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Let a little light in

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Let a little light in

As every body knows I kind of have a thing for up cycling and re-purposing.  I also have a thing for decorating my apartment. Recently, while changing my decorations to early spring (pinks in February and greens in March) I needed an easy to change centerpiece for my table.  So I was constantly keeping my eyes out for the “perfect” item.  At work I love the light fixtures known as “bare bulb” lights.  They were  used in the early 1900’s and these beautiful fixtures (also known as pan lights) had decoration in the sides and in the fixtures but no glass shades over the bulbs.  The idea was that if you were lucky enough to have these fixtures in your house you were also lucky enough to have these fancy new things called a light bulb.  And by showing off the light bulb you were showing off your luck. But what strikes me about these light fixtures if how detailed they can be and how most look like flowers.

The bare bulb light mid way through paint removal

The bare bulb light mid way through paint removal

As I was putting away a new stack of these fixtures (all badly broken, heavily painted, and less than perfect) it struck me.  The single light fixtures could be used as candle holders! I grabbed three of my favorite ones and started to strip the paint. I then swapped out the fairly nice light sockets for ones that no longer worked with my lighting lady at work.  Because why do I need to have working sockets hold candles on my table? Once all the paint was removed and sockets placed inside I became kind of sad, the metals of the fixtures weren’t very pretty.  So i bought a very pretty purple can of spray paint (Krylon Rich Plum) and spray painted a nice solid color on the three fixtures.

Just something about "rich plum"that says it all

Just something about “rich plum”that says it all

They were still missing something.  That’s when I took them to work and showed my coworkers.  My lighting lady pointed it out almost immediately flowers aren’t one solid color, they are several colors. So with a lighter lavender and a pink we spray painted the tops at an angel as the paint just glazed the fixtures.  Adding depth and color to my new flower candle holders.

A close up of my candle holder

A close up of my candle holder

My candle holder with Easter decor

My candle holder with Easter decor.

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Love at first light

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With all the craziness going on these days (work, wedding planning, life) it’s hard for me to listen to the universe and all that is tells me.  This past week it FORCED me to stop and listen.
My apartment was built in the 1940’s and has an amazing open floor plan that was hip to the era.  It was updated in the 70’s and hasn’t changed much (unless it NEEDED it) since. The apartment has charm even without my funky, eclectic style.
The major problem in my apartment is lighting. THERE IS NO CIELING LIGHTING OUTSIDE OF THE KITCHEN! This means my living/dining/office area is withouth over head lighting, which is fine because I’m not a fan.  I have gathered a rather large collection of accent lighting (mostly table lamps of all eras and style) but no matter how much lighting I put in my space, the dinning “room” remained dark.
I always imagined the original idea of the apartment was to have sweet, new fangled swag light above the table. I have always kept my eyes open for the piece that would finish the space.
At work about a month ago, this adorable mid century light came in.  It was gold and had colored poka dots on it (oddly enough the colors are the exact colors and shades of my apartment) AND it was a swag light.
I got a new phone so all the original pic of the lamp in the store is gone :(

I got a new phone so all the original pic of the lamp in the store is gone 😦

I fell in love but for some reason I didn’t buy it. I thought about it for a week and when I decided to buy it, it was gone!!! Somebody had bought it (or so I thought). Last week it came back into the store! It had been rented for a movie set and had finally come back to…another customer!!! It was not meant to be mine! But now I knew what I wanted! I went home and searched the internet and found one that could work. I went into work the next day AND that damn light had come back to the store AGAIN!!! Before anybody could take it away from me AGAIN, I bought it and made it mine! We went IKEA to buy a new swag light kit and hung it the moment I got home.
It is love at first light…I mean sight 😉
Now I wont eat in the dark again!

Now I wont eat in the dark again!