Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Light Fixtures, Laundry Rooms and Learning Experiences


Confession: This is my 4th light fixture in this kitchen over the past 2 years. I don't switch out other light fixtures that often so I don't think it's a problem I have in general. But after doing the makeover the 2nd fixtures I bought didn't quite work as well so I bought the black steampunk one because I couldn't find the one I REALLY wanted...until I went to Farm Chicks and saw this one! It was a factory light so it didn't fit a regular bulb. But brilliant husband found a converter at a local store so now we don't have to have a 150watt light in it. 


So of course, since I had a new pendant over the island, I needed a new sconce over the sink since the previous didn't go. I'm sure none of you have been in this situation before (wink, wink).  Took me awhile to find this one since I didn't want to spend the $300+ on it. It's a fixture from Rejuvenation but I found it on ebay for half the price. 


I loved the cornflower blue shade! I might have to find more pieces in that color. 



I found these knives at thrift store, etsy and World Market





Wall color in the kitchen and Laundry Room is Benjamin Moore, Regal Select, Color: #OC-37 "Glacier White" in Pearl finish. 



I found these French baskets at the Farm Chicks show a year ago. The light is from Shades of Light. The floor color is Benjamin MoorePorch and Floor in "Black Knight" (#2136-10) in the gloss finish. The washer and dryer or used!



I had my husband build me this rolling rack for my baskets since there was no space left for a farm table. He made it out of iron pipe from the hardware store and I painted and distressed it. 










I love my dark wood floors in the living and dining rooms, however I made a mistake in choosing the shade and I hope that you can all learn a little from my mistake. The mistake was not that they show every ding and scratch or that they always look dirty...the mistake was that when I was deciding on what I wanted for these floors I looked for pictures with floors that I really liked. I thought the dark floors were the most beautiful in pictures, so that's what I picked. 



Well, how can that possibly be NOT what you're supposed to do?? After some time passed and I could NOT get the look I wanted in this room, I took a closer look at all of my favorite rooms I've pinned on Pinterest. I noticed every single one had white or very light floors. I would not have chosen white for these rooms since they get so much traffic. But a very light wood...that is what will make this room into it's full potential (in my eyes anyway). 



Originally, I loved the contrast of the dark floors and white walls. That's why I chose it. However the overall look I want is airy and bright and I want to bring contrast in through an accent chair or a dark wood cabinet. When I tried doing that in here I became so frustrated when it didn't turn out how I expected. That is why I ended up with all white pieces in here. 





So here's my advice for those of you that might make this same mistake (and those of you who are already pros at this, why didn't you tell me?):   When researching what you want for a specific piece or wall color or floor color or curtains...don't just look for pictures of that specific thing, look for pictures of entire rooms you love and then study what is in them. Find more than one room that you love and study what they have in common. Then make your decision with confidence. 



I do love these dark floors, but I do regret looking for "floors I loved" when researching, instead of "rooms I loved" and then seeing what their floors looked like. 





























































I'd love to hear some of your own learning experiences....

xo,
Vanessa
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18 comments:

  1. love ... love ... love (could go on forever) your kitchen.

    We are in the process of some cosmetic changes in our kitchen. We just installed wide shelves above our farmhouse table and today we will figure out what is best on the shelves. Next is hunting down some pendant lights. We are limited to lights that hang down no more 18" because our daughter's boyfriend is 6'6".

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    1. Thank you so much! That sounds like a fun project and I bet it turns out amazing!

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  2. I personally like contrast of the dark floors with all the white furniture. I also like white floors in bedrooms and bathrooms because I tend to use darker furniture in those rooms. If the living room was all white, it tends to look more Scandinavian and therefore, a little colder instead of warm (but still light and bright). Your home continues to be one of my most favorite and I am looking forward to your bathroom update. I would love to have such a roomy and charm filled laundry!

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    1. Thank you and I am chomping at the bit to get going on that bathroom. I can hardly stand to go in it right now!

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  3. Your house is beautiful! I think you have achieved that airy look....dark wood floors and all. : )
    You are right though. When I pin rooms I like I tend to pin the ones with the honey stained wide planked floors. I guess when we pin we need to look at the room as a whole. What we like...including the floors.
    On a side note, would your husband be interested in sharing drawings of how to put the rolling cart together that he made in the laundry room?

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    1. We should definitely do a tutorial on the laundry rack! I'll keep that in mind and hopefully put one together soon for the blog. Thanks!! xo

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  4. Look at you! Impressive detective work & insights! Thank you for sharing. This has happened to me and I've been befuddled as to just where I went wrong (not to mention discouraged and upset I'm out the $$). And aren't you and your honey a great team!

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    1. Ha! Thank you so much! I mean it really wasn't that impressive when one day I was scrolling through my "favorite living rooms" board and noticed every single pictures had very light floors. (light bulb!)

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  5. I am going to keep my comment simple....OMG I LOVE YOUR STYLE....ok I have calmed down a bit now but........OMG I REALLY DO LOVE YOUR STYLE!!!!!!!!! There is not one light fixture or floor board I would change!

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    1. LOL I really did laugh out loud from your comment! I'm completely flattered and so excited that you are inspired! xo

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  6. I just wanted to tell you that I think that you have the cutest little cotttage EVER!! I even like your dark hardwood floors and think that they look just right in an old cottage. Your kitchen is adorable and I love the vintage appiances. I love your style and wouldn't change a thing!

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  7. i absolutely love your kitchen! well your whole house!!! love love love!

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  8. I have always loved everything you do in this house, and it just seems perfect:-) My floors are more of a medium to dark shade with some gold//red tones, but when I saw a friend's newly refinished "special walnut" floors, I knew *that* was exactly what I wanted. Sigh. Yours really look great, and the kitchen is just a favorite of mine!

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  9. amazing!! I want a house just like that

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  10. Absolutely gorgeous, I love your kitchen...and whole house! :)

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  11. I have just finished catching up on reading your posts and this one really hit home. I have been busy refinishing floors in my house - taking them from golden oak to a darker color - YOUR COLOR!!! Yes, I showed the floor people a pic of your floors because I fell in love with the color. They look beautiful, and are so warm and give the rooms the exact look I was going for. I love your floors and your home, and it has provided me with much inspiration.

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  12. I have just finished catching up on reading your posts and this one really hit home. I have been busy refinishing floors in my house - taking them from golden oak to a darker color - YOUR COLOR!!! Yes, I showed the floor people a pic of your floors because I fell in love with the color. They look beautiful, and are so warm and give the rooms the exact look I was going for. I love your floors and your home, and it has provided me with much inspiration.

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  13. I love the floors. If everything was light or white it would be too bah and without the dark floors it would just be too plain. Gorgeous home! I like contrast of the floors and the rug, personally I think another warm color up higher (picture frame??) would tie the dark floors in with the rest of the room.

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