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Farmhouse Dining Table with Extensions

I told you all last week about the table situation in our dining area. We were able to bring home our new handcrafted table late last week and we are completely loving it! It fits the space so much better than the other table. We got it locally from a woodworker in Taylorsville, Kentucky. I found him at a local peddler’s mall and took his business card. If you are local….you can find them on the web at Hahn Country Woodworks . He was able to build a table exactly to our specifications. We are really loving how it turned out! Come and take a peek…..


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I tried to take pics of several angles incase you may want to commission a woodworker in your local area. It really is simple construction….

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He ended up using two pieces of reclaimed walnut and two pieces of maple reclaimed for the legs. I decided on a very rough whitewash finish for the legs. farmhouse dining table with extensions @cleverlyinspired (6)


Top is solid pine. It is stained Minwax walnut. The satin polyurethane finish makes it look older than it is—we didn’t want it real shiny. I told him that I would love to have some extensions that I could push into the ends so that during the busy holiday periods or if I had a bigger dinner party I could easily accommodate 12 people.

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What we ended up doing is creating two 18 inch extensions for both sides that literally just slide into two holes that he fit on the ends. It really is fairly simple construction. (Stella is a fan too….such a big help she is….)


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You might think that this is a really expensive option…but we thought the table was really affordable. We ended up selling our Pottery Barn table along with four parson chairs for $630. I bought this table for $650 dollars. And $200 of it was actually the extensions. The everyday size of the table is 90×38. With the extensions the table is 126…10.5 FEET of table for $650!!!!! Solid wood!!! Can you tell that I LOVE this!!!!


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I bought the wooden chairs on Amazon (these are similar… Adeco Elm Wood Woven Rattan Vintage-Style Dining Chair Curved Leg Contrasting Back (Set of 2), Tan ….they are such a nice compliment….and actually quite comfy. My plan is to have slipcovers made for the parson chairs…maybe in this blue ticking fabric….still thinking on that…

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If you are interested in having your own table made try looking at a  local thrift shop or flea market and asking for a good carpenter. Most carpenters who do trim work also know of or do furniture themselves. Might be a good place to start.farmhouse dining table with extensions @cleverlyinspired (12)

Working on a centerpiece this weekend…can’t wait to share it! PS the new rug is from Homegoods;) Wall color is Constellation Ben Moore…here is the paint post:)


Change up…Dining Room Table

Thanks yall for sharing the Youtube of the lakehouse! So sweet!!! So we have had our dining room table for probably about 15 years. It fit in our old dining room pretty perfectly. It is a 60 by 60 table from Potterybarn that has (2) 12 inch extensions that I could plop into the center and make plenty of room for bigger crowds. It opened up nice and big for family Thanksgiving and really was the centerpiece in the dining room in the last house.

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However, in this house the table is proving to be a bit too wide. Since we did away with a formal dining room in this house the kitchen table is our main eating area along with  the island. I really wanted this eat in space to be casual but yet updated and kind of clean and simple. I set out to look for a local woodworker in our area that specializes in custom made furniture….


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I found the perfect little wood shop to make our new table. I was able to specify the exact dimensions I wanted to which was great! The company is called Hahn Wood Working. They are located in Taylorsville, Kentucky. You may have seen some their pieces in local peddlers mall if you live in Louisville. They build tables out of solid wood (mostly pine and walnut) and will finish it to your specifications. We decided to have the base whitewashed and the top will be a dark finish (probably dark walnut) to complement our floors (the one pictured below is not our table…but one that they made….)

