European Light Fixtures

Hi!

My adventures in powder bath land continue, dear friends.  I take two steps forward, one step back.

‘Cause opposites attract.  You know!!

Annnyyywwaayyss, the most recent hair pulling problem in the bath has been the Maison Arlus sconces.  Wait.  Didn’t I already have an issue with these?!  Actually, I did!  The base situation in this post, which I was able to fix with some new brass parts from Grand Brass.  My latest problem was the actual amount of light that these suckers produced.  My tiny brain had not even fathomed this is a possible issue.  Sometimes, I can’t even.

Here I snapped a pic without any adjustments.

It’s extremely dark!  And since these are the only lights in the room, this shiz was just not going to work.  I figured that an easy solution would be to change out the bulb for something LED, that’s low voltage but much brighter.  You guys, I embarked on a wild light bulb goose chase!  I had no idea how difficult it would be to find the correct sized bulb.

The issue is that the lights were made in France.  And the size of the bulb, E14 is not sold in any of the stores around me!  Grrr!  I was actually thinking that I would have to (SOB!) sell my beloved sconces.  But then a solution emerged – From Amazon, no less!  A BULB CONVERTER!

An idea I was floating around (amongst 100 others) was trying to rewire them myself… Which lead me to check out lighting parts… Which then lead me to a converter.  Phew.  It’s the journey, right?

These little suckers cost less than $8 and they will convert your Euro sized bulb into a candelabra size.  So utterly amazing.  That allowed me all the options and I was able to find a nice bright bulb that would fit into the narrow glass sconce.

You simply screw on the adapter and then screw your bulb in.  So easy.  So satisfying.

Here’s the same shot, no enhancements, with the new bulbs and glass shades on.

Let there be light!!  Ahhhh, I can finally see where the toilet is.

Progress is being made, albeit VERY slowly.  Summer is seriously kicking my butt.  At least all the wallpaper is up, toilet and sink are in and now I have LIGHTS!!  Whoo!!  Next up is fixing the drawers on the vanity (can you see that cray plumbing in there?!).  The debate is whether I try to salvage any drawer space or glue/screw them in place?  The bottom works great for TP and extra towels… hmmm.  The lazy side of me just wants. to. be. done.  What say you?

Well, that’s it for now!

 

Time After Time thoughts…

Hi Friends!

Wow, it’s been a hectic last few weeks.  Isn’t summertime supposed to be relaxing?!

My sister got married, which was INCREDIBLE and I did her shower/bachelorette locally three weeks ago and then headed up a week later, super north, to Eureka for the vows.  There just something so delicious about young love!  Some days it feels like only yesterday that I was in her shoes… 27, fun as hell, traveling the world, being spontaneous (like what even is that word anymore?!), with soooo many less grey hairs and wrinkles and self-doubt and daily struggles.  10+ years have passed and yes, I’m still kind of that person, but I’m also not.  Do you ever feel that way?  It’s gotta be a mom struggle because so much of our lives are spent taking care of other people (who usually don’t appreciate us and don’t think we’re the coolest for enforcing teeth brushing or any kind of hygiene, for that matter.)

My friend lent me What Alice Forgot, a book about a woman who loses her memories from the last 10 years.  GF, doesn’t even remember her kids.  I devoured this during the whole wedding fun weeks, and it really struck a cord.

And then, just this week someone close to me lost their lovely mother to a long struggle with cancer.  They knew the time was near and the immediate family was there to say good-bye and sing her into her next adventure.  My own mother-in-law has been battling breast cancer for almost 2 years now… and it’s all just a bit scary, right?

In the midst of all this, (my non-stop mind swirl) was Cyndi Lauper.  I had gotten tickets to see Rod Stewart for my mom’s 60th birthday way back in January, not realizing we’d be knee deep in my sister’s wedding prep at the time of the concert.  We were SO exhausted from her bachelorette, that honestly, I didn’t expect much.  But once Cyndi opened the show, it was inspiring.  She’s inspiring and it was just what my little heart needed.

She was so f-ing incredible.  I teared up listening to Time After Time.  We love and we lose, we grow and change and reminisce and it’s beautiful and painful.  And yet, do we really have any other choice?  That one song brought out the little girl in me, the carefree 20 year old and me of today.  Who will the me of tomorrow be?

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about her a lot lately.  In fact, she’s kinda my new hero.  Cyndi is Cyndi, whether you like her or not.  I’ve decided that I want to be like her VERY MUCH.  I want to live boldly and unapologetically, in COLOR!  With an arm full of bangles, or a console full of treasures, baubles galore, with sets that don’t match and a sorrynotsorry attitude.

Cyndi is an inspiration as a person, as a performer, as a woman and icon.  I’M OBSESSED with her style!!  In a world of vanilla, she is rainbow sherbet.

Color is finally coming back and I hope with it, comes fun and whimsy and uniqueness and maybe just a little nostalgia.

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I thought these were some rooms she might have fun in.

Dare to be bold.

Progress in the Powder Room

Hi y’all!

Since we last chatted I’ve been able to put in a few pretty minutes (hours, but who’s counting?) into the powder room.  My goal was to have a functioning toilet by my sisters shower (which is a mere 3 days away) and it’s still up in the air as to whether that will happen.

Wait, let’s back up a little.

You and I both know that the moulding had to go in, as well as, (dramatic music) the WALLPAPER!!  And you know what?!  I almost got both of those done.

Last week I picked out a day where I could literally hang wallpaper to my hearts content.  I figured that 3-4 hours should do the trick… ha… haha….hahaha.  Oh, naiveté.  I worked on the darn wallpaper from 9:30am until 4 and guess what?  I didn’t finish.  Here’s the wall that’s left – I’m seriously only about 3 panels from success.  (That’s what she said.)

The problem was that when I unrolled my last wallpaper roll, I realized that is was defective!!  There were sections with zero blue color and towards the middle there was just a black line going through the rest of the roll.  No part of the effing roll was usable.  Of course, I contacted Wallpaper Direct and they were extremely nice and helpful, but told me that it would take about 12 days to get another roll.

Hey, what’s another 12 days in the longest project ever?  Amiright?!

But check out that moulding!  Baby looks good!!  And I even spray painted the toilet pipe coming out of the wall.  (Of which I don’t have a photo of.  Aren’t I just lovely?)  An easy and very aesthetic improvement.  It’s the little things!

You may have noticed that the door is still a yellowish white and that’s because I’ve put off painting it.  Y’see I’m VERY scared to paint any of the trim/doors in the house because they were done professionally 10+ years ago with oil based paint.  As you probably know, oil is much more durable but it starts to yellow over time from sun exposure.  It’s also a PAIN to paint over – like sanding and priming and general UNFUNNESS.  I happened to find this GREAT option at Home Depot, which is an alkyd paint that is water-based, but looks and works like an oil-based paint.  It dries very hard and so pretty.  To paint my trim I would just need a light sanding and no primer!!  I bought a gallon of the stuff thinking that I would just go through the whole house and paint the moulding one room at a time – but that’s A. SCARY and B. my husband didn’t like my idea in a way that made it sound like an insane person had hatched it.  Usually I don’t listen to him AT ALL, ’cause boredom, but well, maybe he’s onto something…then again, Danger is my middle name.

Wouldn’t light gray doors look kinda beautiful?  That’s the idea swirling… instead of white.  I go white trim, and the softest shade of gray for the doors only.  Hmmmm….

So that’s where I’m at!

Just waiting for Gadot Wallpaper.