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Buzzzzz…

I woke up yesterday morning to blue skies, sunshine, birds chirping, and crocus in bloom. Spring is trying to happen here and it’s brought with it a renewed sense of urgency to accomplish something in my house. I hopped out of bed, got dressed immediately, and went right to it. We finished replacing the electrical outlets and the landline phone jack and cleaned and reinstalled the ceiling fan. I partially installed the light fixture in the closet and smashed a four foot long fluorescent bulb into 47 billion pieces in the process, which my husband was kind enough to clean up for me. We are having some issues replacing the light switches, though…thanks, weird 1980’s wiring! I also have a small revamp in progress for the light fixture that goes over our bathroom sink, which sits out in the bedroom. You can kind of see that setup here:

1736916466_4780cfe470_zThis photo was taken from the bedroom when we first went to see the house. The door to the right goes to the toilet, linen closet, and tub/shower. The light fixture I’m revamping is the one above the mirror over the sink. It has a semi-glossy nickel finish with white shades that have a marbleized frosty white finish to them, and the opening of the shades point up. I’ve discovered that I’m not a fan of that orientation because dust really builds up and bugs get in there and fry. I’m painting the fixture black, swapping out the shades, and – assuming all goes well – I’ll be pointing the opening of the shades down to the sink. No more insect cemetery.

(Also, the paint wasn’t really that bluish-green color, it was definitely more of a drab, sage green.)

I think things might finally be coming together with this re-do. When I found the potential lamp bases at Hobby Lobby last week, I also found some bedding at TJ Maxx that grabbed my attention. I didn’t pick it up at the time but came home and Googled to see if I could find anything similar. I didn’t see anything at a reasonable price, so I went back a few days later and brought it home. The next thing I’m looking for is a blanket for the bed in some shade of purple to bring in a color that’s not blue; I’m also looking to bring in some green as well.

I have two main points of inspiration for this room. I have a print of this painting by Monet:

Seine%20near%20Giverny%20-%20RISDI’ve had it about 15 years or so and it was in a crappy plastic silver frame and the acrylic had cracked in one corner, so I took it to have it turned into grown up art: new frame, new mat, new glass. Right after I brought it home I was struck by this image in a Wisteria catalog:

W9582_2And I knew then the direction in which I would take my bedroom. I pinned a few white, blue, and purple bedrooms after that, and now that I’m back on track I’m anxious to get it finished up! I’ve only got a million other things to work on in this house and I want to be working on all of them right now. That sound you hear is the drone of all the ideas flitting around in my skull like a swarm of bees.