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TV budget design trick: Use exterior lighting fixtures inside

These lamps are made for the outside, but look good on the inside.
Well, why not use outdoor lanterns inside? There’s no law against it.

I saw this budget design trick last night on “Designed to Sell” with Lisa LaPorta. She’s a SoCal gal, in case you didn’t know.

In this particular show, Lisa wanted to punch up the sconces on either side of a vintage fireplace and add more metal to the room. Lisa calls metal the “jewelry” that completes the look of a room.

But rather than shopping for the wall lamps in the interior lighting section, she perused the exterior lights, which tend to give you more drama for the dollar. The lamp shown here, with a rubbed-oil bronze look, costs $79 at Lowe’s, though Lisa said on the show that she got hers for $35 each.

Can you imagine something like this inside a house? It would be especially fitting in one of the small Spanish bungalows we see in these parts.

(Photos: Designed to Sell, Lowe’s)

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