Six Months

We just celebrated our six-month anniversary of living in our blue house. Where has the time gone? I thought it might be fun to look back at what we’ve accomplished these past six months and where we’ve yet to go.

The Blue House at

Our house looked a bit dated when we moved in, but that didn’t stop us from falling in love with it almost immediately. The floor plan was exactly what we were looking for, plus this house offered a lot of updated features for us including hardwood floors throughout, a formal dining room and a large, level lot, to name a few. We were able to see past the previous owner’s decor to know that this was the house for us.


One of the first things we tackled was changing up the majority of the lighting throughout our home in what I like to call the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013. To read more about the lighting changes we made, click any of the links below. We made some unconventional changes when it came to some of the fixtures, but we’re very pleased with all of the lighting choices we’ve made.

It took us several months to get unpacked and settled, but once we were in, I began sharing a room-by-room house tour with you. So far, I’ve been excited to share with you two guest bedrooms, a guest bathroom and my office. I’m looking forward to sharing the rest of the house with you soon!

The Office at

We’ve experienced a lot of living and loving in this house, too. We’ve already hosted two baby showers, numerous family dinners, and we added a new, furry member to our family.

The first shower we hosted was for my sister-in-law, who welcomed a beautiful baby girl into this world May 10. Since my niece’s nursery features a hot pink and zebra theme, it only seemed appropriate to apply that same theme to the baby shower we hosted back in March. Since we were still in the midst of unpacking and painting, this shower was the push we needed to finish settling in! To read any of the Pretty in Pink [and zebra] Baby Shower posts, click any of the links below.


The second baby shower we hosted was only a few weeks ago. This baby shower had a sweet theme focusing on gender neutral colors and “games.” The shining star of this shower (besides the glowing mom to be) was the menu. I’ve still got a few details to share, but to read all about the prep work and menu, click any of the posts below.

Baby Shower Mama at

We’ve had a busy six months! We have a lot of projects we’d like to complete around here, but, luckily, we have plenty of time. We plan on staying in this house for at least 10 years, so we’re in no rush to make a ton of big changes immediately. Here’s some of what we’d like to do in the next few years:

  • Completely gut and renovate our master bathroom
  • Paint the kitchen cabinets
  • Redo the front landscaping
  • Repair (and expand?) the privacy fence out back
  • Add better storage to the master closet
  • Add crown molding throughout the house

That’s just a sample of what’s on the giant to-do list. I’m not sure if we’ll get around to any of those projects, but it sure is nice to dream.

Here’s to another great six months!

I’m linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick.

The Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013, Part VII: Everything Else

We’ve finally come to the end of the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013. We’ve already discussed the majority of the lights within our home, and believe it or not, there are still a couple of lights left: the ones we didn’t change.

The back guest bedroom (tour coming up next week!) had a nice ceiling fan already. Remember, we live in the South, and most people love having ceiling fans in bedrooms around here. Since this is a guest bedroom, I think it’s important to consider what guests like even though I’m not a fan of the ceiling fan.


As far as ceiling fans go, I think this one’s actually very pretty. The only problem I have with it is when the light and fan are both on, the blades make the light flash on the ceiling. It’s a strange thing to watch, especially when we can see the flashing light from our living room. I’ve decided just to keep the fan off for now. Problem solved.

Here it is with the light on:


See how it casts strange shadows up? Now just imagine what happens to those shadows when the fan is on. Even with its challenges, I have no plans to change this fixture. (At least for now.)

There was another ceiling fan originally in the house that also made the final cut. This one is located in the living room.


Right now, the fan blades are brown. Pretty soon, I’ll be painting them black.

The star in this space is definitely the crystal chandelier in the office. This fan doesn’t compete, but the nickel finish doesn’t match as well as I would like. However, I have no plans to replace this fixture any time soon. Maybe one day, but probably not.

The only other original light fixture to stay is in the guest bathroom.


It’s nothing special, but I like it. So it gets to stay.

That wraps up the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013. I can’t promise that I won’t make any more lighting changes before the end of the year, but for now, we’re done.

To look back at any of the lighting changes we’ve made so far, click any of the posts below.

Part I: The Dining Room
Part II: The Office
Part III: The Entryway
Part IV: The Laundry Room
Part V: The Kitchen
Part VI: The Master Suite

The Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013, Part VI: The Master Suite

We’ve changed out or replaced the majority of the light fixtures inside our home, but there are a few we aren’t touching… at least not for now, including all of the lighting within the master suite.

Our master bedroom is huge. Because of this, we’re still trying to figure out how to best light the room. For now the futuristic ceiling fan stays.

