Lighting the Way

I feel like light fixtures, especially in the bedrooms in the houses we’ve lived in, have always been aspirational check boxes, vs. anything I actually ever get around to. It’s just one of those things that is a bit more out of sight, out of mind, which is a shame because they really can up the anty on a room and make it looks a lot more pulled together (like this guest room back in MI).

Case and point, the light we had in our nursery. lolz.

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I mean, it just doesn’t reach out and grab you, ya know? ūüėÄ You can see on my mood board, that I had an organic/textury light picked out and I did a bit of a whomp whomp in my heads when I saw on Shades of Light that this bad boy was over $200. Which just felt like a lot, for a dangling basket, more or less.

You guys – sometimes the internet just really comes through for you. This time, it was amazon where I was able to find the *exact* same jute globe, for $80, but instead of 1 globe, I got THREE globes.

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Now I have no idea how it happened, since these jute balls are now $160 for the set of (3), but I seriously got all (3) for $80! I purchased a DIY kit off amazon as well, and from there, we were ready to hang this light up!

Once they arrived, we decided to use the middle size pendant light for her room, which you can see below before it was up.

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My goal is to try and sell the other two jute pendants on craigslist to try and recoup some of the cost (or come out ahead), but either way, at this point we’re paying half of what we would have new, so it’s still a win while we hold on to the two other sizes and wait for someone to buy them (or for another room we could use them in).

As soon as I had the room painted, I asked Jay if he’d help me get this in the next morning because I had been dying to see this up and y’all it did not disappoint.

So cute though, right? It looks virtually identical to the one I’d been drooling over and it was so much cheaper! Huzza!

You can see how the lightbulb is a bit off to the side, but it’s really not noticeable, and we could eventually get some type of bracket for the inside if it bugs me enough.

Here is another view from straight down below. I love how different this light fixture is, especially compared to the builder grade light we had up in there before. It adds some natural warmth to the space, which is what I was hoping to have with the darker walls.

Here is another shot of it peeking out, so you can see the juxtaposition against the dark nursery walls. Time to get a crib, some bedding, pop up some art – and this room is done! I’ll have a cost breakdown and more room photos up on the blog next week! ūüôā

Now I’m conflicted on which light was a better steal, this one, or our $30 ceiling fan for the back patio. We’ll just call them both a win. ūüôā

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Southland Avenue Nursery

A few months back I spotted Heath and Mary Keller’s blog, Southland Avenue, and absolutely fell in love! Mary Keller is guest blogging today with some sweet images from her daughter’s nursery – enjoy!

Thanks for having us Mary!¬† For those of you who we haven’t met, my sister (Heath) and I (Mary Keller)¬†blog at Southland Avenue and we’d love to share picture’s of my daughter Virginia’s nursery with you if you’re interested.¬† Virginia’s nursery is actually the master bedroom of our house.¬†¬†You can probably tell from these pictures,¬†but her room is huge, especially for an old house.¬† When we first moved in we decided we would never have enough furniture to fill the bedroom as a master bedroom, and instead decided to make it a giant nursery.¬† If Virginia becomes a big sister one day, our plan is for her to share this room with her sibling.¬† ūüôā¬†¬†We really wanted¬†her¬†nursery¬†to be colorful and full of Virginia’s art and toys as the years go by.¬† So many pieces in the room are things we already had, but I’ll share sources and tons of photos below.

 

 

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The twin beds were actually my mother’s childhood beds with simple matelass√© bedspreads from Bed Bath and Beyond.¬† The splatter paint pillows are from Biscuit.¬†¬†We purchased an¬†inexpensive chest at auction¬†to use¬†between the beds¬†and the gourd lamps are¬†from a local boutique Cottage & Vine¬†in Columbia, SC.¬† The elephant and giraffe bookends are Serena and Lily (a gift from grandparents) and the art between the beds is by Michelle Armas.¬† (It’s a print.¬† Wish we could have done an original but Virginia will never know the difference!)

For her rugs we decided on two Dash and Albert rugs.¬† Her crib is an inexpensive Jenny Lind, but I loved it’s old fashioned classic look.¬† Crib splatter paint bedding by Biscuit.¬† Art above the crib is an old framed Spoleto poster, and¬†the hot air balloon mobile is from Shower Me With Love in Charlotte.

We DIYed her glider (a tutorial here!) and the pillows on the¬†glider and crib¬†by Kevin O’Brien Studio.¬† The bookcase was actually made by my grandfather for my nursery when I was a child.

I’m using an old¬†buffet as a changing table for now.¬† I found the toile flower¬†lamp at a vintage shop and the black mirror is an inexpensive piece that I painted a long time ago.¬† I would love something more fun like this, but it’s not in the budget for now.

Right now this nursery stays nice and neat (too neat!)¬†like this since Virginia doesn’t move around much, but I really look forward to the day that she has lots of room to run around in here, pull out all of her toys, invite friends (or a future sister) to have a slumber party with her, etc.¬† I’d love to add roman shades or some type of drapery to all of these windows to soften the room, but for now we’re pretty pleased with our girl’s sweet room!