What Do I Do with this Ugly Light Fixture?

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Q: I recently moved into a great rental in Bushwick. The apartment was under construction when I toured it and between the tour and move in they installed this hideous light fixture. I need ideas for how to either switch it out, starting from the very beginning  or somehow improve it. 

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My budget is obviously somewhat limited, as I am renting. I would prefer to repurpose something used. Alternately, I would be interested in some way to improve the existing light fixture. Could I add some flair like in the last photo shown here on the left?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.