Sunday, June 22, 2014

New Living Room Lamps

So you've heard me talk about wanting pink in my home, or trying to introduce some fuchsia a while ago. It never really worked because most of my things were blue, turquoise and green. It just never went together. Well after my health scare I decided life was too short to not do what I want. So I totally changed up my condo. This is the first time ever I'm decorating with only what I want. I've not kept old things because they were in good shape or family antiques or I can't afford to buy new, and decorated around them. Everything was up for grabs and I kept only what I really wanted. Everything else has been sold or moved to the basement awaiting sale.

This pair of  beautiful Murano glass lamps was the jumping off point for the new decor. I bought the pair for $150 on Craigslist. They weren't listed as Murano but I had done my research prior to going to pick them up. Murano lamps are pretty distinctive so I was 98% sure before I went to get them. I kind of felt bad for the lady since I was getting such a good deal. But she was downsizing and happy to have them gone. Even then $150 is usually more than I spend for things.

I intended to purchase and resell them, never thinking to make a drastic decorating change when I bought them. But they sat around my condo waiting for me to resell them. Life happened. And then I thought that I must keep such beautiful lamps. Dare I make the changes necessary to incorporate them? I was both nervous and excited at the prospect of redecorating both color and style-wise!

The picture really doesn't do them justice. They are nice and tall. There are little bubbles of silver in the glass. The way the light plays off the layers in the glass is stunning. So pretty! The shades mimic the ribbed effect the middle glass orb has. They are the prettiest lamps I've ever seen. Totally worth redecorating the living room around them!

More changes to come!

Monday, June 16, 2014

I've Gone Cottage!

Hi friends, sorry for the radio silence. I had a health scare at the beginning of the year and am just now finding my equilibrium again. One of the things that came from it is a sense that time is limited and I should be doing exactly what I want because one never knows.

So I went cottage! I took stock of what I want my home to be like and I wanted to use my vintage pieces and quilts. I wanted some rustic furniture and PINK. Every room in my condo has been under going a transformation. It all started with some gorgeous Murano lamps I purchased on Craigslist and snowballed from there. I still have some painting, drapes to make and general tweaking before I show off the final product. But I will be sharing snippets in the weeks to come.

This is the imaginary place that I now live. I haven't moved. Just changed my mindset. I can't have this but I can create this same feeling. I can't wait to share the changes!
And you might have noticed some changes to the blog. Of course I had to redecorate it also. There are still things to be done but I'll be updating it over the next few days. I apologize if things look wonky for a bit in the process.