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Creating an inviting outdoor oasis was once a major challenge with the small scope of products available on the market. Yet these days, outdoor decorating is just as fun as curating a thoughtful and beautiful space indoors! Weather-resistant fabrics have come leaps and bounds throughout the past decade, and now, we’re able to craft outdoor dining rooms, living rooms, and lounge areas fit for any high design interior space.

Outdoor lighting in particular has seen a major refresh in the last few seasons, making it a cinch to pull together a space that can be enjoyed all day and all night, too. Whether you’re looking to create a reading nook under the stars, or you plan to host a Memorial Day cookout for the entire neighborhood, these ambient lighting ideas will have you experiencing creative light bulb moments all season long.

Add a Summer Spark to Your Soiree

The concept of creating an intimate space in an outdoor room that’s as “tall” as the earth’s atmosphere may seem daunting, but it’s easy to create that cozy effect with clever lighting. Try stringing globe lights in an overlapping pattern across the top of the space to bring the “ceiling” down to a more manageable height. Lining the perimeter of the outdoor space with lanterns and flickering candles finishes the seasonal room off in romantic style.

Add a Summer Spark to Your Soiree

If you once thought that a hanging chandelier was another decorative lighting feature destined to be “indoors only,” we challenge you to think again! Hanging a lantern above your outdoor eating or seating area is a surefire way of adding customized character to your deck or patio, and is perfectly safe for outdoor living thanks to solar powered capabilities. Supplement your chandelier with additional string lights to create a highly functioning outdoor lighting system guaranteed to light the way to a good time with friends and family.

Add a Summer Spark to Your Soiree

As we all know, seasonal entertaining isn’t always at home. So what do you do when you have a sunset picnic planned and no way of installing a permanent lighting system to keep the dark at bay? Consider stowing a few strands of LED string lights plus a transformer into your picnic basket. These portable lights can be draped over a tree branch or laid around the perimeter of your picnic blanket for functional and pretty ambiance in a flash. And if that’s not quite enough, toss one or two charged rock shaped LED solar-powered floor lamps into your basket just before heading out the door for extra lighting come sunset!

For more inspiration, visit the IKEA Spring brochure.


We ordered most of the lights for the Dream House long before we needed them. Because our construction took longer than we expected it to, lots of things like light fixtures, drawer pulls, and medicine cabinets, sat around in boxes in our garage waiting and waiting and waiting to be added to the house. Luckily, we ended up being really happy with most of the stuff we chose when we finally had everything installed. We have had a little problem with the pendant light over our kitchen table. It’s not that we don’t like it–we do! We have two of them over the dining room table and three of them over the kitchen island. The pendant light just doesn’t cast enough light over the kitchen table. The kitchen table is in the breakfast nook, which has no recessed lighting and no sconces, just a single light fixture above the table. The pendant light just isn’t going to cut it–we need a chandelier!

We’re super excited to get some kind of fantastic light fixture over the kitchen table. We need a farmhouse chandelier, but those can be kind of tricky because farmhouses don’t really have chandeliers. But there are so many cool farmhouse-inspired chandeliers out there, and I’ve rounded up some of my favorites here!

dark metal pendants lights over a rustic farmhouse kitchen island

One option with lots of other sub-options built into it is using two or three small pendants in place of one larger light fixture. We only have the spot wired for one light, so this isn’t an option we’re going with, but if you do, it opens up a whole world of fixture possibilities. [from BHG]

This large, metal and glass pendant light combines industrial and farmhouse styles in a sleek, white kitchen.

I love this chandelier because it is so unchandelier-like. I like that it is a single light fixture with multiple bulbs, and that it is really cool. It’s not frilly or fancy. [from Home & Garden Sphere]

This rectangular chandelier with glass panes in metal frames combines industrial and rustic farmhouse styles.

This may or may not be the style we just ordered last night! I love the dark metal trim framing large panes of glass, and housing multiple bulbs for a nice, bright breakfast nook. This kind of chandelier reminds me of a greenhouse, which I always love. [from Design Sponge]

This chandelier featuring multiple small pendants looks like a collection of vintage jars.

For a modern spin on homespun, this great farmhouse light fixture features a collection of pendants that resemble mason jars. This particular one is a little more upscale, but there are ones that use actual mason jars for a very cute, casual chandelier. [from Architectural Digest]


Welcome to my first blog post as part of the Better Homes and Gardens team! I’m excited to share all of the awesome crafts, projects, fashion and trends I find on our BHG Insiders blogs with you!

