Saturday, March 6, 2010
i don't mean progressive as in, "favoring or promoting change or innovation."
i mean, "happening or developing gradually or in stages; proceeding step by step."
or as the mommy dictionary defines it:
"do what you can in 20 & 30 minute chunks during naps &
Veggie Tales videos."
so that's how i'm proceeding!
5 days later, i have a light fixture that is no longer shiny gold!
it's supposed to be 'oil rubbed bronze,' but it appears black unless you look closely.
oh well! good enough for me!
i don't really love the fixture, but i can't justify the big bucks for the kind of fixture i'd really love!
$6 for a can of spray paint is enough love for me!
there are 2 problems...
one is this:
the spray paint rubbed right off the moving parts! makes sense, of course- but i did not anticipate that. it gives it a bit of a 'shabby' look, i've decided.
the other problems is this:
i'm trying to be energy conscious, so i put in the CFL bulbs. yup- they stick right up out of the top of the fixture! they have a really ugly light, too.
would it be horribly un-green of me to use
incandescent bulbs just in this fixture?
i promise i'll be green in the rest of my house! i'd just like pretty light over my table!
so once i had the light fixture prettied-up, i turned to the rest of the room.
the time has come.
i am making holes in the walls!
yes, i'm a Nester follower (if you're not, you should check out her blog! she has great ideas for simple ways to get your home to feel warm & welcoming). that's where i learned about decorating with cheap plates.
don't like it?
that's fine- just don't tell me because i love it! ha!
and i love these flowers:
they were a super inexpensive purchase at an antique mall a few years ago, and i've never stopped loving their faded colors. i may switch them out seasonally- i have some other thoughts about what could go there in the Fall & Winter!
and yes, i went nuts with bunnies & Easter eggs already. i know it's not Spring officially, but i'm DYING for some color.
plus, caroline's 4th birthday party is around the corner and i plan to use the bunnies in her party decor.
don't call the cheesy police- i'm not going to begin decorating with dolls & stuffed animals year round. just a few bunnies for Spring!
this is how they looked when i took them out of the box yesterday:
wanna see that knot up close?
see? it took real dedication to get those bunnies untangled!!
but i promise this: the bunnies won't stay year round.
the plates will stay.
i also did a little work on the buffet table.
i'm considering painting it, but i'm not sure what color... any suggestions?
i didn't realize until i uploaded this picture how cluttered that feels... hmm.
that will probably change very quickly!
but i got a fun idea from Joys of Home to store my silver out where i can see it!
makes perfect sense- i have it, might as well display it. plus, i'll be more likely to use it when it's out rather than stored in my basement!
i think it's fun & sparkly... but apparently i'm a sucker for cute things (hence the bunnies).
so this is the dining room for now:
notice how i'm not showing you the other side of the room?
there's a reason for that!
work in progress... i'll update you soon.
well, probably not soon.
just being honest.
i also did a little 'spring-ifying' to the foyer:
yes, those are more bunnies.
don't un-friend me!
i have a fabric in mind for recovering the hall bench & doing some window mistreatments as well... so hopefully i'll get to that soon!
well, again... probably not so soon.
naptime is only so long, you know.