So I'm just going to be honest and tell you that this week's progress was minimal. I did manage to update my drapes with some orange trim, which gives them a great punch of color. I actually just cut loooooong strips of fabric and fabric-glued them to the existing panels -- easy peasy. The hardest part was ironing the darn panels, which got all bunched up and wrinkly as I was working with them.
Otherwise, I got completely sidetracked with lighting issues. Or should I say, lighting fantasies.
Initially I didn't plan to replace the overhead fixture in this room as part of this makeover. I don't hate it entirely, and my budget is miniscule-to-nonexistant for this round, so lighting was off the table. But then I spotted a pretty vintage tole chandelier on Pinterest and I was suddenly plunged into lighting fantasy land. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning, scouring my old Pinterest boards and stalking blogs for lighting options. I was obsessed.
This room is difficult, though. (I know; I keep saying that!) It's so small, and the ceilings are only 8 ft. Yet it's an old house, and I want my next fixture to be true to the home's era. So difficult - I can't have anything that hangs down very far, and nothing too new, too wide, too trendy, or too expensive! Here are some options I considered:
|From Shades of Light, $195. I think it's a little too...MUCH for this room.|
Totally love it, though!
|This is the light that started my obsession, via eBay. It was too expensive,|
though, and too hangy-downy. I'm pretty sure people would hit their heads
walking through the room.
|I'm intrigued by this Eva Ceiling Mount from Ballard - very vintagey - but i'm not sure|
how I feel about that bare bulb dangling from the middle.
And this Urban Outfitters shade is a long-time fave, and a bargain
(on sale right now for $49!). I think it would look great, but I really feel
like investing in something vintage, something that might have been in the house originally.
Speaking of what was in the house originally, have I shared with you the light fixture that was in the house when I bought it? Here's what the former owners installed after ripping out whatever the original light fixture was and painting the room baby blue:
Yes, friends, that's my living room before I moved in, complete with flying-saucer LED light fixture. It was literally the FIRST thing I changed when I took possession.
Anyhow, I'm not sure where things will end up on the lighting front. I have resolved to take my time and find a chandelier/fixture that I'll be permanently happy with - something that could have been original to the home. I'm stalking a couple promising lights on eBay currently, like this small-scale stunner:
But if that doesn't work out, or the price goes too high, I'm just going to take my time and hold off until I find the right piece. So...we'll see!
I hope everyone's having a lovely fall week. Be sure to stop by Calling it Home to check out all the other bloggers and linky participants who are taking part in their own One Room Challenges!