Nov 10, 2017

Choosing Light Fixtures

This week has been one of those that every day has been packed full. Now that it's Friday, I am glad we are done with it.

On Monday I chose plumbing (future post) and Tuesday I chose lighting for our house-to-be (link).
Here's a little run down...

I tried to keep within our budget but that was hardly possible and we knew that going into contract so we bumped the allowance up a bit for that. So even though I feel like I didn't pick anything super fancy, the scale of each fixture should be right for the spaces they are in...I hope!
Going into the appointment I knew I wanted a hanging lantern on the porch, a pretty classic black chandelier in the breakfast nook and all of them dark in color to go with the colonial look of our house (basically, to look like fixtures that could hold candles without electricity). The appointment went well and I was glad to have done my homework before hand.

There are so many styles to choose from!

I say I and we because Marc has given me wings to fly alone with the rest of the house choices. Isn't he sweet?
The pictures I am showing you are from touring other homes. They should keep you entertained while I blab about lights. However, the following photo I made at

How did I begin to choose?

I started with the porch visualizing it like I am coming up to the house and walking through it room by room.

My first choice was a large exterior lantern with an X shape on four sides. The entrance is always a good place to begin.

Stepping inside that X shape replays on the wall sconces in the foyer and in the over head light in the study. That room is Marc's office and will have doors that close.
I like the feel of ceiling fans, even though they can be a little "expected" or to some people "ugly". I put one in the guest room because it's a south facing room that will get plenty of sun. Fans work great to cool things off when it's humid and hot.

That same fixture is in the loft and bedrooms on the second floor. It was affordable and I like the continuity.

The family room has a coffered design on the ceiling so recessed lights go there. The floor plan is open and more hanging lights might make it feel complicated.
The foyer has an open area in front of the guest room. I decided on putting a hanging chandelier there instead of at the entrance because of the hanging porch lantern. The front doors have a lot of glass and I don't think two hanging fixtures so close together would look good. Besides, I love the soft light that wall sconces give at a different level.

If you notice the foyer ceiling fixture starts to round out in style but carries the X shape up to that point for consistency.
Keep walking - the lanterns above the island are black open candelabras with a rounded top. The dining room is special in that it is a more modern style Orb. I like the circular shape to go with our barrel vault ceiling on the porch, otherwise the house is pretty square. A little surprise with this one is it's black and brass. Whoa?! I'm getting fancy on ya.


Not to over explain my choices but can you sort of see how I tried to coordinate everything but not match anything? The fixtures are all different brands and not all the same finish but are all dark in tone.
I couldn't see the exact picture for the master bath choices on line to show you but it's a simple chandelier and a three-light-fixture above each sink.

The master bedroom has a drum shade over a black chandelier.
This picture was a tired attempt at creating the second floor diagram.

The recessed lights aren't marked on the plan but we do that later with an electrician.

You get the idea!
Let's just look at what all the designers put in the homes for tour.
Ooh and ahh for a minute and then let's get on with our weekend.

OK - so that is that! I feel like I wrote light 600 times in one post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Have an amazing weekend!

Nov 5, 2017

Feeling at Home

Sundays are my favorite. My boys and I (that includes my husband, Marc, and our twin boys) spend a lot of down time together on this day.

Since we've been living in a smaller apartment, our hang out place is the family room and we all end up in here together.
We don't always do a lot of talking but just the company of each other is relaxing sitting around this big sectional sofa.

Of course each of us has some sort of electronic in front of us.
I know once we move I will reflect on the days we just sat all together here in the same room.
As much as we are all looking forward to moving into a home with a yard and a roomier kitchen to cook in, we do appreciate that we have little obligations on our weekends. We don't have a yard to keep, a big house to clean or anything to repair. We can just relax.
I like apartment living much more than I expected to.
Our little Ms. Mazi finds the most comfortable spot in the house no matter where we live.

The other day, while taking Mazi out for a potty break, one of my neighbors asked me "Is your dog's name Lazy?" I laughed and replied "Pretty much".
The draw back to living in an apartment complex is that we can smell other resident's cooking from the hallways. That sounds dumb but it stinks. I swear one of our neighbors eats microwaved hot dogs and burnt tater tots every single day. Yuck!
I am so looking forward to decorating and making our new home feel comfortable, lived in and yes, only smelling our own cooking will be nice too (like the cookies that are going in the oven now - thank you Pillsbury cookie dough).
The decor in some of the houses we toured last Sunday were inspiring and pretty, like this dining room that I love.

