So I’m writing this post last minute because my planned post for today completely fell apart! It was going to be all about our shiny new appliances, which were delivered last week. The problem was that everything, with the exception of the range and microwave, had to be returned. It’s all going to work out for the best in the end, but for the time being we still have to wait for the replacements to be delivered. I’ll explain where it all went wrong next time but for now I’m switching it up and showing you all the awesome new light fixtures, including the kitchen nook chandelier, one of my favorite purchases to date!
(If you’ve missed anything along the way, you can find the full series here)
We knew as soon as we walked in the house that all the lighting would have to be changed out, starting with the “antique” Tiffany fixture in the foyer. I know some people like this kind of lighting and I am not trying to offend anyone but that awful thing REALLY had to go! Not only did it look out of place but it was just not our style at all! Since we had already picked a beautiful chandelier for the dining room, we wanted the foyer lighting to be something simple that would look nice with it (it’s an open floor plan). The light we found went perfectly! Here’s what we chose:
We also had to get rid of the ceiling fan in the dining room. I don’t really understand the concept of a fan over the dining room table. Personally, I don’t want wind on me when I’m eating unless I’m dining outdoors but I guess to each his own. We drove around town looking at lighting and decided on this fixture as soon as we saw it. It captured the modern coastal theme that we were going for and I really just loved it because it was so pretty! I wish I had taped the oohs and aahs from my daughters when they saw it for the first time…it was definitely a hit!
We bought this chandelier, the foyer light, and all our bathroom lighting at a fabulous family owned store in Bradenton called LyteWorks. Not only do they have the best lighting fixtures but I also loved all their décor too (and they didn’t pay me to say that, I just really liked their store)!
The next light was for the kitchen nook and is my favorite new light fixture (although the chandelier above is a close second). It was a given that the light already in the kitchen nook had to go. It had to go FAR, FAR away!!! I saw this Emory Recycled Glass Chandelier from Pottery Barn and immediately fell in love with it. There was only one problem…the price (isn’t that always the problem?)! Jon liked it too and told me to just go ahead if I really loved it but I couldn’t bring myself to pay that much. Have you ever gotten all the way through an online purchase just to chicken out when it’s time to hit “order now”? Well, that was me…more than once! In the meantime, in hopes of a good coupon I had signed up for the Pottery Barn newsletter. My good sense (I guess I have some once in awhile) paid off because I got a 25% off coupon a week or so later. That cinched the deal and I went for it.
The living room and guest rooms were pretty easy. We needed new ceiling fans and found one that we liked right way (we bought the same one for both rooms). Again, we went with the modern coastal theme and chose the Harbor Breeze Merrimack White Ceiling Fan from Lowes. Here’s the living room before & after…
…and the guest room.
The girls picked out their own light fixtures and my 7 year old was clear that she wanted a chandelier in her room (mostly because she has one at Grandma’s house). We chose Home Depot’s Hampton Bay Maria Theresa Chandelier. This was actually a great fit because her room will have a Frozen theme and the chandelier doubles as hanging icicles.
Our 3 year old picked up the shopping bug very quickly (not sure where she got THAT from). She now points at everything she likes and says “We need that for our new house”…including a very big quarter operated horse that she rode last week! One thing she was adamant about from the start was that she wanted this fan. Since she has a Disney Princess theme, I offered to find a pretty pink chandelier but she insisted on this particular fan. Every time we went to Lowes, we had to go see “her fan” (the Hunter Dreamland 44″ White & Pink Kids Ceiling Fan) and she did a cute little happy dance the day we finally bought it. It was totally worth buying just for the dance alone!
We also had some globes out by the pool that needed replacing and my husband found these really cool replacements at Lamps Plus. They are the Possini Euro Design Double Box Chrome Wall Lights and they definitely look a lot better than the old ones!
Now comes the BEST news! The house will be officially finished this week!!! The cleaning crew comes Thursday and then our house will be move-in ready. I’m soooo excited to finally get all my stuff out of storage and can’t wait to start decorating…or maybe just lounge by the pool! Stay tuned, we’re almost there…