MasterBedroomLightThis fixture puts off terrible light that doesn’t even illuminate the entire room. I know ceiling fans are popular here in the South, but we never use an overhead fan because they make me cough. This fixture does have one thing going for it, though:


A remote! Hopefully this “fancy” feature will help us sell it on Craigslist one day.

As for how we’re going to replace this light, I have a few ideas. But I haven’t decided on one just yet.  I like the idea of task lighting, but Travis isn’t sure if he’ll be able to install can lights. Originally, I wanted Pottery Barn’s Edison Light, but it’s no longer available. Even if it were, it wouldn’t be in my budget. Now, I’m leaning toward a black iron crystal chandelier. (You’ve already witnessed my love of crystal chandeliers here and here.)

In addition to the bedroom, our master suite also includes a bathroom and closet. Both of which are slated for major renovations. Luckily the main light in our master bathroom isn’t bad for now, since we’ll probably be saving money for a renovation for quite a while.

MasterBathLightNot bad, right? The master bathroom also has a lighted fan (with a heater) and a can light over the shower. We’ve got big plans for this room, so we actually haven’t touched a thing in it, so far. Not even the paint! I’m really excited to take on this project. Hopefully, we’ll get around to it in the next year or so.

Also included in the master suite is the walk-in closet, which sounds much more glamorous than it really is. Our closet has a window, which I love! That also means that we won’t have to rely solely on a fixture for lighting. For now, we can live with what was already there:


Yes, our closet is bad. No, I can’t reach any of my shoes. Yes, I know my purses deserve better storage than this. I’m hoping Travis and I can tackle this makeover sooner rather than later.

To catch up on any part of he Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013, click here. I think there will only be one more weekly post. Maybe. Stay tuned!

The Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013, Part IV: Laundry Room

The Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013 just drags on and on, doesn’t it? In this edition, we’re talking about how we changed things up in one of my favorite rooms in the entire house: the laundry room!

I know it’s not a glamorous or spacious room, but it’s the one room in the house where I only have to please myself. Plus it has my pretty new washer and dryer (more on them later), and it’s a major upgrade from the laundry situation in our last house.

The room originally had a boring boob light that was past its prime, so it had to go. Plus, I’m just not a fan of the boob light.

I knew I wanted something a bit more industrial for this room, since its primary function is of an industrial nature. And, I was also on a tight timeline with the baby shower I hosted for my sister-in-law quickly approaching. Enter Wayfair, which offers prices that are hard to beat and a fast shipping turnaround.

Back+To+Basics+One+Light++Pendant+with+Metal+ShadeOnce I saw the Back to Basics pendant by TransGlobe Lighting, it was love at first light. When it arrived and I saw it in the box, I knew it was perfect. However, there was one unexpected and disappointing consequence from choosing this light.

The fixture only put light off below the fixture. The ceiling was completely dark.

I briefly considered returning the pendant, but I just loved it too much. For now a lamp on top of the washing machine will work just fine.


I’m not sure how the lighting in this room will eventually evolve. However, knowing I only have $30 in this pendant lets me feel like I have options if I want to change it up down the line. For now, though, I’m loving this lighting solution. So, who knows where I’ll end up. The laundry room still has a long way to go before it’s complete.

We’re inching closer to the completion of the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013. To catch up on Parts I, II and III, click here.

(I’m linking up to Tweak it Tuesday and to Beyond The Picket Fence. Join me!)

The Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013, Part III: Entryway

The Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013 continues in the foyer of our new home, affectionately known as the blue house. In Part I we tackled the dining room and in Part II we addressed the office. We’ve moved around or replaced nearly all of the lighting in our current home since we’ve been here.

One of the first areas of our house to receive new lights was the foyer, or entryway. What was originally in the foyer was a major eyesore


1992 called and it wants its old light fixture back. #amiright? Unfortunately, these lights were also in pretty bad shape, so we weren’t able to donate them.

When we decided to make an offer on the house, I took a trip to Lowe’s to gather ideas for how we might change up some of the light fixtures around the house. It was on that initial trip that I fell in love with a pair of pendant lights that, I think, really set the tone for our new house as soon as you enter the door.

This mini pendant with a crystal shade was exactly the right size for the space, and just enough sparkle to satisfy me while not alienating the man in my life. Plus, it casts a pretty shadow up on the wall and ceiling around it.


I love how it adds a touch of sparkle without being in your face about it. I think they also relate nicely to the crystal chandelier in the office, which is also visible as soon as you enter the front door. (Confused about the floor plan? Click here.)

But these two pendants on either side of the door weren’t the only foyer lights receive a makeover.

