Welcome to week 4 of the One Room Challenge visit week 1, 2 and 3 if you need to catch up.

One of my favorite ways to add big dose of form and function to a room is with the lighting.

If you have to have lighting, why not make it spectacular?

As a Cozy Minimalist, I want to take full advantage of every item I put in a room and get the most style and impact out of each piece. When it comes to lighting, I’ve learned what to use by using all the wrong things.

In the past I went for small, unremarkable lighting because that felt safe. Especially in a smaller room.

Now, in every room, I like for lighting to be the star of the show. Especially in a smaller room.

And because the One Room Challenge has amazing sponsors, I was able to get my dream chandelier, the queen mother of all other chandys:


via Lamps Plus

Meet the star of our show.

This back porch isn’t fancy, but it’s got the highest ceilings in our house, a dark feature wall and doubles as our entry way for us out here in the country. I’ve had my eye on the Arteriors Whitewash wood chandelier  since we bought this house and I finally had the perfect spot for it. It’s the ideal companion for the rustic pretty porch where we want warm welcoming light and some approachable style.

Here she is off on a dark rainy day.

Here she is lighting the way.

The white whashed sticks against the cedar wall are such a lighthearted, quirky combination.

And, when you are buying a light fixture you are going to walk under, it’s important that you like what it looks like from underneath. It’s kind of like a big firework.

Once the lighting goes up, I always feel like I’m past the halfway point with a room.

Here’s where we’re headed…


The next two weeks are the most fun of the ORC because you can watch everyone’s room quickly coming together now that a lot of the groundwork is finished. This is the best part! Check out everyone’s room:

Centsational Girl | Chris Loves Julia | Christine Dovey | Dwell With Dignity

| The English Room  | Glitter Guide | House of Brinson | House Updated

| J+J Design Group | Lark & Linen | Abby Manchesky

Nesting Place |Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Pink Pagoda |

Rambling Renovators  |  Erica Reitman | Sketch 42 | Suburban B’s |

Erin Williamson

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH

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PS, if you and your house don’t seem to be getting along right now, you’re gonna love the Cozy Minimalist Decorating class–it’s open for the next few days, click here to find out more