Every since moving in I had been going back and forth as to what type of light I should put up in our entry. All I knew was that I wanted the saggy boob light that came with the house, gone. A few weeks ago I found a good price on a matte black barn light on Amazon and went for it. Once I got it up it took me a couple of days to get used to it, but now I'm loving it.
UPGRADE TIP: I couldn't find a pendant barn light (in my price range) that had a solid pole covering the cord. This light came with a small black exposed cord. I beefed it up by cutting down a cheap curtain rod we had laying around the garage, pulling off the wire cover/canopy from the light fixture (the part at the top that meets the ceiling), sliding the cut curtain rod over the cord, and then running the remaining cord back through the canopy before installing the fixture.
This shot below shows the saggy boob light that was replaced. And, also the stairs before we replaced the carpet with wood!
Here's a shot from the front door into the rest of the house. You can see my arch-nemesis chandelier peeking out from under the archway. It collects more dust than my Dyson. I have no clue what to replace it with. Well that's not true. I can come up with all kinds of things to replace it with. They are just no where close to being in the budget. Why are light fixtures so expensive?!!
SOURCES: barn light pendant . rug - Homegoods (similar here) . DIY bench . sheepskin (local gun show) . pillows made by me . hooks - covered in gold Rub 'n Buff (or similar here) . hat . scarf - old from Target