You can't go wrong with classic, timeless and clean, right? At least that's what I keep telling myself. I think anyone who knows me would agree that I struggle to make a final decision. I research things. I analyze cost. I re-research. I ask opinions. I buy something. I return it. I noodle on it longer. I wait for a sale. Then, maybe, I'll make a final decision and buy what I'm looking for (which may or may not have been what I previously returned). I am so thankful for generous return policies. And I'm even more thankful for a husband who puts up with my indecisiveness.
We've been looking at lighting for at least three months. And, until the past two weeks, I'd avoided buying anything beyond three exterior lights (mentioned here). It probably won't come as a surprise that I ended up returning those lights. I figured if I wasn't totally sold on them, they weren't worth keeping. When my Mom took E a couple of weeks ago, we made it a mission to make some progress. Want to see what we picked out?
For E's bathroom, we're going to use two pendant lights - one over each of the sinks. I love the pendant we picked out and despite holding off on buying it originally (it wasn't on sale!), I went back the next day and picked them up. Of course, you know I'll be stalking the sale flyers until they're taken out of the box to be installed. When I pulled the picture below, however, I just noticed that the description says "dry location". Might need to think about this one again... [update: We met with the electrician for our walk-through and he said vanity lights would provide much better lighting than the pendants. I'm bummed, but quickly realizing pretty doesn't mean functional. These will be going back and I'll be finding some new 3-light vanity fixtures.]
|[Restoration Mini Pendant from Menards]|
I haven't actually purchased the light for our dining area yet... you guessed it, I'm waiting on a sale. I'm pretty certain this is the one, though. If anyone finds any discounts for Crate&Barrel, I'll be your best friend if you send them my way!
[Finley Large Wheat Pendant Lamp from Crate&Barrel]
We have a peninsula that somewhat separates the dining area and kitchen. I'm not sure if we'll hang two or three pendants above it, but we currently have three sitting in our garage. I was sold on the lights at the store, but after reading the reviews online I'm a little hesitant. These might end up going back as well....
I'm not exactly in love with ceiling fans but Hubby is a hot head and insists we have them throughout the house. And by throughout the house, I mean the great room and the bedrooms. It just seems like everywhere. We found the first fan, for the great room, at Home Depot. I wasn't willing to pay the $219 asking price, but we were able to track down the exact fan at a discount website for $80. Sweet victory! The second fan is for our Master Bedroom and was a compromise on style and function. Now, I just need to find two more fan/light combos for the other bedrooms... Suggestions?
[Hampton Bay Altura 68 in. Indoor Oil Rubbed Bronze Ceiling Fan from Home Depot]
|[Patriot Outdoor Double Glass Wall Light from Menards]|
[Maya 1-Light 14.75" Black Outdoor Post Topper Light from Menards]
Despite how big of a pile these make in our garage, I'm amazed with how many purchases we still have left to make. Our electrician said he'd be ready to install everything in about a month, so I've got to get back in gear. Next up: two ceiling fan/light combos for the bedrooms, an overhead light for the flex room, three overhead lights for the hallways, two triple vanity lights for the bathroom, another triple vanity light for the powder room, an overhead light for the laundry room, four sconces for the master bathroom and another overhead light for the master closet. It sure would be a lot easier if I could get on board with the "boob light". Speaking of which -- any suggestions for boob light alternatives? I've seen a few I like but I'm not quite ready to spend the $70 a piece. Especially when I need five. Yes, I'm frugal (which sounds so much classier than 'cheap').