Flip the light fantastic

If there is one thing that you could have in a room above all else, what would it be?

Did you say light? Cause if you didn’t, you may want to rethink your answer. No one is going to care how stunning that life sized statue of Casey Affleck is when they have just broken their nose walking into the clenched fist of your 2-1 scale Mike Tyson statue that towers in the middle of the room ’cause it’s pitch black in there.

Alright… Extreme example, yes. And now that we have established the importance of lighting, we can move on to this mega-cool light Lana snagged from the internets.

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No not that one.

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This one with the rad cowboy and laid back beach ladies. And just in case Atlas gets lost in his room (I know, unlikely given his name) there is a handy dandy compass printed on there which I pointed, generally, in the correct direction for him.

Since this was an internet buy and is vintage you can’t expect it to come with all the hardware needed to install it. Thankfully this was just a simple case of picking up a modern version of the same light and using the hardware from that. They still make lights just like this with the mounting brackets needed at basically any of the bigger home improvement stores. It ended up being cheaper to just buy the whole light instead of trying to track down the bracket itself. Here’s what we bought for less than $12.

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And here is all the stuff laid out for a picture. This step is not required.

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Installation is a snap. Actually more of a laborious meander through your own mind, trying to stay focused. It is that simple. Please make sure your power is off before you go messing with wires in your house.

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Remove the old light. Then replace the mounting bracket that was with the old light with the new one.  Then two screws should find their way into the box in the ceiling to hold the bracket in place. The wires you will need to run to your new light should go through the middle hole of the new bracket. Wire up that snazzy new illuminator (black to black, white to white please) and then use the screws to mount the light flush to the ceiling. You may need to adjust distance you let the light mounting screws (or the screws that secure the bracket to the box) protrude from the mounting bracket in order to get the light to fit snugly flush.

Oh JOY! now you can attach the colorful, happy, outdoor themed light diffuser to the ceiling as well. Then you notice something…

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Snap! The ceiling is discolored from the old light because, of course it is! So expect a follow up post once we decide if we are painting the ceiling, or finding a medallion we like. 

Nashville House Tour // Master Bath

Hello friends. We had a wonderful and very busy weekend with Rich Hippies at Porter Flea in Nashville. If you have never been, I very much suggest you make a day of it. There are so many talented folks. We were humbled to be amongst them. We are about 1/2 though 100 projects right now, and I am bursting at the seams to get them up on the blog. Our home tour series is almost complete, which means a lot more fun ideas to share are coming so soon. We know our move and the baby has side tracked us so much, and being able to get our hands dirty again and blog about it feels so good. It already feels like home.

Our master bath was a sweet little surprise.

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Our last bathroom needed so much work, it was painful. This crispy clean bathroom is attached to our master bedroom, and isn’t huge nor small. It’s a great size and very very sun filled.

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As you probably figured by now, the blue is going to go. The natural thought is to paint it white and then figure it out. We already made a tiny little switch that was driving me mad.

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The black cabinets and drawers need some touch up paint, but the dinky knobs needed to be replaced with something a little more substantial. These beauties are from Restoration Hardware, and are no longer being promoted. If you ask though, they may be able to order them for you. I was not able to get them in the Greenwhich, CT store, but I was in the Nashville one.

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They have some weight, and are just the right metal for this bathroom. We plan on changing the fixtures all around to something similar. It matches the original hinges for the original door as well as the doorknob plate. They are so gorgeous.

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We are going to keep the marble and medicine cabinets, and probably even the tile detail on the wall.

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There is just enough to do to make it ours, but such a treat it’s in such good shape to enjoy right away!

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Nashville House Tour // Kitchen

It’s time to peek into another room. This kitchen seems to have been an add on to this home at some point. The house was built in 1930, and this kitchen looks new, the roof is dropped a few feet from the main house, and it just “feels” not as old if that makes sense. Not renovated, but added. I can’t wait to find out all the juicy details once we get to our addition on the house and dig into it’s history.

