** THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED **
I’ve been back home for two weeks and it has been nothing short of amazing. The little things are no longer taken for granted: our own bed, our own bathroom, the five-minute commute to the office…and knowing I can enjoy a morning cup of coffee in my underwear without running into my mother-in-law.
Now that the renovation is (mostly) complete, and the dust is settling, the unpacking has begun. As I’m slowly unpacking boxes and rearranging furniture, we did a little extra sprucing here and there. The unsettling realization I’m having is that renovations are incredibly satisfying at completion, and I fear I may have become a bit addicted to demolition.
So, instead of knocking down another wall, it’s safe to say the easiest way to satisfy my need to update, without a complete overhaul or painting, is to refresh the lighting fixtures. Lighting fixtures are one of the most overlooked items in the home, that can easily be updated to make a big impact on the space. A word of obvious caution, replacing lighting can be dangerous. If you don’t know what you are doing, call a professional. Duh.
Thanks to Wit & Delight I’ve been fortunate to work with some really great brands and partners, Bellacor being one of them. I was introduced to Bellacor earlier this year, when participating in a live styling demonstration at the Mall of America, where they provided lighting. They are a local Minneapolis company, that has become one of my go-tos for projects both personal and professional. Bellacor is currently celebrating 15 years, along with a launch of a new website. To help celebrate, they are offering a $500 Gift Card to one lucky Wit & Delight reader. See entry details at the bottom of the post.
Before selecting fixtures for the house, I pulled together some of my favorite products from the site. They have a MASSIVE selection, so be prepared to invest the time to search…it’s worth it.
From Left to Right: Hudson Valley Fletcher Aged Brass One-Light Wall Sconce with White Faux Silk Shade, $270 / Progress Lighting P5070-137 Penn Natural Brass 10-Inch One-Light Globe Pendant, $97 / Arteriors Home Nolan Vintage Brass Pendant, $1080 / Arteriors Home Caprice Aqua Glass Lamp, $240 / Arteriors Home Mara Polished Brass Small Pendant, $720 / Arteriors Home Lonny Vintage Brass Two-Light Electrified Wall Sconce, $522 / Moe’s Home Collection Living Black Large Pendant Lamp, $1005 / Hudson Valley Tuckahoe Aged Brass One-Light Sconce, $268 / Arteriors Home Nevada Aqua Lamp, $312 / Arteriors Home Wyndham Natural Wax 29.5-Inch Bar Stool, $576 / Arteriors Home Calvin Antique Brass 31-Inch Chair, $1,992 / Arteriors Home Jacoby Antique Brass and White Two-Light Floor Lamp, $960
Now, on to the little updates I made…
Just over a month ago, I spent a weekend painting my home office, and the color and new furniture changed the space dramatically. I used a bit of editorial license when shooting the room for Instagram and the blog. Thanks to my own self-imposed deadline, I couldn’t find the lighting I wanted in time, so I just went with my original fixtures. Still pictured in the “after” photos, utilized the oh-so-charming flame bulb, which no longer (did it ever?) fit the new look of the room. In my haste to complete the project, I simply replaced the bulb with a regular bulb. The fixtures are over 50 years old and just didn’t hold up through the renovation, so we decided to replace them once we moved back into the house. I installed the Hudson Valley Tuckahoe Aged Brass One-Light Sconce all on my own and love how it looks against the cobalt blue walls. It’s clean and simple, and gives off much more light than the original fixtures. We donated our old fixtures to an architectural salvage yard, so someone can breathe new life into them!
We also replaced the original fixture in our entryway! The wall on the far right is new… it used to opened up into the kitchen. Now that we closed that wall off, we have a real (albeit small) foyer. I love having a defined space here! The dresser holds all of our scarves, hats and gloves, and is nice landing place for wallets, cards, keys, spare change, etc. Given our ceilings are a little higher than you’d usually find in older homes, I wanted to find a fixture that could bring a little extra drama to this small space, without going overboard.
Joe had a lot of opinions about what went in this space, mostly because he was worried he would hit his head if I was to make the final selection. (This is fair, because I bought two light fixtures that didn’t work prior to this collaboration with Bellacor.) We went with the George Kovacs Pontil Honey Gold Six-Light Chandelier, which still incorporates that bold, brassiness that I love, with light.
Now it’s your turn! What space do you want to spruce up? Take a look at Bellacor and share your favorite selects with me!
There are two ways to enter to win a $500 gift card from Bellacor:
One winner will be selected at random next Monday (September 28th, 2015) at 12pm CST. Entries are limited to US-only. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.
