Thursday, March 11, 2010

Making lists and decisions.

Who knew I'd still be struggling to make it through my inventory list nearly two months after the fire? I've got to wrap this up. I'm trying to be diligent about researching actual replacement costs for the items we loss in the fire, but I've spent as much as 45 minutes researching one item.

So, let's talk about the dilemmas I'm facing . . . I know, but it's MY blog!

I can't find light fixtures for our master bathroom or the hallway. I don't know if you've been looking at lighting lately, but it all looks the same! Especially for the bathroom--not a lot of options. This is what I'm finding . . .everything new looks just like these . .

This is what I want . . .
I can use these, but I need two sconces and two ceiling fixtures. I've used something similar to this fixture for a sconce in the kids' bathroom, so that's not the problem, it's just find four that look alike enough to use in such close proximity, especially considering there's also a chandelier in this bathroom. Perhaps I'll just take down the damaged lights, spray paint them black and call it even until the right fixtures find their way into my life.

I'm trying to select paint colors for the rooms that need painting. I'll likely go with the same colors I had before, but we didn't choose the paint for our guest bath (which I LOVE), so I'm trying to match it.

OH! The cool thing I've learned, however, is there are so many wallpapers to choose from you CAN find something you love. I didn't think I was a wallpaper person, until I took a few books home to study. I went from "I think we'll just paint" to "I need someone to help narrow my choices" in one fell swoop!

I mean look at this . . .

Isn't it lovely? I can't find the one I think I really want--I'll go take a picture of it in the book.

I had the pleasure of visiting with a friend in her century old farm house. She is amazing and her home is one of the most comfortable and attractive homes I've visited. She has some truly classic wallpapers. If I could rip-off the paper in her hallway and attach it to my dining room wall I would! Her kitchen paper is amazing, too.
Alrighty, then . . . there you have it. Any suggestions are welcome.
Thanks for your indulgence!


citymouse said...

I always have a hard time with those kind of choices. the paint is easier because it'd easier to redo and a lot less expensive. When we were looking for lighting for our 100+ yo house, I drooled over the Rejuvenation catalog. (Looks like that may be what you have in your photo, if not they have a website... totally worth the visit.) I did get some vintage stuff on eBay, but of course you're limited there. Happy Hunting.

Kathy O said...

Paige, Good luck with the light fixtures. You're right they all look alike now. The taupe paint swatch on your blog looks very similar to the color in my den. It's been the same color for at least 10 years and I still love it.

BB said...

Ooooh, Paige -- that wallpaper is beautiful! I can't imagine what an ordeal this has been for you, and I would guess that it is difficult to imagine things ever getting back to "normal" -- but your gifts are going to shine through the ashes. One of these days, the photos on your blog will show lovely evidence of all your hard work and will make the charred walls a distant memory. Hang in there--- B-)

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