When you purchase a new home there is an endless to-do list and you have to prioritize. It is hard to do, trust me on this. My wants and needs get all mixed up.
What's a girl to do?
One very evident, and blaring thing, or at least in my mind, is we are light poor in our great room. I have plans, trust me, some will just have to wait, but one plan is going to happen!! Yay for me!!
I did a post awhile ago about my plans for lighting in our new home. I had several options that could work. You can see them all here
In that post you will see a combination of lighting choices. One very important thing to remember when choosing your lighting in an open concept home is how one fixture will relate to the others that will be seen in the room or rooms.
With that in mind I needed to consider, my entry hall, dining room, and the table, and floor lamps in the Great room. Lots to think about and plan for, but a necessary step to consider before jumping in and buying anything.
Since we are light poor in the great room this is where I will begin my lighting concept and purchases, or in this case, a single purchase.
We are going to start with the sconces over the mantel since that is one of the darker areas at the end of the room in the evening hours.
You will notice in this image we have a new, "BIG!" TV!! This is something my sweet husband has wanted and waited for, for a very long time. I am so happy for him that he finally pulled the plug and purchased it. However, it has put me into somewhat of a tail spin.
First you have to understand I am not much of a TV gal, I do watch some shows at night with him, but during the day I have beautiful scenery playing along with soft music. I like the ambiance it creates. I know the console table is to small in scale and the mirror now looks like a postage stamp. I will have to live with this for awhile, but trust me I have plans.
Along with the sconces we are going to add some molding above the fireplace to help balance the newest, biggest member of the room. (More on that in another blog post.)
Now back to the lighting I have ordered the sconces and they are on their way. I am beyond excited, this is the first permanent design element that is new to us and to our new home. EEEEEEEE!!!
You all know me well, and know that the decision was made after a great deal of thought, and planning.
Here is what I considered in this process...
The overall look and feel I want for this home....
Simple, clean, uncluttered, warm, inviting with the look of Nantucket, or The Hamptons. Somewhat traditional with a fresh look.
Here are just a few of my favorite looks.......
One of my all time favorite rooms.
The other thing that needs to be considered is the other lighting in the room such as lamps and floor lamps.
Of course I have plans for those as well, but right now they are only plans, and will have to be put on the back burner. Even though they are on the back burner they still need to be considered in the overall plan.
Right now we have one table lamp and a pharmacy lamp, both of them will be placed in another room and down the road I would like to replace them with something like these.....
Floor Lampor maybe this.......
I will have a better feel for which direction to go once the new sconces are in place. However I do want some type of tri-pod floor lamp.
I know I like this style of lamp for this room and it will add to the feeling of a Nantucket, or The Hampton's style room.
The table lamp I am looking at is white with an airy feel to it.......
It still has a traditional feel to it becasue of its shape. I like the black base on this lamp which will tie in nicely with the touches of black in our room.
This is more of a lattice style lamp without any black, it is equally as light and airy, and would also fit in our room.
I made a simple design board to see how all the lighting choices I have in mind will work together.
You can see in this next line-up that I plan on using my black chandelier from our previous home in our new dining area.
All lined up!
This shows the lattice table lamp without the black base.
As always I am having fun making plans for our new home and will continue planning, and sourcing as time goes by, after all that is what I do!!