The living room is in the front of our house, which faces south. Most of the day, the room gets beautiful light..streaming through the dining room and front windows in the morning and in long, golden beams through the west-facing windows in the afternoon. At night, though, this room is dark. That is because it has no overhead lighting. The house was built in the 1940’s and having lots of junction boxes and outlets was just not the thing to do. I’ve wanted to add pot (recessed) lights and junction boxes for light fixtures to the old part of the house for years, but with plasterboard ceilings and no easy access the ceilings, it would be a major, messy project. I think lighting is so important for a room, but lines have to be drawn somewhere when you’re fixing up a home that you’re not planning to live in for very long. (In case you missed it, it’s our dream to buy an old farmhouse when the timing is right.)
Since the room doesn’t have any overhead lighting, I added a couple of small plug-in chandeliers over the windows for a few years, but I removed them when I took down the curtains to repaint. I added a lamp, but the room really needed more light than that, so I tried an antique chandelier I had in the basement, centered in the room…
I think it’s so pretty. It adds a bit of sparkle and interest that carries the eye up.
I bought this chandelier originally for the guest room, but the new bed frame and mattress were much higher than the old one and the chandelier was so close to it, it was comical. This room has a higher ceiling, so it works better.
This is my favorite style of chandelier, as you may have noticed. I have three of them in my house (and two in the studio) I can’t wait to deck them out with greenery for the holidays.
Of course, I will be making a cover for the cord…either out of linen or a blue checked fabric.
I was looking around on the internet for information on caring for the live evergreens I picked up at Wegman’s over the weekend and I found an awesome tip. One article suggested using ice cubes to water them! How brilliant, right? I always seem to water or underwater, but this allows them to be watered very gently, so the water can soak into the soil.
I just nestle it into the dirt and leave it alone.
I used three cubes for the potted blue spruce.
I don’t have a green thumb at all, so this may be the blind leading the blind, but I really try and I’m hoping this tip will prove to be a good one!
One last thing… today a couple of nice ladies dropped by the studio with some blue & white checked fabric for me to purchase. They showed me some pictures and I let them know I was interested, so they delivered it! I ended up buying all of the three fabrics they brought and I’m looking forward to using them. I took one of them home with me and cut a piece long enough for my dining table…
It’s a pretty woven fabric and definitely my favorite of the three.
When used as a tablecloth, it adds a fun, casual “picnic” vibe to the dining room and a pop of color and pattern. Since a tablecloth doesn’t require any kind of commitment, it’ll be fun to use when I feel like it and take it away when I don’t.
By the way, I scored an amazing, antique breakdown French wardrobe from Craig’s List today. My dad drove quite a ways to get it for me, nice guy that he is. I can’t wait to show it to you in a few days and, since I’m bringing a new piece of furniture into my house, another one will be up for sale soon…