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Lighting Your Home & Your Life

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of your home, and one of the easiest ways to transform your space and decor. Choosing between cool lighting, warm lighting, incandescent lighting, LED lighting (the list goes on). You don’t want to be the person that buys one of each just to figure out which kind is your favourite. Or worse, leave a store never knowing what is best for your home. I hate investing in something I’m not sure of. A simple and easy fix to A LOT of design questions is normally lighting. Follow my tips in this blog and see what I use to make your life a whole lot easier (and your space a whole lot nicer)!!!

I recently switched to LED lighting wherever possible, which has not only helped enhance my space but it has also helped my wallet and more importantly, is better for the environment. YES, LED lighting has the biggest up-front cost, but it saves you money in the long run while also saving the environment.


The Halogen Flood lights I use in all of my pot lights are a great way to highlight the room. I recommend pot lights in every room as they are a great way to display certain areas and spotlight certain things. In my living room for example, I have used lighting to put focal points on the fireplace, artwork and decor.


In all of my table and floor lamps I use SYLVANIA ULTRA LED lights to make sure that they give off “cool” lighting to enhance my decor. Part of the reason I switched to ULTRA LED over  regular LED is because of the dimmable feature. I always like having the option to dim the lights and it’s even more beneficial when they’re LED. They also use up to 85% less energy, and since I started using them I have definitely noticed a difference on my bills.


My vintage chandeliers take Halogen Decor lights. They add that extra bit of sparkle to my light fixture but not too much to over power the room. They are perfect for mood lighting but are also capable of lighting up the entire room if necessary. I like adding in unique touches and a vintage feel to add texture and character to a space.


Some of the SYLVANIA LED lights that I recently purchased are connected to a mobile app called ‘LIGHTIFY‘. This app allows you to play around with several white tones and millions of different colours. This is ideal for me as I’m always playing around with different shades of white and cool vs. warm. You can adjust the lighting in each room throughout your home simply and easily through your smartphone.

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1. Beaded Chandelier | 2. SYLVANIA Decor Bulbs | 3. Vintage Chandelier | 4. Horse Art | 5. SYLVANIA Halogen Bulbs | 6. New York Print | 7. Chair | 8. Table Lamp | 9. SYLVANIA ULTRA LED Bulbs | 10. Heart Pillow | 11. SYLVANIA LIGHTIFY | 12. Side Table | 13. Moroccan Pouf

Which light bulbs will you try out first!?!



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  1. Taste for Elegance

    October 22nd, 2015 at 11:30 am

    such a beautiful dress and inviting space!

  2. MKM

    October 22nd, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Where is that dress from? So pretty!!

  3. Emily Muehl

    October 22nd, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Where is the sequin scallop pillow from?

  4. Elle

    October 22nd, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    So helpful! Are the paint colours for your living room and bedroom noted anywhere?

  5. Lise Mazerolle

    October 26th, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I would love to know those colours also….please!!!

  6. Kerry Clynes

    July 11th, 2016 at 11:18 pm


  7. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul

    October 22nd, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    I love that dress!

  8. Annie

    October 23rd, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Got any link to that dress? It’s GORGEOUS.

  9. Steph

    October 23rd, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Love your dress! And the post!

  10. Katie Fegert

    October 23rd, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Your house is so gorgeous! Quick question: who makes that rug? I’ve been looking for the perfect neutral rug, and that one is perfection!

  11. Liz

    October 26th, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Wish I could find the rug as well!

  12. Julie Tillman

    November 15th, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Me too! Would love to know where to find this rug

  13. Brandy Tenille Duchuck

    October 24th, 2015 at 12:25 am

    Where did you get your actual side tables in your livingroom? I’ve looked through all your posts in hopes it would be there. I’ve hunted for these tables but can not find them. The ones you have listed are similar but not exact. The legs don’t criss cross like the ones you’ve attached from anthropologie.
    Thank you

  14. bunzy

    February 24th, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Not sure if you are still looking for the side tables,or what area you are located, but I saw the exact ones at homesense! $129 each

  15. nicole toland

    October 25th, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Jillian! where is this gorgeous dress from… the lighting is nice, but the dress is fabulous !

  16. Sue lataille

    January 26th, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Where is her dress from? Love it❤️

  17. Jillian

    January 27th, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Topshop!!! A while ago …. I will try to find some similar for you …

  18. courtney wheeler

    October 29th, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Where is your dress from!! I would love to know!

  19. 2llamass .

    November 2nd, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Jillian, I read your blog several months ago and you found a great mattress. Now I’m in the market for a new one and can’t recall what you recommended. Please let me know. Thx….

  20. Lori Lynn

    November 5th, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Hi Jilly! Love this article. Thank you. What colour do you have on your living room walls? Is it different than your trim colour?

  21. Ivana Kucharska

    November 19th, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Hi! Can you tell me the colour the Jillian used on her living room walls? Brand and Colour Code? Thanks!!!!

  22. KAMGraw

    December 11th, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Your lighting creates the perfect atmosphere and ambiance. Loving everything in your pics.

  23. Ivana Kucharska

    December 26th, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Hi Jillian, Where is your couch from?

  24. Beyondthe Frame

    January 5th, 2016 at 7:44 am

    OMG…I could have sworn that “Wild at Heart” picture looked different when I saw it in your snapchat over the holidays, like it was on reclaimed wood. I loved it and was trying to find it for ages. Should have known to come to your blog.

  25. Sheila

    May 16th, 2016 at 4:15 am

    Where’s the you are my sunshine pillow from?

  26. Marlene Fanucchi

    July 28th, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    jillian is your sofa from the cross and whens that baby due

  27. Rachel SHAPIRO

    May 27th, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Where is the wild at heart photo and frame from? Thanks in advance for reply :)!! Link helpful of where I could buy. Thanks!!

  28. Jillian Harris

    June 17th, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Hi Rachel! Believe it or not that is an old tea towel that I framed!!!! XOXO

  29. Sara

    August 1st, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Hi Jill! Just watched your new blog and loved it!! Where is the you are my sunshine pillow from on your swing? Thank you! I’d like to get one for my aunt’s cottage

  30. Rav

    October 3rd, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Jill where’s the gorgeous rug from? I think you linked it before but, I can’t seem to find it. Thanks in advance.

  31. Jillian

    October 16th, 2017 at 11:29 am

    It’s from homesense XO

  32. Jen

    January 25th, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Hi Jillian, are you still recommending the same light bulbs? The links to the Sylvannia bulbs doesn’t work. What colour led bulbs do you recommend for for lamps both floor, table and ceiling? Also, for bathroom, what colour bulbs? Thanks!!

  33. Jessie

    August 27th, 2018 at 7:06 am


    I’d love to know this information too! Currently building a house and I am unsure of cool vs soft lights in which room. The more specific the better! Thank you so much.

  34. Abby

    June 5th, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    What type of can lights do you recommend as they are tons of different kinds. Also! The bulb links did not work. Do you still feel the same way about the bulbs.
    Thanks so much your amazing!

  35. Nicole

    August 9th, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Hi Jillian!
    Would you mind referencing the light “color” (bright white, soft white, daylight, etc.) that you recommend overall? I see that you mention a cool light! Very curious, thanks!! ?

  36. Rachel

    August 12th, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    I am wondering if you could possibly tell me where you purchased the mirror over top of your couch. I can’t seem to find that out anywhere. Many thanks!

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