More Light in the Family Room

Apr 8, 2014 | Family Room, On the Cheap, Projects

I’ve been eyeing an arc lamp for the family room but just didn’t want to pony up the cash for a nice one (they can run upwards of $500), but when I found one on West Elm and they emailed me a coupon for 15%, I pulled the trigger.

And how did I get the coupon, you ask?  I was told that with some stores, if you add items to your cart and just let them sit, then the store will email you a coupon as an incentive to buy.  And that’s what I did.  My item sat for about a week in my cart, then I got a coupon.  Woo Hoo!

arc lamp

I’m glad I bought it because not only does it look so much nicer than the brown/black toned lamp we had before, but it provides so much more light than the old lamp.  Because there’s a covered porch attached to the house, then the only window light in the family room is blocked by the porch.  We have one measly little skylight but that doesn’t produce much light either (and to add another skylight would cost about $1,000… ouch!).

Family Room

I also bought a mirror from One Kings Lane a while ago and thought it’d look perfect behind the lamp so that’s where it went.

Mirror and Lamp

I still need to get a chair for the other side of the fireplace but I’m having such a hard time deciding on whether it should be a neutral color like a lighter gray or a crazy accent color like coral.

Need a chair!

I’ve moved on to the kitchen to patch up the holes in the ceiling from the electrician taking down the fluorescent lights and putting up recessed lights and I’ll post a little tutorial on that soon.