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When we moved into the house, one of the first quirks we quickly noticed was the lighting. The bathroom has old looking hanging lights and the master bedroom’s lights are connected to plugins. There is nothing overhead in the living room and the “middle area” has two lights with two different light switches. This was from the old entrance and separation from the ‘regular house’ and mother-in-law apartment.

Needless to say, updating the lighting and making it work together a bit more was a top priority. And with the exposed walls in the office, mudroom and guest bedroom, we decided this was a perfect opportunity to start adding in the lighting we wanted.

Searching for lighting is hard, mainly because there are so many different styles.

We didn’t really think about how much lighting has an effect on a house, but now that we have installed a few new styles, it can definitely transform the space.


Both Brett and I are huge fans of recessed lighting, so that was quite an easy option. He even picked them out all by himself! We put two lights in the “middle area” and one in the new hallway. All three are connected to each other and can be turned on and off at two separate switches.

The fans on the other hand were a bit of a challenge to decide on. Throughout the main floor, we are wanting to incorporate the farmhouse/industrial style. We like the rustic look but also the industrial style.


In the guest bedroom, we found this amazing fan which hit our look to a T – the metal light bulb coverings with the dark brown finish on the fans creates the perfect industrial-rustic style.


Now that we have the dimmer recessed lighting installed in the “middle area” I can’t tell you how many times Brett has walked around at night saying, “Oh. Is it too dark in here? Let me just turn these on… Oh, too bright? Here, let’s bring them down a bit.” It’s all about cheap entertainment here at The Nest 🙂

Love the rustic-industrial style? Here are a few more options that we love:

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