It’s actually kind of funny that I’m sitting here in the near-pitch-black writing a post about my favorite sources for indoor lighting. We have exactly 3 lights on our entire first floor that work properly and none of them are in the dining room (the only room I can use a computer without tiny hands pushing random keys). So yay for big windows, although I could use a little more sunshine today, and yay for writing a post that will motivate me to remedy this 1840’s-era problem…
So lets get to it…
My favorite place to find classic lighting is Schoolhouse Electric. I especially love their pendant and ceiling lights. If you’ve ever renovated (or just lived in) an old house you know the struggle is very real when it comes to lighting. Very few outlets, the inability to (easily) install recessed lights, etc. Schoolhouse Electric was a saving grace at the Hill Street house as we did away with all of the awful Home Depot ‘boob’ lights and replaced them with chic period lighting that looked intentional and stylish.
When it comes to sourcing modern lighting there are SO MANY great designers. Lumens is a great place to start as it is easy to navigate all of the different styles, designers, sales, etc. They even have some fun, modern furniture and home accessories. Added bonus – they have a nice collection of non-ugly fans. And from someone who HATES ceiling fans, this is saying a lot!
The industrial look has been gaining traction in the last few years and is definitely here to stay. My personal go-to for this kind of lighting is Rejuvenation. (I’m actually obsessed with everything on their site, but their lighting game is extra on-point!) Something I love about industrial lighting is that it blends so well with other styles. Whether you’re designing a contemporary farmhouse or a well-pointed home office, an industrial light fixture can be the piece that pulls it all together. Plus, Edison bulbs are just cool.
Not sure what style you want? No problem, Circa Lighting has you covered. A favorite of interior designers, Circa works directly with lighting designers and manufacturers to bring you the best of the best (and the newest of the newest)! We outfitted our entire last house with lighting from Circa and we couldn’t have been happier. Something I especially love about them is their knowledge and customer service. The whole company is lighting-focused, so if your curious what kind of off-the-wall lightbulb your new fixture needs, they are happy to help you out.
Everybody wants to know they got a good product at a great price. When it comes to lighting I always seem to find these deals at Ikea and Wayfair. Ikea is great for trying something new and/or for transitional spaces. I especially like using Ikea lighting (and furniture, for that matter) in kids rooms and playrooms as you know you’re going to be re-styling them before you know it. Plus a lot of their lighting has a fun, whimsical vibe that works perfectly in these spaces. Wayfair is another great catch-all since they don’t conform to one style. (Tip: If you find a designer light that you just love but can’t afford, look around for a similar style light at a fraction of the price on Wayfair. Case and point: The Darlana Lantern at Visual Comfort verses the Carmen 6-light Geometric Pendant at Wayfair. You’re welcome!)
I recently came across these two lighting designers and I’m more than a little obsessed. So like any good blogger, I’m happy to share with you my recent (great!) finds. Say hello to Sazerac Stitches and Koska Mickael. I am particularly into Sazerac Stitches’ fun sconce colors. I’m thinking about using them in my kitchen, or perhaps the powder room, and maybe the master bedroom too…haha.
Koska, on the other hand, has less practical implications for me (as his designs are crazy modern and my house is not). But the French lighting designer/artist does have an amazing table lamp that I’m dreaming of using in a home office somewhere. Maybe I’d actually be excited about doing work! The ‘Lampe Seal’ is kind of too awesome for words, so I’m just going to leave it here…
And that’s a wrap! I hope some of these sources are new to you and help you find the perfect light for your space. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to buy some of these wonderful creations for my home – I just can’t handle the dark anymore!