I see a light…

Or two.

Yes, definitely two.

Alright, my friends.   This post may not come as much of a shock if you follow me on Instagram since I already spilled the photographic beans over there.  But, I know that it may be new to some, and I wanted to share the details of these changes, as well as the process that I went through to achieve both functional and pretty lighting.

Let’s start with the most welcome swaperoo I’ve made so far…

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I know, right???   No more boob light!!!!

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SO much better…

This little beaut is the Scout 3 Light Flushmount from AllModern and I couldn’t be more thrilled with it.  It was $118 and when I purchased it they didn’t charge me for tax or shipping.  I’m not sure if this deal exists all the time or if I just happened to catch a promotion that they were offering, but I was grateful nonetheless.

When this guy arrived, I was ecstatic.   He’s great quality… solid.  And he looks it, too.   I was actually MORE enamored with him in person than I was when I saw him online which is always a good thing.    I’d initially wanted to try a semi-flushmount in this space for more of a “grand chandelier” feel, but our ceilings are just too low for that.   I’m really glad we went with this one.   It adds style and nice, bright light without being cumbersome.

Here’s a “before” of the space when we moved in for reference.  Remember when our old front door just fell right off??? …

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And here’s a “before” of the other direction which shows El Boob in all it’s glory…

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And now…

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And that’s Lucas perfecting his “Oh, I didn’t realize you were taking a picture” pose.   He literally walked over as I was taking pics and froze with that “surprised” expression on his face long enough to allow the slightly longer exposure to capture it (it was pretty cloudy when I took this).  Dude knows what he’s doing.  Haha!

Here’s a Lucas-free shot of the same view…

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I still have to address the wall directly across from the door (not shown), but aside from that, the foyer is slowly getting close to completion.

Now, onto the other new member of the fam…  My pride and joy of the illumination world: Sputnik….

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I.AM.OBSESSED.WITH.THIS.FIXTURE.

Did I say obsessed?

Yes, definitely obsessed.

How does it feel to be the prettiest gal in the room, Sputnik?

This baby is the Style Selections 18-Light Brushed Nickel Chandelier from Lowe’s.  And it was a steal at $198 plus tax considering that it came with 18 Edison bulbs which typically run about $7-10 each.

But wait… There are no Edison bulbs to be seen, right??

Well, allow me to explain.

After we installed the chandelier, we screwed in the Edison bulbs that came with it and turned it on.  And BOY… were we blinded by the light.  Literally.  And we were hot.   And not in a good way.   Lemme tell ya, EIGHTEEN 60-watt bulbs within close proximity feels a bit like being a hair to close to the sun.   That was a TON of wattage to be just mere feet away. We quickly realized that there was no way we’d be able to host comfortable dinner parties with the current bulbs installed.  NO WAY.

It was a total bummer.

And Joey and I stared at each other in sadness.

So, the next day, I went to Lowes and purchased a bunch of 25-watt globe bulbs in both clear and white, which was the lowest wattage I could find.  I put both in to see which was better (as shown in this iphone pic)….

And I LOVED the clear bulbs when the fixture was off.  They were just so elegant and gorgeous.  I even liked their round shape better than the elongated Edison bulbs in this space.  The white bulbs were a bit too “mod” for what I was going for and the stark white color of the bulbs made the other white in the room look dirty.  And I don’t do dirty white.  Dirty martinis, yes.  Dirty white, no.

The problem was…

…once the fixture was on, even the 25-watt clear bulbs (at less than half the wattage of the Edison bulbs) were still too blinding.   That filament was harsh on the retinas for sure, leaving you seeing spots after glancing directly at them.  The white bulbs, on the other hand, were easy to look at and much better tolerated when lit.

I was SO torn.   I REALLY didn’t want the white bulbs, but they seemed to be the most practical option function-wise.  And what’s the point of a pretty fixture if it impedes function?

So, I slept on it.

For about 7 nights.