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What I’m really pumped about is the extensions. I asked them to make me (2) 18 inch removable extensions that I can just secure on to the ends of the table for bigger parties. Like this idea below…. (found this pic online…source not found)

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We decided to make the everyday size 90×40…so with the extensions the table will be 126 inches!! I am really excited to show you the finished table….We hope to be able to pick it up this week. We just sold the table we had in here…so we are all set! I am thinking of these chairs on the sides….and then for the ends of the table I’d like to find a couple cushy arm chairs….like this…. (source for wing chair)



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I plan to do some more finishing touches in the kitchen this fall….still in need of a window treatment of some sort along with a rug ( Chairs (found these cool vintage ones in the photo above on Amazon:)


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Family Room Light

While back I told you I was looking for a overhead light for our family room. Sometimes I remember to share new things on Instagram but then I forget to put it on the blog.

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After some deliberation on styles of lights we ended up with this one from West Elm (not sure they still sell this light…had a hard time finding it.) The price point was exactly what we wanted to spend and the size was perfect fit for this room. I had a licensed electrician hang it up because it was a little bit out of my comfort zone. West Elm carried this in 2 finishes and this amber bubbled glass was perfect for us.


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I love that it has a bit of a modern touch to it but at the same time can look a bit vintage because of the bubble glass. It is like a piece of art….


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The family room is coming along nicely. I’m still not real set on the furniture placement. This room has definitely thrown me for a loop.

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I’m just not sure if I need another full size couch. So it would basically be two couches that are the same…facing each other. Or if I need a small sectional…maybe another leather recliner??? I like that the space is all open but at the same time when there are lots of windows….anchoring furniture it gets a bit tricky. I do love our barn door coffee table but I know that this room probably would work better with a large circle coffee table. I think that would fit better because it would be centered on the fireplace/room. All these things I’m tossing around in my head and I really haven’t landed on one so we are sticking with the furniture that we currently have. unique lighting @cleverlyinspired (1)


I do like the grey fabric from these Macy’s couches that we purchased a few years ago. I wanted this room to be very comfortable but also updated. The light and the geometric on the drapery I think are my favorite parts of this room. We did put a dimmer on the light so it has this nice soft glow at night time.


There are a few other things I want to do in here…. next I’m going to recover some pillows. I have been searching for Kelly green and navy pattern that will complement the drapes and just be a nice punch of color. Have you found any cool lights lately? Do tell.


Norton Commons Family Home

I’ve mentioned before that I’m working with my friend/builder Mark Simpson. He is building a few new homes in our neighborhood and has asked for my help with the design. Currently we are working on a home that is similar to our home with the exception of a few design changes. I wanted to share with you the things that we have already selected….

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The color on the outside is Crème by Sherwin Williams…Trim is Commercial White Sherwin Williams (sunlight was so bright when I was taking these….the siding is a soft yellow…)


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We went with a stain ceiling on the outside porch. Our look is casual coastal….it looks so bright and airy compared to some of the other homes on the street. For the stone I decided to use 3 different colors…stacked randomly…this stone is gorgeous! 20150506_090240


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Right now we are getting ready to trim. I am working on the interior color palette right now. The ceilings are all Passive by Sherwin Williams…



This will really allow the trim to shine. The flow of this house is very similar to ours. The foyer is smaller because we moved the stairs over to allow for a morning room in the kitchen.



The family room kitchen and dining area are really all one cohesive space. The kitchen is turned opposite of mine.

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We just recently picked all the tile….and it is going to be amazing. The master is on the first floor and has the vaulted ceiling. We swapped the laundry room and office space so when you walk in from the garage the first room on the left is the laundry and you walk a little further back to the office. I like this idea because it does make the office a little bit more private…


We placed 6 inch pine in a few spots….this will get a wash of gray stain to pick up the gray cabinets in the kitchen island….

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Upstairs you have 3 bedrooms 2 full bathrooms and a nice loft area for kids to study. This is such a good family home. If you’re looking for new construction in an amazing new neighborhood in Louisville you need to consider this home. I think one of my favorite features to Mark’s floor plan are the outdoor spaces. The front porch is nice and wide and wraps around to the screened in porch on the side. He will also have a grilling patio off of the screened porch. There are several places for the kids to have privacy and also for the adults. It is really just a great working family home.



