Lighting the Way

Lighting the Way

I was feeling a bit at loose ends looking for a mini project, but not sure which one to tackle. And then I found my inspiration over at Decor Adventures. As soon as I saw Jessica’s photo of the garden orb lights, I knew what to do!

Last year when we moved in we bought this set of solar pathway lights from Costco to help transform the new yard.

But we didn’t realize at the time that the sub-terrain was solid rock! You might remember our landscaping sagas from here, here, and here! And so the lights stayed in the garage, unopened, as we tended to a million other moving-in things instead.

Since then we’ve had a chance to work around outside a bit, so now I have a better idea where there’s slight forgiveness in the landscape… and according to the Feng Shui workshop I took not too long ago, lighting the pathway to our main door can be a good thing. Especially since the house numbers are mounted in a Feng Shui what-not-to-do way… did you know house numbers should always be mounted reading across? You can get away with them placed on an angle heading upwards, but never top to bottom with one number over the other, or going down on an angle.

Here’s a look at our main entry.

I’ve blurred the house number, but do you see how it’s mounted? That’s the what-not-to-do according to Feng Shui!

So here’s how I lined our pathway with the solar lights.

I wasn’t sure how to tackle the edge at the foot of the stairs because it’s kind of narrow, and I was worried about people stepping off the cement and onto the lights. Also, right in the corner at the edge of the cement is a sprinkler for the underground sprinkler system. So I was torn between placing too many lights, or possibly not enough. I went with the ‘maybe not enough option’ so I could keep the area at the foot of the stairs free. I have more lights in the landscaping around the side of the house if I change my mind.

Here’s where I placed those lights…

There’s 6 in total. Can you see all 6?

I would’ve liked to scatter them vertically a bit more, but trust me, that ground is ‘rock solid’ underneath!

Lucky us, the lights charged enough that I was able to get a shot of them in the dark 🙂

Much easier to see now, right?

And here’s the ones out front.

Our weather has been on and off since the weekend, but I’m smiling because it was ‘on’ enough to get this little job done!

So what do you think? Would you put more lights at the front, or leave them the way they are?



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7 thoughts on “Lighting the Way”

  • It always feels good to get a project done, even if it’s small 🙂

    It was hard, but I spotted all six lights in the backyard 🙂 I think I would add a few more lights to the front yard. You don’t want an airport runway ;-), but I think three more would be perfect.

    I love the colour of your siding and the stonework 🙂

  • One if my favorite things are illuminaries so naturally I love outdoor lighting. It looks fabulous, I might add a fee more in the back. That’s where the party is, right?

  • wow! I didn’t know that about house numbers needing to go across. Thanks for that info…and the lights look great. We have to replace ours this year as they tend to stop working after a few years. Ours were also from Costco but 7 years ago this Summer.

  • Tell you the truth, I would not worry about #s, millions of people would have bad luck if they would not go Feng Shui now, the lamps are a bit far apart in the front but if you would find a few pots with colorful heather for in between it would really look great and by the way: “last blog geraniums are tops!”

  • You have a beautiful home Sheila! I never knew about the numbers- good to know. I might do some planting on the side of driveway and up around the walk to soften the driveway and lights! I know! Another project!Maybe a focal point right on the corner of the driveway and walk. I really like those little down lights for the stairs- that might be an idea too.

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