Thursday, October 24, 2013

Let there be light...and fabric


Thanks again Linda of Calling it Home for hosting this ORC linking party.
Fill your coffee cup this is going to be a long one.
I felt bad for the lame update last week and promised a two-fer this week with lots of meat...er, light and fabric.


This darling vintage number was an Etsy find with no lampshade or working socket, I discovered. I went everywhere around here looking for a shade. I finally remembered Commonwealth lighting in Old Town Fred and hit pay dirt. The nice man found me a shade and replaced the socket for $15.
The funny part is that I really wanted a vintage brass lamp. I looked online and in antique and vintage stores locally but had no luck in getting the right thing for my budget. I went down to my basement yesterday to put something away and there was a vintage brass lamp, laughing its brass off saying, "You don't know what you haaaave"
It was my husband's and I feel OK about it because I think its too big. Just let me think that, OK?


The ceiling fan had to go. I got the semi-flush mount at Home Depot. 
Here is my rant for the day:
 Builders, is it too much trouble to paint that last inch around the hole before you hang that fugly ceiling fan? Apparently it is. That is why I had to buy the medallion. It was either that or paint the ceiling. Like that was going to happen! I think this was a happy ending problem because I like it better with the medallion than without. Yes?

Last is this cutie on the desk from Homegoods. No story, just chrome and Lucite goodness.


Here is a sneak peek at the bed. I will post all sources at the end but I just want to talk about this awesome Kantha quilt.


I love it! I found it in this Etsy shop. It was a bit of a splurge for this room but worth every penny.

Set backs this week? Why yes, just a little one that had me ironing for days.
Can I just talk about the sheets for a minute? You know the ones you can't even see *sigh*?
I have quite a few very nice quality sheet sets for this bed but none just the right color and after ironing not just the bedskirt (12 inch drop very hard to find), the duvet cover, curtains and one set of wrong colored sheets, I decided I needed different sheets. I did have a older set of white sheets that were about to be retired to the drop cloth pile but the top edge was fine. Out came the iron again and I realized that they were sheets made before mile thick mattresses and were too small to even tuck in. So I panicked and went shopping. After ironing more sheets, turning down the quilt and top edge just so and placing the pillows, it dawned on me that they could have been pink with purple elephants. Crap. Next week I am going to fold them down real far.
The other main fabric is the linen curtain from Ikea.


The quality has vastly improved on these since I first saw them five or six years ago.
They are actually hemmed now. I think I would like to shorten mine but its fine for now.
The curtains have a generous rod-pocket and back tabs but also gathering tape.


If you pull and tie these gathering tape strings you can achieve an even gather that will stay gathered.
The curtains are a nice weight and slightly sheer.

Got a ton of stuff done this week. Next week...ART!
To do list:
1. Throw away box of Mike's Hard Lemonade empties in the closet and scrub everything including carpet.
2.Paint walls
3. Source vintage furniture and accessories
4. Move Queen bed in
5. Install new light fixture
6. Trick out the bed with cool pillows
7. Hang curtains

8. Hang art including 2 custom paintings
9. Final zhush and fold down top sheet so the pristine ironing can be enjoyed.
You can catch up on my previous posts HERE and HERE 
and HERE 
 

38 comments:

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

Love the lighting!! way to go on the thrifty fix up ;) I totally love the medallion too, and that desk lamp is fab. I'm on my way to look at ikea drapes this week!

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

I love all that you have chosen especially the table lamp and that gorgeous kantha quilt!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Wow, Kerry you really were busy. I am laughing my Brass off...too funny. That lamp is perfection and the shade and wiring were prices from the 60's. Great score.Sorry about all the sheet drama but impressive as always that you iron them. This room is looking fantastic. Yes, builders are complete jerks.

Traci Hutton said...

Your flush mount fixture and medallion are beautiful! I, too, have had to use the medallion trick. The one you have chosen is really unique. Can't wait to see the room finished!

Kim said...

Oh I am loving lots ... that chrome and lucite lamp my favorite! And the kantha quilt ... I am becoming a Kantha hoarder!! xo

Kris @ Driven by D├ęcor said...

Dying over that HomeGoods lamp - love, love, love it! You rocked it out this week - your room's gonna be fab!

Beth of designPOST Interiors said...

