We knew we wanted something that hung on the wall but didn't require hardwiring. Our tables are small and although we don't use them for storage, we didn't want it filled up by one object. And I wasn't about to pay an electrician to add lighting for us. I found these guys and although they were initially larger than I expected, I love how it turned out. It pops off the dark walls and the light it gives off is pretty impressive.
I will note that one was harder to hang than the other since the backplate wasn't centered horizontally in relation to the actual light. The bar you see there was angled on one so we had to get a little creative.
Also, the cord was a crazy black and white that was really distracting. I had been contemplating ways to deal with it since these babies arrived but it wasn't until I was hanging them that I had a solution. Cord covers came in pretty plain colors but I wanted ours to be jazzed up a bit. I'm going for a global inspired room that looks half planned and half thrown together.
I had also considered getting Guatemalan fabric and making my own. But that would require a sewing machine and me begging someone ... anyone... to do it for me. Instead, I saved my dignity [psh] and found my own little solution. I found multi-colored yarn. This was the only one I could find that had saturated colors and it was just what I wanted. I found it at Michaels and bought two [even though I only ended up using one].
I tied a double knot tightly to the top, buring the little piece that was leftover while wrapping the yarn around the cord. For both lights combined this took me several hours. It was ridiculous. I rarely stopped too so I have no idea what took so long.
If you're curious, I already had the frames on hand from a Michaels sale. The prints are from Ikea [5 for $3] but you can also find larger versions on the artist's etsy site here. They're kind of funky and fun. I may also have been likened to a squirrel in the past so there's that too ;)
I'm waiting on some bedding to arrive and I still have to pick out a few pillows but for once, our room is looking like a real room!