All of the lights

One of my new homeowner obsessions has been reading Retro Renovation, a blog dedicated to restoring and renovating mid-century (and thereabouts) houses. They are an amazing resource for ideas and places to buy those old, hard to find items. So imagine my surprise and delight when they posted a story on all the mid-century style lighting available at… wait for it… Lowes.

Normally, I’m an Ace or Orchard Supply Hardware kind of person. So the Big Box-ness of Lowes has always scared me off. But the promise of charming and relatively affordable light fixtures not only got me in the store, but had be driving 20 or so miles to Vallejo to check it out.

We walked out with:

Allen + Roth 4-Light Polished Chrome Flush Mount

I think we’re going to put this in the dining room. I kind of love it for our bedroom too, but the size of it makes me think we should put it in the dining room. It’s gonna be a toss-up between this one and…

Allen + Roth Semi-Flush Mount Ceiling Fixture

This isn’t available on their website for some reason, but we found it in the store. I found it on eBay, if you’re dying to get one yourself. This one is a little smaller that the one above, but I think it could work in the bedroom or dining room as well. Maybe even the kitchen. I’m full of indecision.

Joey, decidedly more decisive, picked up this for his office.

Allen + Roth 1-Light 12″ Brushed Nickel Semi-Flushmount

We’ve taken the shaky leap into fluorescent bulb lighting with this one. I really hate florescent lights, but as incandescent light bulbs become illegal in CA at the end of the year, I’m trying to ease myself into this new, flickering reality.

I also picked a new porch light fixture, the classic old jelly jar, at our local Ace hardware. THAT store is a whole other post because I can’t fit all the awesome in it here. We bought it in a chrome finish, not the brushed brass seen here.

We’ve got a bunch more light fixtures to replace, so I’m still on the hunt for a good bathroom vanity light, hallway lights, kitchen light and two wall scones above our fireplace. I’m gonna be a light fixture replacing pro when this is all over.


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