Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Come on baby, light my... house.

I've learned a lot about my style preferences as we've started the lighting selection process.  Apparently I'm 'Transitional'.  And prior to three or four weeks ago, I didn't know such a style existed.  According to Wikipedia (which obviously knows everything and is my go-to source for answers on the internet), "Transitional Style (also known as "updated classic", "classic with a contemporary twist", "new takes on old classics") in interior design and furniture design refers to a blend of traditional and contemporary styles, midway between old world traditional and the world of chrome and glass contemporary; incorporating lines that are less ornate than traditional designs, but not as severely basic as contemporary lines. As a result transitional furniture designs are classic, timeless, and clean."

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]
We're planning to use the same fixture in our foyer and above our kitchen sink.  Hubby has been a big fan of this light since we first saw it at Lowes.  I finally agreed to buy it when it was marked down and I had a 10% off coupon.  Compromise is a beautiful thing.  As much as we like the look of the Edison bulbs, I'm sure we'll eventually switch them out for something with better lighting.

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?

And remember how I mentioned that I'd returned our original exterior lights?  We picked up some replacements from Menards the same day.  I hemmed and hawed in the exterior light aisle for a good hour before finally making up my mind.  Sad, I know.  We had to wait even longer to leave because I chose a discontinued light and there were only three in stock - one being the floor model hanging on the wall.  Good thing my Hubby loves me!  Note that the link below is only for the replacement shade since the light itself has been discontinued.
[Patriot Outdoor Double Glass Wall Light from Menards]
Finally, we made a decision on the dreaded post light.  I still don't love it.  But, I'm sick of looking, and for $25, the lamp we selected is a fine interim solution (at least that's what I keep reminding myself as I search for other options online).  Just need to pick up the post, now...

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').


  1. We are looking at the same fan. Do you know the website you got it from?

    1. Unfortunately the website is no longer up and running, it seems! At the time, I kept googling the fan hoping to find it cheaper and eventually stumbled upon the discount site.

  2. Thanks! I am really enjoying reading your blog. It is very helpful as we are building. Our house about the same size and style. -k

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