Posts tagged ‘Lighting’

September 19, 2014

Exciting Things

There’s something very exciting coming up for the House on Penny Lane. Are you excited? No? Not yet? Well, I can be excited for the rest of us.

At the end of this year, we’re getting a new sofa! A sectional to be exact…

Our IKEA sofa has served us well during the last seven years. It was our first big purchase together and, for each of us, our first real grown up sofa. But lately, we have begun to outgrow it. We’re hosting more and more get-togethers at our house while also spending more and more time stretched out/cuddled up just the two of us. And we just need more room.

And lucky for us, our living room can handle it. It’s kind of huge. Check out my sweet rendering. It’s like looking at my house through a Simpson’s episode.

 

And I never miss a chance for a mood board. This thing makes me giddy. Especially because the majority of the items pictured are ones I already own. This, by the way, is an update to a mood board from way back in 2010. We were just young chicks then, so it’s interesting to see how our tastes have grown in the last few years.

 

 

1.     Our wonderful wood floors. I still dig the high contrast between them and our walls.

2.     With the addition of a larger sofa, we will also need a larger area rug. Our current rug is a $170 8’x10′ shag rug we found at Home Depot. Such a steal and hides stains amazingly well. The new rug is actually made up of carpet tiles, so if one gets stained, I can just remove and replace it with a fresh tile. I’ve also heard the tiles are way easier to clean than a regular rug, so let’s hope any stains that do pop up can be taken care of quickly.

3.     My $30 a piece Craigslist chairs. I recovered them just last year, so they’re not going anywhere any time soon.

4.     Our 70s coffee table. Another awesome Craigslist find.

5.     THE SOFA. I am so excited by this. Pretend this picture is of a sectional with a chaise instead of an ‘L’ shaped sofa. I chose a fitted back to avoid the inevitable slouchy back cushions. The fabric will be a microfiber velvet in a very dark, almost black, charcoal.

6.     Our sofa table. It came from CB2, but is unfortunately no longer available.

7.     Our favorite IKEA Besta media cabinet.

8.     Our vintage walnut lamps. I am so glad these are not glass or ceramic. They would have been broken a long time ago. *Cough* cats *cough*

9.    My Valentine’s Day Fiddle Leaf Fig.

10.   Our current accent pillows, throw, and our Franco Albini Ottoman.

11.    With the new sofa, I should be receiving some throw pillows in the fabric of my choosing. So here’s my choosing! Kind of an Ikat print with cream, charcoal, linen, plum, and cranberry colors. It’s super pretty and this pic doesn’t do it justice.

12.   Think I can talk Rob into some light colored faux fur throw pillows? I hope so. We’ve got a lot of sofa to cover.

13.   I think a nicely colored Persian style rug would be beautiful layered over our future area rug. This will take some obsessing, hunting, and deliberation, so don’t expect to see this placeholder filled for some time.

 

So what’s been a recent exciting addition to your home? Tell me about it in the comments below!

June 2, 2013

Troublesome

My troublesome master bedroom was requiring some ‘Frasier’ inspiration. I had furniture I loved and pretty bedding to go with it, but it still wasn’t working for me. After much deliberation, I realized my biggest problem was how I was treating the lines of the headboard. With the overall height of the headboard at only 26″, it was even more difficult to accessorize.

So I took a cue from Emily Henderson on how to style my nightstands. The most important step? Lighting. I had originally considered the usual table lamp, but with an only 11″ tall headboard and no great way of corralling electrical cords, I decided against them. Instead, I installed sconces centered above the headboard for easy reach.

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The sconces functioned well, but having them centered just above the headboard really disrupted its low, elegant, albeit challenging, line. And don’t get me started on the Euro shams. If my goal is keep that continuous line, I was majorly failing. So I started entertaining other options for nightstand lighting.

I really loved the idea of hanging pendants centered above the nightstand, a la The Brick House:

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image courtesy of the brick house

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I bought vintage pendants that were originally a mono-point hardwired fixture and rewired them to be two separate plug-in swag pendants.

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But when I test hung them in our bedroom for placement, I decided they were totally off. The combination of the teak bed with the brass birds and the swag pendants was far too Bohemian for my taste. Much more like Frasier’s free-spirited one-time girlfriend, Caitlin, than Frasier himself.

Finally, I put my Frasier hat on. What would Frasier do? I obviously couldn’t do table lamps, sconces, or pendants. The only thing left was a floor lamp, which would need to be able to reach at least Rob’s side of the bed, considering he used the wall sconces the most. So, I started looking for a classically shaped floor lamp and found this beauty at a local vintage shop for a great price.

