In the new September/October issue of CA Home+Design, we take a tour of the home of St. Helena wine country family The Witts, which was designed by local designer Erin Martin. One of my favorite elements of the rustic industrial space is the branch-like socket sconce above the sink, which Martin made herself by screwing several sockets together and filling them with Edison bulbs.
I've seen similar DIY light fixtures but this one works particularly well with the space, which isn't too precious in any way — see the exposed pipes and the rope handle on the glass shower door? This project is brilliant not only because of it's affordability, because it requires literally no rewiring at all.
- Y-shaped socket adapters ($1.90). Just a few for a sconce or a dozen or so for a chandelier. Erin chose black ones, but white sockets are also available.
- Edison-style bulbs or small, round opaque bulbs, with a standard base.
- Take one Y-socket adapter and screw two more adapters into its openings. Continue until you are happy with the branch-like shape.
- Now, screw the lightbulbs into the empty openings.
- Screw the original socket splitter into a socket on a wall and your sconce is finished! To make a chandelier, screw the original splitter into the socket on a standard hanging light cord kit.