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Let there be light!

June 28, 2013

I mentioned in previous posts that whole process of buying our new house was a bit of a rocky road.  I'm not going to get into all the details on here but I will say one of the issues left us without any light fixtures in most of the ceilings.  So the first thing you saw when you entered our home was dangling wires.  Lamps.com entered into the picture and saved the day.  Literally.  I picked out The Great Outdoors Mossoro 3 light chain hung lantern and about a week later.  I'm so in love with it! 

Let there be light!  

It's a gorgeous light.  I like that it's a bit over-sized for the space. I like to make a statement.  I'm in love with the pagoda shape.  But now I'm toying around the idea of painting her shiny black.  It would be look amazing with an an unexpected color like coral as well.  My girl Lizzie has this same lantern in her breakfast nook and entryway and lacquered it navy.  Now that's got my wheels turning! I'm planning on ordering another one to go over our kitchen island once we tackle that project.

PS-Let's talk about how awesome Matt was for installing this for me when he walked in the door last night.  Such a good husband.  I am forever grateful for the amount of work he's doing on our home.
The walls in the entryway are Benjamin Moore Classic Gray.  It's my favorite.  We also painted the living room and Tagg's room Classic Gray and plan to paint the dining room with this great color as well.  
Into the family room, we're going to be adding the hopefully last layer of white paint to the built-ins this weekend.  We're using Designer White by Sherwin Williams.  Just like our last two homes, it's our go to paint color for all the paneling, trim, shelving, and cabinets in the whole house.  

Our family room has been crazy transformed by white paint.  I hope I can help all of y'all who need to still convince your husbands to pull the trigger on painting over 1970's paneling.  Matt and I did decide to do something a bit unexpected and leave the shelving wood.  I like how it ties in with the wood floors and the dark brick on the fireplace and helps to break up all that white.  It's hard to tell in the picture above but I think it's going to look really modern.  If we decide it doesn't work in a "om, you forgot to paint your shelves" kind of way we can always pull them off and paint them.  But I like the idea of making them a bit different.  And I like the look of floating shelves.  Best of both worlds?  Or crazy in a bad way?







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17 comments:

  1. Looking so beautiful and such a clean slate to work from! Yay Matt! Gotta love good sweet men!! Happy weekend! xo

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  2. Beautiful! What paint color did you use on the walls in the entry way? It's perfect :)

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    1. Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore. I'm in love with this color. We used in our last house and in several room in this house and it's just the perfect clean neutral!

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  3. Can't wait to convince Carl of this. Just read an article the other day, that most men have innate fear regarding painting wood that is psychologically based. Your house is looking great, Julia.

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  4. LOVE that light!!! And I also love the way you left the shelves the natural wood......Brilliant!

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  5. Nice lantern! I like the shelves unpainted too.

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  6. The handrail on your entry stairs would look amazing painted black!! Have been seeing that all over pinterest lately and it is such a great look.

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    1. Yes! We totally agree. It's on my poor husband's never-ending project list. We want to paint the risers white too!

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  7. Thank you!! I just re-read and saw that...you're so sweet to reply!!! :)

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  8. Looks like a million bucks my friend. I'm dying over that lantern.

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  9. omg that lamp is amazing! xo

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  10. me likey it all. all man resist painting wood and brick. why?! took me 5 yrs to convince the mr. to paint our nasty orange 70s brick fireplace and another 2 yrs before he allowed me to paint our kitchen cabinets. when he said 'wow' to both results I almost wanted to sock him with a big fat duh knuckle sammich.

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  11. Such a great space and love the lantern!

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  12. Its fantastic! I think Bethany has that one, too, and we LOVE it. You have done so much so quickly it seems. I know it's never fast enough, but it is looking so impressive already! Thank you Matt for supporting Julia and working your arse off! Have a wonderful weekend.
    xo Nancy

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  13. It's perfect there, Julia. That's a good man there.

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  14. I've been looking for a big honkin' lantern for my entry. Thanks for the tip on lamps.com!

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  15. I have been sortakindamaybe thinking of painting my now beige (it's a pretty beige, though) house grey, and I like yours! Can you show us more photos of it in daylight?

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