How Lighting is like Shoes

As I write this, it all sounds very shallow compared to the blog where my husband contributes. But we all have to wear shoes now and then, right? Just like every room needs light. So I stick to what I know.  

After working at a "high-end" residential design firm it's easy to be drawn into the designer brand, but not the pricetag. We've tried our best to stay budget-conscience while selecting interesting lighting throughout the house. And in most rooms we're not even replacing the lighting (yet) so there are really only a few fixtures where I get to be creative. OK, I'm done rationalizing my shopping...Here are our new kicks:

For the bedrooms we're swapping out the undersized or broken fans in favor of something that won't fly off the ceiling and decapitate anyone. Something like this:

In all the rooms the ceilings will be white. So the idea is that the fans "disappear", but we still need to give them some thought...Just like when we wear socks. You do know not to wear black socks with white shoes, right? This is something my husband would be sure you know. In the living room, we're getting a bit more fancy with this guy:

In the office we are pursuing a rustic, industrial tone (more on this room later). It will be a place to house many of my mom's and my grandparent's antiques along with our work gear. These lights found on Etsy are made in Houston, Texas by Illuminate Vintage. I'm working with the owner Kyle Bostic to design something economical but similar to this Pair by Renwil. The styles are similar but Kyle's are customized, handmade and more rustic... and best of all, Texan:

The kitchen and dining room are where the party is at, as we all know. Have you seen these amazing DIY light kits from Lindsey Adelman? I remember finding her bubble lights on Etsy back in my architecture days, so to find these light kits for a VERY reasonable price makes me feel like a kid in a candy store (or woman in shoe store, too much footwear, yes?):