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Hey there.

Welcome to Quarter-Life Living, my outlet to help others bring style and sophistication to their twenty-something homes. Everyone deserves to love where they live, no matter the square footage.


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When we bought our house, one of the first design elements I noticed was very hit-or-miss depending on the room was the lighting. The mudroom hallway, kitchen, and living room all had stylish pendants or flush mounts, but turn the corner into a bedroom and you’d find those heinous, stereotypical dome lights that my friend perfectly described as “ceiling titties.” Truly, WHO thought those were a good idea?

We’ve recently swapped out all of those ugly fixtures for fresh geometrical glass and brass flush mounts, and it completely amplified each space. Next, I’ve got my sight set on the bathrooms. Don’t get me wrong, the bathrooms aren’t as urgent, but I am a gold girl through and through, so the chrome is throwing me for a loop! I love mixing metals, so I’m thinking of experimenting with brass and chrome paired together to strike a happy medium.

For our master bathroom, we currently have basic chrome sconce lights with white shades. Everything in the space is ultra-classic and neutral, so I love the idea of swapping them for something a little edgier or even a pop of color (gasp! Did I just say color?). I’m also dream of adding hardwired sconces above our nightstands. This was a major goal of mine to start, but other projects took priority, so I opted for some beautiful table lamps…. for now.

Like with everything in life, I am struggling between going for lower-cost options, or investing in small batch or artisan-made fixtures. If I decide to go with the former, I could try a trendier style, but don’t want to grow sick of them quickly and end up being wasteful. Inversely, if I splurge a bit, I am committing to keeping them for the foreseeable future, and know that light fixtures add up but don’t add a ton of value to the purchase price of a home.

Here are the styles I’m eyeing up in both price ranges.

Save - Under $100

Splurge - Over $100