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Art in Eleanor’s Room, and the New Light

Eleanor’s room was looking a bit bare with no art on the walls, so I figured it was time to remedy that. I chose lightweight banners and stretched canvases for above the bed so there would be no danger of broken glass or heavy objects falling on her, and I laid everything out before putting it up on the wall. I hung the Tammis Keefe cats from a picture rail hook, and everything else from OOK picture hangers and ‘one step hangers’ (both are good for plaster walls).

Laying Out Art Before Hanging it

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(She insists on hopping in front of my camera, every chance she gets. Never with a straight face.)

I also hung her new light (the Mobile Chandelier) over the weekend. I assume you guys aren’t looking to me for simple “how to install a light” tutorials, so I’ll spare you that. It’s up! It works! It was not easy to install in a house from the 1800s!

Eleanor's Room

More art over there too, as you can see. That white frame looked stark and plain against the dark wall color, so I added some interest to it with gold adhesive vinyl — the same stuff I’m going to use for adding stars to her ceiling. And on that note, I have no idea where my vinyl cutting machine is. I’m going to a brand event next month though, and without being too presumptuous, there’s a good chance I’ll come home with the latest model. The gold stars may get put off until after that.


Your room’s coming along, kid!

Which Chandelier for Eleanor’s Room?

The dark blue walls and ceiling in Eleanor’s room look great, but the room definitely needs more light. The fixture hanging in there now only houses one bulb. She has a bedside lamp, one on her bookshelf, and a rabbit light on her dresser, but she’s a kid. She walks in and flips the light switch — she doesn’t look around and think “ooh, some ambient lighting over in the corner would really add to the space!” So I’ve been looking for a nice chandelier for her with more light output. Ideally, I would have liked it to be either brass or a fun color, and I’ve found plenty of fixtures that I like. But I have expensive taste in lighting, and some of my favorites were thousands of dollars. Thus, two bronze options from West Elm, both bought during their 20% off lighting sale.

West Elm Industrial and Mobile Chandeliers

When I ordered them, the Mobile Chandelier was on backorder, supposedly until May. I bought the Industrial Chandelier at the same time, figuring that it might look OK and that I wouldn’t have to wait six months for a light. They both shipped out right away though, and I’m not sure which one would be better in E’s room.

West Elm Mobile Chandelier

West Elm Industrial Chandelier

They both take on different looks, depending on which bulbs you pair with them (they don’t come with any). I had that frosted white globe in August’s sconce, and I think I like the look of it for E’s fixtures more than I would an Edison bulb, but smaller round bulbs could be cute too. And I would love to add some detail to whichever light I choose by adding brass tape* around each socket, but Kathryn wisely cautioned me to see how hot they get first.

What do you think?

* Or maybe gold adhesive vinyl? It hasn’t arrived yet, but I ordered some for Eleanor’s starry ceiling since a few comments mentioned some potential issues with covering painted stars later.

Eleanor’s Dark Walls and Ceiling

I finished painting Eleanor’s ceiling dark blue last night! Some people have wondered about how much input she has over the design, since I seem to be bowing to a four-year-old’s whim. Especially in regards to that ceiling color.

Dark Blue Walls and Ceiling

I’m no stranger to a painted ceiling, even in a darker color. It’s not exactly playful though, and I would have chosen something more fun for a kid’s room if Eleanor hadn’t insisted otherwise. I told her that I wanted to paint stars on her ceiling, and she said that it needs to be dark blue because she wants to feel like she’s outside at night, sleeping under a starry sky. We looked at several test swatches in her room, but she wasn’t swayed. I would have gone with something closer to the minty background of my inspiration, Osborne & Little’s Coronata Star wallpaper, but I like the way E thinks and it’s her room, so dark blue it is!

Now, as for the exact shade, she would have chosen something more primary. These were some of the swatches we had looked at before choosing a color. We went with Sherwin-Williams’ Loyal Blue (very bottom, right), but you can see E’s choice.

Dark Blue

She’s not going to hold the paint chip up to her walls for an exact match, so I took her input and then chose a similar hue with more depth to it. I would have done the same with any other color that she liked. I love that E has opinions about decorating — it’s seriously cute that she notices end tables and chairs that she likes — but her choices are direction, not dictation.

I still have the stars to do before I can call the ceiling done. There’s some metallic paint testing to be done first, though; I want to see how opaque my various options are. Plus the ceiling took about 10 hours to do (dark tinted primer plus three coats of paint), and I think my neck and back could use a break.

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