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No Ceiling Lights? No Problem!

No Ceiling Lights? No Problem!

No ceiling lights: Alternatives to brighten any room | ShopGirlDaily.com

Before my husband and I moved into our house, I spent a lot of time obsessing about the photos online. I absolutely loved our house, but as I told my husband, something seemed a little bit off. Eventually, I realized what was odd: None of the bedrooms and neither of the living areas had ceiling lights! We knew the house was a fixer-upper from the 70s, but I hadn’t really thought about needing to add lights throughout the house.

Hiring someone to do the wiring and hang ceiling lights wouldn’t be that big of an issue, and at some point, we will probably do this. For now, though, after buying a house and having a baby in the same year, money is tight. We can’t afford to purchase all new lights and pay an electrician to install them in every room. So we are going to, as Tim Gunn says on Project Runway, make it work.

I was a little worried when I first started thinking about lighting every room because this wasn’t something I’d ever encountered. All of our rented apartments in Chicago had ceiling lights, so all we had with us when we moved in was one table lamp and one floor lamp. How could I light the rooms in interesting ways without resorting to a bunch of boring torchiere lamps?

I spent a lot of time browsing plug-in lights online before coming up with a game plan for each room in our house. I’ve spent a lot of time learning about new lighting styles and thought I’d share the best styles I’ve found for houses with no ceiling lights.

No Overhead Lighting Solutions

Floor Lamps

Floor lamps are classic, although, as I noted above, we only had one torchiere lamp before moving. In our forever home, however, I want to banish this style and add a couple of floor lamps that are more dramatic. Some floor lamps can be a focal point in a room, while others are definitely more functional and can be tucked away in a corner.

Floor Lamps from Lamps Plus

Averill Park Industrial Downbridge Bronze Floor Lamp // Possini Euro Oxford Mid-Century Director Style Floor Lamp // Possini Euro Moderne Droplet 62″ High Floor Lamp

24 Gift Ideas For The Instant Pot Obsessed

24 Gift Ideas for the Instant Pot Obsessed

Instant Pots are easily one of the hottest kitchen tools one can have right now. If you’re shopping for someone with an Insta-obsession, you’re going to want to check out these Instant Pot gift ideas, which includes a bunch of Instant Pot accessories and more!

Instant Pot Gift Ideas | ShopGirlDaily.com

Last week I shared my thoughts about why the Instant Pot is so freaking awesome and my absolute favorite cooking tool. Today I thought I’d share a fun little Instant Pot gift guide I put together for anyone that’s as obsessed with their Instant Pot as I am… whether that’s you or someone you’ll be doing some shopping for in the months ahead! These Instant Pot gift ideas run the gamut from an awesome new cookbook to a t-shirt (!) to myriad Instant Pot accessories like silicone egg molds and the best Instant Pot cheesecake mold.

Of course, we might be getting ahead of ourselves. The #1 item on your shopping list should, of course, be an Instant Pot. (I recommend the Instant Pot 8 Quart or 6 Quart.) Then, once you have that, you can start accessorizing with any of the many items listed below.

Instant Pot Gift Ideas

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Click through for more details on each item + a few Instant Pot gift ideas from Etsy!

Why The Instant Pot Is The #1 Cooking Tool You Need Right Now

Why the Instant Pot is the #1 Cooking Tool You Need Right Now

Whether you like cooking or not, an Instant Pot is a kitchen tool that you need to add to your kitchen. I intensely dislike cooking, but my Instant Pot makes cooking delicious meals super easy, fast, and, dare I say it, fun! 

Instant Pot 101: Everything you need to know to get started with this electric pressure cooker | ShopGirlDaily.com

While I may not post about it here very often, I REALLY dislike cooking. I mean, I would do 10 loads of laundry every single day if it meant never preparing another meal. I’m not remotely exaggerating when I say that I would be incredibly happy if I never had to step foot in a kitchen again. Despite my intense dislike of food preparation, there has been one thing getting me in the kitchen more and more and that is my Instant Pot. I bought one on a whim on Amazon Prime Day and I’ve become obsessed with it. Seriously. Obsessed.

In fact, I’m so obsessed that I wanted to put together an all-inclusive guide for any of you that are considering an Instant Pot that describes exactly why you need one NOW. If you’re thinking that you really don’t need one more kitchen tool, you’re wrong. The Instant Pot can (and will) replace some of those other items in your arsenal, including your crock pot, rice cooker, and steamer. Trust me: You need an Instant Pot.

Why You Need an Instant Pot

Your Instant Pot will save you time: Cut traditional cooking time by as much as 70 percent with electric pressure cooking! You can make delicious meals like Instant Pot Lo Mein in under an hour.

