Under $100 Industrial Sconce Round-up

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I know this isn’t the ‘norm’ here to do a home design post, but nothing is the ‘norm’ here anymore, so I am going with it. We are currently getting ready to move again, just a few blocks away mind you, but my head is already filled with little design upgrades that will have to be super budget friendly as my budget after moving is going to be very sparse. I know we are going to need lighting in the master bedroom and since it’s where we do a lot of our bedtime reading with our toddler, I wanted to make sure we had some fairly good ‘spotlight’ on the books and not just the usual ambient light. It seems that while I was off being a mom, the design blogosphere decided that sconces in the bedroom were going to have a moment. That’s great news for someone interested in bedroom sconces!  The drawback though was a hundred fold, either all the really great looking sconces that were being written up were sponsored by this company (and yes, they have some really great light choices), or the scones were hard-wired (we are renting so not going to happen) or were completely utterly out of my budget. I hunted and scoured for plug-in industrial inspired sconces, which is actually a fairly hard item to find and once I had wishlisted a bunch I thought, hey? Maybe someone else out there is looking for the same thing and why not just do an eensy round-up? I actually wasn’t even sure how to go about doing this, should I post some inspiration rooms? Would I need to email every blogger to use their image? Or would a link suffice? I mean, I am so out of the loop of what protocol is, so I am just adding sconce images and links. For the record, feel free to use the images we shoot here with a link back, no need to email (and not get a response back for 3 years from moi, Michelle might be a bit faster, but we are both swamped). So let’s get linking so you can get shopping!

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Plug-in industrial lamps featured clockwise:  upper left Ikea wall clamp spotlight $20 | upper right Caged wall sconce $30 | Lower right Adjustable black and brass sconce $32 | Lower left Oiled bronze swing arm $48

Not shown but good options! Accordion wall sconce $59 | Aged zinc wall sconce $39

How to hard-wire a plug-in lamp (for those that may want a more permanent option) I | II

Pricey but pretty Industrial (ish) Sconce options: 1 | 2 | 3

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and the fastest way to clean + digitize your lettering and line art –Lettering Rx | Paper to pixel and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

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Home printers | our faves

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Printing at home or in your studio has one clear advantage over using a service: control. If you are unhappy with a print, you can make adjustments and reprint it on the spot. Familiarity with your equipment is helpful too. For instance, I know these Epsons print a bit darker than my monitor so I prepare for it in Photoshop by creating a duplicate layer & screening it at 25% opacity. This makes the image too light on screen, but it prints perfectly.

My Epson Artisan 800 is a dinosaur – maybe 6 years old, and even with a broken paper tray, it still prints, and scans like a champ (I don’t make many copies, and never use the fax feature). I have prints from when this printer was new that look as good as the day they were made (the inks are fade resistant up to 98 years!). Super thick card stock doesn’t really work, but I’ve had good luck with heavyweight matte papers. It’s possible this has been corrected in the newer version of this printer, but I can’t speak to that from direct experience. Epson recently replaced the Artisan series with the Expression series, which come in at the same bargain price I paid for my Artisan 6 years ago ($130.00).

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The Epson Stylus Photo R3000, made it’s way into my studio when it became apparent that photography was going to eclipse my love for graphic design by roughly a mile and a half. It feels like such a treat to print the 13” x 19” size. My images with black backgrounds (printed on smooth matte paper), remind me of velvet (but not in an Elvis on black velvet sort of way). Tristan wanted to know where I had them printed, and was floored when I told her I printed them myself! The archival inks are fade resistant up to 118 years for color, and 300 years for black, just be sure to use archival paper to secure those results. For peace of mind, I always add another layer of protection with a couple of coats of Hahnemuhle Protective Spray to keep prints looking new for as long as possible.

For any new home printer purchase, you’ll want to check your monitor calibration. I won’t get into detail, since it’s one of those things where cost and time investment can vary widely depending on your needs. I did find this friendly tutorial for calibrating a mac that some of you may find helpful. The other thing you’ll want to be aware of is the ICC color profile information for your printer. ICC color profiles will help Photoshop and your new printer speak the same color language. Here is a video from Epson explaining which settings to use in the Photoshop print area for the R3000. Tip: Make mini test prints to conserve ink and paper: full size is for when you get all of the workflow kinks worked out!

If you have a home printer that you use for photos and love, let us know! I’ve had Epson printers for so long, I’m not very familiar with the other options.

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The Finer : Epson Stylus Photo R3000

Priced around $750.00 but right now there’s a $200 mail-in rebate & free shipping w/ Amazon Prime.

The Find : Epson Expression Premium XP-820 ($129.99)

Screen Calibration Equipment:

ColorMunki (this is the entry level version) Spyder4elite

Photoshop + Lightroom Creative Cloud bundle now only $9.99 a month!

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, designer and co-professor for Souvenir Foto School. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.

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The Finer & The Find-The Jogger

 

The Jogger Finer + Find via Besotted

THE FINER / THE FIND

The Finer & The Find. Michelle and I both love and appreciate quality items + craftmanship, I think it’s part of our designer DNA, but there’s also no denying the thrill of the hunt. At our weekly meetings we like to Johnny one up each other on what new discoveries we have found, we thought it might be fun to share with you our little game of Finer & Find. The Finer would be something if budget was no object and The Find is the score. It’s not always fashion, we have found some pretty eclectic items, but between the two of us we hope there is something to tickle your fancy!

I have had a recent obsession with Joggers, as a new mama I am lucky not to leave my house in my pajamas’s, Joggers have the same feel as my PJ’s without the curious stares. Although they have an elastic waist band, usually a big wardrobe no-no for me (ordinarily I don’t have the self-discipline to not grow into my elastic waistband if you know what I mean). I find the Joggers comfortable and as Michelle likes to say, ‘A door-able’, meaning you can open your front door in them.

 Have you embraced this trend? Do you have a Jogger suggestion? Or would these never be in your wardrobe?

P.S. And if you must know, I did indeed get a few consecutive hours of sleep the other night which has been most invigorating and why I’ve been so verbose this week. I hope this keeps up (both the sleep + energy).

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She recently lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.