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It may not be the Arco floor lamp, but it very well may be as close as I will get to one. So here it is in my space.

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And here’s my sort-of-styled nightstand.

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Where do you draw inspiration from? Do you have a troublesome room that has taken some time to complete?

November 10, 2012

Well, this is embarrassing…

Let me preface this by saying, we are not lighting novices. We have replaced our fair share of light fixtures – from interior to exterior, from the laundry room to the office, we have replaced almost every light fixture in our house. But something just wasn’t working in our guest bedroom.

About a year ago, the IKEA fixture in our guest bedroom went out. Initially thinking the bulb had burned out, I replaced it. But with a replacement bulb, the fixture still was not working. Not wanting to spend money or make a trip to IKEA, we spent a couple dollars on new wiring and re-wired the fixture. Still no worky.

So our guest bedroom sat in the dark for a year until we were able to get our hands on a new IKEA fixture (I have no shame for how much I love IKEA, deal with it).

I love the paper lantern hanging over our dining table, so the Vate fixture was an easy decision for me. I felt especially confident in my choice after Morgan of The Brick House pinned the Vate fixture for nursery lighting (our guest bedroom will likely be a nursery someday and I have not held myself back from decorating it accordingly).

OK, back to my embarrassment. In a rush to host a gathering this week, we spent an evening wiring up the new light fixture. As most IKEA products go, the instructions were a little vague. Not a good combination with… ELECTRICITY. Using our knowledge of wiring, we hook everything up and flip the breaker. Nothing…

Reluctantly, we switch our wiring thinking the unclear IKEA wiring was our previous mistake. Still nothing…

We check all wiring with our multimeter – the house wiring, the fixture wiring. We call Rob’s dad for additional ideas. “Of course you’ve checked your bulb…”
Of course. What do you think we are? Idiots? That’s the first thing we did a year ago – replaced the supposedly burned out bulb with… Oh.

Let this be a lesson to everyone. Save yourself from embarrassment – throw out your burned out bulbs lest you want to mistake an oldie for a newby and spend a year in an unlit room.

On the bright side (I’m punny), we have a new guest bedroom light fixture and boy, is it dramatic.

 

Proof it works…

 

March 18, 2012

To Do List

It’s been a long while since I’ve last updated my to do list, so here goes…

Those items highlighted green are those that have been completed since I last updated the list (June 2010)

To Do List

1)  Replace carpet with wood

2) Replace existing tile

3)  Replace all light fixtures

  • Entry – pendant
  • Dining – pendant
  • Living Room – recessed
  • Kitchen – pendant
  • Master Bedroom – pendant/close to ceiling
  • Master Bathroom – pendant or sconces
  • Bedrooms – close to ceiling
  • Guest Bathroom – sconce
  • Exterior Front – sconce

4)  Demolish partial wall/cover existing opening

5)  Replace Living Room doors with windows  (I haven’t decided if I still want to do this.  Originally, I thought the door was inoperable, but the wood had just swelled the door closed.)

6)  Replace window treatments (I’m about halfway through with this one, not enough to cross it off, unfortunately.)

7)  Remove upper cabinets above peninsula in kitchen

8 ) Paint Fireplace

9)  Add Fireplace doors (crossing both 8 and 9 off my list because I’m fairly certain I’ve changed my mind about both items)

10)  Add pocket/barn door to Master Bathroom

11)  Replace Master Bathroom sink

12)  Replace toilets with dual flush toilets

13)  Paint Interior (I decided to paint the kitchen the same color as the living room and to paint the cabinets. I may treat the laundry room completely different from the rest of the house since that room is so dark and depressing.)

  • Living Room/Dining Room/ Hallway/ Kitchen – SW Pearly White
  • Kitchen Cabinets – White (which white, I don’t know.)
  • Laundry Room – ???
  • Office – SW Pearly White
  • Guest Bathroom – SW Worldly Gray
  • Master Bedroom/Master Bathroom – SW Balanced Beige

14)  Paint Exterior (In progress, yes, still.)

  • Trim – SW Black Fox
  • Field – SW Universal Khaki

15)  Replace Kitchen counter with quartz or butcher block

16)  Replace all windows (4 out of 10 of these will be replaced this year!)