What I am finding out though, is that time and being together is what really makes a house have that feeling of home - even our little apartment now has a comforting feeling when we walk through the door.
I haven't had sayings on my walls for some time but I think of some that I have had or made for other people and they are true.

Together, a Great Place to Be - or - Homes is where I'm with you.

The first one I ever put on our wall was Home is where our story begins.

They were trendy and kind of sweet but I won't be putting them up in the next house, however, I do think of them.

Tomorrow I pick plumbing fixtures for the house (House Tour 4).

Chocolate Chip Cookies - here I come!
(I'm sure my apartment neighbors think - All that family ever eats is chocolate chip cookies -every-single-day!  - Ha - I wish!)

Enjoy your day!

PS - right as I published this post I heard of the shooting at the church in Texas. C'mon people! What is going on?

Blessings and Prayers for Texas.

Nov 2, 2017

Living Down to Earth and Our Appliance Selection

My boys and I are the type of people that stay home on holidays and hit popular vacation spots off season just to avoid the crowd. Since Sunday was gloomy and rainy we found our opportunity to tour these Massey Street of Hope houses with a little less foot traffic to compete with (link).

Oct 28, 2017

My Kitchen Crush

Photo by Don Ziebell 
Browsing around the internet for kitchen inspiration can be overwhelming. There are so many beautiful kitchens that I can see myself loving to make dinner in.

Oct 23, 2017

Wood Floor Color Choice

My wood flooring appointment took maybe 10 minutes max. I had an idea what I was looking for....brown. Just brown.

Oct 22, 2017

Carytown Inspiration for Home & Life

Hello All!

I took my son to the city this morning, by his request. We live near Richmond, VA and one of our favorite streets to stroll here is Cary Street.

Oct 20, 2017

Tulip Hill Lot Walk

Hello blog friends!

The building process is moving right along. This week we picked our exterior colors (link) and did our lot walk with the builder.

Oct 12, 2017

Staging a Retail Space

Hello Friends!

You all know I have a shop space in Virginia. This is my happy place where I can fluff, stack and do things to stage furniture and accessories that normally wouldn't be displayed the same at home.

Oct 5, 2017

Lovely Vanilla Apartment Tour

Hello Lovely,
WELCOME to our apartment!

We are in the long process of building a home so while we are very patiently waiting we are living in a 1300 square foot apartment.

Sep 29, 2017

Colonial Architecture and Crowded Gardens

While I grew up in Utah and love the mountains and rustic aspect of the West, I have always been drawn to Southern or East Coast style when it comes to houses. I used to watch HGTV a lot when we built our first house in the the late 1990's and the cottage gardens were the most charming feature to these homes that I found myself falling in love with.

Sep 27, 2017

Finding Inspiration in Town & a Walk Down Memory Lane.

My family and I spent the weekend in Connecticut. We lived there for 10 years and we were craving a trip down memory lane. When our boys were a few months old we moved to Guilford, CT. Here are some pictures from around that town that influenced my decorating style in a big way.

Sep 22, 2017

Fall, Men and A Few Shop Pictures

Happy Friday!!!! I am sharing some pictures of items that are around the shop where I am a vendor.

Sep 2, 2017

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Hello Friends! Happy long weekend - the last weekend of Summer. It's rainy here and I have allergies so we are taking it super easy. That gives me a chance to update my blog page. I am sharing pictures of the shop where I sell my creations and I am also going to show you a sketch of our new house-to-be-built.

Aug 10, 2017

Fresh Linen Farmhouse Table

Heeeeey Friends! This is a quick post to show you my latest project. It's a seven foot farmhouse style table.

Jul 24, 2017

Two Story Family House Tour

Hello - Hope you are all enjoying this Summer weather. I can't stop sweating - my hair is a nightmare but all is well.

Jul 10, 2017

A Year Later and a Pretty House

Hey!  Long time no connection to my blog what-so-ever! I know, I know - that is a lame thing to do as a blogger - taking a year off and all but to be honest - I wasn't having fun on a vacation or anything.

Jun 7, 2016

Summer Picnic Time

One of the greatest things about being back in Northern Utah is the weather.  It's cool in the morning and evening so dining outside is beautiful.

Apr 16, 2016

Room with a View

After several weeks of shifting gears in my life I am finally getting around to posting an update. Although, there is not much in the way of decorating or refinishing furniture, I have ventured into working outside of the home and have had little energy or "craving" to take on any home improvement projects here at home.

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