See that flush mount light in the center? Originally, it looked a bit different. Instead of the nickel finish you see above, it had a black finish, which clashed with the rest of the nickel light fixtures in the room. So, I got my shop on and ordered this light from Wayfair.

Basix+Semi+Flush+MountI loved the dainty lines on this light fixture, and the price (only $66) was hard to beat, too. It arrived only a couple of days after I ordered it. I was a bit disappointed with the globe part of the fixture. The frosting was a bit too dimensional for my taste, but it ended up being a quick fix. I simply used the globe on the black flush mount light that was originally in this spot. Ta da! Easy fix. I love when that happens.


Now, I think it’s perfect for this space. I love how it plays off of the mini crystal pendants.


But what about the black flush mount light and the rejected frosted globe? Since it was a nice fixture that just happened to not work in the entryway, it found a new home. It now resides in the hallway between the two guest rooms, where there was also a 1992 brassy fixture.


It puts off a ton of light, and I think it looks really pretty in this space where there are no other competing light fixtures in different finishes. Since we have a lot of black in our house, it definitely fits right in.

That wraps up Part III of the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013. I think we’ve made some major improvements to the lighting in our house. I know I’ve said this before, but with every little change we make, this house feels more and more like home to us. We’re so blessed to live in a house that we love and that we can truly make ours.

To read Part I where we switched out our dining room light and moved the former light to an unusual location, click here.

To read Part II where we addressed the office light with a glamorous update, click here.

The Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013, Part II: Office

In Part I of the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013, we tackled the dining room light. A new chandelier was purchased, and the old one found a new home in an unexpected location. This week, we’re looking at another strange shuffle.

When we moved in our house, the office/sunroom had a way-too-big ceiling fan.


Personally, I don’t care for ceiling fans. I think they’re dust catchers that make me cough, so I never turn the fan on. Since I’m the only one who uses this room, the fan didn’t make sense. Plus, it was way too big.

We replaced the fan with a light we had in the master bedroom of our last house. There are no pictures of it in our last house, because we removed it when we decided to move. We knew we wanted to take it with us, so we bought a basic ceiling fan to replace it.

The “new” office light is my favorite in the house.


It’s a crystal chandelier in a chrome finish with a transparent black shade. It’s available on Overstock and always seems to be on sale. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I just love it.

But what about the giant fan that was previously in the office?

It was a perfectly good fan, even if it wasn’t something I would have chosen for myself. It now happily resides in the front guest bedroom.


I might eventually decide to replace this fixture, but not anytime soon. For now, I like it just fine in here.The fan that was previously in this room is now in a yard sale pile. It was very small and past its prime. I’m hoping someone can find a use for it.

That’s Part II of the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013. With every change we make to this house, it begins to feel more and more like home to us. I’ve got to say that I’m loving living here.

What changes have you made to your house that made it feel more like home? We’re inching along the path to feeling like we’re home.

To read Part I of the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013, click here.

The Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013, Part I: Dining Room

It’s no secret that we’ve been tweaking a lot of the features in our house in preparation for a baby shower I’m hosting this weekend. One of those tweaks was what I like to call the great light shuffle of 2013. Basically, much of the lighting in our house was either moved or replaced.

We purchased a new light for a dining room, because I felt that the one in the room was too small. Plus, it was the light fixture we chose for the the eat-in kitchen in our last house, and it made me oddly sad for our previous home.


We replaced that light with this chandelier from Home Depot. We actually bought this fixture before we had even closed on the house. The size was right, and so was the price.


Ahhh. Much better. Even if there’s a sad-looking plant in the corner. (No worries; I’m nursing it back to health after someone graciously watched it for me while we were homeless.) This room has undergone quite a transformation, and I can’t wait to share all of the details with you! (I know it looks like the light is hanging oddly high above the table, but it’s not.)

But what about the light that was previously in the dining room? I obviously liked the light, since I chose it for our previous house. It found a new home in an unlikely spot.


The light now lives in the hallway that leads to our bedroom. (Confused about the layout? Click here for a floor plan.) The bottom of the light fixture easily clears 6’+, so even most of our tallest visitors will be able to walk under with no problems. Since both of us are well below the 6′ mark, we won’t have any problems either. Plus, how many people besides us will be going to our bedroom on a regular basis? Um… none.

I love how I can see the reflection of the light in the mirrored coat rack hanging on the left. This light is an unexpected surprise that (I think) adds a touch of romance to our “wing” of the house.

That’s Part I of the great lighting shuffle of 2013. It’s so nice to have an electrician for a husband. Even though I’m breaking all of the lighting details into several posts, he was able to change all of the lighting fixtures in an afternoon. And that, my friends, is sexy. My wordiness? Not so sexy. Sorry about that.

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