Oh Fickle Me!

You know how I put the new Tiffany jeweled light in the kitchen and a plain one over the sink so it would not compete with the Tiffany style?
Well-my inner glitz queen has been yelling at me since I did that! She said I should have listened to her, and I should have gone with the glitz. So yesterday I ordered two new lights!! I will move the Tiffany into my son’s room since it feels more masculine and dark to me, and put the new ones in the kitchen! Then all the lights in my house will be new!!
Here is the one for the kitchen. It has crystals on it, but not hanging down, so it’s understated glitz! The crystals are inside each diamond of the lattice.
Now I’m happy!
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And here is the one for over the sink. This one is smaller-8 or 9 inches in diameter. But it screams glitz so I can get my fix!
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Kitchen Lights

I finally found a light for the kitchen! It is a 17 inch Tiffany style light with beautiful jewel tones. I am hoping the blue in the light will go well with the blue granite countertops.
After buying that, I searched for an over the sink light. It was really hard to find a light that wouldn’t clash with the Tiffany style. It also had to be smaller than 10 inches and have rubbed oil bronze trim. After much searching I found a basic ceiling light that should be o.k.
I will let the Tiffany light be the star of the room!
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The over the sink light-
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Mixing Lighting Styles

After nearly fourteen years in our “new” house, I have finally started replacing all the cheap builder fixtures. All three bathrooms have modern lights that replaced the Las Vegas/Hollywood strip of balls!
As you can see from my last post, I replaced the new chandelier in our bedroom with a sparkly chandelier and moved the other one to the living room. The living room has two light fixtures. Both were the standard “boob” lights in gold tone. So my next purchase was a light to replace the lone boob light on the other side of the living room. Part of me wanted to get another chandelier just like the one I just put up. I am usually obsessed with symmetry, so it felt strange to think of putting a totally different fixture opposite that one. My sister pointed out that two chandeliers would overwhelm the room and make it look smaller. So after searching through thousands of pictures on Overstock, Wayfair, Amazon,…I found one that I kept noticing every time I looked. I took that as a sign that it was the one! It’s completely different and flush to the ceiling, but I love the colored glass in it. I guess both lights would be considered contemporary. Here is the new light.

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Now I am on a quest to replace the hideous globe over the kitchen sink and the ugly three-spotlight monstrosity currently on the kitchen ceiling. I have to confess to buying that one myself, so I have no defense. I am trying to decide if it’s o.k. to glitz up the kitchen with silver and crystal fixtures. The jury is still out on that one.
In the meantime, my sister offered me a lovely vintage fixture with real crystal drops. I couldn’t say no. It’s pale green so it will either go in a bedroom, or maybe over the dining table.
I have decided it really is o.k. to have a variety of styles in the house. If we ever sell, the new owners can rip them all out and put their own in!


Chandeliers in the Bedroom

I never knew that people put chandeliers in their bedrooms. I knew they were in dining rooms and I have seen them in kitchens and bathrooms, but it just didn’t occur to me to put one in the bedroom. Now that I am doing a makeover in the bedroom, I fell in love with the idea of replacing my old light with a chandelier.
I found a couple I really liked, or should I say I found one I really liked, and one I loved. Here is the one I liked.
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I asked people for their opinions about which one to choose, and since everybody has an opinion, everybody weighed in. They all told me they thought the one I loved was a little glitzy, so I listened to them and got the slightly more conservative one. My brother in law installed it for me, and I thought I would move on to another aspect of the bedroom makeover.
Every day for a week I looked at it. Ho hum. It was nice. But I didn’t want nice. I wanted vavoom! My sister said I have a Cinderella side, and it was yearning to come out! So I ordered the one I loved, and now I am excited to see it installed!
Bibbidi bobbidi boo! Here is the Cinderella chandelier!
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In Search of the Perfect Gray Paint

I have been looking at gray paint everywhere. I have been to Home Depot several times, Sherwin Williams store, Benjamin Moore store, and have spent lots of time on Pinterest and Google images.
What I know for sure is that you cannot trust what you see on your computer screen to be accurate. I installed the Home Depot Project Color app on my phone so I could use the camera and look at colors in the actual lighting conditions, and that is pretty helpful.
I brought home many color chips and put them up in various areas of the bedroom. I know I don’t like any grays that have a taupe or beige undertone. Most of the ones I like seem to have a blue undertone. But I don’t want a blue room!
I am trying to find a color that will harmonize withe the Behr “Tidewater” paint in the adjoining bathroom.
I call this “26 Shades of Gray”!


I am beginning to wonder if I really want gray at all! I have fallen in love with two Sherwin Williams colors- “Sea Salt” and “Rainwashed”.
I guess I will have to get some actual paint samples and see how they look painted on the wall!


Another Bathroom Makeover

Because I loved the way the downstairs bathroom came out, I did the master bathroom over in the same color. I just love Behr “Tidewater”!! It is such a calming color. It’s a cross between a Tiffany Blue and a Spa Blue. I used the eggshell finish.
My favorite part of this makeover is the lighting! The lights are the exact color of the paint, and when they are on, you can see the swirl of colors in them! I got them online at Destination Lighting. The vanity was from Lowe’s. The faucets are Pfister.
Click on the picture below to see before and after!

Oh as a postscript- I got a sample jar of the “Tidewater” to touch up a place above the light fixture. It wasn’t the same color when I painted it! The samples only come in flat or semi gloss finish, and I had used eggshell. That apparently changed the color. So I got creative and made a frame to go around the outlet! I covered cardboard with fabric and voila!