I’m hoping this will be inspiring to those who feel they need to tackle everything at once. We have actually made great progress here in under 3 years, but I try not to rush myself. I’ve learned that my ideas change with time (see items 8 and 9) and almost always for the better. If I had tried to tackle my whole To Do List at one time, I would not be as happy with the (in progress) outcome as I am!

Enjoy it!

December 24, 2011

Christmas Time is Here!

Surprisingly, even though Rob and I have been window shopping for a new, larger Christmas tree, I am very happy with my Christmas decorations this year. Just like my fall decorations, my Christmas decorations are very sparse, but I think a slow acquisition works best for me.

We moved the tree to the back corner of the living room. I like it being surrounded by windows and how the location makes it seem like there are twice as many gifts under the tree.

I added sprigs of silver berries to my tree decorations. Too bad Jin likes them as much as I do. For the first couple of weeks after putting the tree up, our floor was littered with chewed up silver berries. I might have to rethink that decoration next year.

This year we got to hang our new Disney ornament from our cruise trip in May.

Our little ornament nibbler.

I bought these craft trees from Hobby Lobby right after the holidays last year. The cashier asked how I was going to decorate them. I’m getting the feeling craft paper as decor is not as acceptable in Oklahoma as it is in other parts of the country…

See our past Christmas posts here and here.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

August 21, 2010

Wood Floors Pt. 2: The Hallway.

With the addition of the new wood floors, our hallway is practically finished. Amazing.

If only you could see the before. Unfortunately, the documentation has been lost within the digital world, likely to never be seen again. Hm.. maybe that should be ‘thankfully’.

Before we get to our new, improved hallway, let’s take a look back at the inspiration picture Rob blogged almost a year ago, here.

(Image courtesy of ApartmentTherapy.com)

I originally identified with this image because of the long hallway with multiple doors interrupting the flow of the walls. I knew I would have the same obstacles at Penny Lane. I also really liked the directional lighting, the repetitive round rugs and the large art focal piece at the entrance of the hall.

I wanted the hallway to act as an art gallery – displaying art I have collected been given over the years mixed with images of friends and family. I’m not the type of person who displays framed family photos throughout the house, so including some sort of resemblance of a life had to be purposeful. The lighting decision was a relatively easy one to make. We chose track lighting. The following installation and repair, on the other hand, was a bit more difficult, as I described here. To achieve an even stronger art gallery feeling in the hallway, I decided to go with a white, flat paint. We ultimately chose Sherwin Williams Pearly White because it looked best in both the hallway and the living room, each having different lighting types – the living room: mostly natural light; the hallway: halogen.

Enough talk. Let’s get to the Before and Afters.

Imagining the Before will take a bit of creativity. Imagine a long, carpeted hallway, some of which was fraying at the sides leaving bits of carpet threads tracked throughout the house. The walls were goldenrod yellow with marbelized fish globe light fixtures at either end. The result was dark, dingy and dated.

After

The entrance to the hallway from the dining/entry/living room.

View from the master bedroom towards Rob’s office.

View from Rob’s office towards the master bedroom.

So there you have it. Our new, fancy floors in the hallway. After the addition of round rugs and a few paint touch ups, we can call it done. At this point, though, it will join the guest bathroom on the list, ‘finished for now’.

August 14, 2010

Let there be light.

Last week I desperately wanted to post pictures of our new wood floors. Unfortunately, every room with new floor was a mess with unpacked boxes, furniture strewn about and general mayhem from installing the new floors. The only room I could think of that was picture-ready was the hallway. I grabbed the camera and was about to snap a furry of photos before I remembered that one of our hall lights is out.

Our half-lit, mid fixture replacement hallway

When we moved in, our lighting consisted of two fish bowl fixtures at either end of a goldenrod hallway. Upon painting our bedroom, the hallway stood out like a sore thumb. When we painted the hallway, the lighting revealed itself to be less than desirable. So in late February of 2010, we found ourselves in the track lighting aisle at Lowe’s. Happy as clams to find impressive lighting for so cheap, we left to install the tracks to the hall ceiling. During the installation, we were more like happy as cats after a bath, which is not at all.

Polly after her first bath.

The installation of the track lighting was particularly difficult, so when one of our tracks started malfunctioning, we felt like felines at a pool party. After dismantling the track and testing every component, Rob found the source of the problem – the copper lines inside of the track were not conducting the electricity going into the fixture. We paid another visit to Lowe’s. Hilarity insued and 1.5 hours later we were back home with a new track. Then we went to bed.

The next evening we installed our new track and…


Huzzah! We have light!

