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Today, I have a story to tell you.
It is about sconces.
...and bringing inside out and outside in...
OH and lightbulbs.
(...because who knew finding the right lightbulb is the equivalent to finding the perfect shoe.)
The story starts in this room; The Courtyard.
|The Courtyard -- First Week after Moving In|
This space is a completely sealed, interior space, but it can also be closed off from all the other interior rooms via wooden doors with glass inserts.
There are also 4 large skylights above the courtyard area. What does this mean for living in the space and decorating the space?
A. The courtyard does not need to be fully heated and we can seal off the bedrooms, kitchen, living room, etc to save money on oil.
B. A cooler temperature wards off any plant diseases and bugs (somewhat) and the bright light of the skylights is plenty for my houseplants.
C. All those interior doors that seal off the heated portions of the house also allow light through, so the spaces are separate, but not dank and dark.
D. I can decorate with a fun combination of indoor and outdoor items in the courtyard and entry area.
It has been no challenge to wrap my head around the indoor/outdoor functionality of the space, but decorating-wise, I go back and forth between how much indoor vs outdoor furnishings and decorations to use. For now, the entry area has plenty of shoe/coat storage and a leather couch, while the bottom level hosts plants, a GIANT Christmas Tree and this year? Thanksgiving. <<< see the table set for family!
Our story today though is about the lighting. You see, it is complicated. There needs to be enough light to illuminate this large area at night, but the light should still be gentle. I knew I wanted to jump on the chance to use exterior-style light fixtures, but I didn't want the courtyard to turn into a barn. I finally settled on these pretty Kichler sconces.
They are actually smaller than I thought they would be when I unwrapped them, but as we got them up on the wall, the length they stick out into the walkway is perfect. If they had been larger, they would have bonked people on the head. However, if you are actually decorating a barn, you might want something larger. The real problem I ran into was LIGHTBULBS. See that picture above? Our typical LEDs looked ridiculous and were far too bright. A regular lightbulb was a bit better, but still didn't look quite right. I decided to experiment and bought a few different styles on Amazon. The one pictures below is a dimmable LED with a round base. The dimming feature was nice, but the light was still WAY too bright for these sconces.
SO. I tried one of THESE.
It is a big, beautiful Edison bulb (with the pricetag to prove it) and it was a fan favorite.
The light is subtle, warm and the wire inside is wonderful (albeit trendy).
The light was almost too subtle though and the bulb still a bit big.
So I went back to the drawing board and ordered three of THESE in yellow, clear and white. Will keep you posted...
Another aspect to this story starts with a property that had been empty for 4 years or so. MANY light fixtures were just gone. I am not quite sure where they went or if they protested when they were split up from their lighting partners, but there are many missing. In the courtyard, there were two brass-finish candlestick fixtures and two empty sockets on the opposite side of the room. You can see them in this "before" picture.
|Cute Edison bulb Packaging|
In case you were wondering about all these expensive lightbulbs I am buying -- fear not.
They are all being put to good use in other light fixtures.
See that pretty Edison bulb? It made its home in one of THESE:
This wall was bare and had two empty light sockets hanging open when we bought the house. This is one of those interior rooms that is off of the courtyard and I wanted lighting that went with the Kichler sconces, but didn't scream "OUTSIDE!". These Venetian Bronze Progress Lighting Sconces from Build.com fit the bill. They have that REALLY nice heavy glass for the globes and the color is almost a dead ringer for the Kichler sconces in the courtyard. With glass globes in the Courtyard sconces, the two complement each other nicely. See?
The room pictured above is actually my husband's study, so that is his desk and those warm Edison bulbs make the room softly glow at night while recessed lighting adds additional light for writing work, etc. Also note that these lights are A. Bathroom Lights and B. Flipped to Uplighting. I really prefer these lights facing DOWN, but do you see where those sockets are on the wall up there? It just wouldn't have worked with how close they were to the wainscoting, so up they went! The uplighting aspect is growing on me. The bathroom aspect? I knew I was going against the grain a bit, but I used light fixtures with similar glass globes in THIS bathroom remodel, and I adored them. When I saw these, I knew they were the one and I am more than pleased with them.