You know how sometimes you do something in your home and love it, and know-right-then-and-there-it’s-perfect, and other times you just don’t?
Yup, I’m there right now.
After almost finishing our foyer last week, I was itching to have it done.
I had some free credit at Amazon courtesy of Ibotta (y’all, I love Ibotta), so when I came across these star pendant lights I decided they would fix up those lighting fixtures perfectly.
So I ordered.
Over the last twenty years we’ve slowly updated four homes (this house really was beautiful when we moved in, just kind of plain and builder grade.)
I’m not so sure today was that day.
I love what my husband did on the walls in the foyer by adding trim work.
I am in love with my $3 updated blue front door.
And I even love the small blue table I found at Home Goods.
I’m a little on the fence about these lights.
I found the ones I wanted over here and decided these at Amazon would work even though the color and weight of the fixture wasn’t quite right. (Although in all honesty I expect them to be more chrome/pewter color which would match the other fixtures in our home better from the pic ~ however I should have seen “rubbed bronze” and know that wasn’t chrome. I’m really no decorator though and hardly ever take time to read fine print ~ oops.)
After looking at light fixtures I know they cost a ton (seriously, a LOT), and I easily could have spent several hundred dollars per fixture, which just isn’t in our budget right now.
So now I’m left with three options:
- Get rid of them (eek.)
- Love them for now.
- Love them for now and get courageous one day to spray paint them chrome to more fit the rest of our home.
Getting rid of them is not going to happen. (My husband might get rid of me. ahem.)
So I’m going with option 2 for now, and may opt for option 3 later.
(My super smart decorator friend also recommended adding a little more black throughout the space. I’m going to start looking!)
My sweet friend Mara reminded me though this morning of Young House Love’s amazing foyer update, and made me feel like the black (rubbed bronze?) may not be all bad? (But, why-oh-why though did our builder place three light fixtures in such a small area ~ goodness that’s half the problem because three of any fixture is a bundle! Similar ones cost $455 A PIECE. YIKES.)
I didn’t get exactly the lights I’ve always dreamed of.
I am crazy-amazingly-blessed-overwhelmingly-so-much-that-it-really-does-hurt-some-days.
These lights are just fine, and so much better than what we started out with ~ don’t you think?
Now, if you’re doing a major re-modeling and have money to spend, I really encourage you to have a little more patience than I showed today and wait for what you really want.
But sometimes (I think?), settling for something that’s second best really can be okay, and it might just grow on you.
And if not, there’s always a can of spray paint, right? 🙂
***However. Do NOT be like me and always in so much of a hurry that you pick the only think you can find. I searched and searched Amazon for “star pendant lights” and found very few, which is why I ended up with these. Had I done a little more research I would have learned the correct name for these is “Moravian pendant lights” and I would have had dozens of other options which were a little more pricey, but I could have held out for. (Who knew?) Patience and taking time to really research things has never been my strong suit (clearly), but maybe I can at least encourage you!***
If you’d like to see more pictures of our home as we’ve been updating it, here you go . . .
- Office Update (I love this one!)
- Outdoor Living Space (and How We Saved $10K by Doing it Ourselves)
- Guest Bedroom Makeover
- Update for a Plain Alcove
- Kitchen: Metal Pendant Shade Update
- Powder Room Update: Wallpaper, Trim Work & Woodwork
- Free Command Center
- Dining Room: Goodwill Lamp Makeover
- Dining Room: Monogrammed Burlap Table Runner
- Dining Room: Painted Piano
- Master Bathroom: Goodwill Frame Upcycle
- Family Room: Goodwill Chair Makeover
- Basement: $70 Storage Bin Shelving
- Girls Bathroom Update: Mod Podge Monograms
- Tiny Christmas Home Tour
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!) If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)
See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!