When planning an interior design, lighting can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of the job. Yet sadly, it can be considered utilitarian by many architects and builders and many homeowners lack the funds or imagination to change. Consider bringing some fun and levity into your life with something a bit unusual, while still remaining true to the function of the room into which the lighting is placed. Illumination is often where one can splurge without a huge dollar commitment. Further, if there are budgetary concerns, consider biding your time in finding just the right secondhand purchase, assuming the wiring is sound. Thrift stores, yard sales and even online auction sites are places to resource special treasures for the home or workplace. And if you find your purchase isn’t quite right, you haven’t spent your last dollar. Either pass it on to a friend or sell it in your own garage sale!