March 30, 2017

I loved the boost the new fixture in our living room gave that space toward feeling more decorated. Part of slowly fixing up our house on our own involves lots of rooms being totally untouched. That can be be frustrating, but having one space that feels like a glimpse of where everything is one day headed feels motivating.

Many times when flipping through a magazine or (more likely) scrolling pinterest, I noticed a trend in the rooms I like – lots of them have ceiling medallions (or other cool structural details). After installing our own medallion, I am even more in love with them. They seem like the easiest and least expensive way to add architectural character to a home.

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I did some hunting from Home Depot, Lowe’s, Amazon and found this one at Lowe’s was my favorite for its price and look. Our fixture is between 30 and 36 inches wide, so I needed a quite wide medallion too. With a nod of art deco and only about $65, this guy is an A+. (The other finalists were here, here, and here.)

To install, we first needed to create a hole in the center of the medallion slightly smaller than the width of the fixture’s mount. David used a spade bit to cut a small hole, and then a jamb saw to create the large hole in the exact size we needed.


To attach to the ceiling, all we needed was constructive adhesive and a few strategic thin trim head screws to keep it really sturdy. The screw holes can be spackled and covered over when painted. We left it like above overnight, without adding the rest of the fixture to allow the glue to fully dry.

You may like to caulk around the perimeter of the medallion, but with the very scalloped border of ours, that would be quite a job so I am happy to keep it un-caulked. The main thing will be painting it to be the exact same white as our ceiling, which I will do when we paint our ceiling in the future. The difference is very subtle and it does not bother me. (And I stare at it a lot!)


Yep, I really love ceiling medallions. This one is definitely a statement one, so I feel like I couldn’t add more of these all over our house. But, I am definitely up for adding some smaller and simpler ones in lots of rooms.

Much of what remains in the living room is only purchases and less DIY projects, which makes me excited to zero in on it and keep bringing it closer to completion. Since purchasing things I can do easily and all by myself! But of course that has to take a side step to the upcoming “Summer of the Exterior.” And the cash needed to fund our goal$ there.


March 27, 2017

I AM WITH CHILD. It was really hard to not tell you this for as long as I did because during my first trimesters I become INCREDIBLY sick. Which I know it’s really boring to hear someone talk about how bad they feel, but when I discover mom friends who also have epic-ly hard first trimesters the camaraderie provides a little relief.

I’m not talking first trimester symptoms like, “I’m so tired I fell asleep watching a movie!” I’m talking like all-I-can-do-is-feed-my-children-and-make-sure-they-don’t-injure-themselves-while-my-husband-is-at-work-and-the-rest-of-my-life-is-exclusively-bed-rest.

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My one friend who has this level bad in the first trimesters was joking some people will be like for her nausea, “have you tried ginger??” and she’s like I am literally on the anti nausea medicine they give chemo patients.

The rest of this baby announcement will be more light and happy, because we are like, so, so happy. But so far preparing for our new little one has been trudging through the hard part. I don’t find the sleepless newborn stuff or even labor all that terrible, but first trimesters, for me, is easily the hardest phase. It does feel like walking through death to bring about life. Which is the gospel story, right? So I can cling to that. And this difficult stuff is really just the beginning of many ways that moms sacrifice their body for their children, which is a good thing to get to do.

Now you can know too why there were a few stretches of me not posting much, it was because we were in survival mode. We made it through! We love you baby!


March 20, 2017

With our recent lighting spree, the reoccurring and biggest challenge was those silly eight foot ceilings. I LIKE PRETTY LIGHTING and this standard height ceiling and the reality of tall people are a little limiting.

The only place in our house I can have a cool big chandelier with some drop to it is over our dining table and I was not looking for a new fixture there right now. After some diligence we came up with pieces for our master bedroom and family room that have a big impact while still not dropping below 12 or so inches.


Like in our daughter’s room, we did two custom fixtures through an etsy shop called Lucent Lightshop (who I adore). For the living room, since I couldn’t go low, I wanted something wide to let the fixture have a visual footprint that was still pretty big to fit the scale of this room.

I like the different feels this piece can have if I move the bulbs straight out or straight down. Right now I’m positioning them with some variety because I like the sculptural vibe. I can’t wait to add a ceiling medallion too.

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In the master bedroom we were able to go a little lower than the 12 inches or less rule we went by elsewhere. Since it is over the bed, people don’t have to be able to walk under it, but we still did not want it too low because that is obnoxious when fluffing the covers during bed making. And even with people not having to walk under, it just wouldn’t look right with the proportions of the room to have it too low.

Designing this one, I was inspired by a vintage fixture I had seen. I love it so much and we have hooked it up on a dimmer switch which is really nice for bedrooms. Because whatever hangs above your bed should be something you like looking at since you spend a lot of time staring at it while falling asleep. All the bulbs on this one glow beautifully at night and it is the next best thing to looking at the stars. It kind of gives me the same feeling actually. From the comfort of my soft bed and climate controlled room.

On we continue with new lighting! So many rooms, but these few we have done recently are about it for now.

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