The OVERLOOKED But Simple Upgrade That Can Transform A Space!

When I first started finding my decor style, there was lots of things I did wrong. There were lots of times, I'd fully decorate a space just to feel that something was off about it and it never really looked how I wanted it to. 

It took me a little while to discover what it was that a space needed, and do you know what that ONE thing was EVERY SINGLE TIME, that I needed to pull a space together? 
LIGHTING.

Yes, it can totally make or break a space and contrary to popular belief it doesn't have to cost a ton of money to update your lighting fixtures to give you the finished balance you crave. 

Let me start with the perfect example. 

When we first bought our fixer upper, (almost 4 years ago!) I was pretty clueless when it came to "my style". We had never owned our own place before so everything was a learning process for me. At first I didn't know which direction I wanted to go in when it came to home decor, and we kept everything builder grade basic, as I like to say. Mostly because we didn't have money to customize anything and because we really just wanted to move in. 

Once I started realizing my style, it was easy to see that lighting is the one thing that needed to GO. Our silver light fixtures just clashed with my love for deep wood tones and neutral whites. 

One of the first lights I changed was the one above our dining room table- and WOW, did it make a difference! Just see for yourself and tell me what you think, but don't judge me too harshly. This was about a year after we moved in.
I was confused about many things, but mostly how to shoot in manual mode from my camera.. LOL LOL!! Kidding. But seriously, thank goodness I've gotten a teeny bit better at taking pictures, am I right? 

Back to the topic at hand, you can see that this lighting just sort of clashed with my style, there was nothing about it that I loved. It was clunky, and offered no character, however, I didn't even know what sort of lighting I wanted for this space until I saw this Beauty!
I knew she was the one, sort of a like a love at first sight kinda thing. 
and here she was after just being installed. I was SO proud, still am. I probably could have edited these photos but I like to keep things real around here;) 

And here she is today, in all of her beautiful GLORY!!
Pretty crazy how something so simple can just completely transform a space! 


But I'm not done yet- Wait until you see this awful lighting that Nick picked out for over the island (sorry babe, but you know I've always hated it..still love you though!) 
Yes, this is a really embarrassing picture- We hadn't even moved in yet and were just starting the renovations, we were probably about 6 months in when this photo was taken, but he was so proud to have lighting. *cue eyeroll* no but seriously, truth be told I was really happy too-happy when I could finally rip that baby out and replace it with this gorgeous beauty right here!!! 
And Um, would you believe me if I told you it was under $80?! Seriously, probably the best purchase I have EVER made.

These days we're still in the process of updating all of the lighting throughout the house (ugh, that hall light has GOTTA go!) but as Nick often tells me, we have forever here, so why rush, right? I have to admit, our mistakes over the years have taught us many lessons, we've learned so much from flipping and now one of the first things I budget for is new lighting whenever we get a new renovation project. 

Lighting is one of those things that is so often overlooked, but can truly pull an entire space together. Don't you agree?!! 

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3 comments

  1. As the daughter of an electrician I couldn't agree with you more. Normally the first thing I do in a room is get new lighting!

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  2. I'm just starting to find my light style. I never really cared before but when we bought our current home, I started caring. Mostly because the chandelier in our entry is hideous! It's gold and glass,yuck! I found a chandy that I'm so happy with and will tag you on IG to see what you think as soon as I get it up. I'm so excited to see that ugly one go away. @our_dirt_road_life

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  3. Hi, I just discovered your blog, and so very glad I did! I have been searching for a light to put over our pool table that wasn't crazy expensive and knew immediately that your island light would be perfect. I have it in my Amazon cart and am so excited to end my search. I am now reading your previous posts - great decorating style!!!

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