Welcome back to Choose Your Own Adventure Blog Challenge! Wow, try saying that three times fast. Over the weekend we were able to make a good amount of progress with our space and also had a couple of hiccups to deal with. Isn’t that how every project goes!
One of the most exciting parts of the weekend was the delivery of my lighting piece from sponsor,Hudson Valley Lighting Group. Hudson Valley Lighting Group has a massive inventory of lighting pieces with each one being prettier than the next! They have now become my go to lighting source for my design clients. The pieces are stunning, the quality is top notch and the price points are pretty designer friendly. Are they going to cost you more than a Ikea lighting piece? Yes, but they will be more affordable than to the trade options and still have beautiful craftsmanship and a variety of on trend and classic pieces.
I think lighting is the jewelry of a room and often times it is overlooked when it really should take center stage.
DESIGNER TIP: So many people move into a home or apartment and just leave the lighting as it. I recommending swapping them all out. I did that with our last home and then when it came time to sell I made sure the agent told everyone that the lighting was going as well, but would be replaced with builders grade lighting. I also have renters in apartments swap things out as well and then swap back the originals when they are moving out. Yes, it’s an extra step, but it’s nice to customize it all to your liking.
Last week I shared that we had already received the semi-flush mount for the hallway, but I hadn’t shared yet that the staircase area that opens up to the hallway is pretty massive and needed something amazing for it. Right now the piece that is up there is on the small side and it doesn’t do anything for me.
Here is the view from one of the landings looking up.
Immediately went to the Mitzi collection by Hudson Valley Lighting Group. The line was inspired by one of the founders grandmothers. I love a chic grandmother and this lady must have been the chicest because the line is filled with the prettiest pieces that are glam, classic and a touch whimsical! I immediately fell in love with their Jade chandelier! It can be ordered here and is currently on sale!
Now, we get to the hiccup, which is how are we going to install it by ourselves! The staircase has two different landings but everything is at different levels so, it’s hard to figure out where to put the ladder. Jon thinks he came up with a solution so, I joked that he better make sure he has life insurance in case he falls down! Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly.
The beautiful pieces from Minted were unboxed to make sure everything was in good condition! It was more than good everything was packed perfectly and looked beautiful! I can’t wait to install them this coming weekend!
Look at all of the care that goes into their packaging:
All lined up and ready to go! I’m still playing around with the layout, but I wanted to see everything grouped together against the wallpaper to see how it all looked!
Another hiccup is the doors and door frames on the second floor. The year was 2003 and The OC was all the rage. My mom and I loved to watch it and loved the Cohen’s house. They had their window frames and doors/doorways painted a rich chocolate brown and we were totally into it. So, everything got painted! My mom still likes the dark brown, but the doors have taken a beating in all of those years, which means I need to re-paint. Do you think I remember the name of the paint? No! It was way before blogging and I don’t have chronicled anywhere. Now I have to go to Home Depot and try my best to get it color matched.
The last hiccup was that I didn’t order enough wallpaper! Ok, at least I thought I didn’t. Originally I was just going to do the one main wall of the hallway, because the opposite side of that wall is open space that overlooks the stairs. Well 75% of the wall is like that, but there is a small wall and additional door frame in of the sections and I realized I should have ordered paper for! I never accounted for it, but with some savvy installing from Jon we were able to get the most out of what we did order and it all worked! We only have one teeny tiny strip to hang and we have more than enough paper for it. Whew!
Like the paper we ended up going with? Stay tuned for next week with more details on how we hung it. It was our first time using removable wallpaper!
Only one more week left and I’m aiming to finish everything thing up this weekend! Fingers crossed we have no more hiccups!
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