When the going gets tough, the tough get creative. Decorating a house on a budget can be hard work, especially if you're trying for a specific look. There are only so many fixtures in the lighting aisle, after all. But if you're the resourceful type, you'll come up with an idea like this one: using outdoor lighting options indoors.
You can't bring indoor lights outside. Anything designated as outdoor lighting has to be tested and approved to stand up to the elements, something indoor lights aren't designed to do. But you can certainly work the other way around, bringing outdoor lighting inside.
Courtney of A Thoughtful Place needed a light for the reading nook in her son's room, and found the perfect sconce-style light to complement the nautical decor. And it just happened to come from the outdoor section of Home Depot.
After wiring the sconce up to a lamp cord (so it could be plugged in and switched off), Courtney and her husband mounted it to the side of a bookcase, an idea also perfect for the home office. The wiring was run through holes drilled in the side and back of the bookshelf, then hidden with a few strategically placed objects and decorative storage boxes.
So the next time you're feeling like you can't find what you want, don't be afraid to think outside the aisle. Look around at home stores for patio lights, porch wall sconces, and walkway lights. If it can work outside, it can work inside. And if, like Courtney, you need to transform a hard-wired light fixture into a plug-in one, check out this tutorial from eHow.
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