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When graphic designer Lydia decided to upgrade the lighting in her reading nook, she knew she could create a high-end look for less by using humble materials to create a one of a kind fixture. With nothing more than an IKEA socket and lamp, sisal, paint and craft balls, she created a simple light that adds a touch of glamour to a comfy reading corner.

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Painting the lampshade to soften the look worked for Lydia, though depending on your space. this project could be more dramatic if the shade remained high contrast black. Gold-leafing the inside of the shade creates that warm glow that bounces off the glass bubbles and makes this DIY project look like a purchase from a high-end lighting designer.

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(Images: Lydia Pudel/Pudel Design)