Please brainstorm lighting options - my vanity/dresser is in

sochiFebruary 15, 2013

The plumbing to my new bedroom vanity/dresser was done this morning. I absolutely love the vanity/dresser/bookshelf, it totally rocks. The colour on the drawer fronts is perfect too. Thanks to all for your help with the design, especially to Palimpsest, as this is essentially his design! (The cheque is in the mail Pal. I just addressed it to Palimpsest, USA, I'm sure it will find its way to you).

Now I can move forward with finishing the bedroom. But first things first, I need to get a mirror cut for the space to the right of the bookshelf. It will have to fit around the electrical outlet which may pose a problem as it is only an inch or so above the counter. And unfortunately I only have overhead lighting in the space, so I need skinny table top lighting. I've posted a link to something I found on-line, but I'm wondering if it will do the job. The table lamps I love are too large (I'm thinking I need something 5" or less). What about something creative with rope lighting? Any ideas?

I haven't staged or set anything up properly yet, we still need to put up baseboards etc., but you get the idea.

Love this faucet:

Lots and lots of storage for all my European house porn:

Here is a link that might be useful: possible lighting

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What about something like this?

I would drill a hole in the countertop for the cord to drop through to the undercounter outlet, or shorten the cord on whatever lamp you get.

Here is a link that might be useful: Orb lab light.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 1:19PM
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There is also this: available in two sizes and several colors.

Here is a link that might be useful: Jonathan Adler Small

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 1:30PM
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I think the light needs to radiate from behind the mirror.

I love the way that came out! Of course, I like all that I have seen of the house, so......


    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 9:49PM
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Looks so nice so far!!!!

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 10:09PM
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Fantastic! I have no idea about the lighting but wanted to mention that you can have the mirror go all the way to the counter with a cut-out for the outlet and use a mirrored outlet cover (identical to a mirror, available at retail). It will pretty much disappear. I love seeing every bit of your home!

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 11:07PM
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I missed the design process but it looks fabulous! Lots of great hidden storage and great style!

Why must it be a table top lamp?

Hard to see if you have a standard outlet or not but maybe you can find a mirrored cover.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mirrored wall plate covers

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 11:15PM
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It's just beautiful and the colors are spectacular together. Love the countertop and faucet, too.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 12:47AM
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Thanks for the recommendations Pal, I like both. The orb light most I think.

snookums & lazydaisy, thank you. The mirror wall plate idea is perfect. I knew I could cut the glass around the outlet, but wasn't sure if the 1" border on the bottom around the cut out would work with glass (i.e., too thin). I will call our local mirror folks next week.

springroz, it is too late to wire the wall for electrical I'm afraid. I could however install hooks or something on the wall and have the mirror cut around it. I could then hang a light off of that, but I'm not sure what lamp or how that would look exactly. I assume I will drill two holes in the counter and plug in below.

Here are Pal's recommendations and a few I found. What do people think of the choices? I've excluded the few fabulous $500+++ lamps I found, the lamps below pretty much fall within budget.



This one is silicone and you can shape it as you please:

The thinnest at 3.5" I think:

And the cheapest at less than $10, but probably wouldn't give off much useful light. Neat concept though and sort of what I was thinking with rope lights:

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 11:59AM
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Just to help imagine proportions and where I might place the lamps. The two vases pictured below are almost 5" wide and are located more or less where I would place the table lamps. The vases are only 8" tall, I think I would want lamps 12-18" tall. Whatever lamps I chose need to play well with the Kohler faucet.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 12:15PM
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Are you planning on a mirror for the whole space? Or would you consider a free standing mirror that you would hang?

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 2:44PM
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Hi Janice - the plan was a mirror for the whole space. Hanging a mirror is a possibility, but I'm uncertain how it would look.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 3:12PM
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My fabricator likes at least 3" between an outlet and the edge of a mirror. Yours may differ, or you may be able to move it bodily or turn it horizontally to gain more room.

I have had better luck with polished chrome plated receptacle covers on mirror than the mirrored ones. The mirrored ones are flat on the back while the chrome are slightly hollow giving you a bit of wiggle room if something protrudes out of the outlet a bit.

Would you consider painting the wall underneath the counter the same yellow color as the drawer fronts?

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 3:15PM
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Thanks for the tip about the receptacle cover Pal. Yes, painting the wall underneath isn't a big deal, I couldn't certainly do that.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 5:43PM
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