Let the manic new-floor-picture-taking begin!

June 16, 2010

To Do List

As you’ve noticed, so much has been accomplished the last couple of months, so I decided to update the To Do List. Those items that have been accomplished since the last posting of the To Do List are highlighted.

To Do List

1)  Replace carpet with wood (7/2010?)

2) Replace existing tile

3)  Replace all light fixtures

  • Entry – pendant
  • Dining – pendant
  • Living Room – recessed
  • Kitchen – pendant
  • Master Bedroom – pendant/close to ceiling
  • Master Bathroom – pendant or sconces
  • Bedrooms – close to ceiling
  • Guest Bathroom – sconce
  • Exterior Front – sconce

4)  Demolish partial wall/cover existing opening

5)  Replace Living Room doors with windows  (I haven’t decided if I still want to do this.  Originally, I thought the door was inoperable, but the wood had just swelled the door closed.)

6)  Replace window treatments

7)  Remove upper cabinets above peninsula in kitchen

8 )  Paint Fireplace

9)  Add Fireplace doors

10)  Add pocket/barn door to Master Bathroom

11)  Replace Master Bathroom sink

12)  Replace toilets with dual flush toilets

13)  Paint Interior (I decided to paint the kitchen the same color as the living room and to paint the cabinets. I may treat the laundry room completely different from the rest of the house since that room is so dark and depressing.)

  • Living Room/Dining Room/ Hallway/ Kitchen – SW Pearly White
  • Kitchen Cabinets – White (which white, I don’t know.)
  • Laundry Room – ???
  • Bedrooms/Guest Bathroom/Master Bedroom/Master Bathroom – SW Worldly Gray

14)  Paint Exterior (In progress, yes, still.)

  • Trim – SW Black Fox
  • Field – SW Universal Khaki

15)  Replace Kitchen counter with quartz butcher block

16)  Replace all windows

June 16, 2010

Evolution of a Dining Room

In 10 months, our dining room has gone through 4 looks and it can be safely said that it will go through more.

The first look was the walk-through-look, which included the previous home-owner’s furniture, custom blinds, sage green walls, cream tile and faux patina chandelier. Do you see the potential in this space?

The next look was the move-in-look. It essentially consisted of the swapping of the previous home-owner’s furniture with our craigslist furniture. I shudder to think that this was the state of the dining room when we hosted Thanksgiving ’09.

This next look is the one most everyone who visits this blog is familiar with. It’s the I’m-cheap-therefore-I’m-crafty look. It involves the replacement of the faux-patina chandelier with the handmade string light.

Unfortunately, the handmade light fixture didn’t stay up for long and since we didn’t really want to start a fire, we decided to replace it. We also had new tile installed and painted the walls white.

And we’re still not done. Do you want to know our plans for the space? Check out our To Do List.

May 27, 2010

Mid-Century Modern

Way back when, before we closed on the house, I was randomly browsing furniture on Craig’s List when I hit the jackpot. We weren’t exactly in the market for furniture, but moving from 800 square feet to 1800 square feet allowed for just a bit of wiggle room.

The listing featured an original 1960s walnut dining set consisting of a dining table and 6 chairs, a buffet and a light fixture. Being a fan of mid-century modern design, I sent a link of the listing to Rob just to say, “Look how cool!” Later that night, while lounging on the sofa, I was incredibly surprised to hear Rob say, “You can get it if you want.” I was shocked and incredibly excited. I immediately e-mailed the owners and then repeatedly hit the ‘check mail’ button until I got a reply.

The high-quality Craig’s List images:

The next day, we were driving out to Yukon to take a look at the furniture. Luckily, Rob just got his handy-dandy camera and was able to get some great photos.

After the owners graciously helped us haul the furniture home, the set was ours. The dining table and chairs, of course, went to the new dining room. The buffet sat in the dinette area for a while until it was forced to move to make way for the new opening. It sat homeless in our living room for a few days before it found its perfect spot in the master bedroom. It’s my favorite piece of furniture, so why not keep it in the room I’m in the most? The light fixture, on the other hand, sat unused in its box waiting for a home. It took me months to figure out where I wanted it. In the bar? No, the ceiling is too low. In the dinette area? No, the wiring isn’t centered on the table. In the master bedroom? Why, yes! The light fixture is traditionally used in a dining setting, but when have I ever been one to follow tradition?

So here is the master bedroom with the light fixture and buffet.

And Miss Polly on her tuffet.

And that’s probably the most mid-century modern furniture I can get away with.