze Chandelier for its masculine spikes and mottled bronze (almost black) finish. I saved my Snapchatted installation process and aside from being delicately stabbed near the end, it was fairly easy! And we now own bolt cutters, so we’ve got that going for us.

Taking down the lighting fixture

Crystorama Galileo Light

After much research and online window shopping, I went ahead and ordered the ceiling fan I’d had my eye on. Goodbye, odd red exit sign fan, hello falcon. I have yet to install it, and I’ve never put a ceiling fan up, but it came with instructions and it can’t be that hard, right? (Fingers crossed.)

Falcon Ceiling Fan, Rejuvenation

Gourd lamps are a design classic that I’ve long admired but never owned, so I figured it was time to remedy that. There are a bunch of manufacturers each offering their own version, but I chose a pair of Robert Abbey 31″ ceramic and brass table lamps. I’ve owned a few other lights by the brand over the years, so they’ve become a go-to for me. Their colors are always beautiful, everything is well-made, and the silhouettes and shades are interesting without being gimmicky.

31″ is the larger size, but there’s also one that’s 22-3/4″ and a triple gourd lamp that’s 24″ high, each in various colors and metal finishes. Brass was an easy choice, but it took some time to choose between the light blue, bone, and peacock blue. Bone is a creamy white that would be the most versatile choice in the long run, but I ruled it out because I don’t actually have plans to change things anytime soon and it felt like a missed opportunity to bring in more color. So then I was between the light or peacock blue, and I chose the lighter one because I felt it would be a better contrast with the dark blue walls.

Light Blue Ceramic Gourd Table Lamp

Besides, I was planning to bring in that darker blue in the bedside lamps anyway! The gourd lamps were provided by Lamps Plus, a One Room Challenge sponsor, and they also sent a pair of the Beverly turquoise ceramic table lamps that I chose for the bedroom.

Turquoise Table Lamp, Black Cannonball Bed

They look a little lonely all by themselves right now, but all will be wonderful through the magic of styling.

I’m putting a chair in the bedroom by the french doors. I played around with a few options that I’d stolen from other rooms, but decided the space seemed a little table lamp heavy. I may go with a simple floor lamp instead.

Which Lamps?

The last light to talk about here is the gorgeous Eloise table lamp. I have a trade account with Circa Lighting, but even with the discount this was a splurge. This dresser is opposite the bed though and since I spend a lot of time in bed reading, writing, or wasting time on my phone before I go to sleep, I wanted something really pretty across from me. So you know, Mr. Muttonchops and a red lamp.

Mr. Muttonchops and the Red Lamp

Imagine flowers there, and you’ve got the vignette.

You’ve heard that lighting is like the jewelry of a room, right? I would totally rock some pieces inspired by these.

Lamps and Lighting in Making it Lovely's One Room Challenge Design

Next week? Reveal time! I have my art wall all figured out and it’s either going to be amazing or a giant flop.

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  • Raquel
    May 4, 2016 at 8:41 am

    The Galileo chandelier is absolutely beautiful. And now I’m all jealous wishing I had a sponsor for my house! Your room is going to look lovely!

  • Em
    May 4, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Did you ever consider combining the den and your bedroom to be one large Master? Since you already have plumbing in the room (sink nook), combining the two spaces may have allowed you to add a Master Bath as well. Maybe this has already been mulled over and I missed it? Just think it’s kind of odd to have a “public space” like a den connected to your bedroom (especially when the kids get older), so was wondering if you had thought about that or have plans for it down the line!

    • Making it Lovely
      May 4, 2016 at 9:07 am

      We have a water line for the sink in the closet, but what we don’t have is a chase for a toilet and that’s the difficult and expensive part. We’d also need to be sure that the supports were in place for the weight of a tub and it would be a huge project. We’re talking $15-20,000, and it’s not a priority right now.

      We’ve been working on other areas first because they’re more important. We’ve already remodeled the second floor to return the hallway to its original configuration and convert a kitchen back into a bedroom. We’re also rewiring the house — the second and third floors are done, along with a portion of the first. We replaced the boiler and the furnace, and combined three separate systems (from when the house was a 3-flat) of both natural gas and electricity.

      As the kids get older, we may reevaluate the way we use the house, but right now this is working for us. I’m excited about finishing up these two rooms because we’ve been living through construction and chaos of some sort for the past few years, and of course there will be more ahead of us. We’d like to fully remodel the kitchen, add central air conditioning (SpacePak, $25-30K, because we don’t have or want to add ductwork), replace the wooden fence in the backyard, repair or replace some of the screens and storm windows, and yes, someday create a master suite. All in due time!

      • Em
        May 4, 2016 at 10:43 am

        Totally understand you’ve got a lot of your plate with this house – I don’t want you to think I was saying “this is what you should do”, I was just wondering if you had considered it combining the rooms!

  • Amanda
    May 4, 2016 at 10:12 am

    1 I just love that dark teal in the den – just gorgeous. 2 I’m glad I’m not the only one who likes weird portraits. I have a drawing of a 70s couple and I’m weirdly attached to it when everyone else thinks it’s a bit spooky. 3 I’m always so impressed with how you combine pieces with very different aesthetics and it just looks so natural! I would never have thought that chandelier would have worked so well in that room. Excited to see the end result!

  • Korin Beckham
    May 4, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    You can definitely install a ceiling fan! Just don’t do it alone. Also if you can have a couple of ladders available that will help tremendously. The hardest part is holding the fan up there while you connect the wires so pick someone with some stamina as your partner!

  • Ashly Schilling
    May 4, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Hey homegirl, if you want to off-load that faux Serge Mouille, I’d like to throw my money at you.

  • Linda | Calling it Home
    May 4, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    love the eclectic arrangement of light fixtures. If feels collected and cool. Good luck with the fan. I’m out.

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  • S@sha
    May 6, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Is the Beverly Turquoise ceramic lamp really turquoise, or more of a cobalt blue? I like it a lot, but the color in the image and what I consider turquoise don’t match up, and I’m wondering if its just not showing true color on my screen?

  • chepados
    May 6, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I would not think you could have a ceiling light and a ceiling fan in the same room. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

  • Alana
    May 6, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    That blue lamp…le sigh. It’s perfect. So pretty.

  • Barbara A Town
    May 10, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    beautiful beautiful lighting! I can’t wait to see the final product :)

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