Then, it hit me!  A dimmer!!!!  We’d install a dimmer switch which would allow us to use the clear bulbs and have control over the light!!!

So, we installed this one…

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I’m wanting to say it was about $30 from Home Depot.

And all was right with the world.   I could keep my clear bulbs, but the fixture was no longer blinding since we could adjust the light as needed.  Total win-win.

And now we’re set in terms of Edison bulbs until the END OF TIME.   We have several fixtures that need them, so they’ll be used.  Eventually.

Here’s a view of the dining space looking into the living room…

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And a “before” shot of this view (because I can’t resist)…

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And a “before” of the opposite view…

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And now…

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That fixture is my new favorite thing.   I couldn’t love it more.   Now, if I could just find a rug for this space.  I’m on the hunt but haven’t found exactly what I’m looking for yet.  Hopefully the shopping gods will bestow one on me shortly.

So, that’s where these spaces are currently and it’s safe to say that they’re feeling more like us day by day.

For some reason, lighting is always the last change we make, but it always seems to make the biggest difference.    What are your experiences??

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How’s your vision?

Seriously… If you ever wonder about your eyesight, come on over and test it out…

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It’s a little difficult to photograph because of the reflection in the glass, but this art is still all that and a bag of chips if you ask me.   We found this cool vintage-inspired eye chart print at Urban Outfitters for $25, and couldn’t say no.   It came unframed, so we picked up a few of the largest Ribba frames the last time we were at Ikea.  Why do I say “a few” You ask??  Well, because we also picked up a second (different) print as well (not shown).   The original plan was to hang them on either side of the TV in the living room, but they just  didn’t look right once I finally got around to hanging them.

The living room’s loss is definitely the dining room’s gain, though….

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The print goes swimmingly in the space.   Size-wise, it’s the cat’s meow.   And stylistically, it’s the perfect compliment to the more organic, colorful painting on the opposite wall.  It has complimentary colors, but it doesn’t compete thanks to it’s more neutral palette.  Plus, it’s the first thing you see when you walk from the kitchen to the dining room…

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I love this view.

Well, aside from the view of out the window right now.  All of our patio furniture is currently pushed up against the house to protect it from the weather and pool-refinishing dust (Oh!  That reminds me… I actually remembered to take a close-up photo of the pool tile and added it to my last post.  Check it out here if you’re interested.).

Anyways, I’m completely loving this little new addition to the dining room. It adds a touch of quirkiness that I’m completely enamored of.  Super cool balance with everything else that’s currently going on.   I’m still on the look-out for a rug for the space, and am tossing around the idea of changing out the lighting fixture with something a little lighter visually.  We’ll see what the shopping gods bestow upon me.  Anything can happen, people!

I’m also still deciding on a spot for the second print we purchased, so I’ll keep y’all updated on that.  In the meantime, I’ve been working on a small project in the master bedroom to brighten things up.  I’d like to start the concrete countertop project for the wet-bar soon, but since I anticipate quite a bit of sanding dust, and Lucas is just getting over bronchitis with a touch of pneumonia, I need to wait.  Lucas’s health definitely comes first.  I mean, just look at this guy…

It was 80’s day at school when this lovely iPhone pic was taken.  Heehee!  This kid kills me.  I love him to the moon and back.   So, until (1) he’s 100% better and (2) he goes back to school so that he’s not in the house to breath in all that dust, that project will be delayed.  Next week is spring break, so it might be a few weeks until I get on that.   In other news, after 2 months of waiting we were supposed to have our front door installed today.   Unfortunately, Mother Nature struck again.  We had another snow storm last night, so Home Depot cancelled our installation and can’t get us back in for another 2 weeks.  Ugh.   We’re SO disappointed, but know that the wait will be worth it (Ihope).  So, anyways, I hope you guys have a great day!  What projects are you guys working on as of late?  Anything squashed by the weather as well??

TDC Before and After