A simple wall sconce placed above a staircase: In this home, a ceiling light would be located too high to be able to light the space. A single sconce provide enough lighting to navigate the staircase - even when the other lights are off.
Do some living in your living room "I think we all have this misconception about our living rooms. We somehow get it into our heads that they need to be spare and formal, while the family room is the place that's relaxed and playful and filled with our stuff." It's just not true—you can be surrounded by the signs of a well-lived life, the things that provide perspective and comfort.