Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Homestead: How to Rehab Prefab with New Lighting

This post is sponsored by Wayfair. Thanks for supporting this partnership! All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

When we moved to our new home a few months ago, like most busy new homeowners, we were overwhelmed with all of the musts. Like putting in a working stove, and updating the electric. You know the little things that you need to get through the day! Six months in and we are still hard at work with the renovation, but things are slowly starting to turn toward the details. This past weekend I finally had the time to do a little rehab on a prefab mushroom light in our hallway.

As you can see above, our hallway is a unique space. Part library, part major artery, it's been necessary to keep things minimal and simple. We painted the entire home Benjamin Moore Decorator's White, and this decision was a game changer in the hallway. You would think a flat finish, bright white paint would be the kryptonite to a house with a working studio, toddler and dog, but a quick run through with a magic eraser and things look brand new. The lighting fixture in the hallway was one of those prefab mushroom lights that you often find in recently purchased homes, and rightly so. They are affordable, simple, and work well for painting, redecorating and construction. In short, they are no frills and work just fine in the interim. 

To replace the light, I wanted to keep with the library theme and also give a nod to the ceiling fans in both my studio and our bedroom, which have old fashioned school house globes. I found this great fixture on Wayfair, that is a near match to the shape and style of our ceiling fan fixtures. I loved it immediately and like how it keeps with the Nordic and modern feel of our home while including a vintage vibe. 

Next on my list is to find a nice little lamp to place on the open shelf in the hallway. We often play puzzles and read in this cozy little corner and a lamp would be a welcome addition. I'm considering a few below, what do you think? 

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To celebrate one small corner of the homestead being nearly complete, Wayfair is generously offering Zelma Rose readers 15% off all lamps from November 6 - 10! Get your prefab rehab game on with the coupon code below!

Happy Renovating!



Original photography, art direction + styling for Zelma Rose by Lisa Anderson Shaffer.

This post is sponsored by Wayfair. Thanks for supporting this partnership! All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.


  1. It's good that you guys are settling in so fabulously. I love the look of your hallway. Being a book lover myself, I do have a big home library, but I can only imagine walking through your very own hallway filled with books. I'm envious. Hahaha! Anyway, the lighting fixture you installed looks really lovely. Thank you so much for sharing! I hope the renovations you guys are currently doing turn out well.

    Justin Garrett @ Buzz Homes

    1. Thanks so much for reading Justin! I only wish we had the bookshelves running down the entire hallway. We are book lovers as well and there never seems to be enough room for our collection. A large home library sounds amazing. Glad to hear you like the lighting upgrade!