This Unexpected Lighting Brand Is My Favorite New Home Decor Source

published May 8, 2023
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Credit: Erin Derby

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: My Instagram ad algorithm knows me better than I know myself. Scary? Arguably, yes. But helpful? Also yes. Countless times (more than I’d like to admit, TBH), a quick scroll through Instagram turns into an impromptu shopping spree, thanks to the app’s curated product carousels interrupting my feed. It’s like having a virtual personal shopping assistant that sources hidden gems from some of my go-to clothing and home stores as well as new-to-me brands. 

The latter was recently the case for me with what I’d consider one of my greatest online decor discoveries. For context, I’m a sucker for all things squiggled, scalloped, or curved, but especially so in mirror form — there’s just something about a wavy, whimsical design that I can’t get enough of. So many of these trendy fluid styles sadly fall way out of my budget. Enter: my always-one-step-ahead-of-me Instagram feed, which introduced me to the absolutely perfect under-$200 squiggle mirror from a somewhat unexpected retailer, Shades of Light.

Unbeknownst to me, this lamp manufacturer sells, well, way more than just lighting. And after ordering this mirror right away, I also did a shopping deep dive to see what other under-the-radar decor scores their website has to offer. Turns out, there’s a lot — all just as stylish and well-priced as my newfound wall accent. Below, I did the important legwork that my Instagram ads have done for me, picking out six of the best Shades of Light decor pieces that look way more expensive than they actually are.

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The mirror that started it all! It’s currently backordered, but the pricing absolutely doesn’t get much better for this squiggly accent (seriously, every lookalike I’ve seen costs at least twice as much). The simple wood finish pairs with anything, too, but I’m thinking of painting mine once it arrives for a fresh pop of color above my entryway console.

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This small ceramic bud vase lends a refined, old-world feel to any room, all for just $8 (!!!). Style it as a standalone shelf or bookcase decorative object, or pair it with a few of your favorite blooms.

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Pivoting back to mirrors, I also love this Carolina style for its classic, timeless allure — and the surprising less-than-$250 cost. With a distressed wood frame, this could pass as a one-of-a-kind antique store score

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Hello, instant wall storage! If you don’t have an entryway, consider this hanging coat rack the perfect — and pretty — touch to convert blank wall space into a functional organizer. It’s 20 inches long with four built-in hooks, so it’s sizable but not overbearing. And, again, this price feels absolutely unbeatable!

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Okay, seriously, don’t sleep on Shades of Light for your next mirror upgrade. This curved design is a little bit pricier, but the coral-inspired detailing and bright white finish make it the ultimate statement piece.

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I’m a firm believer that every living room needs at least one display-worthy-yet-cozy throw, and this pom-pom blanket checks all the boxes. The coloring, cotton construction, and subtle chevron pattern warrant year-round use.