That lucite lamp has always been one of my favorites! Can't believe you scored it at HomeGoods!

ChicLiving said...

The chrome & lucite lamp is gorgeous! Need to see if my homegoods has it! And I like the medallion with the flush mount :)

SHERRY HART said...

Goodness....that is funny about the brass lamp. I might have the same problem in my basement:) Love love the quilt so I will take a look at that Etsy site! I love the lamp from HG. I have been looking for that one forever as I recently saw it in another room.

Eris Wiggins said...

Love the cutie on the desk!! Why don't we have a HomeGoods in my area?! Awesome awesome lamp!

pam {simple details} said...

Oooh, I love the new medallion, so pretty!! How I wish I could have ditched my ceiling fan! That HG lamp is gorgeous, I've been stalking the lamp aisles and haven't seen it here!

Kimber McGallagher said...

I'm impressed that you were ironing sheets. The whole time I was thinking to myself, "oh sheet, do I have to do that too?"

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

i LOVE that lamp! omg! and the medallion for the drum shade!

Rebecca { MyDarlingHouse} said...

No way is that lucite lamp from Home Goods! What a find!

Renee Stephens said...

Oh my, your lights! All of them, fabulous. I love the ceiling mount WITH the medallion. Looks amazing.
Renee @ http://CasaStephensInteriors.com

mrs. V | Chez V said...

Great progress! Kantha looks awesome and more than makes up for the sheet drama.

Ashley @ The Houston House said...

I like the desk lamp!

Vel Criste said...

Etsy totally rocks! love that quilt Kerry!!! and all your lighting choices are perfect!!!! So in love with your HG lucite and chrome lamp!!!! Looks exactly like the brass & marble lamp by Arteriors! Can't wait to see the sconces and the whole room!

stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs said...

That lamp from Home Goods and your light from home depot rock!! and don't you hate when you a start a project then you find something out and have to add another project to the list (like paint the ceiling) looks awesome!!

Patty Rumaker said...

Your lamp and your hanging light fixture turned out great - I like the medallion. That guilt looks amazing. Looking forward to seeing the final space.
Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

C a i t l i n said...

Good riddance ceiling fan. They are my pet peeve. I need to get over that....
I haven't made it over to home goods yet. Need to do that. Love the chrome/lucite business. _Caitlin

Windlost said...

Laughing my brass off still!! :)

That quilt is insane. LOVE!

So great to see one of us makes progress on their home (not moi).

xo T.

My Notting Hill said...

I really like the style of the ceiling medallion you chose, kind of mod. And, that lucite chrome lamp is the best!

The Pink Pagoda said...

I'm dying over everything you're doing in here, Kerry!! Can't wait to see it finished and I won't have to wait very much longer -- time flies!!

Pura Vida said...

very cool lamp!

Carrie @ Cosy Carolina Interiors said...

The medallion with the flush mount knocks my socks off! Gorgeous application!!

willowinteriors said...

Love all your lighting scores! the medallion looks great and the lucite chrome home goods find...well done!!
- kate

willowinteriors said...

Love all your lighting scores! the medallion looks great and the lucite chrome home goods find...well done!!
- kate

Kimberly Lemmon said...

I love the new lamps - both of them! And I agree, new ceiling light looks great with its new medallion! I have never in my life ironed sheets. Nice that someone out there does!

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

Hi Kerry! Im resurfacing! This room is gorgeous! Jax will never want to go back to school when he comes home! I love it all. Great job!
xo Nancy

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

I absolutely love that lucite lamp....soooo cool!

Mary Jo @trustyourstyle said...

I love all your finds, especially that great midcentury wood lamp that you rewired. So adorable! I've been passing them up on Craigslist and have to think a little harder now when I see them crop up :)

xo

Leslie Price said...

Etsy is the bestest for finding cool stuff! Love that kantha quilt! I got one from Etsy too! And that ceiling medallion is awesome!!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I love your medallion. And that lamp from HG is killer! I have those IKEA sheets as well. Love them!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I love your medallion. And that lamp from HG is killer! I have those IKEA sheets as well. Love them!

Sherry Calamia said...

I love that lamp from Home Goods! Putting up the medallion is a great alternative to painting that ceiling!

erin williamson said...

Holy amazing home goods lamp!!!

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Ooo thanks for the link to the kantha quilt site. So much pretty going on!