Archive for the 'Furnishings' Category

Update—yet more lights

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Anyone go to I get a weekly update on their new stock and they have some GORGEOUS things! Now only if the offerings were in my price range. The lesson? If you have money you can furnish your house pretty easily. If you don’t, well, it just takes a little longer. Hello ebay!

Check these out. I would love any of these fixtures in my house:

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Here’s another one from – a candidate for the Sun Room.


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.


Ebay will light up our house

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

I have been scouring ebay for interesting accent light fixtures for a while now and I actually have some finds!

A note about ebay – we have also found most of our appliances, bath tub, and kitchen sinks there. I love finding deals, aka I have a bit of Yankee in me (okay, I’m cheap) and ebay is there to fuel my fantasies of finding that overlooked gem for a steal. But really it is also populated with legitimate “storefronts” that sell new items at great prices. I always like to call and talk to a live person if the purchase is sizeable (say, over $500) and everyone is pretty much on the up and up.

So. Here is the rundown:

This is the first light I won (for $51) – it’s a good size, 17″ tall x 9″ diameter. We were going to put it over the clawfoot tub (from ebay) in the Master Bathroom. You notice the past tense – it broke during shipping. It’s the first time that’s happened to me but the seller was super nice and responsive and sent me a refund check including shipping costs.


This is the light that is actually going over the tub ($35). It has similar proportions and size (18″ tall x 8.5″ diameter at the widest portion) but obviously is completely different in feel. The material is white enamel on steel. I think I prefer this one to the first fixture.


This one I bought in spite of Scott’s protests. I really wanted something a little sparkly and chandelierish and just pretty to hang in the Guest Room and there are alot of these “basket” crystal chandeliers on Ebay. This one I got for $56.66 (kind of pricey) and the size is approximately 12″ wide and 9″ long. It’s sweet.


Now for the wacky. I LOVE this fixture and would buy it in a heartbeat if it wasn’t $475. Even so I keep looking at it and longing for it.

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That second image is another one from the same seller is almost as tempting but even more expensive ($695).

And this I just found today. It’s got a buy it now price of only $1100. I hope it finds the right owner.

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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.


My ugly rug – part two

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

My ugly rug is ugly no more! Let us rejoice!

Here it is before. I forgot to take before shots so these are old photos. (Also, I should say that our cats are not freaks – they had just gotten shaved the day this photo was taken):

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And here it is after:

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This is the best overhead picture I could get:


The particulars are: FLOR tiles, House pet in “Hamster”, Fedora in “Chartreuse”, Heartfelt in “Coeur” and “Corazon”. We cut up one of the chartreuse tiles into 1/4 strips and distributed them randomly. We also increased the width by one tile which makes the dining table feel much more gracious and roomy…in my opinion.