There was no way I was missing Scott’s (antique market) this month with a reno underway. I was trying to avoid any and all furniture purchases since I have nowhere to put it at the moment; so, instead, I tried to focus my laser eyes (for you, Erin) on architectural elements and lighting. There was no luck on finding a pair of antique doors for my daughter’s room–which has me thinking I should just design some and get the hunt over with…I love my custom doors at the loft, so why not?
But I did find some lighting.
This is where I tell you how excited I was to find these…
…I mean, excited. And then this is where I tell you how regretful I was when I got home. Angela, why did you buy those?! Remember this house is supposed to be sophisticated. But my inner voice forgets that we’re going for sofistikated, and so I quieted her down, reassured her that it would be cool even though I was still a little doubtful myself.
Wait a minute–are we still talking about one person here?
Anyway, any guesses on the origin of these lights? You need to be of a certain age to know…or live in a time-capsule rural area.
Remember when grocery stores had those cube lights on a metal post at each register to glow when the lane was open? Yep, these are those lights, from a grocery store somewhere…and now they are going in my big-girl house. But hanging upside down. Down this hall:
I bought three of them. The red striping, though kinda coolio, peels right off. And I’ll decide later a color for the post. What have I done? And, any suggestions on wall finish in this hall? The beadboard will not stay so I can go any direction. Also worth noting: we will use this as a secondary entrance hall and will have a mudroom in the laundry room, which also has a door to the garage.
And then I found this black and white marble tile on close-out. There was just enough for the powder room. I’m thinking I (meaning the tile man) should lay it on the diagonal, maybe, and put a border of white marble on the, well, border. I might have been tempted with a black border if the room has white trim, but I think I (meaning the painters) am going to paint out the room, walls and trim, in one color. It’s so shiny.
I am this close to making a kitchen decision. At the moment I am leaning toward gray painted cabinets + dark oak island + carrara marble + white quartz. I’m also smitten with pale blue and minty cabinets–hmm…
Well, I’ve piled up a whole collection of lighting here at the rental. Pulling some lighting out of storage today, I am starting to take stock of what I have, where I’ll use it, and what additional I’ll need. There is this huge quad cylinder light I bought last year that never made it up in rancher that I think might be perfect for the island.
There are two sockets in each cylinder so that light shines up, too. (Shown here in Highland Row Antiques)
I made a trip to the rancher recently to pick up our Netflix Despicable Me and a birthday card from my grandmother…who doesn’t alert Netflix or her grandmother about a change of address? Well, the new owners showed me around and have really settled in nicely. It does my heart good that a sweet family will appreciate that fine home.
All is well here–I hope with you, too!