Email me if you would like some more information or want to maybe stop in to take a tour. I would be happy to meet you out there and show you what we are doing.


I will be sharing more pics as we get closer to finishing up:)

“Shiplap” in the Powder Room

It seems that the hit show fixer-upper on HGTV is all the rage. I absolutely love Joanna Gaines’s style. It’s casual and comfortable but also very put together. I love how she repurposes things and breathes life into spaces with use of old funky things. When we built our house last summer I really wanted to do something kind of funky and interesting in this small powder room that runs off of the back hallway. The flooring is the same throughout which is the wide random plank Hickory floor that is stained the Jacobean color.  My thought was that even though this is a very small space it could pack a big design punch.

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I went searching for table to place a pedestal sink. The sink in this room basically dictated exactly what I ended up doing. I found this beautiful pottery vessel on eBay.


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It was made in Mexico and it was a steal at nearly $100. It was the exact blue and white color scheme that I wanted.

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The plumber loved me when I told him that I also found a table at home goods that I needed him to mount the sink on:)DIY shiplap @cleverlyinspired (4)

I found the faucet for the vessel sink on…When I saw the sink in person it really made me think of Mexico and I wanted this space to really highlight the beauty of the sink. To do that I thought I could do white pine boards (shiplap;) behind the sink to give another texture. We ended up using 6 inch pine just nailed to the drywall and painted white. The gaps give it a rustic feel….no need to be perfect. The boards look great vertical or horizontal…and they are cheap! Just cut it to size…trim out on the floor with 1/4 round.

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The boards were capped off at the top with a wide molding…perfect for a few picture frames.


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The color on the walls is navel by Sherman Williams. It is a true Navy and goes beautifully with the color of the sink. The mirror also lends itself to kind of a Mexican vibe…. I found it at home goods and scooped it up and have not seen another one since. I still need to do a few other things on the walls but this room with the pine walls has so much character already. And I love now that I can call it shiplap and pretend that I am Joanna gains in some form or another.

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Have you thought of using pine boards in your home at all? We used them in a few other spaces…I will show you soon:)


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A French Country Inspired Kitchen: Reader Redesign

Good news….my knee is on the mend….and Stella has spent the last few days apologizing…in her own special way:) Sometimes I miss the mark….and this moodboard was one of those times. What I had envisioned for this client was not exactly to her liking. She loved some of what I put together….but she was going for a different vibe. That is one of the pitfalls in “e-design”, I cannot have a personal interview of the space…and walk through other rooms in the house to get a better idea of the clients taste. Marybeth decides to go with a beige on the wall…and she is going to keep me posted…so I am looking forward to see it come together. However, I wanted to share with you what I “saw” when assessing her space… a little French inspiration today….

I was recently contacted by MaryBeth. She was trying with all her might to recreate an inspiration picture she had cut out of a magazine awhile back. She wanted it to come alive in her own kitchen. Marybeth had her cabinets painted a creamy white and new granite countertops are being installed. She had chosen a light colored granite / marble countertop and her backsplash was not going to change. She had painted her walls a yellow color…just like the inspiration picture however she and her family were sort of unsettled with it. Her words were, “I feel like I’ve picked everything in my inspiration picture but yet my kitchen does not reflect the same feeling.”

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I set out to do a design plan for her that could pull everything together and help her vision come alive. Her taste were (under my assumptions) traditional French country…. cool tones of blues against warm yellows and whites. She loves white and blue pottery and after looking at her inspiration picture I came up with a plan to see her vision through.

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One major difference between her kitchen and her inspiration kitchen was the flooring. In her inspiration picture the floor was much darker. In her kitchen the flooring is more honey than brown. It was fighting with the yellow on the wall. Here are my suggestions that I sent her to create the feel of this French Country Kitchen.



