Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Client's Home Office {Lighting}

Originally, for this design project, I thought I was in the clear and wouldn't have to look for any type of lighting for this room.  I picked out the ceiling light for them months ago when they built the home, and we all still like it, so it is staying.
Light from Lowe's
And their existing desk lamp has a really nice shape to it, and is nice and heavy.  Great quality.  Just the wrong finish.  So, I am keeping that and going to give it a quick spray paint makeover.  More on that later.

So, lighting was covered.  No lighting to pick out!  One less thing to put on my to-do list!

Well, that was until I saw this sneak peek picture of the bookcases going in the room!

the bottom section will have doors

The bookcases look amazing!!!  I am so impressed with how well the homeowner built these and I can't wait to see them in the room!  

This is what I sketched up on my computer for the homeowner to build the bookcases.

But, my first thought, as soon as I saw these....I said, "these would look awesome with library lights shining down on each section!"  Well, guess what?  That is exactly what the homeowners thought as well!  So, now we are looking for lights!  And I am so excited because these bookcases are going to look 10 times better with lights!

This flat area is going to be perfect for mounting and wiring 3 library lights, but not just any library light.

They must include all of these things. 
1.  An on/off switch on the mounting plate of the light.  
(something about the way the wiring is being done, they have to have an exposed switch)
2.  Bronze Finish - to match the existing light
(or brass to match the decor)
3.  Adjustable Head - So, the light shines into the bookcase and not just on the floor
4.  Goose Neck - Or at least a long enough neck to showcase the curiosities in the bookcases.
This might be impossible to find!  This is when that moment of "I know exactly what I want, we'll see if I can find it" starts happening.

Do you know my Indiana neighbor girl north of me, Thirfty Decor Chick.  She has an amazing blog to check out if you don't.  Well, her dining room bookcases were our inspiration for my client's bookcases.  And I remembered she added lighting to her bookcases as well.  So I had to go back and find the post and check out her journey of how she found her lighting.  We are both kind of on the same page as far as the style of what we were looking for.  Thanks to Sarah at TDC, a lot of the initial internet sites were checked off my list.  But I still had some looking to do myself to find just the right light in just the right price range for my clients.
Pottery Barn
This is it!  Exactly what I had in mind.  It looks like it can be hardwired as well to hide those cords.  But at almost $200 a piece, I am not sure my client will go for that -- we have 3 to buy!

Ballard Designs
I may have found the perfect alternative to the more expensive one!  At only a little over $100 each, that sounds a lot more reasonable on price especially when you see all it can do.  The arm is adjustable so the light can placed closer or further away from bookcase and the head of the light is adjustable so you can shine the light on any area inside the shelves.  The finish is bronze, so it would match the existing pendant perfectly.  We might have a winner!

And if I look closely, is this an on/off switch on the mounting plate?!?! Oh, I hope so!!

Here are some close runner ups I am also considering.  I like the idea of some of these as well.  I think I need to see them in person.  A trip to Home Depot and Lowe's it is!

Home Depot

Home Depot

Home Depot

 I still like the one from Ballard Designs the best.  It has everything we are looking for.  Off to do a little shopping.  Let's see what we decide on!!


  1. Oh my goodness, it's going to be so pretty! Kudos to them for building them!

    1. Thanks! I hope you will follow along until it's all together! I think you will love it! It is great to finally hook-up with a fellow Indiana blogger as I am just getting into this whole blogging family! I would love to chat more in the future and get an inside view of how you have made your blog so successful!!


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