In deciding what to pack for our move I went back and forth on the wall sconces. In the end though, I decided I'd keep them in Brooklyn. None of the ones I own are very expensive and they're still useful in that space. This does mean that I'd have to find some for the Seattle house. My greatest requirement just after how they look, is that they have to be under $300 each in order to be considered. Even better if they're under $200, since sconces are needed in pairs most often. Also, plug-in is a requirement, since I'm not hiring an electrician to adjust wiring. To save you some time researching, I've tallied up for a list of my favorite plug-in sconces for under $300.
Surprise, surprise! Since my last kitchen post I have slightly changed my design direction. I found a fabulous new paper that I fell in love with and decided I would be happier with that than the map wall. The new paper is by Cole & Son and has a Deco feel about it. It's black and white and may I say this, more sophisticated? I'm sure that's a matter of opinion but when I step back and look at both the space and the rest of the apartment I think it's a better direction to be moving towards.
On another note, for anyone who has redone a kitchen or bathroom they've probably hit some road blocks with the addition of plumbing. I can say we've had a tough time making progress on this room, because not only does the placement of plumbing dictate a lot of the design decisions, but also the fact that this is an old building and the plumbers of the past did not do a very good job when they made updates.
Now, why am I going on about plumbing? Well, we really want a dishwasher. It's the one thing (other than a washer & dryer and maybe a second bedroom - which will never happen) that is missing in the apartment. There are a ton of variables that make this simple addition, somehow very difficult. The major issue is that there are these lovely pipes that run behind the cabinets along the wall. They in turn cause the refrigerator to stick out farther than it should and most importantly, the dishwasher too. The pipe that lives behind the dishwasher is a whole 3" thick! The first thing we did was bring in a plumber to review the matter. We were told it would be impossible to do anything. That was definitely not the answer we wanted to hear. So the next thought was to buy new countertops that would extend the farther off the wall to make room for the dishwasher. . . Unfortunately, this seemed like a silly idea and unnecessarily expensive. Lastly, the final option was to put both my husband and father's two heads together. They are geniuses and apparently more skilled than the plumber that was recommended.
They designed a plan of action and worked through the weekend. To shorten the story, they succeeded and we now have a dishwasher in the apartment. How exciting! I've included a few quick shots that were taken on my phone. You can see it's all starting to come together nicely. The dishwasher is by Bosch, it's 18" wide and works like a dream.
The refridgerator which is also a new addition is by Summit. I discovered the brand Summit, based in the USA and produces appliances at a smaller scale. They're well rated and reasonably priced. Ours was on sale through Appliances Connection, which also offered free shipping. Woot, woot! The fridge only measures 24" deep, 28" wide and 75" tall. The freezer is on the bottom, which I find to be more convenient. The model is also available with an ice maker. All in all, I'm quite happy with the progress. Next on the agenda, the back splash and the wallpaper. Then the open shelves.
Check back soon for more updates. Thanks for reading.
Over a month ago I was debating on which wall lamps to choose for my bedroom, I wrote about it in the post WALL LAMPS FOR THE BEDROOM. I had an idea of what I wanted but couldn't settle on the specific lamp and finish. In the end I went with an antiqued brass finish and the double swing arm style. The lamps arrived and this weekend Jack kindly helped me with the installation. I'm really happy with these lamps, they have a dimmer switch that's great for reading, they're a modest size and if I want to change the shade at some point to modernize them, I can. Woo hoo! Here's to another successful online purchase!
Lamps can be found here: Lamps Plus - Double Arm Antique Brass Wall Lamp
I need your help!
I've been saving up lately for a few light fixtures for my home and an angel of a contest just fell from the sky. The website Lamps Plus that sells many styles of light fixtures (amongst other goods) at affordable price points, is throwing a "What's Your Style?" contest with Pinterest. While intensely searching for bedside wall sconces, I discovered the contest only minutes before the submission deadline. Quickly I created two boards, one theme was French Market, the other Hollywood Luxe. My style is reflected within both "genres" so it was especially fun to pull together these boards. Lamps Plus chose the boards with the most "creative flair" and guess what!? My board Hollywood Luxe made it to the group of finalists! Now, I need your help to bring me closer to the win! If you have Pinterest account, please re-pin my board within one of your inspiration boards. While you're there, take a look at some of my inspiration images to see if there's anything that inspires you. The board's Link is [Here]. If you don't have a Pinterest account, I suggest you check it out because it's a great place to store your inspiration images. A special Thanks in advance!
As you may have noticed from my previous bedroom update posts, I've added a little bit of wall art over my bed! I finally decided on something sculptural. The sea urchin like Curtis Jeré inspired sculptures were a good eBay find. The mirror I've had a for a few years now, I am still debating on keeping it there, although I do like the juxtaposition of styles and since they're all cylindrical they work together. The mirror still needs to have the gold paint darkened, which I will do soon. For the time being, I'm happy with they way the wall is looking.
Other plans, I'm thinking about changing out the lamps. The only issue is I have to find a good place for them to move to. I love these lamps and I will keep them but they look out of scale with the new headboard. Thinking about replacing them with a pair of these wall lamps from Lamps Plus.