Weekend Projects

This Weekend: A Tiny Tweak to Save Your Sanity (& Boost Your Vanity)

updated Jul 17, 2020
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In an ideal world, everything in your home comes together as a harmonious whole, working collectively to make you and your space look and feel the best it can. When this one thing is off, the effect is disorienting and just plain uncomfortable.

This Weekend’s Assignment: Improve your lighting situation at home, and be amazed at what a difference it makes.

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Adjust Your Current Set Up: Your goal is to set up variable light: the flexibility to tone down glaring overheads that make you wide-eyed and crazy, and add just enough light just where you need it at the time. It’s about function, but also the ability to set a mood, and enhance parts of the room that you think are worth looking at. And yes, making yourself look good too when there’s no unflattering light that makes you look ghoulish 🙂 Plus, it saves electricity when you’re no longer lighting space that isn’t being used.

3 Tiny Tweaks That Will Make Your Home’s Lighting Better

How to Layer Light for a More Flattering Effect

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Upgrade What You’ve Got: Rental apartments aren’t known for crystal chandeliers and other gorgeous lighting but, if you think you can’t change your current lighting situation, you’re mistaken. Read on for some: a) smart; b) stylish; and c) super affordable ways to alter the lighting you’ve got, and feel good about it.

Remember, as with all of our Weekend Projects, just do what you have the time and energy to do. This is a marathon, not a sprint!

  • Help motivate others by letting the rest of us know how things are going! Share your tips and photos of your Weekend Project work on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ATweekendproject.
  • Check out 2017’s entire Plan for a Healthy & Happy Home to access all Weekend Project ideas, so you can pick and choose what to do this weekend.
  • Download our August Home Checklist. It’s a free, downloadable, low-pressure list of things to try this month if you want to keep your life and home running like a well-oiled machine. Pick and choose what and how much you want to tackle, and have the satisfaction of crossing them off the list!