Mister Jupiter and I both love modern everything. We like bright white things, and high gloss finishes. We love stainless steel appliances and the occasional touch of industrial.
Luckily IKEA knows what we want, but we don’t always live within driving distance of a store (and I’ll happily drive five hours one-way for IKEA).
This means that we face a lot of design challenges. We move every one to four years and we can’t buy or build modern homes at each move -although we would love to. Most of this is because the military doesn’t send us to places with ultra-modern renovations, but I know we’re not alone.
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Military nomad or not, I know there are others like us. We’re dreamers that are stuck in a world that likes oak kitchen cabinets. It’s hard to change the preferred decor of a nation, but we can do the next best thing and buy affordable modern products. Successful products meet demand, so demand beautiful and affordable home goods!
It’s actually easy just think of each dollar as a vote. I vote for low wattage LEDs. I vote for white powder coated steel and sustainable bamboo.
we have to work with what we have
Like the most people, we have to work with what we have. Luckily a quick way to change a home is with lighting. For this article we’ll ignore installed fixtures and talk about renter-friendly consumer lighting; you know –lamps.
I have actually found some real gems on Amazon. Specifically after I discovered Brightech. I told Mister that I was looking to replace a lamp, because moving it is a pain. We bought this slim LED replacement right away, and have kept both for now.
I feel like I am getting my money’s worth.
Last year I was looking for new lighting for our library. Our library is just a bedroom that happens to have bookcases instead of a bed. I decided that we needed reading lamps because the room only has one dim ceiling fixture. I found these minimalist lamps that happen to look amazing with these bulbs (I prefer warm white, but a bluey multicolor is available). They look fantastic, and I feel like I am getting my money’s worth.
So far, these are the best options I can find in affordable modern lighting. I am always looking for more choices, and hopefully will be buying more lamps within a year or two. I’ve been thinking about these in particular
- spiral lamp that reminds me of a cobra
- balanced lamp that reminds me of the moon
- floor lamp that can easily brighten any corner.
Do you have a website that I need to see? Are you also in love with modern lighting?
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