One huge perk was that the two full baths and the kitchen were in good clean condition, unlike our old home. Back in New York, we had one bathroom in the basement that looked prison cell worthy, and three full baths, each with quirks and colors of their own. It seems that 1930 house was renovated in the 1950′s and pepto pink was all the rage. We reglazed the bathrooms to shield our eyes of the color fest, and did a temporary fix on the kitchen, then decided to move almost a thousand miles away. This is where we left off with the kitchen.

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We loved what we did to it. The lights, the faucet, the counter – all what we wanted and loved. The shape and size was the problem. We would have needed to do a major renovation. Like, $60K renovation. We had just spent $40K painting and replacing wood (that tudor detail) on the exterior, and decided if we were going to sell anyway, we needed to stop doing projects and start focusing on finding a new house.

Speaking of things we liked with the old kitchen, we about shriveled up and dies when we left those lights behind, but we were able to snag the faucet, and bring it over to our new house. This faucet is everything, and I am so happy we brought it with us. She fits right in. Gosh, she’s pretty. You can see her beauty here.

Brizo Faucet

So there is a first glimpse into our new kitchen. Like I mentioned, totally clean, pretty new, nice huge sinks for Atlas and puppy baths. The location is awesome, right between the mudroom and laundry room and it’s got a ton of counter space and storage. But…..

It’s just not our style. It’s a little on the “dark” side for us. A ton of neutrals all married together in one room makes me want to sleep paint it white just to lighten up the mood in there.

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The whole house has solid five panel doors, with the exception of this three panel in the kitchen leading to the laundry. We like the style of cabinet doors because they nod to the original doors of the home, but we don’t love the “wood finish”. As you can see, there is a ton of visual cabinet space and we want to lighten it up. The two options are to DIY refinish them again, which was crazy time consuming or to have it done professionally, which was crazy expensive.

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Kitchen renovation, shaker cabinets, kitchen reno

Before we get to the cabinets, we are going to begin the kitchen with a fresh coat of paint. Something light, and airy. We are still deciding between bright whites, and whites with tints, or the possibility of a stencil situation. For the floors we are looking into marble again. The faux marble that doesn’t yellow, or is fussy, and is even more expensive than marble. It deserves some serious thought because it would not only span the kitchen, it would go in the mudroom and laundry room. That could get crazy expensive.

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When we expand, the window in front of the sink is going to look over into our new living/dining room. The appliances will also be replaced at some point, as they all have kinks, but work well enough for now. The lighting is going to be replaced, and the fan will be removed.

It seams silly to completely redo a perfectly good kitchen, and that’s why it’s not on the top of the list right now. Unless something breaks and becomes unusable, we are going to focus on other stuff before we get to it. It might not be our style, but it’s also not our style to be wasteful when we can avoid it, so lights and paint may be all we get to this year. A rug my look nice too. We’ll see.

xo,signiture

 

Win $1,000 from Lumber Liquidators Easy Peasy!

I am a huge fan of Lumber Liquidators. They kill it with selection (and price), and usually have what I need for a client. You better believe we will be perusing their virtual shelves to find just the right wood floors for our extension as well.

They have a really easy $1,000 gift card giveaway going on right now. All you have to do is pick one of these three floors you love the most, and you are on your way for a chance to win a grand towards your own shiny new floors from Lumber Liquidators. Three winners will be selected, so throw your hat in there for your chance!

This is Bellawood. If I had an all neutral room, with a white couch, and fiber art and plants, I would want this floor. She’s pretty and show-y, without being annoying and overwhelming.

Say hello to Casa De Colour. This floor is so good for a room with a lot of light. It’s pre-finished (which cuts your labor down a lot if your are paying to have it installed) and is begging for a colorful rug.

I am loving the Virginia Mill Works Co. because it’s so warm and would great with our Chesterfield couch and current rug. I seem to always gravitate towards the older/handcrafted stuff. This is my pick!

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Little Bit O’ Landscaping

The new house came pretty well landscaped. We couldn’t really see much of what was going on because winter’s touch leaves everything a little less green than it should be.

