Do you what to know what the easiest DIY is?? Painting a plain desk lamp in gold. It’s the simplest desk lamp DIY that there has ever been! I’ve done it 3 times with 3 different gold tones and each time it completely changed the lamp for good. Last week Elise gave us an amazing tripod lamp DIY that was painted in a pretty gold. It really is an easy solution for great design!
All you need is gold spray paint for this DIY. Make sure that you remove the bulb and cover up the cord, unless you want your cord to be gold. I always do a few coats. That way if it chips, it’s gold underneath. EASY CHEEZY!!!
ALSO, you can find me elsewhere this week-
How to style kitchen shelves.
Decorative pendants for the kitchen.
Shop for a pop of pink.
AND make sure to check out #destinationsummer.
Todays DIY is the perfect lighting solution for any space! Elise Vaughn has outdone herself with this tripod lamp DIY. Enjoy!
You will need:
Metal camera tripod
Snake rope lamp
Outlet plug replacement kit
Gold spray paint
First of all I found a fabulous vintage chrome camera tripod. In selecting the tripod, I made sure that it would extend to the height that I wanted and that the main central height bar was hollow. Next I used a metal saw to cut the top section off- exposing the now hollow central pipe. The second part of this project is to find yourself a snake light. Take the plastic tubing off the outside of the flexible snake part of the light. Next cut the electrical cord at the plug and about three inches from the base of the light socket. You want to make sure that you leave yourself enough room to repair and reattach the electrical wires. Now you need to disassemble the light fixture completely – keep the wire threaded thru the snake section of your light as it will not be an easy task to thread it back through once removed.
This is a great time to paint a section or all of your light fixture. I chose to paint my light gold using metal spray paint, and left the tripod chrome.
Thread the snake light up through the central hollow pipe of the tripod. Find someone that is familiar with repairing electrical fixtures, if you are completely unfamiliar with the process of putting the light fixture back together. You can purchase simple plug re attachment kits at any hardware store for around three dollars. Once your light has been reattached- find a light bulb and presto!
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I love color so naturally this home is a winner in my book! Seen on My Scandinavian Home (via here), this home shows that you can add color in your furniture, accessories and even books. Think outside of the art and wall color boxes when deciding on moments of color. Plus, it’s always fun to think unconventional!
Ok, this may be my favorite DIY that Elise has tackled thus far! It’s stylish, easy to achieve and goes with a variety of aesthetics. Be inspired and take notes!
What you need:
Gold spray paint
Electrical plug replacements
Disassemble the clamp light.
Spray paint the light cage gold.
Cut the electrical cord towards the end close to the plug.
Thread the wooden beads down the electrical cord. Follow the instructions that come with the replacement plugs to put your electrical cord back together and PRESTO!
Cheers, Elise (Check Elise’s kids clothing line here.)
DIY designer, styling and photography: Elise Vaughn.
I hope you all had a fantastic week and an even better weekend! Next week is a brand new week full of endless possibilities and new beginnings!
BTW, do you love my new Schoolhouse Electric brass sconce? I can’t get enough of them!
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Sometimes I purposely stay offline to make sure that I stay somewhat authentic and original to who I am as a designer. But at the same time, i think it’s super important as a blogger and designer to know what’s happening in the giant world of design. This weekend I spent sometime browsing the internet. On my quest, I found two “new to me” blogs that I wanted to give a quick shout out to. Yellow Brick Home and Grey and Scout are both stocked full of inspiration, DIY’s and great design tips. Check them out and make sure to give them some social media love!
PS: Both Yellow Brick Home and I are up for BHG’s Best Decorating Blog. Go here to vote vote vote.
James Long created Long Made Co., an industrial and functional take on accent lighting sure to cure your need for a full-of-character addition to your space. Everything from pendants to swivel arm lighting with a rustic take. Check out and shop here. It is just a bonus that this amazing lighting can be shipped anywhere in the world!
Diesel came out with a new collection for your home called Successful Living. It has a lot to offer including edgy furniture pieces, statement lighting, and much more! Above is the Cage Suspension Light that was one of my favorites from the Fall 2013 Collection. Head over to their website to check out how Diesel has switched gears into your home.
These amazing pendants via Share Design were created by Adam Cornish with nature in mind. They are ceramic lights hand potted by Adam himself, and are for those who love to see beauty in the natural imperfections of clay pieces. He was interested in creating a line of lighting from ceramics where no two lights were exactly the same and they couldn’t have turned out more beautifully. His collection is available here.
Summer Field Design
Have you noticed farm lighting everywhere? I have, and I think it is a great addition to any space if you are looking for an affordable lighting update. Farm lighting comes in all shapes, size, and colors and I totally appreciate the variation in this style. As much as we like to strike trends while they are hot, we still want to be unique and feel like the pieces we choose for our space set us apart from others. Here are some farm lighting options I am rather fond of!
Dans le Townhouse
top left, bottom left, top right, center right, bottom right
Ladies and Gentleman Society via Pinterest
Brass lighting is everywhere right now and I have to admit I’m crushing over this trend. Style a brass lighting fixture into your space and it will be beautifully eye catching and timeless. Here are some of my top picks from around the web…
Nordic Design via Pinterest
1 Tiered Pendant 2 Little Man Lamp 3 Ensemblen Light
Little Green Notebook via Pinterest
Habotai via Pinterest
Yesterday I featured my bedroom and have had a few inquiries about my bedside task lamps. Unfortunately they are vintage, but I have put together a couple task lighting options that are the perfect night light!
1, 2, 3, 4
Alltihemmit via Pinterest.
Sometimes it’s the most simple spaces that can make such big impacts. This eating area is complete with 4 colorful chairs, a simple white table, a rug and a few accessories. That’s it! It’s the perfect set up for a small space. Get the look:
1. Chair 2. Light 3. Dala Horse 4. Rug 5. Table
These furniture and lighting pieces from Grey Furniture are the foam to my latte! Love the brass elements!
Shop all here.
I’m pretty excited to be apart of Euro Style Lighting’s new concept, Euro Edge. This new online resource helps you find modern interior inspiration with the assistance of some of your favorite design bloggers. I’m a firm believer that the right lighting can change a space for the better. But I also believe that it’s a really hard decision for the average consumer. This is why I’m honored and excited to be able to share with you my favorite choices to help make the decision that much easier. AND if you aren’t feeling my picks, you have 6 other talented ladies (Justina Blakeney, Design Crush, Say Yes To Hoboken, La La Lovely, Sacramento Street and vmac+cheese) who have picked their top choices as well.
See all of our choices here and see my picks here.