However! After cleaning out my closet a few weeks ago (and selling a bunch of old clothes on craigslist) I had $100 burning a hole in my pocket! I decided it was time. Time to put a light fixture in our room that I love. And love it I do!!
Ummm... yeah, so I still don't have my camera... hence the iphone photos.
Aren't they pretty though?
Now... I know you're all wondering... what could possibly have been there before that was so offensive?
I've said it before... sometimes aesthetics are more important to me than practicality. A ceiling fan is a completely practical choice for a bedroom that gets stifling hot in the summer (all 6 weeks of it). But what if that ceiling fan is NOT aesthetically pleasing and is NOT practical? Unfortunately this fan is not only ugly to look it, it also doesn't work. I've tried to use it during the hottest of hot days for the past 2 years but the fan just does not move any air in the room, and when it really starts to go fast it starts to shake and rattle like you wouldn't believe. I used to lie awake in bed at night listening to it get all wound up fearing decapitation. So, I am not sad to see the fan go. for the 46 cold weeks of the year I will enjoy the beauty of my new light fixture, and for the remaining 6 hot weeks of the year I will sleep in my cool, quiet, decapitating fan-free basement guest room.
While I'm at it... why don't take you on a light fixture tour of the rest of the house?
First up, the hallway. I've got a PAIR of these staring at me everyday. So offensive. So inappropriate. Enough said.
Would you believe me if I told you that I've actually paid money... real money... for a light fixture that looks identical to this one in Caleb's room? Doug and I had a light fixture like this one in the bedroom of a basement suite Doug and I rented a long time ago. For some reason, when Doug makes the bed he likes to give the sheets a good snap when he shakes them into place. One morning he snapped those sheets like never before and snapped the light fixture into two pieces. So off we went to Home Depot for a replacement. So sad.
This one's in the entryway of our house. Doug and I have quite different feelings about this fixture. When Doug looks at it he thinks "now there's a perfectly sensible light fixture that does an adequate job of lighting our entryway." When I look at it I think, "now there is an unattractive fixture that looks like it it came straight from the torture chamber of a medieval castle." I don't know why but it just gives me that vibe. I don't think Doug's going to let me change it anytime soon. Maybe if I find the most amazing light fixture for an amazing price... like $5.00... he'll go for it :)
And finally, the dining room. I really have nothing against this one. It's semi-attractive, it's does a great job of lighting the room... most people would like it. I guess it just doesn't give me that feeling of WOW! It's not a WOW kind of light fixture. I want WOW when I sit in my dining room eating hot dogs as my kids throw food on the floor, gag, and then throw up their dinner.
What I really want is something like this from Restoration Hardware. I think that the worst of dinners could be made better by a light fixture like this one.
Only problem is, I don't have an extra $500 in my budget for the RH light fixture. Shocking... I know. If anyone knows of a light fixture that looks like this but is a MAJOR deal, please let me know! And if anyone would like the purchase any of my pre-existing light fixtures, please... let me know :)
But if you had your eye on the decapitating ceiling fan, your sadly out of luck. It's already found a new home at the dump.