Instead of doing yellow on the wall I suggested doing a blue. The idea in using a blue on the wall is that it wouldn’t fight the floor and it would complement the existing backsplash and the countertop that she had chosen.


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Touches of yellow would come in the form of the fabrics and the area rug. I suggested that she update the lights above the island with these easy fixtures that basically use the recessed light housing…just switch out the bulb and hang…easy! No electrician required. I like the idea of warming up the table and chairs with slipcovered chair backs. Also pulling in some yellow and blue on the window treatment. As for her feature wall I thought it would be a great idea to do a nice chunky chalkboard frame maybe in a distressed white finish…with possibly wallpaper behind framed out.


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Here are my suggestions that I sent to MaryBeth:


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We want to really play up the cabinetry and the counter tops and my thought is to put a true or color on the wall. The one I show here is Sherman Williams Distance. I think that your taste are a bit more traditional. My feeling is that you do enjoy a little bit of French country and this kitchen will lend itself nicely to that color palette. I think that grounding the room with a statement rug like this from rugs USA will really bring your tile, your family room and your kitchen to all work cohesively. The rug has touches of red, blue and yellow and will work to ground those spaces together. You can leave your family room the color that it is. It will work with this blue very nicely. I would also suggest to possibly painting the ceiling this Buff color by Sherman Williams (or ½ strength of the Hawthorne Yellow from the family room. It will make your trim work really pop off the ceiling and be a nice feature. I think that this plan is similar to your inspiration picture. As I said in my previous email your floors have a lot of honey color which will fight most yellows that you put directly vertical to them. That is why I really like the blue to be in the entire kitchen and your accents to be in yellows and whites and reds. The blue that I like for the walls is called Distance by Sherman Williams. I would just try it on a large poster board first to see how you like it with the cabinetry and counters. A few accents that will really put this room together are as follows,


1. These pendant recessed light adapters sold by home decorators would be perfect above your island. They are really easy to use you just unscrew the recessed light and trim kit and replace with the pendant light. A very low cost way to add island lighting.

2. I think making the kitchen table light a little bit more special would be a great idea. This chandelier sold by is just a little touch of jewelry above the kitchen table it has soft colors and a little bit of sparkle at a very good price.

3. Adding some fabric will also tie this room together. I would suggest this fret work pattern in yellow for valence above your door and your window. I also like the idea of possibly slip covering the leather chairs with this striped fabric. Fabric is an inexpensive way to really finish off the room and also whenever you tire of it it’s very inexpensive to change out.

4. As for the wallpaper I’m not a real huge fan of just doing one wall. However, you could use some on the feature wall. I like the Cole and son wallpaper in the Albemarle Chatterton pattern. Pale yellow would look beautiful against the blue walls. Instead of doing the entire wall you could make a large picture box to go in between those two doors on the feature wall. Trim it out in picture frame trim and paint white. Inside you could hang a few prints like the ones I have suggested on

5. You could also consider doing a large chalkboard with magnetic paint. Frame it out in an off white trim. You could also do some floating shelves for vases and plates to display. A few plate racks that hang on the wall with the white and blue porcelain plates would also be a nice piece of art to introduce.

I hope this is looking more like your inspiration picture! If this is not the direction that you were looking to take please be sure to contact me and we can talk it out. I just think that with the light colored floor and the light colored countertop you really do need to inject some color like this blue to really show off those finishes.


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Do you have a space that you need some help pulling together? See the design services tab at the top of the blog….I’d love to help you!


Have a great weekend friends!


