Actually, not really. But I did make the momentous decision today after installing the light plate switches that I do not like the kitchen lighting. This has been a bit of a huckleberry for me -- the three mini pendants that hang above the kitchen island.
See -- these:
I harbor a serious dislike for the pendants featured above. They are 1.) stainless steel (strike one), 2.) have orange glass (strike two) and 3.) are hung by wires instead of rods, making it look all willy-nilly. Three strikes, and...you're out. Enter the new pendants.
I had originally decided to purchase new pendants and successfully found a style I liked AND they were clearance. The only problem? They only had two. Correction: they had two - at two different stores - with the third one being shipped to us from the factory. So, I went to Summerlin, Brian & the Bear went to Henderson, and we are still waiting on pendant #3 to arrive.
And waiting is never a good thing for me, since while I wait, I have a tendency to think. This is exactly why our wedding turned out to be the extravaganza that is was; it's not because we intended it to be, but because I had 21 months to plan it AND I had a 100-mile commute to work everyday. Without the radio or cellular service. And during that time, I thought. And thought and thought and thought. That's why the white moire of the inner envelope lining matched the aisle runner, which in turn, matched the draping on the cake table. It's also why I was able to successfully find tablecloths (celadon satin) that were an exact match to the bridesmaids' dresses (pistachio). And also why our monogram (a 'B' encircled by two pieces of Italian ruscus) started with our save-the-date cards, was brought in to our menu cards, and eventually finished on our thank-you notes. Everything about our wedding was one, full thought that started with the initial correspondence, pulled through to the actual wedding day, and then completed via our final correspondence.
See? I don't plan for these things to...expand. They just do when I'm left to my own devices. Myself.
Anyways, as you can imagine, in my countless hours spend scrubbing the floors (which I didn't do today - hooray! My wrists are healed!), I think. A lot. I like to think about our baby, baby food, lighting, and plumbing. (yes, I'm that interesting). And with our third pendant still missing in action, I decided to take a lesson from my experience at Home Depot (the purchasing of the spray paint) and a hint from my light plates (also oil-rubbed bronze) and made the big decision to...(long, dramatic pause)...change the mini-pendants from black to oil-rubbed bronze. Shocker! If you want to be technical, it's oil-rubbed bronze with champagne glass (from the San Dimas collection).
And that, my friends, is a game changer.
Why? Because it brings it all together. My chandelier is oil-rubbed bronze with ivory, satin shades. (well, it will be when I finish painting the damn thing). The chandelier will hang above the marble in-lay in the foyer, which is a lovely coffee-brown color. That marble is reflected in the new fireplace, which brings in the new light plate covers, which are also oil-rubbed bronze. The mini-pendants in the kitchen highlight the light plate covers and also bring in the new shag carpet in the family room.
And with that, my vision is complete.
I can't wait to post pictures. But sadly, I'm not sure when the new mini-pendants will be arriving. And even worse, I'm not sure when they will be installed. So, I will still take pictures on Saturday (or Sunday, depending), but you'll have to use your imagination in the kitchen area.
Whew! Almost done. :-)