Showing posts with label lighting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lighting. Show all posts

Monday, March 28, 2011

Reader's Questions: Window Treatments

Katie asks: "My rental apt has pull-down shades. The problem is it's either privacy OR light, can't have both. I would love to install blinds but cannot afford to do whole new window treatments. Any suggestions?"

Katie, window film, aka privacy film, gives you privacy while still allowing light to come in. It's fairly easy to install and inexpensive. It comes in various sizes so measure your windows and get the size that will give you least amount of waste. It also comes in different styles though I prefer the 'frosted' kind, as pictured above, for it's simplicity.

It's also good for shower stalls with clear glass doors so two people can comfortably use the bathroom at the same time.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Apartment Progress...

(doors from left to right: closet, bathroom, apartment)

Considering the size of the space, I needed a 48 - 55" wide loveseat, anything bigger would be too close to the front door. There were a number of 60" ones that were great, this one in particular, but I just couldn't squeeze it in without it looking and functioning poorly. I wanted something a little low with no arms to help keep an open feel. Finally settled on this one once it went on sale 20% off. There was a large selection of fabrics it could be made in so it took me a couple weeks to choose. I took home several rounds of samples; greys, dark green, and taupe linens. I settled on a woven dark grey and ivory fabric. Eight weeks later...

The rope chair from Ikea (can't find it on their website anymore) is an outdoor chair. I'm looking for a chaise, or two small arm chairs to replace this so it's more comfortable to have friends over. When I do, I'll move the rope chair into the office/dressing area to watch tv.

I found the overhead light and considering the price, couldn't pass it up. The cord runs along the edge of where the wall juts out so it's not so noticeable and plugs in under the bookcase.

The final shot was taken before the pillows and the overhead light, but I wanted to give you the scale, see how small this place really is.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Apartment Progress... Lighting

Lighting is so important, even in a small space. I love the simplicity of these porcelain fixtures so I not only added one to my inspiration board, but put one in the bathroom as well. They come hardwired but you can buy the parts to make it a plug-in; cord sold by the foot, plug, and cord covers. Most local hardware stores carry everything, and while it's pretty easy to put together, ask someone at the store to put it together for you so you understand how it works. I did which helped when the office light just didn't work one day and I knew how it fix it.

The existing light in my bathroom is a combo light/fan that not only gave off crappy light but is really loud so I had to put something else in there. The picture shows how I ran the cord through a cord cover (that was cut to fit) around the ceiling to the plug on the other side of the room. The cord covers have sticky backs which make installing easy, but they do rip the wall when removed so use with caution.

I have an overhead light in the office/dressing room but wanted a lamp and didn't want to waste any desk space. I drilled a hole to pass the cord through to run down the back of the board to give the illusion of it being hardwired.

Cost for the two lights and all parts was less than $30. Now I just need a cool light for the 'living area'; in front of the shelves where the sofa and chairs are going. I'd love this one, or maybe something like this...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Switching Out Ugly Rental Light Fixture

I was finally able to put the new light in the alcove! I used a ceiling canopy which had to have a hole drilled into the cap to let the wire come through, a light kit that was cut and attached to existing electrical mount in ceiling, and an oval paper lantern. LOVE IT!

(Just be sure to be careful anytime you mess around with any electrical work. I had this put in by an electrician).

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Switch Out Overhead Lighting In A Rental

Most of the overhead lighting that comes with apartments are generally hideous which is why I switch them out whenever possible, usually with some kind of pendant.

I like paper lanterns from Pearl River Mart. They make the largest impact while spending the least amount of money. Get a cord kit that an electrician can cut for a hardwire connection.

The last shot shows you can reposition the light if your junction mount is in the wrong spot.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A Light Idea

I thought everyone had their own version of 'evening lighting'...
Using low lighting as opposed to overhead lighting at the end of the day mimicking the natural light helps your body transition into sleep time. I use overheads during the day and then use a bed sconce and table lamp in the evening. 

Do you use 'evening lights' in your home? And if not, do you have trouble falling asleep?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Final Touches To Complete Your Closet Make-Over

(click on bolded text for link) Installing a mirror and light to your closet not only makes it more functional but look super chic as well. You can get a full length mirror almost anywhere for about $20. My brother just purchased several from Ikea and I was really impressed with the minimal mounting hardware it came with. Don't forget to install a hook above it.

As for lighting, if you own your place it may be worth having a licensed electrician install one. If you rent, hang one yourself. I prefer plug in lights but if that's not an option for you, use LED battery operated ones so you don't have to change the batteries so often. In the closet above I used a cord kit with a small paper lantern. By placing a small hook on the ceiling then one in the corner (closest to the door) I guided the cord under the door to the nearest outlet.

Adding a thin carpet to the floor of your closet adds the final touch (see pic in shoe storage post). It also helps keep the dust bunnies at bay.