A few updates on some things that you may or may not have been waiting for me to resolve. (Probably not, but here we go.)
The electrician I called out for an estimate on recessed lighting in the kitchen got back to us, finally. $2300 to provide and install six 4″ can lights in the kitchen, plus a dimmer switch. That sounds high, right? Or is that what it costs to Swiss cheese the ceiling in a house that 100+ years old?
Oh, pretty lights. I don’t think we can have you if we don’t add some additional lighting elsewhere in the room.
I swapped out the white toilet seat for a black one. I like it! I did that last month but it didn’t really feel worthy of a full post and Instagramming your toilet is weird, so I hadn’t written about it until now.
Brandon and I are going to try to clean up the basement. We’re planning a party for Eleanor’s birthday at the end of April, and we thought it might be good to have some wide open space downstairs for her and her preschool friends. (Do kids even have their parties at home anymore? None of her friends have.)
There’s a whole lot of stuff down there still from when I styled a photo shoot for a brand’s Pinterest campaign, and a lot of stuff in general. We need to get some shelving in the storage area before we can make sense of the rest of the space. We have so much that I’d be happy to get rid of, but I don’t know how to best go about it. Garage sale, Craigslist, eBay, or just donate everything?
I styled the top of my fridge yesterday. I did this, then I did this later, which looks like this. It isn’t quite right yet, but it’s a start. This is riveting stuff here, I know! I started thinking about it though — what does one put above a freestanding fridge, assuming you do want something up there? Here are some of the options I’ve seen.
Dozens of apples in a charmingly rustic wire basket, with eggs. (Really, stylists? Really?)
A lone gumball machine. (Again, really?)
Vintage Cathrineholm bakeware. (This one makes more sense.)
A vintage Kaj Franck bowl. (This one seems appropriate, too.)
And my favorite, a taxidermied peacock. (Of course!)
Basically, we can all put whatever we want up there. Free license!
I still need to play around with my arrangement a bit. I like the clock above the fridge (though I’m still waiting on this one, and may swap it out), and I suppose I’ll keep a plant up there instead of getting hanging planters. I’ll probably shy away from the peafowl, but that’s just personal preference.
Pif Paf Puf Hanging Storage
Turn ‘em into planters?
Newgate Brixton Wall Clock
I ordered this last month and the delivery date has been pushed back repeatedly. I’m hoping it will get here (and look good) eventually.
White Hanging Ceramic Bullet Planter
I like having plants in the kitchen, but my cats will eat them if I don’t get them up and out of their reach. Jerks.
Wall Ball Planters
Skip the hanging planters and go for the wall, maybe?