Of everything I've picked for the house, the lighting has been the hardest. It's all so incredibly generic, unless of course you have unlimited funds. I went and picked out the ceiling fans this morning thanks to Linda and Nancy who helped me make the final decisions, otherwise, I'm sure I'd still be there - staring at the ceiling of never-ending blades rotating in different directions, making me dizzy with indecision. So, I was finished other than finding SOMETHING - ANYTHING to put out on the porch. We had found some really neat lights that looked like old lanterns on a website, but they were over $300 each so decided we probably shouldn't do that.
Then I decided today to do a search for 'electrified lanterns' and found the most awesome website. W.T. Kirkman Lanterns, Inc. has some really fun stuff. I got two of these 20" ACTUAL lanterns that have been converted to electric for only $320. It would have been that much for the generic porch lights at Home Depot. Their prices are incredibly reasonable. I feel pretty happy - and relieved!
I may have to eventually order a couple of their table lamps too.