10 creative ways to use chalkboard paint

Hey all! Been to the orthodontist….with both kids…in the past week. Twins in braces…at the same time. #expensiveweek. :) Totally worth it thought…they will thank us…in 20 years:) Haven’t had a huge opportunity to sit down and write….but I have been working on a few fun things that I will share soon. I am looking forward to taking a break in a couple weeks to enjoy the start of spring…at the beach:) In the meantime….here is a fun round up of some really creative uses for chalkboard paint….
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I really do love a good chalkboard. It seems that there is no end in sight to this trend. We all seem to have a huge fascination with writing on the walls. Maybe it’s because we were told we couldn’t when we were growing up:) I think chalkboard paint is one of the greatest DIY inventions of our time. You can tint it… you can paint it on any surface … make it magnetic…they even make contact paper that’s chalkboard that you can stick anywhere. It is a perfect way to add a little bit of personality to a room or a space and also make it super functional. Here are a few of my favorites that I have rounded up. Ideas like these make a room unique….on a dime:)
I found these on Houzz….so much inspiration on there!
Have a great day friends!

Using giftwrap to dress open shelves

We have lived in our new home for about 6 months now. I would say that 90 percent of our decisions with the design of this house have worked out perfectly for our family. As always, there are few things that you might like to change and if I had to do over again I probably would tweak a few things. I’m going to be sharing with you a few of those things in the next couple of weeks….


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The kitchen is rather large and a great space to cook…it is our dream kitchen.  One awkward area was the microwave. On paper, we never realized how much it would protrude past the other wall cabinets. It got to be fairly annoying and the countertop was almost not usable underneath.  20141220_115855


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I really wasn’t thinking when the design was on paper how much the microwave cabinet itself would stick out past the other cabinets. It is literally right in your face. This happens to be the area where we make a cocktail at night since it is right next to the refrigerator. So we decided to remove this microwave wall cabinet, place the microwave in the pantry and replace the wall cabinet with open shelving. The open shelf wall cabinet was made by the cabinet company. Open shelves that are the same depth as the other cabinetry is a nice break to having just wall cabinets.


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Obviously since the shelves are open….it is a great spot to display some pretties:) I decided to line the back of the cabinet with this fabulous gift wrap that I found on spoonflower. What I love about using giftwrap is I can swap it in and out as my mood/season changes…for not much cost. If you aren’t familiar with spoonflower…it is an online shop that allows anyone to create fabric, wallpaper, giftwrap…etc…and then others can purchase it too. I bought 2 rolls of this golden anchor wrap at just $15 a pop! I used double sided tape to secure it to the back of the shelves. A ruler and a razor blade make straight cuts. Easy!!


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It makes my Louisville Stoneware collection pop! I am not the first person to use giftwrap on open shelves….I am sure of that…but I do love it….

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Maybe you have some shelves in your home that could use a little rework…and a little splash of something. I can promise you that you will find something that will work on spoonflower….that site is a time sucker for sure!

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Train Station Playhouse

It’s snowing…like a lot…and school is probably cancelled again tomorrow. I feel like we have been pretty lucky this winter….so I am just going to try to enjoy staying in my jammies for a few days…hope it is warmer where you are!

I am busy working out the final details for this year’s charity playhouse I told you about last week. It is really coming together beautifully and I cannot wait to see Noah and Gabe’s reaction!! I wanted to share with you some of the fun details I am incorporating into Gabe’s Train Station.
Here is the mood board for the train station side. Many of these things could be incorporated into a little boys/girls room also. I have many many factors to consider. One being that Gabe’s favorite color is lime (neon) green. I wanted to take this color into account…while still fitting in the train theme. The other factor I have to consider is the ceiling is same color in the Church and in the Train Station. Porter Paint has graciously donated all of our paint…so we are trying to make as few request as possible.


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The first thing I bought was this large mural it is 9 feet wide by 7 feet tall it comes in two panels and is adhered to the wall like a vinyl. When you open the door to the train station this will be the first thing you see on that big wall. I thought it would be really cool to make it look like the train was approaching the station and this vinyl from magic murals was a perfect fit. We’re going to do a wainscot treatment that mimics rail road tracks that will also be a bookshelf. Cannot wait to share that when we install it!

