Friday, February 26, 2016

Small Change...BIG Impact...

I am a firm believer that a small change in a home can lead to a BIG impact.  When redoing areas of our home, I look for things that I think will make the most difference and give us the most "bang for our buck"....like....a light fixture!

The entry of our home is rather small so I wanted to change something in this area that would really make a difference to the feel of our home when you walk in.  Instead of looking around, I decided to look up...up to the contractor grade light fixture hanging from the ceiling.


When we looked at this house, I knew there were some contractor grade fixtures that would be changed...primarily the light fixtures.  While there is absolutely nothing wrong with these light fixtures, I wanted something that would make more of a personal statement about us and our home.  I believe that light fixtures give our home a little extra personality.

Over the weekend, I found this light at a local lighting store.


I knew immediately it was the one for me.  You know, that love at first sight deal!

The hubster quickly installed this beautiful light for me (bad cell phone pic, but cute hubster).  It didn't take him long at all and you do not have to be an electrician to change out a light fixture.  You just have to be safe...as in, turn off the circuit breaker, do your best to keep your wife from squealing while you are on the ladder and don't let her shake the ladder hold the ladder steady for you.


Our entry now has a totally different feel and totally different look!


Small change, BIG impact!!


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  1. Love that! The shape and size is perfect.

    We've slowly been changing almost every light in our house. The original ones could not have been any uglier!

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    1. Thank you! I fell in love with it when I saw it a few weeks ago…I knew it would look wonderful in the entry.

      Light fixtures are something that really do make a difference. I am on a campaign to change out as many as I can. We have already changed the half bath light fixture our the light fixture in our bath. I’m looking for a new chandy for the dining area and will changing lights out in the guest bedrooms as well. Hugs!!

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  2. Lovely new fixture!

    Good excuse to have another pic of the cute hubster, here. ,-)

    -Waving- Hi, cute hubster!!!!

    Hugs,
    Silly 'Ol Me

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    1. Howdy, back. Don't know that I've ever been referred to as "cute hubster", but, I suppose, guilty as charged. Cute and humble.

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    2. Thank you so much Tessa! And yes, any excuse to have a pic of my sweetie is a good thing! :-) He's waving back and responding...LOL. Love and hugs sweet friend!!

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  3. I just think that new light is so much better, Benita. You have great taste. It fills the space nicely and has more personality. Yay for small changes! :) Hugs, J

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    1. Thank you Julie....*blushing*...I do love it! The hubster says that all the time...referring to me choosing him...sheesh...LOL

      I think it adds so much more to the entry. We are slowly but surely getting the light fixtures changed out! I'm with you...YAY! Love and hugs to you!!

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  4. goodness. he has a beautiful jawline!
    oh.
    the light fixture.
    yes.
    it's beautiful too!! XO♥

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    1. The problem with the jawline is the adverse effect it has on my waistline the more I use it. Benita helps by pointing out the sign of a great husband is not opening the mouth at all, so...

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    2. Miss T, I just love you! :-) I agree with you, he does have a great jawline! And you can see, he just had to respond...LOL. He LOVES the attention! :-) Thank you so much...I love the light also....and the hubster, of course! Love and hugs to you sweet friend!

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    3. he has your wit.
      how cool is THAT!
      well. apologies hubster.
      you have YOUR OWN WIT! LOLOL.

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    4. No, you had it right...he copied me...LOL! We are well suited in our wit and it is a constant battle...LOL.

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  5. It looks really nice. Love the floors. xoxo Su

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    1. Thank you so much Su...those dark floors are one of the reasons we chose this house...I love them with the light walls and trim! Hugs sweet friend!

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  6. I love it!! I have a couple of 'builder grade' sconces in my living room I need to replace...and a stairway light....and who knows what else! What a difference, Benita - beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much! Changing out light fixtures and changing some paint colors always make such a difference! I've got a few more to go as well! Hugs!!

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  7. Big, interesting and full of character...perfect choice.
    Hope you are doing ok, sweetie. xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much! I love it and think it makes a big difference. Just going through the motions right now…still feeling a bit lost…thank you so much!! Love and Hugs!!

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  8. Love it! Huge difference! I wish I had a place to put a new fixture! I am itchn' for a chandelier somewhere!

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    1. Thank you so much AnnMarie! I think it makes a big difference also...I am looking for a chandy to go over the dining room table! Hugs!!

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  9. Benita it's a lovely change and one that will grace your home.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. Vera, thank you! I love the difference it made and am now on a mission to change out all of the contractor grade light fixtures! The hubster is thrilled...LOL Hugs!!

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  10. shocked that one thing can make such a big change. it looks marvelous dahling!

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    1. Thank you so much! It amazes me that little things make such a difference….now, to move on to the rest of them! :-) Hugs!!

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  11. Benita,
    The new light is definitely more your style and does make a big impact in the entry. I would love to change the fixture in my entry, but cannot find one I like that fits an 8-ft ceiling height.

