4.27.2017

One Room Challenge: lighting

It's week 4 of the One Room Challenge and today I'm going to talk about picking a light fixture. I initially wanted something very modern for our dining room. I picked out three options to show my husband and paired them with our dining room furniture (I think visuals help a lot with the decision making process).


He wasn't a fan of ANY of the options. Meanwhile I started to become super excited about sputnik lights after seeing them all over PinterestI showed him these dining rooms:
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 and he still wasn't impressed.

He eventually told me that if I really wanted a sputnik light just go for it. But what I really wanted was for us both to love the space.

Our new home is a very traditional 2-story brick house, and the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the modern chandeliers I picked out don't really "fit" with that traditional exterior. And after seeing this dining room:
I decided it wouldn't be so bad to play it safe and keep the lighting simple. I ended up buying a similar oversized white pendant drum light and H and I both love it!
It works with our furniture and it's still modern without being too "in your face". Not to mention, if we ever decide to move again we don't have to worry about potential buyers being scared off by a modern light fixture right when they walk in the door.

A quick note on our floors -- our contractor removed the old carpeting in the dining room and installed new hardwood floors and stained them. We used a 50/50 mix of Jacobean and Ebony Minwax stains (top on the samples below) to get the final dark stain color. I love our dark floors but it's true what they say -- they scratch easily and you can see every crumb on the floor! So not exactly the best mix for a toddler. But we've reduced scratching by putting felt pads on our furniture legs and roomba helps with the crumbs.
I'll be back next week to talk about artwork and all the finishing touches! 
-xo-
Jillian

p.s. you can see my other ORC posts here: week 1, week 2, and week 3.
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  1. I think the drum shade light fixture is a beautiful choice. And your floors look great! We're getting close to the finish line, now!

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  2. We built a sputnik just like the middle one, and my husband was like you want to do What?! Isn't that a Russian satellite? http://www.tinyhousegiantlife.com/diy/create-sputnik-light/

    Drum Shade looks great, and I really love the rich floor color, its worth seeing the crumbs (and we all get them on our floors with toddlers!)

    -Susie
    www.tinyhousegiantlife.com

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    1. the sputnik light you made is awesome!!!

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  3. Sputnik fixtures are so fun, but you really can't go wrong with a great drum shade! I love them in dining spaces.

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    1. I'm hoping I'll get a Sputnik someday! Maybe when we retire to a condo in the city again ;) xo

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  4. Your room is looking so pretty!

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  5. wow! that's a huge undertaking to install floor and stain for the makeover challenge! the new floor looks fabulous and the fixture is nice too with the chairs and table you have. only 2 more weeks now!

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    1. thanks Tim! We had a lot of help from our contractor with those floors and painting the walls!

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  6. The floors, walls, and lighting look great! Excited to see your reveal. :) -Carol @ CAD INTERIORS

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    1. thank you Carol! I'm excited for everything to come together too!

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