Decor · Thrifting

You Light Up My Life ~ Bookshelf Lights

We’re still all aglow from our recent Engagement – no date set just yet, but we’re getting there with the wedding planning.  So much to think about!

In the meantime, this fabulous update occurred (actually back in February, but who’s counting?)

Bookshelf Lamps ikea chevron wrapped cord spotlights from BandBBuildALife.com

For Valentine’s Day, we actually celebrated at Ikea of all places.  Our local store hosted a special event including salmon dinner and a bottle of bubbly for two, plus a wine and chocolate tasting in the bedroom department.  All for $12.  Total.  For both of us.  It was a no-brainer!

Ikea Dinner Valentine at BandBBuildALife.com Ikea Dinner Valentine at BandBBuildALife.com

…I mean, it’s Ikea.  So, it wasn’t going to be a Five Star rated Salmon dinner.  But it WAS super delicious, especially those green puff things at the top of the plate!

As we were celebrating the holiday at Ikea, we decided to gift each other from the store.   We had been discussing for a while how dark the side of the room with the bookshelf was, and I had even been looking around at potential small shelf lamps that would be more ambient.

Then Ikea released these puppies, the RANARP (sounds derpy, no?), and I knew they had to be ours.

Bookshelf Lamps ikea chevron wrapped cord spotlights from BandBBuildALife.com

They’re this perfect shade of white – not 100% pure, but not creamy either.  And the brassy colored hardware has a fantastic contrast, plus the cord!  Is it weird to be in love with a cord?

Bookshelf Lamps ikea chevron wrapped cord spotlights from BandBBuildALife.com

Black and white chevron!  A fabric wrapped cord just makes these so new-vintage if that makes sense.

Bookshelf Lamps ikea chevron wrapped cord spotlights from BandBBuildALife.comAssembly was relatively simple, and the whole addition took a total of about 15 minutes.  There are two options, either you can clip them on to the shelf like we have done here, or add an additional piece that makes the clips into a handy hinge allowing you to mount them to the wall and make them into wall lights that swivel.  Would be a cute look for over a bed!

Bookshelf Lamps ikea chevron wrapped cord spotlights from BandBBuildALife.com

They look FANTASTIC, and tie in our white bookshelf frame (bottom right), white Ampersand bookend, and a few other white accents too.

In the background of the above photo, you’ll also see a slight update for summer – YELLOW.

Decorating with Yellow at BandBBuildALife.comDecorating with Yellow at BandBBuildALife.com

I picked up a few sprigs of faux flowers – the ranunculus are my favorite by far (hmmm…wedding flower maybe?).  I liked the yellow with the milk glass.  And the lantern!

Decorating with Yellow at BandBBuildALife.com

This was another find at Ikea.  I just loved how cheery it looked in yellow.  I mean, it’s just begging to be used on a table at a dinner party or something, isn’t it?

Decorating with Yellow at BandBBuildALife.com

And of course, when you think yellow, you can’t help but have lemons come to mind.  A few vase filler lemons are strewn about, including in these vintage mason jars I scored at Goodwill for a total of $5 for all three!  WOOHOO!

So now we’re living the enlightened life and making lemonade with it.  All in all, I’m diggin’ it.

Have you ever found something and just had to decorate around it?

~ Beth

P.S. — If you read this through a reader, you may have noticed some weird ADD with our watermark on photos.  That’s because some of these were edited in February, and some just before posting this — and we’ve recently undergone an over-haul on the blog.  So stop by the home page and take a look around!  🙂

adding easy Bookshelf Lighting from IKEA at BandBBuildALife.com

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3 thoughts on “You Light Up My Life ~ Bookshelf Lights

  1. Don’t you just love IKEA? The stuff is so cool and so versatile! I recently got dining room chairs there, and I love them. I’ll make slip covers for them (someday) so they are customized, but in the meantime, they are fabulous. We also got new lights for over our bed – 1 LED bulb each, such bright light focused on our books, not each other. Great and cheap to operate! I wish there was one closer to us. Of course then I might be broke…

    1. Oh my goodness, yes! It just has worked out that I’ve never lived more than 45 minutes from an Ikea – even in college. And as Bill works closer to finishing his PHD and starts to look at potential Professor gigs, I’ve already told him one critical requirement – we have to be within an hourish drive of an Ikea. I mean, how else would have have cheap date night?

      Also, I usually have to be talked down from buying everything in the AS/IS section. They’re not the most sturdy of furniture of you’re looking for heirloom quality stuff — but in this day and age, nobody keeps things that long anyway. 😉

      1. I love that requirement in a job. 🙂 It leaves most of the east coast corridor open to you, right?
        Yes, the quality is not the best ever, although I was impressed with out Heinrick chairs, and I got a rolling kitchen cart that is good as well. My old Alex drawers are starting to sag, but they have done well fro a long time until now. I think it is great furniture for starting out, as it will last quite a while, and serves a need while looking good. And it is SO affordable. 🙂

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