Official entry rules here.
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BY Kate Arends - September 21, 2015
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Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.
I’d get the Penn Natural Brass 10-Inch One-Light Globe Pendant for our dining room.
And I need some new bathroom lighting, so i’m thinking of this: http://bit.ly/1NPlOJy
Finally, I love this http://bit.ly/1NPm7Ec Crystorama Lighting Group Solaris English Bronze Six-Light Chandelier maybe for over the kitchen table. But I’d need a new table… 🙂
I would love that George Kovacs Pontil Honey Gold Six-Light Chandelier in my kitchen. We have the most awful fluorescent lighting in there that I really would love to change.
I love the Robinson Blvd black one-light globe pendant (http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/avenue-lighting-hf-9111-bk-bz-robertson-blvd-black-one-light-globe-pendant-1619425.htm). The pendants in our kitchen are pretty outdated and a set of these would be the perfect replacements!
We’re in need of a new light in our kitchen, love this Minka-Lavery One-Light Semi-Flush Mount in Polished Nickel (http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/minka-lavery-2255-613-one-light-semi-flush-mount-in-polished-nickel-855000.htm)!
I just moved into a beautiful loft apartment in my favorite old part of town, but it’s a basement unit and needs some serious help in the lighting department! I need a combination of lamps and lights at different heights to bring some brightness to the space. I’d use: 1.) The Hinkley Plantation Nickel Mini Pendant (http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/hinkley-5317pl-plantation-nickel-mini-pendant-114670.htm) over my nightstand, for the perfect amount of nighttime reading light. 2.) The Crystorama Lighting Group Paris Flea Mini Chandelier (http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/crystorama-lighting-group-4503-cm-paris-flea-mini-chandelier-33780.htm) to add quirkiness and ambience above my retro 60s dinette set. 3.) The AF Lighting Angelo Home White One Light Floor Lamp… Read more »
We moved into our house over a year ago and I still hate the builder grade/generic light figure over our dinning room table. Something like the Solaris English Bronze Six-Light Pendant fits our aesthetic much better.
That Arteriors Home Mara Polished Brass Small Pendant would look amazing in my front entry! I’ve been looking for something to spruce up my ugly rental pendant.
Thanks for doing this!
I love the Inca Bronze single pendant. I’d hang it right over our dining table.
we want to update a kitchen a bit. paint, add a back splash and update to cabinet fixtures. with this gift card i would put it toward the brushed brass bar pulls for the cabinets and i would like to get a new facet for the sink. I really like the new Orleans polished brass metal facet.
OBSESSING over the Hudson Valley Tuckahoe Aged Brass One-Light Sconce (http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/hudson-valley-650-agb-tuckahoe-aged-brass-one-light-sconce-631064.htm)!
I would love to use three of these in my master bathroom remodel that we’re working on.
I really like the Danika White One Light Pendant Dome lighting (http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/kichler-43683wh-danika-white-one-light-pendant-1598542.htm) . I think it would look really great in my kitchen. It has a sort of modern farmhouse feel, which is totally the vibe my house has.
Definitely the Mercer drum pendent (http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/steven-and-chris-lighting-sc541wh-mercer-street-white-six-light-large-round-drum-pendant-726693.htm) to help with light in my living room as these days are getting shorter. Also looking for something like the Civic Center Distressed bench (http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/zuo-modern-contemporary-98124-civic-center-distressed-natural-fir-wood-bench-1525610.htm) for the foot of the bed!
THE MARA PENDANT!! OMG!
SO gorgeous!!! I would put that baby in my office! Just bought our first home and there are cheap ikea lights everywhere!! eek!
Just moved into a new home last month and this light would be perfect to build my kitchen and dining room around. Make it the centerpiece and design around it..
wowee! Your home updates look beautiful! We are in the midst of a few updates ourselves – including a bathroom DIY. Full demo. EEk! The one item we haven’t purchased for our new bathroom is lighting and the Kichler Braelyn fixture is exactly what we’ve been searching for and would love. http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/kichler-45458ch-braelyn-chrome-two-light-bath-sconce-1626680.htm The other item we’ve been yet to find is lighting for our bedroom, specially for reading in bed. The CP Rizzo are stunning and would fit in perfect with our little bedroom update. http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/lite-source-ls-16753aged-cp-rizzo-aged-copper-one-light-swing-arm-wall-lamp-466414.htm Thanks for sharing a great local resource. xo
I’m in need of new light fixtures everywhere. I’ve been looking since I bought the house and haven’t found much I like that I can afford. But, I did find these on the Bellacor site. Now I just have to decide which one(s) to choose for my kitchen.