    Judith

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    1. Thank you so much Judith! I do love this light and it has made such a big difference in the entry. I know what you mean...you normally have to get the ones that hug the ceiling and it seems that they have stopped make anything cute for a normal ceiling height.

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  12. I really feel the same way you do. It wasn't until my little interior designer daughter taught me to look at detail that I really started to look at light fixtures and now I truly know what an impact they make. This is absolutely fantastic!!! I really think you have a great eye for true style.

    Jane

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    1. Honey, I am enthralled with light fixtures. I am always looking at them when I go into the stores. They do make a big impact in a space. Thank you so much! I love this light and now I have to leave it behind. :-(

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  13. Very pretty!! I love the shape and style. We have a lot of original fixtures in our home from the 1920's. I have not changed those out...a few others needed to go though. They were funky upgrades from the 60's. Yikes!!

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    1. Thank you so much! 1920’s fixtures…awesome! 1960’s fixtures…not so much…unless they are really funky. But of course, those look best in a mid-century modern house and not so much in a beautiful 1920’s cottage-style home.

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  14. Awesome!
    You do have a great style.
    Carla

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    1. Thank you so much Carla...this light has made such a difference in the entry.

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  15. Benita, that light fixture is amazing and something I would have picked myself! Love it! And I totally agree with you about the light fixtures, especially there when you first walk in - it will be one of the first things that someone sees and loves! I have that deer pallet art too - ha ha, we would be quite the pair shopping together! Twin shopping carts! ;)
    Hey - No one mentioned that amazing plaid shirt that the hubster is wearing! That would make an awesome pillow...I think that should be your next diy! ;)
    Big Hugs! Kimberley

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    1. Thank you so much! Light fixtures really do make such a difference in a space. HA…so true…but after all…no big surprise that our tastes run so similar, right??!!! ;-) Ahem, you HAVE seen my pillow failures, right??!! LOL Love and hugs to you sweet friend! Hope you are doing well!!

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  16. Like! How are you Benita? A big hug.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Hi Amalia....thank you so much and thank you for asking! I apologize for the delay in writing...life has been a bit insane lately, but I'm finally able to start getting back on track! Love and hugs to you!

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  17. It's completely you and perfect for your entry. Soooooo..... much better than builder grade :)

    Love your new "cow" stool ;)

    love you,
    rue

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    1. Hello sweet friend! I hope you are doing well. I’m finally emerging from the darkness I’ve been under these past few months, only to see that you are on a self-imposed sabbatical. :-(

      Thank you so much on both counts…the light and the cow stool! I love them both!

      Love and hugs to you….miss you!!

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  18. Love, Love, Love your new light fixture! A light fixture can make or break a room, and your new one definitely adds the Wow factor.
    Mary Alice

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    1. Thank you so much Mary Alice...I do love this light fixture and could not agree with you more...they make such a difference in a room. Thank you again!!

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  19. Lighting is something that many people rarely consider, but it's one of the most important aspects of a room

    You nailed it Benita! This screams 'you' and that's a 'good thing'. ;)

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    1. Thank you so much! I wanted something eye-catching (besides me..ha ha) when people walked through the door. It was love at first sight with this light fixture! Thank you again so much! Hope you are feeling better!!

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  20. Lovely transformation. Changing the lighting does make a big difference s we can all see for ourself. enjoy your new look! It's great to have a handy hubby.

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    1. Thank you so much! I do think it makes such a big difference. And yes, it is most definitely a good thing to have a hubby who can do these things for me! :-)

      I apologize for the delay in responding…I’ve been away from the blog for a few months trying to recover!

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  21. Benita it's gorgeous! It really does make a big difference!

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa! I apologize for the delay in responding...I'm trying to get caught up! :-)

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  22. March 21, 2016

    -waving hand-

    Where arrrrrrrrrre youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu?????

    :-)

    Happy Spring hugs,
    Tessa

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    1. Hope you got my emails sweet friend! I've missed you terribly! Love and hugs to you!

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  23. Missing you! Hope everything is going well.

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    1. Stacey, I've missed all of you also and hope to be back to normal before too long! :-)

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  24. I like to picture ceiling light fixtures on the first image, it looks traditional, I liked it, thank you this really helped me, you are so inspired, good luck to you :)

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  25. Hi, Benita,
    Another fan stopping by to say, "Hi," and hoping all is well with you and your family. I second Stacey's, "Missing you".

    Judith

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    1. Thank you so much Judith! I'm trying to make a comeback! :-) Miss you all also!!

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  26. Benita, I've been wondering what has happened to your posting. Was happy to see the comment you left on my recent post. Hope the future move is a happy one. Hope to read your posts again soon (hint, hint) ;-0

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    1. I posted an update on the blog yesterday. Lots of things going on since my father’s death in February and I just had to step away. Two months of it was spent sick with the flu…I haven’t been that sick with the flu since I was a kid. I hope to be up and going regularly before too long! So great to hear from you!! :-)

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