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Mark is working on a train track “rail” for the spindles and railing in the loft area too.  There will be stairs made from pine and oak. The color Gabe likes is a pretty bright green so I had to mute it down a little bit. Ceilings will be Aqua Sparkle (PPG).

The other fun things that I’m going to incorporate–a pulley so that when you’re in the loft area you can pull up a basket of snacks to the person who is above. This is something we have at our lake house and it was always such a big hit! We are going to incorporate a chalkboard that will have arrival and departure signs… along with Gabe’s Train Station sign. I made the sign yesterday and it really came out cute! As for the exterior colors we are going to do white siding on the whole entire play house, a red metal roof, gray door, red trim and accents of beige. It will really look like an old time train depot:)Dust

A ticket taking window with a shelf along with some “ticketing” tools will sit in front of one of the windows. I found some railroad nails that I’m going to try to incorporate some sort of hook system for him to hang up his engineering hat and any other pretend play things that he might want to hang up. L & N credit union is helping us out and has donated some things like traditional railroad crossing signs… a bell to ring , and some bean bag chairs for lounging.

It really has been so rewarding to be a part of this….we are getting close to the big reveal! TIme to get busy!

Unique Chandeliers for Family room

Thank you so much for all the excitement about the horseshoe panel holders. It really makes me so happy when I share something with you that you get excited about also. It’s fun to think out of the box like that and share ideas that not only become part of your space but also become part of your conversations. Those are the things that I think make a house into a home. So now that the holidays are finished and I have finally gotten all of the Christmas stuff put away I thought I would start considering what light fixture to put in the family room. I have looked at several that I know would work great but I just wasn’t sold on any of them until I found the one that I ordered yesterday. It is a challenge finding unique lighting on a budget. All of the ones in this round up are a decent size for close to $500 (some more, some less.) As you know… I think they are in the jewelry in a room and can really add so much for not a whole lot of cash:)unique lighting on a budget @cleverlyinspired (1)



For our family room I settled on this one from West Elm. I adore the warmth….aged glass mixed with kind of a modern vibe…

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This light would work great in many situations….dining…living room…even large bedroom…..

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My lame attempt of “photo shopping” it into our family room…

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I think that it is the perfect mix of clean but yet classic. I wanted something lightweight and kind of simple to balance out the darker woods. I think that it complements the dining room fixture nicely also. It is nice  that the globes are upside down so they won’t catch dust inside they will just need to be dusted on the outside…which I am sure will get done realllll often ;) #yeahright This fixture measures 42 inches long and 31 inches from ceiling. I like that I can scatter the glass globes for kind of a random look. We had considered possibly doing one of these wagon wheel lights…

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….but when I got to thinking about it I thought it may be too matchy-matchy considering I have a barn door table and horseshoes on my wall:) “Everybody ready for a barn yard dance…grab  your partner, two by two….”….moving on….


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The other one I almost bought was this uber cool Wine Bottle Chandelier. I was really almost set on it until I realized the wattage was a little bit too dim for the space. However, this seller on etsy loves to do custom pieces….and they are really great to work with….it may be a nice addition to a bar someday:) One thing that I’m learning with really tall 11 foot ceilings…. the light does not reach the ground quite as easily so you really do have to consider how much wattage you are needing. I don’t think that this wine bottle fixture would have made quite as much of a statement because of the tall ceilings and the dim light. My thinking with a rectangular shape was that the light was a little bit more spread out on the ceiling. To do a round fixture in this room I would have had to get at least 30-36 inches in diameter which drives the price sky high. I do love some of these though….and the prices on them are not bad….


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Wine Barrel Chandelier




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Wood Orb


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Edison Bulb


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Just changing out a light fixture can jump start you on to a whole new look for a room. It’s something to consider and many times if you don’t have a hardwire into place a licensed electrician can sometimes fish it through the ceiling and place one where you like. Its just something that you should consider when you’re looking at updating a space.


Have a great weekend friends stay warm!!

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