Simple Additions

Sometimes the simplest additions can have the biggest impact. After three years of my brother’s high school bedroom black up-lamp gracing our dining room….


DSC_0063….we have finally found the perfect fit for that corner.


Hillside Lane has made me oddly passionate about lighting, lamps, etc., as evidenced here and here and even a Pinterest board entirely dedicated to all things lighting. There is very little overhead lighting in our house and so we are constantly trying to come up with the best ways to light each room. It is an ongoing battle, but I consider this one to be a big win.

This Threshold lamp from Target has been on my wishlist for a while. As a matter of fact, it made the wish-list for both the 2013 and 2014 Resolutions for Hillside Lane. It just seemed like it fit the space and our style (and our budget). And after getting it officially into the space, I couldn’t be more thrilled with it.


It is shorter than the up-lamp was, but I feel like it just brings everything into better proportion. It makes the space between the lamp and the chest seem less awkward, drawing more attention to both the chest (a little history on that piece here, #thingsmatter) and the photographs on the wall (Italia!). The drum shade gives off a warm light that kind of fills the room and once we add the wooden valence planned for that big picture window, I think that little corner will really be holding its own.

We are starting to get into a routine as a family of four and after dinners and bath times, books and bedtimes, a hush kind of falls on the house. I often find myself cleaning up the main floor space to get ready to do it all over again the next day. I turn most of the lights off, but keep the dining room lamp on. It casts this kind of warm and calming glow that I just love and always reminds me how grateful I am for this beautiful place we get to call home. It really is the simple things that make all the difference.





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