The best part about cooking with the Instant Pot is that it is kind of like a slow cooker (pretty hands-off), but much faster. Many recipes are “dump” recipes, so you just dump everything into the Instant Pot and it creates an amazing dish. Desserts, too! You can even make monkey bread in your Instant Pot!

Your Instant Pot will save you money: You get home from work and you’re tired. You don’t feel like cooking but you know spending another $30 on take-out isn’t a good idea. The Instant Pot can be “set it and forget it,” though more detailed recipes call for more than the pressing of a button.

Your Instant Pot is environmentally friendly: Because of the slashed cooking time, your electric pressure cooker is saving energy, making it more efficient and environmentally friendly (or “green”).

Retro Kitchen: What’s Old Is New Again

Retro Kitchen: What’s Old is New Again

Fun Items for a Retro Kitchen | ShopGirlDaily.com

As I mentioned when we bought our new house, it’s a real fixer-upper. The bones of the house are great and many rooms just need a good coat of paint (like my son’s lime green bedroom), but the one room that needs the most work is our kitchen. It’s going to be a gut redo, but who knows when we will actually be able to afford the type of work that it needs. (We’re talking tearing out a wall, all new cabinets, new flooring, painting… the absolute works.) Currently, we have a very retro kitchen, but not necessarily retro in a good way. We have lime green countertops and the oddest cabinets that anyone has ever seen. The tile on the floor is also a brown and gold plaid, for lack of a better explanation. It’s, um, interesting, to say the least.

Whenever we get around to the kitchen renovations – and we are years from that point since we also have to do things like re-do a bathroom and a half bath, tear out and replace a concrete patio and pergola, install fencing… and the list goes on – it’s going to cost an arm and a leg and we probably won’t have any additional funds to “decorate.” As a compromise, I’ve already decided that our future kitchen will have some vintage kitchen decor so that I can buy some items now that will fit in our old-timey kitchen and will fit later in our modern retro kitchen.

Below you’ll find 18 of my favorite retro kitchen items, but you can also check out a bunch more on my page of Amazon Picks.

 

Sensationals Retro Collection Radio Scented Wax Warmer

 

Retro 50s Diner Style Tableware Set

 

Retro Stoneware Salt and Pepper Shakers

 

Westclox Retro 1950 Wall Clock in Red (9.5 Inches)

 

“Eat Here” Retro Wall Decor

Light It Up: 20 Modern Floor And Table Lamps Under $100

Light It Up: 20 Modern Floor and Table Lamps Under $100

20 Modern Floor and Table Lamps Under $100

You guys. I have some pretty massive news.

Pretty much as long as I’ve had this site I’ve been writing about wanting to buy a house. My husband and I have talked about it for years, but until we had our son and now, another one on the way, there was no rush. The Chicago housing market is insanely expensive and there were years when I never thought we’d be able to afford a house in any Chicago suburb.

But, finally, we will soon be suburbanites and I couldn’t be more thrilled!!! As much as we have loved the city, we are also looking forward to things like not being woken up by the train rumbling by at night, having a yard for the kids and dogs, great schools within walking distance, and I’m even hoping to start a vegetable garden and start composting. How terribly domestic, right?

We’ve each been in the city about 13 years now and while there will certainly be things we miss, such as food delivery at all hours of the night from hundreds of restaurants, it’s a dream that we’re finally going to have our own place in just a few short weeks.

Yes, weeks. We close March 10. We are having a baby less than two weeks later. March is going to be a busy, busy month!

As much as I’m excited about the house and the baby, what I’m really looking forward to over the coming weeks, months, and years is making our new house into a home. We purchased an older home that appears to be in great shape but that is in need of a great deal of updating.

One of the first things on my to-do list? Lighting!

Our new house was apparently built without ceiling lights in most rooms, which means that floor and table lamps are going to be an absolute must until we can afford to hire an electrician to hang some light fixtures. (I will be tackling some DIY projects, but dealing with electricity is too far outside my realm of knowledge.)

Since we can’t move in and live in the dark, I spent the morning browsing cheap table lamps and found quite a few floor and table lamps under $100. I found some incredible options if I do say so myself.  The Target table lamps, in particular, are impressive. One of the very last ones on this list looks far more expensive than it’s actual ticket price…I think I need it!

If you need a little light in your life, too, here are some fabulous options!

20 Modern Floor and Table Lamps Under $100

Floating Square Table Lamp

$59.99 at Lamps Plus

Cast Orb Gold Accent Lamp

$34.99 at Target

Cloche Table Lamp from CB2

$69.95 at CB2

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