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Office Lighting-DIY

When first moved into my home I decided to use my 3rd bedroom as an office, and since I was finally free from the restrictive reins of apartment decorating, I went a little crazy. My initial inspiration was a pink, red and brown room from the now defunct magazine, Shop, Etc. Does anyone else remember that magazine? I loved that thing. I mean, REALLY loved that thing. So much that I still remember where I was the first time I saw it–in Kroger on Memorial Drive, long before they added the automated cash registers. It was $1.99, and I remember thinking, “This must be wrong . . . .” Well, it wasn’t wrong, it was oh, so right. I remember pulling out my cell phone to call one of my best friends to alert her to the magazine’s existence. It had a clothes section, a home section, a beauty section, and everything about it was perfect. Did I mention it was only $1.99 at a time when the other magazines were $3 and $4? Now, who among us doesn’t love a deal???

Shop, Etc. Cover

So my inspiration room came from this wonderful magazine. The walls were supposed to be pink, so I custom mixed a dark pink and white (myself) to achieve the perfect color. Only the room never took off from there. For some reason, I just couldn’t bring myself to follow through with the game plan, and later decided to switch to this much more comforting steel blue that you’ll see below. I share this with you because when you see the following photos, you’ll wonder about the pink border lining the room. Now you know. I decided not to tape the ceiling when I was painting because I told myself that I’d immediately be putting up crown, and there would be no need to waste my time. But in actuality, I was just being lazy. While I wanted it to happen right away, I had a strong feeling that it wouldn’t, and it didn’t. So until it gets done, I’m stuck with this pink border (of course I could just go ahead and paint that little bit, but why, when the crown will be coming soon???). 🙂

I wanted to upgrade the light in the room and decided to go with a $20 pendant from the Habitat ReStore and some ribbon. To get started, I bought about 5 yards of both, a chocolate and caramel ribbon (don’t hold me to the quantities) to embellish the perimeter of the shade. Using craft glue, I very simply glued the 2 ribbons together, and then attached the double ribbon to the top and bottom of the shade with a hot glue gun. I had a bit of trouble figuring out the best way to bring the two ends (on top and bottom) together, but by the last corner I had it down. If you decide to try this, don’t be like me and try to make it more difficult than it needs to be–instead of folding one end under, simply make as clean a cut as possible and glue the ends as close together as you can. And there you have it–an inexpensive custom pendant!

**okay, the blue actually doesn’t look that great in these photos, but it is nice. You’ll see one day, if I ever get done with the room.

7 Comments on Office Lighting-DIY

  1. Symone's Mommy
    November 2, 2009 at 9:52 am (7 years ago)

    Very cute. We have a Habitat store here, too. May swing by today!

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  2. Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle
    November 2, 2009 at 10:00 am (7 years ago)

    I don’t remember that magazine, but I’m so sorry for your loss. LOL!

    Anyway, I love the trim on the shade. You did a great job.

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  3. Danielle @ Transforming Home
    November 2, 2009 at 11:41 am (7 years ago)

    That is awesome! Love it!
    I nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger award – please visit my blog to see all the details!!

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  4. Mrs. Chic
    November 2, 2009 at 6:27 pm (7 years ago)

    It looks cute, nice update!

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  5. NM
    November 3, 2009 at 7:09 am (7 years ago)

    Your creativity never ceases to amaze me! Another fantastic job well done!
    Best wishes, NM.

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  6. Decor I Adore
    March 21, 2010 at 8:58 pm (7 years ago)

    Amazing! Love this.. have been checking out this kind of lamps for my diningroom. Thanks for the idea!

    Reply

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