DIY Bedroom Pendant Install

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We all want the things we can’t have. Last time I created a round up of light fixtures to "set the mood" in our bedroom if you’re picking up what I’m putting down. So after careful consideration (re: obsessively thinking about something) I finally chose the Serena and Lily pendant. Which of course was on backorder until June. Womp womp. I wasn’t sure I could live much longer with this situation.

So I set out to hunt for something similar across the interwebs. I finally found a vendor on Etsy that sold something similar and we were back in business - and by business I mean the business of spending money to make yourself happy.

Image: VIWEI on Etsy

I knew going with a rattan fixture would increase the level of boho vibes in our bedroom. Personally, I liked that it harkened back to our Floridian childhoods filled with whitewashed wicker and an abundance of large scale florals. That being said, I live in New York City - so I knew I needed to "citify" the fixture. Being in a pre-war building, there was no better way to do this than with a little decorative moulding, namely a ceiling medallion.

With the light fixture and ceiling medallion in place, I just needed to sort out who was going to install this thing. Not I, dear readers. We all have our strong suits, and electrical work is not mine. I hired a sweet-as-pie electrician off TaskRabbit and he got the medallion and fixture up in an hour!

Et voila!

Or not. Once the fixture was installed, something felt off. An obvious answer would have been the symmetry because while the fixture was in the center of the room the bed wasn’t. But simple isn’t exactly my style. I wondered if the fixture was too high? Too boho? Too dark? My mind was spinning.

I realized that changing a light fixture felt a little like changing hair color. One day you go from brown to blonde and all of a sudden everything in your wardrobe just looks off. So I decided to give the room a mini-makeover of sorts.

I shopped the rest of the house to make the room feel lighter and brighter and more deserving of that spectacular rattan orb. I also rotated the bed 180 degrees and centered it under the fixture. Many thanks to my husband for not divorcing me mid-refresh of a perfectly good bedroom. He’s a keeper.

Suddenly the room felt light and warm. The fixture still managed to stand out without STANDING OUT and added texture and a relaxed vibe to the room. Centering the bed helped the scale of the room and made it feel like a more generous master bedroom. The white linen bedding, wood tones and pastel art kept the room fresh and earthy.

So that’s how a little lighting installation turned into a full bedroom refresh. It wasn’t the plan, but since when do things ever go exactly as planned? Certainly not when it comes to design. I’m happy with my little New York beach house and I think it sets the mood for summer fun. Now, if the weather would just cooperate...

For more ways to light up your space: Globe Lights: The "Goes-Anywhere" Lighting Fixture | Copper Lighting In Your Home


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Tiina Treasure is a home decor enthusiast and a self proclaimed cheapskate. She's renovating her Brooklyn apartment and chronicling the journey on Instagram and her blog, Layers and Layers of Paint. Her apartment has been featured on Design*Sponge and is a hodgepodge of IKEA, vintage, and curbed finds. When she's not obsessing over the latest design trend she a doting cat-mom and an indifferent wife. Her husband approved this bio.