I would LOVE this Kischler Grand Bank Pendant for my dining room!
Woops, the URL didn’t work on my above post. This is the Kischler Grand Bank Pendant I’m pining for…
The San Gabriel Mica floor lamp for my living room
and the normandy oval platter – http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/dover-metals-company-n-410b-normandy-large-oval-platter-334843.htm
and azoura rectangular platter – http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/le-souk-ceramique-az-29-azoura-rectangular-platter-820492.htm
since I might be hosting Christmas!
This reclaimed wood ceiling fan would be fantastic for my office.
I’m in the process of clearing out a bedroom in my condo to make it an at-home office. Yours is a beauty! I’d love to add a fun fixture like this one to the room: http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/crystorama-lighting-group-277-bs-eva-burnished-silver-three-light-jute-thread-bead-chandelier-1517875.htm
I would choose the Sea Gull Lighting Sfera Autumn Bronze Six Light Single Tier Chandelier with Mercury Glass to add some drama to our entryway!
I love the Leilani Antiqued Gold Leaf Six-Light Globe Pendant (http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/arteriors-home-42023-leilani-antiqued-gold-leaf-six-light-globe-pendant-1572060.htm) but since I don’t have the extra $700, I might go with the Etruscan Gold Nine-Light Chandelier (http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/maxim-lighting-international-2852eg-elegante-etruscan-gold-nine-light-chandelier-93815.htm) for my dining room.
What a great company! I need a few new lighting fixtures… I love the simplicity of this one: http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/kichler-42141nics-everly-brushed-nickel-10-5-inch-one-light-pendant-1516654.htm
Would hang in my dining room!
Great stuff here! I am looking for a lamp my teenage daughter’s desk. We just redid her room for her birthday with whites, greys and some turquoise. I’m thinking http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/koncept-gr1-w-wob-mwt-dsk-white-oak-and-matte-white-gravy-led-desk-lamp-with-warm-light-901832.htm, http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/holtkotter-6477ledsn-bernie-turbo-series-satin-nickel-led-desk-lamp-827478.htm, or http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/uttermost-29582-1-vanalen-chrome-one-light-desk-lamp-1574228.htm.
We are almost finished decorating our living room space, and I’d love to tackle our dining room area. We have a builder finished home, brand new but with standard builder finishes. I’d love to swap out the current fixture with the Capital Lighting Fixture Company Axis Russet Four Light Pendant!
Maybe a little boring, but I think the biggest impact would be replacing the HIDEOUS ceiling fan/light fixtures in my apartment with something clean and simple like this: http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/minka-aire-f844-wh-light-wave-white-led-52-inch-ceiling-fan-1533651.htm to fit with the light, scandinavian vibe of all of my other stuff. Please pick me!
The Marquise Silver Six-Light Chandelier is absolutely stunning! http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/feiss-f2942-6slv-marquise-silver-six-light-chandelier-1542550.htm
I love the traditional elegance of the Midtown Matte Nickel 5 light chandelier! Today is my birthday, so I think I might treat myself to a new lighting fixture! This would look so classy over my breakfast table.
I would love this semi-flush for my 1920s kitchen! The tall old cabinets don’t allow for a large fixture but this would be perfect!
I would buy the Midtown Burnished Bronze Flush Mount for my entryway – so simple and clean!
I would love this lamp! http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/norwell-8475-bn-ms-aidan-brushed-nickel-swing-arm-wall-lamp-760216.htm
Perfect for reading in bed!
I’ll take the ‘Progress Lighting P5070-137 Penn Natural Brass 10-Inch One-Light Globe Pendant’ that you posted for $500! My guest bedroom flooded a few months ago. My husband recently re-did the floors, so now I’m up with the decorating. I’d love this light to finish off the update. http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/progress-lighting-945070-137-p5070-137-penn-natural-brass-10-inch-one-light-globe-pendant-1640054.htm
We just moved to our new condo from an apartment that didn’t have a peninsula / island, so we are in dire need of bar stools to eat breakfast / when we have people over they can chat while we cook or any other daily needs! I would love two these http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/arteriors-home-2747-hinkley-sandblast-antique-wax-barstool-1395501.htm because of their rustic industrial vibe that goes really well with the new look I am attempting at the condo! I love the lighting fixture in your entryway, my ceiling is a little short so we went for recessed lights instead but wish for a pendant…
I would die to have the Pontil Honey Gold Six Light Chandelier brighten up my post-war condo in the Historic Piedmont neighborhood of Portland, OR. Most of the original light fixtures have been replaced with cheap Big Box lights and the great room deserves the charm of this vibrant neighborhood.
