light it up: a guest retreat / by Catherine Nguyen

We recently moved into a brand new house. We got to pick out pretty much everything for the house besides the exterior. Do you have any idea how many kitchen cabinet knobs are out there? To some, this may seem a daunting task. For me, this was like being set loose in a candy store. A really pretty, sparkly one.

That said, we wanted to spend our money on the parts of the house we thought would add the most value: our kitchen and master bath. Overall, we have been truly happy with our selections, though I'm rethinking our master bath cabinet pulls. But that's a story for another time.

Sadly, our two guest rooms got left in the dust of the build. They're perfectly fine and one is even ready for and has housed guests without complaint. That said, it's a little bare at the moment. The first thing we need for the room is something that does not resemble what my realtor friend refers to as, "the boob light." We've all seen it. It is plain, round, and well, looks like a boob.

We would like our guest room to be cozy, retreat-like, maybe a bit contemporary, and most of all, we would like guest(s) not to have to stare at the standard "boob light" on the ceiling when they lay down.

Dot&Bo has some really interesting lighting options in a variety of sizes, shapes, styles, and colors. They seem cheery and just like what we need. Following, some of my favorites:

I will admit that I'm really drawn to the Shell Pendant Lamp (second row, second image). It's so elegant in its simplicity. It nods to the ocean without being too literal. Unfortunately, I don't think I am going with a coastal design in the little guest retreat.

The winner: The Sphere Pendant Lamp in Gold. Why: It's elegant, contemporary and has a touch of glam, which I love. I think it will elevate the level of the rest of the guest room.

Now to find some coordinating lamps!! And end tables. And maybe an area rug. Right. Night stands too.....

Stay tuned to see how this project develops.

Source: http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/style-...