I’ve always been a huge fan of outrageous colors and bold patterns, both of which were indulged with this super cute DIY Painted Empire Chandelier from The Creativity Exchange. Not only does it immediately liven up a room, it brightens on a budget.

I am completely obsessing over these Animal Memo Holder Gifts from Sugar & Cloth. The gold paint adds a touch of elegance to this fun idea.

These hanging spice jar organizers from Krafty Kath make organizing look fun, even for those of us who live our lives with a little bit of extra clutter. Easy, convenient, and customizable, these jars come in handy for all of those little knick knacks lying around the house.

 

I’m all about fixing up old furniture, and am adoring this Martha Washington Sewing Table I spotted on Silver Pennies. The pop of blue against the neutral wood gives it a cool, refreshed and younger feel that would do wonders for any piece needing some extra love.

 

And lastly, I really love this DIY tassle garland by Pizzazzerie. What a fun way to add some flair to a room or party with only four materials!

 

 

 


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I love the look of this vintage-inspired bedroom – the use of bold color paired with great pattern and the traditional bones of the room make for an interesting and eye-catching twist. Add a vintage family portrait, or even more fun hang a flea-market find and make up your own story about it. Dressing up a new or thrifted chandelier adds a bit of whimsy, too. Soft cosy touches make it perfect for a guest room where you can really capture your imagination, get as creative as you like and make the room welcoming for any house guests you’ve got coming.

BHG guest room

get this cozy guest room look: 1. how about a vintage visitor sign as a reminder for the guest room. 2. have lots of cosy quilts on hand to keep guests warm – this pinwheel quilt from serena & lily is bright and cheerful; 3. hang a found vintage portrait — tell them it’s your great auntie anne, the matriarch of the family who made world famous pies known throughout the county; 4. a few decorative ikat pillows make the space even more homey; 5. add pretty touches like this vase from anthropologie and be sure and add some fresh flowers; 6. i like these striped curtains mixed with all this pattern for some unexpected window treatments; 7. don’t forget the candle votives too. nothing warms up a room like candlelight; 8. pottery barn’s camilla chandelier is a pretty option for lighting up your guest room, and keeping it soft and romantic.


 

Hi everyone, Karman Hotchkiss, here! About a month ago, I was replacing a lightbulb in myback hallway at home. For the first time in about a decade, I really looked at the sconce I was putting the bulb into. And I thought, ‘”That’s the ugliest light fixture I’ve ever seen!” I instantly realized it was (past) time for a little lighting update.

 

The good news: There are more cool, trendy, interesting light fixtures than ever before. And replacing one requires only minimal DIY skills. In my research for that replacement sconce, I looked at tons of new fixtures and compiled this list of 5 hot trends in lighting.

 

If you’re ready to shed a little new light (har-har) on your fixtures, here are 5 trends to think about:

 

1. Colorful. Lights shouldn’t have to blend into the background. Use one to add a punch of color, with the shade or with the fixture itself.

2. Overscale. Pick a light that’s big. Really big.

3. Industrial/scientific. Exposed bulbs, “cage” designs, raw materials … They all evoke the sense that you just snagged your light from a warehouse or laboratory.

4. Organic. Shapes and materials inspired by nature are sure to add a layer of texture to your decor.

5. Beads and baubles. Crystals are nothing new to light fixtures. But the latest incarnation uses strings of beads or individual bubble-like balls.

 

Which of these ideas would work best in your home? Find a trend (or two!) you like and update a fixture today.

 

Happy Decorating!

–Karman Hotchkiss

 


 

Here’s the thing, I have a tiny obsession with light fixtures. Whether it is a table lamp, a pendant fixture, or a gorgeous chandelier, I believe that the right lighting can make or break a room. I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to light fixtures. I recently came across these two images from BHG.com while searching for some inspiration for my own dining room. I think both of these fixtures are perfect for their particular spaces. They have major wow factor which creates a dynamic, unique, and memorable look. I’m so happy to see the emerging trend of interesting, and even a bit wacky, chandeliers and pendant lights.

Image Left // Image Right

With this inspiration in my back pocket, I decided to do a little digging and found twelve wow-factor-worthy light fixtures that will certainly transform any space into a beautifully designed room. Go bold or go home, right? Click here to get the full list of products shown below.

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Which one of these lights is your favorite? What other funky fixtures are you loving?

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm

 


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