The updated black-and-blue kitchen counter tiles would look remarkable with the Z-Lite Jade Three-Light Large Chrome Convertible Drum Pendant with Black Linen Shade. As it would with the white hexagonal cafe tiles I’ve been eyeing. 🙂
I would love this for my entry way! It would be perfect!
Love the Starburst Satin Nickel Seven-Light Chandelier with Threaded Glass Chandelier!!
In the middle of a kitchen reno at the moment – and LOVE this little pendant light fixture. It would be perfect as a new light over my sink area!
I would LOVE three of these for my kitchen:
So many great light fixtures to choose from! I love the George Kovacs Pontil Honey Gold Six Light Chandelier (which is the main reason I dropped everything to enter this contest).
But if I upgrade my chandelier, my dining chairs will look hideous in comparison. I think the Pyramid Dining Chairs would be a much better fit. http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/modway-furniture-eei-928-whi-pyramid-dining-chairs-set-of-two-in-white-875898.htm
So many options…
We just purchased one of the last standing original homes in Tonka Bay, MN. It’s a cute little 1930’s beach cottage in need of a TON of TLC. We’re looking for new fixtures throughout, but ceiling fans are proving to be the biggest struggle. It’s so difficult to find something that is practical AND beautiful! We’re loving the Bellacor Minka Aire Rainman: http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/minka-aire-f582-bnw-rainman-brushed-nickel-54-inch-blade-indoor-outdoor-ceiling-fan-for-wet-l-180974.htm
We moved into a 1920s brick Tudor over a year ago; and it’s been a challenge to harmonize such a classic style house with our modern decor taste– particularly with lighting. This would work great in our upstairs guest room and office! http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/minka-lavery-4177-249-harbour-point-three-light-semi-flush-mount-in-liberty-gold-855126.htm
We just moved into a new place with a dining room and I’m so excited to finally get to eat at a table! The first thing I want to do is get rid of the ugly ceiling fan above the table and replace it with something like the Crystorama Broche Antique Gold Leaf Pendant Chandelier: http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/crystorama-lighting-group-517-ga-broche-antique-gold-six-light-gold-leaf-pendant-chandelier-1517892.htm. It is gorgeous!
I would love this chandelier http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/golden-lighting-9903-6-mg-autumn-twilight-six-light-bronze-chandelier-653036.htm or this amazing blue and white planter http://www.bellacor.com/results.cfm?Ntt=Blue%20and%20white%20ginger%20jar&Ns=P_hvhmIndex&Nso=0 and this long neck vase http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/dessau-home-d0190-blue-and-white-long-neck-vase-691820.htm.
The Aidan aged brass swing arm lamps would be divine on either side of our bed!!
There are so many choices! I recently updated all the doorknobs in the house to oil rubbed bronze and the lighting fixtures just don’t work anymore. I would first start by replacing all the hallway lighting with either this http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/capital-lighting-fixture-company-3533bb-134-burnished-bronze-one-light-semi-flush-mount-with-1538778.htm or this http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/progress-lighting-94393920-inspire-antique-bronze-two-light-semi-flush-mount-with-beige-linen-966176.htm Then I would replace the entry light with something simple and classic http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/minka-lavery-4177-249-harbour-point-three-light-semi-flush-mount-in-liberty-gold-855126.htm Last but not least, I would update the dining room light fixture. I love the contrasting look of this dome pendant light http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/kalalou-cll1122-gun-metal-one-light-dome-pendant-with-hanging-crystal-1563956.htm
This would look great in my reading nook!!
Oops! Here’s the link. http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/visual-comfort-and-company-sl-2923hab-boston-antique-brass-plug-in-wall-mounted-adjustable-li-508972.htm
We just bought a house and the dining room chandelier is from the 50’s and needs to go!! I’ve been looking for the perfect chandelier and I am in love with the honey gold one you also have in your house!! It’s perfect!! We also need new lighting in our kitchen because it is this fluorescent light fixture. I love the aged brass mini pendants, would love a few of those in the kitchen!!
We just bought our first condo and are struggling to find the perfect ceiling pendants for our long hallway. Three of the Capital Lighting Fixture Company in Polished Nickel would really elevate our space and match our contemporary style. Right now we have those horrific boob light pendants! http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/capital-lighting-fixture-company-4641pn-136-polished-nickel-one-light-pendant-with-clear-glas-1538904.htm