The Basement: Schoolhouse Lighting Score!
Happy Monday, happy September everyone. Did you all have a good Labour Day weekend? We had a great time at the cottage, but with the chilly mornings and the leaves starting to fall, it really felt like the end of summer. Booo.
We didn't do too much work on the house but we did manage to find lighting for the basement. Hooray!!
We decided to go with the classic schoolhouse pendants. I debated different options, but in the end, paired with the shaker cabinetry and paneled walls, the schoolhouse lights create the cozy, timeless look we were hoping for. Our harvest table will go beneath the pendants, hence, that's why they are hung so high. I can already picture Chloe and I, snuggled together on the bench, doing some holiday crafts... provided we get this basement done before the snow falls, but who's counting? ;)
Not only did we find the pendants, but there was a matching wall sconce! The mini schoolhouse light fits perfectly over the secret playhouse. Here's the view you'll see coming down the hall:
It is so so difficult to great looking lighting that also fits within the budget. Well, I'm gonna tell you I knocked it out of the park in that department... the wall sconce: $29... the pendants: on sale from $59 down to $36 each!!! YES. Total score, especially when a single schoolhouse light can run hundreds of dollars.
I found the lights at The Home Depot in Bracebridge, near our cottage. I've never seen them in stores in the city and unfortunately, I can't find them on the Home Depot website either! And would you believe I googled them and nothing, not an image, not an Amazon or ebay link, came up! These are phantom lights folks. They could also be discontinued (Bracebridge isn't exactly the hotbed of design so I'm not sure how long they were sitting on the shelf). They did have 3-4 more of each left in Bracebridge if you're really interested.
Tell me, have you ever scored a great find? I feel like I won the lottery!