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At Home: Living Room

allie jensen

We're finally 100% unpacked from our move from Provo, UT to Dallas, TX! Since our home was built in the 1940s we didn't have any lighting in the main room, and didn't want to bother with an electrician and approving the 'repair' with our landlordHere are some photos of our finished living room & an easy DIY to give yourself lighting without hardwiring (for under $85!)

We love the built-ins this home has. Perfect for all of our knick knacks & fresh tulips your aunt gives you for a housewarming gift :)

We love the built-ins this home has. Perfect for all of our knick knacks & fresh tulips your aunt gives you for a housewarming gift :)

The table is a slab of pine wood stained and an ikea hamper frame. I'm not clever enough to come up with this on my own, but if you search "IKEA hamper side table" on Pinterest you'll find a million tutorials. The lamp is 5 years old, from World Market.

The table is a slab of pine wood stained and an ikea hamper frame. I'm not clever enough to come up with this on my own, but if you search "IKEA hamper side table" on Pinterest you'll find a million tutorials. The lamp is 5 years old, from World Market.

Throw: anthropologie ; Pillow: Crate&Barrel; Chair: West Elm; Planter: IKEA; Meyer lemon tree: Costco

Throw: anthropologie ; Pillow: Crate&Barrel; Chair: West Elm; Planter: IKEA; Meyer lemon tree: Costco

Hardwire-free lighting (product names are hyperlinked):

  1.  Screw IKEA BYGEL into the ceiling
  2. Wrap SEKOND cords evenly around the BYGEL, leaving enough cord to plug into a powerstrip (note: the cords come in various colors, even a chevron print; I chose black because it has an industrial feel to it)
  3. Unscrew the piece of plastic from the SEKOND cord
  4. Place the seeded glass light shade on the end, and quickly screw the plastic piece back on to ensure the glass doesn't fall off
  5. Screw the 60W Edison bulb** into the SEKOND
  6. Voila! Our outlet only works when a light switch is turned on by the front door, so it's like we have an actual hardwired light. If your outlets have a constant flow of electricity and don't use a switch you could consider a power strip with an on/off switch so you're not constantly unlpugging/replugging 4 cords every time you want light. We have one (with a remote) from Target in our bedroom. Unfortunately, this one isn't online anymore bc I grabbed it in the 'after Christmas' sale near all the tree light gadgets. Good luck!
  7. Unnecessary, but useful step: secure the cords onto the wall where you see fit (see below)

*Inspiration from West Elm's Pendant lighting; **Lowe's carries 45W & 60W bulbs, I wanted brighter lights so I went with 60W. The SEKOND can only use up to 60 watts. There are 2 different bulb shapes available at Lowe's, so I bought both + 2 more from Lamp's Plus (major bonus-- if you give them your email they will insure your bulbs for a full year and replace them if they burn out. Since they're $10 a pop it could be worth it to buy all of them from there!)

IKEA sells this kit of fasteners for $5. Great for fastening the SEKOND to the wall and ceiling. 

IKEA sells this kit of fasteners for $5. Great for fastening the SEKOND to the wall and ceiling.