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June 29, 2017

Hey friends! Are you gearing up for a fun 4th of July weekend?  I sure hope it doesn’t rain the entire time!  Last year it was borderline chilly on the 4th…and this year it could potentially rain. ? This crazy Midwest weather keeps us on our toes.

One of the first things we did after we moved into this house was update the lighting.  Changing the light fixtures in a room can make a drastic impact on the decor.  There are so many lighting options available out there, it’s usually pretty easy to find something that is reasonably priced.   This house came with all of the original 1978 fixtures…and they were not exactly my taste.  I debated painting some of the fixtures to give them a more modern feel, but after looking around and realizing that I could get a whole new fixture for not a lot of cash, we decided to just say out with the old, and in with the new!  I did end up selling the original fixtures at a garage sale, so I’m happy that they will be refinished (or not) and have a new home!

Above our dining room table, I wanted something a little bit on the larger side as a focal point of the area.  I have been loving the metal, rustic looking orbs, so I knew I wanted something along those lines.  I ended up finding this one at World Market and it was perfect!  They periodically have sales, so I got a great deal and it instantly transformed the feel of the room with very little money.

In the breakfast nook, I wanted something a little smaller and slightly more traditional because that area and table are both smaller.  Choosing a fixture that is too large would have taken over the space and dominated it.  I fell in love with this one from Pottery Barn…but it was $400.  Since we weren’t sure how long we would keep the original kitchen (we had grand plans to completely remodel the kitchen…..and 2 years later we have yet to do anything, ’cause you know—life happens) I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a fixture that we might soon change out.  So, I went searching for a different fixture.  Low and behold, I found the total dup!

Can you tell the difference?  Me neither.  Except that the light from is less than half the price of the Pottery Barn one!  Here is the link to the Overstock light

And, the last major light fixture we changed was the entry way.  Our entry way is very small and narrow.  What is now a half wall, was originally a full wall that created a strange, narrow hallway leading to the front door.  We knocked it down halfway to open up the room and create less of a boxed in feel.  Ideally, we wanted to remove the wall completely, but there is tile in the entry way and hardwoods on the rest of the floor…so we would have had to match the 40 year old hardwoods and completely refinish the flooring in the entire house to have them all match.  That was not something we wanted to tackle at the time…so half wall it is!  Because the space is rather small, I wanted something dainty.  I loved this lotus pendant!  It looks so cute up there and I love it even more when it’s lit.

I hope you all have a great day!  Be safe and have a fun 4th of July!  Until next time….

Niki French

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  • Midwestern Mama July 8, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Thank you for your kind words!

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