Back today with more updates to the master bedroom. Vol. 3 is all about lighting. See Vol. 1 post here and Vol. 2 here.
The lighting situation in this room when we first moved in was downright ridiculous. I mean 1 sconce?? Who has ONE SCONCE???
The ceiling light was so old and nasty, it just cast a disgusting yellow crack house light over the entire room. Not the kind of relaxing ambiance I’m looking for at the end of my day!
We started out with my favorite vintage alabaster lamps on each nightstand. I love these lamps but in this room, the scale was just off. They were too big, blocking too much of the window and taking up too much precious nightstand surface area. And there was still the issue of that single sconce. That thing was just laughing at me every night. Don’t get me wrong, I love sconces…
Wall mounted sconces were the perfect solution in this case. Each person still gets their own light without taking up any space on the nightstand. Initially I only got one to see if I liked the way it worked. Once I lived with it for a bit and decided I loved it, we installed the second one.
Yay for symmetry! It’s the Boston Functional Library Light from Visual Comfort (best price here). I am totally in love with thew ay these look. They are perfect reading lights and not having tall lamps on the nightstands opens up the room so much. Love that.
The ceiling light is another Overstock purchase. I fell in love with this Robert Abbey Bling flushmount light but again, $665 for a bedroom light is just not going to happen.
This light from Overstock is a dead ringer for the Robert Abbey Bling light minus the fact that it’s not a flush mount.
I ordered it thinking maybe there was a way to make it a flush mount. I didn’t even take pictures of this process because I just started tinkering with the components. Let me be clear here, I am not one to tinker with electrical stuff at all. I’m totally freaked out by the idea of cutting wires and installing lighting, etc. This required no cutting of anything. I literally just unscrewed the top part connected to the chain and looped the chain directly to the top of the light. The support rods come separately and install directly to the top canopy. But once I had screwed the chain in to the top of the light, I didn’t need them. So I just didn’t install them. I PROMISE it’s not complicated. It took me all of 3 minutes.
So no, it’s not a flush mount light as you can see. There’s about 3″ between the top of the fixtures and the ceiling. But 3 inches to save $415…uh, yea I think I’ll take that. In this photo you can see the loops on the inside of the fixture where the support rods were supposed to go. I won’t lie, installing all those crystals was quite the task. But I was SHOCKED at how high quality this fixture was. The crystals are gorgeous and heavy and solid glass. One of my best Overstock purchases ever, for sure.
So there you have it! That’s it for now. Thanks to everyone who weighed in yesterday with my 3rd window dilemma. That will definitely be the next thing I tackle in this room. And then there’s this totally blank wall that is in desperate need of some art.
And in the interest of full disclosure, here is the wall opposite the bed. Yes, I have an IMAX screen in my bedroom. Our room in NC was seriously 3x the size of this one but I was not about to get rid of this TV for a smaller one, so don’t judge 🙂 (p.s. if you ever wanna come over and watch Mad Men with me though, you’re welcomed to!) Also in the corner there is Knox’s old glider that I’m irrationally not ready to part with yet.
I debated adding my favorite wallpaper to the room (Katie Ridder’s Leaf) mostly because I’m obsessed with this paper and need it SOMEWHERE but after this little mockup, I’m resigned to the fact that more is not always more.
Back soon with more updates!