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There were professional landscape blueprints in a closet, and we got to look through what was done recently. We have three Japanese maples as opposed to one at our last home. We love those little trees so much. They are kind of magical. There are a slew of other things we aren’t so familiar with, and are excited to see them bloom. We also wanted to add a little touch of our own, so we dug some holes and planted some trees. What else does one do on Earth Day?

Nashville keeps surprising us in very pleasant ways. First we went to the Cherry Blossom Festival, and walked away with a free cherry blossom tree to plant. How great is that? So we left downtown with a cherry blossom in our diaper bag and big smiles on our faces.

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planting a cherry blossom

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Atlas had a fun time helping by planting his toys all over the walkway.

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It looks like a twig now, but we are excited to watch it grow. We hope to look back years from now and see it blooming. We planted it in the front yard. I hope we remember it’s there and don’t mow it over. After our tiny adventure in planting this guy, we went out and bought a weeping pussy willow. It only grows eight feet high, but twelve feet wide. It’s like a weeping willow with furry friends sprinkled all over it.  Pretty weird and great.

Willow Close Up

We just slit the plastic pot with a razor and stuck the willow in the ground. It was $50 at Lowe’s and we need to get fertilizer and mulch to finish it off, but she’s in the ground with in twenty minutes.

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Joey Digging 2

planting pussy willow

We also got some hanging plants for our porch, which inspired us to do a full porch redo. I have always wanted a porch, and this one is kind of large. Atlas loved to hang out in his pack n’ play out there while we eat or chat.

weeping pussy willow

cottage hanging plants

 Do you know of any good group coverings to substitute grass? Leave a comment and let us know, we are on a hunt. 

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All I need is 15.

A shower is a beautiful thing when you have a new baby. It’s been the only real time I have to myself where I get to worry about me for a solid, consecutive 15 minutes. You better believe I am investing in the “shower experience” to be the best it could be. We first started with changing the light in the bathroom earlier this year to be cuter and more functional. We mimicked the blue metal light from the side of the house and brought it into the bathroom, which allowed me to get my white on and let the blue shade steal the show.

We reglazed the bathroom after falling in love with the new light, and it brightened it up a lot, we highly recommend it if you are in an old house like us (we will be posting all about that soon). Now that the basic feeling of the bathroom was more to our liking, it was the showers turn to get an update, We easily installed the PowerSpray+™ EasySelect® Hand Held Shower Heads by Waterpik, and things have gone from good to great.

With my thick hair, I need a force of water like you wouldn’t believe to get all the shampoo and conditioner out, and this does the job fantastic! It’s in Atlas’s bathroom, so it’s not only been great for my sneak-away-relaxing-showers, but for Atlas, because the mist mode is so great and fun for him. Joey, on the othre hand is a Full-Body-Spray kind of guy. It’s so easy to switch modes, it’s not even annoying. I think it’s cute we all have our own thing going on in the shower. And to be honest, I will snag a few moments to indulge in the massage mode once and a wile. Why not?

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Looks like we are Teacher’s Pet!

Hello Friends! Happy weekend! We have just wrapped up having all of our bathrooms refinished, and are excited to share what we did, how we did it, and why. We are on a hunt for floors, but the walls look SO GOOD all white! In the meantime, we have been having a fun time testing our skills on homeownership. Were you able to take the 2 minute quiz to see where you land?

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One of the questions really struck a cord with us being we have had the bad fortune of having gutters completely ruin a wall in our dining room. It’s such a silly thing to ignore/forget, and such a pain to have to repair.

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Pretty gross. If we just followed the simple and affordable tips in this video, we wouldn’t have to shell out $750 to repair this mistake.

It would have been much cheaper to just call on one of these guys to do some Fall maintenance. Live. Learn.

So, we admit we aren’t perfect when it comes to this little thing called homeownership. Want to see our grade from the quiz we shared last week?

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Not bad, not awesome. Defiantly need to spruce up on our skills!  What did you get for a grade? Anything surprising?

 

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