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Modern Glam Lighting Under $300


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I LOVE lighting. Nothing sets the mood in a room as much as beautiful lighting does. Besides painting, changing out lighting is the first thing I did in our house. I believe it was Candice Olsen (an interior design goddess) who first said ” Lighting is the jewelry of the room.” It has stuck with me ever since.

Think of Each Room as an Outfit…

  1. The paint is the under garments
  2. The rug, furniture, and curtains are the clothing
  3. The blankets, throw pillows, and décor are the other layers (scarf, jacket, sweater)
  4. Last but not least the lighting is the jewelry

I don’t know about you, but I love my bling. Diamonds, silver, gold, ANYTHING THAT SPARKLES! So when buying lighting for my house, the same rules apply. The first lighting I changed was the pendant lighting in the kitchen.

There was nothing really wrong with it, it was just soooo boring, and it didn’t speak to me. So I scoured amazon until I came across this pendant light for only $50, and I knew right away that it was what I was looking for! I bought two of them to replace the old LAME-O ones in my kitchen. Here’s what they look like:

I think its a big difference! I love how pretty yet masculine they are. What do you think?

Once that lighting was changed I was hooked. I spent hours on Amazon looking for more pretty lighting, because they really do have the best deals and selection. So next I moved onto my dining room light. Its was ok, but again….not my style AT ALL. You can read more about my dining room transformation here. This is a picture of my dining room with the original chandelier-

Its not bad, but I wasn’t excited about it, and I’m a firm believer that the devil is in the details. So here is the gorgeous, sparkley, crystal chandelier that I chose as the jewelry to this room

I love it! It looks even prettier when its dark outside. The light shines through the crystals and emits a soft glow. It was such a steal at under $100! Everyone that comes over compliments me on it, and it is BY FAR my favorite one. You can buy it here.

At this point I was on a roll so the next light to replace was in my eat-in-kitchen area. I’m pretty sure they were part of a set because the lights in all 3 rooms matched. here is a picture of the eat-in-kitchen light before


so I saw this light fixture from Restoration Hardware

But with a price tag of $1395 it was out of the question. So I searched and searched, and searched, and I finally found this one that I loved even more, at a price under $300!

I really feel like I scored with this one!

Next light to go was in my little bathroom/ office/ linen closet corner. I don’t have a before picture, but it was one of those ugly builders grade light fixtures that look like a boob. HAHA! I lovingly call them “boob lights”. I wanted something a little prettier, and something with 3 spotlights so I could aim one at each door. This pretty little brushed nickel light fixture was perfect, and under $150!

I really love the way the spotlight looks on each of the doors!

Next is our hallway light. I don’t have a before picture of the hallway but it was also a builders grade “boob” light. Functional but boring. I had some pretty large artwork hung in the hallway so I decided that I wanted spotlights in there as well so that I could aim a light at each picture. This light we purchased from Home Depot for under $80, and you can buy it here.

I really like that its dimmable, and I can adjust the spotlights to aim at whatever I want.

Last but not least is my office light. Again it was a builder grade “boob light” as you can kind of see it from this picture

It had to go. I was at Home Goods, one of my favorite stores, when I happened upon a section I had never noticed before. I was looking at lamps when all of the sudden there it was. A ceiling light section, and most of the stuff was on CLEARANCE! I bought my light, not yet knowing where I was going to put it, but I just knew that I had to have it. The best part: it was on sale for $29.99! I brought it home and shoved it in a closet until I could figure out where to put it. It sat in there for about a year until I started my makeup room overhaul and realized that it would be perfect in the space with my gold décor. What do you think?

I love it! I think it works perfect in the room! I hope I have helped you find some great lighting, and that you love it as much as I do! Thanks for reading, and if you like what you see please subscribe to my blog my adding your email down below. Thanks!


  1. Beth

    Lol @ the boob lights, I cant stand those thigs hh
    Your house is beautiful! You have great style

    11 . 01 . 2017
    • Rachael B

      Thanks so much Beth! I really hate the boob lights too! I’m 99.9% sure they were invented by a man.

      11 . 01 . 2017

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