Friday, March 1, 2013

Ugly light help

This hideous fixture in all its cirlique light blub glory sits above my kitchen table...still!
Actually, I insisted that my husband rotate the arms upward so that the bulbs were not visible and so it looks less like a spider. I have lived here for over two years now and have not solved this conundrum.
Last Fall I bought this light from Ikea.

It looked really wonderful (more than you would guess) but its one bulb just did not cut it in terms of light.
That is the big problem.
I don't understand why anyone would manufacture a large light fixture that houses only one bulb.
The other issue is budget. I can't blow a thousand bucks on the light when there is so much to do in here.
I do have a general wishlist.
I am hoping for a modern drum pendant like this one from CB2.

I would rather have a black or gray shade.
It must hide the bulbs since Mr. Design du Monde has to have those damn CFL bulbs.
Here are a few more favorites from my Pinterest board "Lighting I like"

Got any ideas to light up my life for under $300?


Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Go to LED bulbs. They cost a ton, but save a ton over a couple of years. It is a really white light. I just found a fixture that you would have loved on CL.

Windlost said...

Oh, you are a woman after my own heart. Half my house has old dated fixtures as I have not found that balance of decent cost and stylish update. I would hate anyone thinking I know anything about decorating actually coming into my house. I love style but I am practical and want to find just the right thing.

I really like Shades of Light for really nice and current and affordable fixtures.

I hate those CFL's. Luckily I can barely get David to recycle, so he won't be forcing me to use them. I have them everywhere they aren't visible, but in my table lamps etc. I have regular "soft" glow ones. Maybe you could make a deal with him to have the visible ones be normal. I think you can also get CFL's now that look like (slightly oversized) regular bulbs.

xo Terri

Windlost said...

Here's the link. :)

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

It looks like a typical fixture that comes in a tract should see what came in our home. I think your looks better....

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Tons of cute ones on Shades of Light and even!

Unknown said...

Is there any way your old fixture will fit under your new fixture? Maybe with some modifications and some paint. I'm not a fan of large fixtures with 1 bulb either. Never enough light. I've actually bought old fixtures at Restore, painted them and put them under thrift store shades. Turned out pretty cute.

StagerLinda said...

I recommend to my clients for inexpensive, trendy lighting to update their homes for sale. Just last week a seller bought a chandelier with a beautiful drum shade and was delighted with it.

Vel Criste said...

i love the 4th one the best Kerry. More versatile and timeless I think. ;-)

Unknown said...

I love the second to last one.. I've seen your space and feel like you need something sort of large, so the 3 hanging pendants are too slim a profile. I'll keep my eyes open and send you some emails.
xo Nancy