New Foyer Lights

I guess my last post (and looking at inspirational blogs) got my butt in gear because the next day after posting, I replaced the two lights in the foyer that were staring at me screaming, “Replace me!  I’m ugly!” and then took three weeks to post…  Sorry!   The holidays were hectic is my excuse 🙂 .

Here is what the lights looked like before:

Ugly Light!Typical builder grade ’80s light.  Ugly right?

Here’s the replacement:Middle Light

I had a hard time finding a style that I liked that complimented but didn’t outshine (see what I did there :), the crystal foyer light that I love.  I finally found one that I liked at Home Depot that was not too pricey, as lights can get super expensive.  These were $140 a piece (I ordered two) which is not too bad.

The installation was as expected- an hour for the first one and 20 minutes for the second since I had practice with the first.  By the time I was done, I felt like I had gotten a good arm workout and because of that, I didn’t go to the gym.  HA, I crack myself up!  I wasn’t going to go anyway…

Anyhoo, here’s how they look now:

Two Lights


And another angle, at the front of the foyer:

Front LightThe silver matches the crystal light and the shapes are also the same, so I thought they complimented each other nicely.

Next up is to find a new rug for the foyer as well as some nice artwork and to move the coral chair out of the room… sorry chair, it was nice while it lasted…


Updates Over the Last Week

It’s been a busy week the past week with a yard sale on Saturday (that produced a whopping $37.50, let’s not talk about it), the last of the season soccer games, and getting curricula together for the kids’ summer of torture, I mean, homeschool.  I did finish Tuscan’s room finally that I’ll post about soon, but here are some other, smaller projects that I completed:

Foyer: I moved the yellow mirror that I had at the back of the foyer, painted it gold, and put it front and center so that it’s seen right when you walk in the front door.  I also got some “placeholder” stuff from Target for the entry table.  The red bowl is actually a ramekin from the kitchen section at Target and the wood box is a clearance item.  I also got a couple baskets from Target to go under the table for storage.  I’m not super excited with how the tabletop arrangement looks right now since it’s still too one-dimensional, but I’ll play around with it over the next few weeks.

Whole Table

Foyer Table

This is a sad before shot of the same table:

Foyer Little Table

and the mirror that used to be in the back of the foyer:
Foyer BackCovered porch:

Covered Porch BeforeI added some pillows and table top decorations, but there’s still a lot to do in here.

Covered Porch After

Covered Table SetI’m looking for an outdoor sectional on Craigslist to put up against the side and back of the room.  I also want to find a couple indoor trees (maybe something that produces some fruit, like lemons or figs?), and I want to put up some string lights on the ceiling for more ambiance (ooo la la!).

I’ve seen some really pretty white-washed wood covered porches that I’ve been contemplating changing my rustic covered porch into, but with the porch overlooking the woods, if I paint it white, I’ll lose the treehouse-in-the-air feel that I have going on now.  But here’s one I really like that if I had the nuts to change mine into, I would:

White Covered Porch

 (Country Living Magazine)

Flower Beds:

Garden Collage

I added a bunch more New Guinea Impatiens and also our neighbor who’s selling his house was throwing out a bunch of irises since his realtor told him that they had to go so, Thomas snatched those up right away.  Irises are his favorite garden flower.  He must have gotten at least 100 bulbs so those will look nice when they bloom next spring.

And that’s it for now!  I’m still working on the dining room and will post pictures of Tuscan’s completed room soon!

Let There be Light!

The chandelier in the foyer is gone and in it’s place is some serious bling!  But, as usual, there were some mis-steps on my part before arriving to the final light fixture.  Here was what was originally in the foyer:


It’s the Belora Chandelier from Pottery Barn and I loved it when I got it but I’m an idiot and didn’t take into account that our ceilings are low, so it ended up hitting anyone in the head who was over 5’9″.  Luckily, my family consists of short people, but when “normal” people came over, we always had to warn them to watch their head.  And in the case of the kids’ piano teacher who comes once a week and who is tall, he hit his head on the thing just about every week even with the warning!

It was also too wide and when we opened the front door, the door banged into the light.  About half the time, the really heavy crystal balls would fall off when that happened and either land on the ground (“whew”) or land on someone’s head (“sorry….”).  What a way to welcome guests into your home, right!  “DUCK and try not to break our chandelier!”


See the heavy, concussion-causing, crystal balls?!

So, I knew that I needed something that was either flush against the ceiling since the ceilings are low, or maybe semi-flush if it didn’t hang down too low.  I went to Lamps Plus online and found a light that I thought might’ve worked, but as my husband ALWAYS points out, I’m really good at getting things right the second time around.  So here’s what didn’t work:


It was super easy to install but I didn’t like it because it didn’t go with the “theme” of the foyer… It was too modern whereas, the foyer, and really the whole house except for my husband’s traditional office, is eclectic.  It was a nice fixture and I liked it but I just didn’t like it in MY house.

I went back to Lamps Plus because their selection is huge , their prices are reasonable, and I knew I’d find something else when I came across this light for about $300:

Chandelier in foyer


It was love at first sight!  It’s a little fancy because of the crystals but it’s also eclectic because of the “cage” around the crystals.  After a quick 20 minute installation, viola!



See how well it goes with the dentil detail in the crown molding?   And, I love how I can see the light from the two mirrors in the living room.  It also puts out major wattage since the bulbs that came with it are halogen so when it’s turned on, the entire foyer is bright, bright, bright!



This is a picture of it looking up which I did a lot the first night I installed it because it was mesmerizing!  Also, when the light’s on, it makes a pattern on the ceiling that is an extra little plus:



Now everyone’s happy, my piano teacher with the soon-to-be lump free head, the kids because they love the pattern the light makes, my husband because of the price, and me because it really is a beautiful light!