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More adventures in lighting

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

We have most of our light fixtures in hand, but still need:

-Entry pendants (5)
-Dining Table Pendant / Chandelier (1)
-Wall sconce (pointing down) @ Sun Room (1)

Thank the gods that Larry finally got paid by our stupid, stupid bank – that means that we get paid for the light fixtures we bought out-of-pocket. The bank saga is another story, to be told in another post.

This is an ebay fixture I am considering for the dining area. I like the idea of the white fixture blending in with the white ceiling. And it’s vintage, which I’d prefer in all the fixtures listed above.


These two are possible wall sconces for the Sun Room�are antlers done to death already? (New York Times had an article about the ubiquitous antlers in NYC shops, calling it “wilderness nostalgia”). In my defense, we do live in Texas. Hello!? What’s the point if we can’t get a little “cowboy chic” in our home?

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I like the second fixture too. The details are right, like the restrained little dot at the end of the vertical. It may be a little too dignified for us, I will admit.

This weekend we decided to move the guest room down by the Sun Room. It’s more private, with a better view and the Sun Room becomes a little Sitting Room for the Guests’ use. So this end of the house is getting more “decorative,” if that makes any sense.

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See, the Guest Room is getting this crystal light fixture and light mauve walls. The Sun Room will have the chaise and a cute chair and maybe that antler sconce.

I like it!

**Note: the photo of the crystal fixture was taken by the seller and not at my house.

Update:  Here’s the fixture as installed in the Guest Room.


Color Studies – it’s back to coloring books for you!

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

So we have been trying to pick our exterior paint and stain colors and it’s hell, I tell you, hell. Larry, our contractor, is breathing down our necks and the painter is calling him three times a week. Geesh.

This is the thing: all the colors, ALL of them, need to work separately AND with each other. The stucco is one thing that we don’t have to agonize about because we have a bee-you-tee-ful stucco sample all picked out. That was the starting point for the house.

Here are two elevation studies I did, to try and picture the whole thing. Remember, the colors are not exact, especially with different computers and screens, but you get the general idea.



Patio wall with Fireplace:


Oh, and that lady is me. I’m going to get a bouffant hairdo and dress like that around the house when the time comes.

These are the actual materials – clockwise from top left:

Stucco (yum), white oak wood, paint sample (we’re actually going with a slightly more khaki grayish taupish color), “paint grip” metal roof sample, and in the center, the “bronze” painted window sample.


Now you see it, now you don’t.

Friday, March 16th, 2007

It looks like we are trying to envelope the house in khaki camouflage!

Thanks to Larry, our contractor, for personally painting these swatches.  Tomorrow Scott and I have to make our choice, along with the stain color for the natural wood.

They look so similar but I think I am leaning toward # 3.  We have to see it with the stucco sample too, of course.


The custom trapezoidal windows have gone in in the Master Bathroom.  They look really good and the view of the tree is so amazing.  I have to say, I LOVE these Gherkin windows, “Bronze” painted, they are so clean and beefy.  :)


Random light fixture sighting

Friday, March 16th, 2007

These hang in a little restaurant in Marfa, Texas and I love them. The owner said she got them at a restaurant surplus auction for something ridiculous. I blocked the exact sum so I can’t say it here.

She’s got six of them hanging in a small room and it looks great. Sigh… I have got to start hanging out at these auctions.


Bathe in there?

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

Yeah, that’s right. It’s our Tub, all the way from Missouri. Hoorah!

I will be sure to post a follow up of Scott in a bubble bath in the tub the first chance I get.