build me a home: lighting edition




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Greetings, friends! This week are right in the thick of lighting decisions. I wanted to discuss ALL lighting in one post, but there are so many choices out there, I’m going to divide them up. Today, we’re talking sconces. I love sconces -- they give a little touch of warmth and thoughtfulness to a space, don’t you think? They can also be super expensive, but there are some surprising choices I am loving for under $50:

 

12 sconces for under $50 -- 320 Sycamore

1. Cottage $30

2. Remington $49

3. Schoolhouse $19

4. Mason $42

5. Whitford $40

6. Zinc $20

7. Sadie $30

8. Archie $49

9. Portfolio $22 buy your own shade!

10. Polished $35

11. Arm Sconce $40

12. Dovray $20

What do you think—any favorites? We haven’t chosen yet, but these options are all in the running. I may snag #3 while they still have them at that price, I just have a thing for schoolhouse lights.

I love our electrician -- he walks around with us and plays devil’s advocate, which I appreciate. He knows we have a budget (can you imagine not having one?? You could be Veruca Salt all day long) and warned me about sconces, said they will be at least $80 a pop, why not just do the light bar above the mirrors? I actually do love people who try to save me money, but I also love splendid solutions that don’t break the bank. Bring on some sconces!

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23 comments:

  1. I really love number one and number twelve. I've been surprised at how reasonable Home Depot and Lowes are in the lighting department. Good luck with all your housing choices. I know it can be confusing and tiresome, but what a wonderful problem to have, right? :) Enjoy your week!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! Yes, there is really nothing to complain about, is there?? I love #1! We had it in our basement in our VA home and I am still in love with it and the price.

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  2. I just finished purchasing all my lights for the house I'm building today! I went to WayFair to find just about everything I liked in certain "families" and then googled and searched to find them at different prices. I ended up finding my $300 entry way light on Joss and Main for $150! And then I found several at cheaper prices on amazon. But on some I ended up finding them on WayFair for a good enough price with free shipping and 10% off.

    Overall I stayed under my $1600 budget for my 2300 sq foot house! Hooray!

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    1. That really is no small feat! Smart to find out the names and then to google them! Joss and Main is a great recommendation, although most of the ones I love are sold out by the time I remember to go over there. :)

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  3. Hey Melissa, I'm so glad I have your blog! It's so fun to read. We are just a step ahead of you guys in the home building process it sounds like. I just finalized all my lighting (actually, I have to buy my laundry room lights still, if you have any suggestions! I want it really bright in there.) But I wanted to make sure you knew about the Lowes QSP. It has literally saved me TONS of money in this Adventure! Anyways, get my number from Kelsey if you don't have it and want to chat house savings. It has been my FAVORITE part of this whole process, finding deals. I thrive on it.

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  4. Wow, you really found some steals. My husband and I are trying to decide between building & buying in the next year so I'm pinning this in the event we build. Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to see your new home.

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  5. I love most of these. I hope you will be doing a pendant light / kitchen light post, we are redoing the kitchen and thsre are so many choices it makes my head spin. Your budget choices are wonderful.

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  6. I'm a new reader and love your blog.  I happened upon the $34 rugs, too,  last week at Lowe's.  What a deal! 

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  7. Number 4. ( Maybe you could explain a little more about where you are going to put these? Just curious! ) Good luck with the new house.

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  8. Those are very similar to some of my favorites I narrowed down a few months ago when choosing lighting for our new home. We have #8 in our master bath and they look great!

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  9. My favorite way to find discount lighting is to find a light I love, and then use amazon to find a used/returned light for a HUGE discount. Our dining room light was originally over $500 when I found it (and thought I can't live without this light!), but I was able to find a returned one on amazon for around $150. Such a steal!

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  10. I like 5 or 7. The price is great on 3 but it has bad reviews. It is so fun to watch you plan.

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  11. Melissa-Keep these posts up...you are doing all the work for me! I love them!
    My favorites are 3, 5 and 9!

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  12. 4, 6, 12, and 9 with no shade :) are my favs! Can you use "outdoor"lights indoors?

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  13. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous... I just bought sconces at Home Depot but these are so much more my style! I wonder how much shipping would be... :)

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  14. rolothomasi1/23/14, 1:03 PM

    I love this idea, sweet and simple! Thanks!

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  15. We used #6 for all the lighting on our farmhouse porch and our garage and I LOVE them so much. They were very inexpensive but add so much charm and put out great light. Highly recommend!

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  16. We used #6 for all the lighting on our farmhouse porch and our garage and I LOVE them so much. They were very inexpensive but add so much charm and put out great light. Highly recommend!

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  17. We used #6 all along our farmhouse porch and garage and I LOVE them. They were so inexpensive but add so much charm. I highly recommend them!

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  18. Curious: we are finishing our basement and I'm having the electrician hardwire in for some sconces. Turned up or turned down?!? Our ceiling is fairly low, wood beams, with lots of ductwork. I don't want to highlight the ceiling by using sconces with the light going up, but do the downward ones provide enough light? I've checked already and many of them use 60 watt bulbs. Just wondering your opinion. Thanks for this great post!

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    1. I like the downward sconces -- we used them in areas where we had the ductwork in the ceiling and couldn't install lights above. They do brighten up a space, especially if you use 2 on either side of a group of pictures, a map, etc.

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