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The Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013, Part III: Entryway

March 12, 2013

The Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013 continues in the foyer of our new home, affectionately known as the blue house. In Part I we tackled the dining room and in Part II we addressed the office. We’ve moved around or replaced nearly all of the lighting in our current home since we’ve been here.

One of the first areas of our house to receive new lights was the foyer, or entryway. What was originally in the foyer was a major eyesore


1992 called and it wants its old light fixture back. #amiright? Unfortunately, these lights were also in pretty bad shape, so we weren’t able to donate them.

When we decided to make an offer on the house, I took a trip to Lowe’s to gather ideas for how we might change up some of the light fixtures around the house. It was on that initial trip that I fell in love with a pair of pendant lights that, I think, really set the tone for our new house as soon as you enter the door.


This mini pendant with a crystal shade was exactly the right size for the space, and just enough sparkle to satisfy me while not alienating the man in my life. Plus, it casts a pretty shadow up on the wall and ceiling around it.


I love how it adds a touch of sparkle without being in your face about it. I think they also relate nicely to the crystal chandelier in the office, which is also visible as soon as you enter the front door. (Confused about the floor plan? Click here.)

But these two pendants on either side of the door weren’t the only foyer lights receive a makeover.

See that flush mount light in the center? Originally, it looked a bit different. Instead of the nickel finish you see above, it had a black finish, which clashed with the rest of the nickel light fixtures in the room. So, I got my shop on and ordered this light from Wayfair.

Basix+Semi+Flush+MountI loved the dainty lines on this light fixture, and the price (only $66) was hard to beat, too. It arrived only a couple of days after I ordered it. I was a bit disappointed with the globe part of the fixture. The frosting was a bit too dimensional for my taste, but it ended up being a quick fix. I simply used the globe on the black flush mount light that was originally in this spot. Ta da! Easy fix. I love when that happens.


Now, I think it’s perfect for this space. I love how it plays off of the mini crystal pendants.


But what about the black flush mount light and the rejected frosted globe? Since it was a nice fixture that just happened to not work in the entryway, it found a new home. It now resides in the hallway between the two guest rooms, where there was also a 1992 brassy fixture.


It puts off a ton of light, and I think it looks really pretty in this space where there are no other competing light fixtures in different finishes. Since we have a lot of black in our house, it definitely fits right in.

That wraps up Part III of the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013. I think we’ve made some major improvements to the lighting in our house. I know I’ve said this before, but with every little change we make, this house feels more and more like home to us. We’re so blessed to live in a house that we love and that we can truly make ours.

To read Part I where we switched out our dining room light and moved the former light to an unusual location, click here.

To read Part II where we addressed the office light with a glamorous update, click here.

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