9/11/14

Some nursery progress... lighting and nook plans

Ok, so last we left the nursery, it had gone from this...


To this...

...with the help of my sweet nursery-painting husband, and Sherwin Williams paint in Marshmallow.

You may notice the (de-boobed) boob light in the photo above. Not really anything I was super excited about. Also, the fan in the little nook area.  A lil' backstory... When the room had the bunk before, the previous owners must have swapped the fan (which was originally meant to be in the middle, large part of the room) with the little boob light because of the bunk bed. The last thing you need is a kid getting a fan blade to the head while climbing up to bed. So that made sense for that situation.
Problem was, the room is wired for the fan to be in the middle of the room. There are two switches on the wall that control that particular fixture box (one for the fan, one for the fan light), and then a third, single switch on the wall to control a singular fixture in the little nook.
While it worked with the fan, you couldn't control the fan and light separately and because the boob light was wired to a fan box (with two controls), one switch on the wall was useless.

So we figured it would make the most sense to put the fan back where it belonged so we could control it correctly from the entrance of the room and pick out something a little fun for the nook.

Here's the "little something fun" we picked out for the nook...


Well, I should say I picked it out. Brad isn't too choosy in the chandelier-picking-out department. I've been eyeing this beauty at Pottery Barn for years and years. My version is from Overstock, almost exactly the same, and best of all, a fraction of the price. But there are some differences...


It looks great once it's up, the glass accents are solid and heavy, and it's the perfect size for the room. It's not too large, and we can still easily walk beneath it. One of the reasons I didn't purchase this before for any spaces at our last or current home is because it's an odd size. To me, it's too small for over a dining table or a large room, but it's perfect for a smaller bedroom, or in our case, what will become our gal's little play nook.  It looks a bit young and whimsical too, which I love. 

The problem with this fixture is that you have to definitely work for that cost savings. Brad (or my dad who is a retired electrician) always wires our fixtures within reach, which is never a big deal. Brad can get a fixture put up in no time (he had the fan hung and wired in less than 10 minutes). But this fixture was totally unassembled. Each arm and socket was completely separate, which meant the fixture itself had to be wired correctly before even wiring to the box in the ceiling. One. Million. Wires. It was ridiculously hard to get all of the correctly joined wires shoved into the small space at the bottom without loosening any of them.  It was a hassle. If you were going to hire an electrician to hang yours anyway (which you totally should always do if you aren't familiar with wiring fixtures), then they should do this step for you. But I guess in the long run, the trouble was worth the savings. There was seriously a moment where we were going to put the whole thing back in the box and splurge for the Pottery Barn (assembled) version because it initially freaked us out a bit.

The fan is working out so much better in the main part of the room as well. We decided to use the one that was already there because it seems to be working perfectly and isn't hideous.  I'm really glad we were able to keep a ceiling fan in there and also have some fun with a chandelier. I'm a big believer in ceiling fans in bedrooms. Seriously couldn't survive without one.

About the little medallions around the fixtures on the ceiling... They're awesome. Seriously wish I would have put these on all the fixtures we swapped out when we moved in.  They're really cheap and you can get them at any "big box" home supply store. Seriously it makes such a big difference!

I keep referring to the little area as a "nook". Our plans for this space is to eventually have it house a lot of her play things. Just to keep things a little separate from the main part of the room. Plus, there's a little fun finished play area in one of the little wall spaces. I would have LOVED that as a kid!  Granted, I more than realize that when she becomes more playful and mobile, the whole room will likely look like a toy explosion, but it is nice to have a little designated area to put them all in.

I absolutely cannot wait to show you all the drapery and crib! So much progress has happened in there lately.  
My goal is to be pretty much done with the nursery sometime in December. I know it feels like we have forever to go, but I always knew I wanted to enjoy this whole nursery-decorating process and not be stressing at the last minute. Since this is a home we want to stay in for a very long time, I wanted to go ahead and really create her her own special place here that she can grow into.  I figured that since parts of October, November, and pretty much all of December will be pretty busy for us, it would be best to get the major stuff out of the way now.  Since she's due in January (and I'm thinking I'll definitely not be into doing anything too major around that time), I'm glad it's coming along at a great pace so far!

We also made a pretty big change in the family room! So much to share in the next few weeks. We'll talk about all that soon... ;)

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23 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! I love that chandelier! It looks stunning in the room! I can't wait to see the completed project!

    <3 Ash

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  2. That chandelier would look pretty awesome with the round clear bulbs.

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    1. yesss! I need to find some of those.

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    2. I know for sure that Home Depot has them since that's where I got mine. I really want to throw my crappy chandelier out now and buy that one lol.

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  3. The space that you have to work with is really neat! I honestly cannot wait to see the finished product

    Jacqueline xx

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  4. The chandelier is so pretty! The room is gonna be so awesome, I'm excited!

    xo Vitri

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  5. oHH so cute

    themarthalist.blogspot.com

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  6. Looks lovely!!

    Joelle

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  7. I absolutely LOVE the chandelier! I cannot wait to see the finished product. :)

    Health & Beauty: The Grass Skirt
    Mommy: The Mini Skirt

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  8. Your little girls room is looking great already, I love the colour, so perfect and the new light fixture. I'm so excited to be following this progress. Can't wait to see the crib!!

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  9. That is so beautiful!! I can't wait to see it when it's done...

    xx
    Tyana
    theluxedtion.blogspot.com

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  10. Oh it's so pretty and whimsical. I love chandeliers in bedrooms but I live in North Texas.....it can't go down like that and I only have one spot to choose...ahhhh. So excited for the next post. Unfortunately I have to wait until the last minute to finish my baby girls nursery she's due in 5 weeks but I'm not stressed. It is what it is.

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  11. Can't wait to see the final result!!!!

    Kisses

    Tiff

    http://mabulledepensees.blogspot.fr/

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  12. That chandelier is gorgeous! Lovely post.

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  13. Love! :) Just a few questions to add to the list of baby blogs on youtube:

    1. Are you planning on doing maternity photos? If so, when?
    2. Do you plan on showing ultrasound picture of baby girl? (We would love to see her cute profile!)
    3. Do you have a baby shower planned?
    4. How long do you plan on taking maternity leave from youtube?
    5. Where did you shop for baby girls crib and other major furniture?!
    6. Do you plan on taking birthing classes?
    7. Did you have a gut feeling that you were going to have a girl before the official gender reveal ultrasound or did you think it was going to be a boy?
    8. What has been the most surprising thing about pregnancy that you have learned through your own experience?
    9. Do girls or boys run on either side of yours or brads family?
    10.

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  14. The room is looking great! Can't wait to see it all finished!

    Buffy xx

    www.lotsoflovebuffy.com

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  15. Oh it looks stunning! Love the colours you've picked.

    Cat from Outside, Beauty, Inside Health

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  16. The room is coming along great! I can't wait to see the finished product :)

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  17. Oh my, this room is coming together so nicely. I remember reading your initial post on this room and taking those bunk beds down, and now this is the room you will be bringing your little girl home to.

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  18. So beautiful! I'm so jealous though bc we haven't even started on our nursery and I'm 34 weeks! We just moved in a few weeks ago and are trying to get the house done- it is SO stressful! I get a little jealous every time I watch your updates bc you are so together! I'm a hot mess over here!

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  19. The room is coming out great! I can't wait to see when it is finished! That chandelier is so gorgeous!

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