Let There Be Porch Light

 

This is the story of a porch light fixture that was supposed to be an easy self-install last spring, but my 117-year-old house has something to say about that. Namely that the electrical needed revisited. No sooner had we removed the old fixture that it became abundantly clear that something was amiss – the grounding wire was charred and literally crumbled when touched and there were two black wires rather than one white and one black.

This is the end of any novice’s electrical work ability, and I’m not one to mess with anything that has the capability of burning down my house.

 

 

I had picked out a fairly low-profile three-light, energy-efficient, LED Vance outdoor fixture back on April 14th. April 14th. The heads swivel a little for light placement and I loved the modern-meets-traditional design of the piece.

 

 

Luckily an incredibly competent electrician was referred my way who was able to get the job done, as well as correct a few things that weren’t up to code. So maybe this was actually a blessing in disguise? Not burning a place down is always a good day in my book.

 

 

The LED lights are wonderfully bright and much improved over the old one-bulb fixture that had most likely been hanging up there for decades. And I not so secretly love how my little collection of decorative gourds are on display until all hours.

 

 

In fact, here are a few more gratuitous photos. I couldn’t resist adding geometric shapes with some paint pens to these two.

 

 

And I’d really like to turn that Hubbard squash into a crow’s face before October 31st rolls around next week.

 

 

I’ve also been wondering whether or not that butternut squash will last past next Tuesday so that I might cook with it? Only time will tell! Now let’s talk about how long it will take me to box in those scrollwork pillars…

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Trending: Emerald Green

 

Emerald green has long been one of my favorite colors and I’m so happy to see it’s having a moment this autumn! I love how interiors and fashion often intersect like they are for this trend and can’t wait to take advantage and add a few pieces in this rich, deep hue to my home and closet.

 

Deep Green Brick Wallpaper Mural // Camryn Suede Bow Flats // Doris Emerald Aluminum Tumbler

 

Emerald and Copper Print // Emerald Cabochon Ring // Emerald Coast Shower Curtain

 

Green Agate Coasters // Malachite Wallpaper // Orion Emerald Green Ceramic Accent Lamp

 

Nine Stone-Filled Hoop Earrings // Obi Velvet Kimono // Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Wicked

 

Overdyed Naima Rug Swatch // Pleated Skirt // Skye Crushed Velvet Comforter

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Arco Table Light

 

The Arco Table Light is designed by Chicago-based sculptor Arielle Pollock. Inspired by gemstones, the top and bottom halves of Arco are made from a translucent PLA that creates a lovely diffusion when lit, emitting a glow that’s creates a calming ambience. The table light is made by Gantri, using an unique 3D printing process that combines advanced machine-engineering and meticulous hand-finishing, all done in the Bay Area.

 

 

 

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Spacapan

 

A few months ago I had the chance to hold one of Margaret Spacapan’s perfectly shaped half-dome bowls, she had to talk me into it because I can be a klutz and they looked so delicate. I marveled at how it felt in my hands and kept thinking about how a human had created this thing. All of Spacapan‘s sculptures and forms with function are completely without flaw and attract me like a crow to something shiny. But for the time being I’ll just have to settle for the hope of someday owning one of her bowls.

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Rethinking the Dining Room

Matte Black and Brass 3 Arm Chandelier // Tiger Stitch Rug // Jupiter Pink Marble Serving Board // Mid-Century Modern 67″ Buffet Cabinet

The dining room is my favorite room in the house, for a few reasons – it feels the most complete decor-wise, it’s the best interpretation of my own personal aesthetic, and it’s usually the cleanest. (I’m nothing if not honest.) I love that when I’m entertaining it’s the place we all tend to congregate, so I want it to feel comfortable but I’m also not opposed to visitors thinking I know what I’m doing when pulling together a space.

 

Serena 60″ Dining Table // Subtle Tie-Dye Napkin Set // Copper Top Flatware // Clement 42″ Brass Mirror // Echasse Vase // Moroccan Spanish-Style Wine Glasses

You can check out the current-ish room design here and here, but I’ve been thinking about how a large round table might change the dynamic. Of course that got my mind spinning with the possibilities of an entire room redesign! Because my dining room is painted such a light color – and that isn’t something I’m anxious to change – I’m daydreaming about filling it with some darker materials like walnut wood, leather, and brass.

 

Simple Black Candleholders // Boccia Decanter // Gage Dining Chair in Tanner // Large Porcelain Serving Bowl // 12-Piece Speckled Dinnerware Set // Serena Bar Cart // Acacia Print

I’d balance all of those heavy tones and weights out by keeping the tableware and serveware in check with lots of glass, ceramic and porcelain, and lightly colored marble. This large acacia print would anchor everything together and bring a nice dose of nature into the decor.

 

Mara Marble + Copper Trivet // Carter Salt Cellar // Dawn Glass Pitcher // Graydon 8″ Antique Brass Hurricane // Cast Metal Trivet

Candlesticks and hurricane lanterns, along with that beautiful three-armed chandelier, are all I’d need to set whatever mood I’m going for – moody and dramatic or light and bright. I’d say the look of this reimagined room might be called Casual Industrial Modern and I’d happily welcome it into my home!

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7 Extraordinary Lamps

The Dewy Floor Lamp and Dewy Table Lamp are blown frosted glass domes meant to evoke the feeling of early morning. The frosted glass references morning dew and the new day with its delicate light, while the dome shape is an attempt to keep the light trapped inside like the cozy bubble of the day’s first light and all its promise.

 

The MRND Lamps trio are a a tribute to master still life painter Giorgio Morandi. Each is a modern reinterpretation of the bottles he focused on often in his work, in this case they’re taken off the canvases he used and brought into the 3D world with soft colors and textures.

 

The MILO lamp is made of handblown glass and intended to either be suspended or set on its base. The uniqueness of this piece – and a smaller version – is that it’s meant to house a plant. The interior planter come in three finishes that juxtapose nicely against the glass and greenery.

 

The Elmetta Smart Table Lamp has a great silhouette with a fresh look and an anodized aluminum shade available in silver, black, red, blue, and green. Its convenient handle makes it easy to move if necessary.

 

HALO is a blown glass table lamp emphasizing the circular fluorescent light positioned at its center. It’s open top design gives the silhouette a vase-like feel that’s sure to appeal to mid-century enthusiasts. HALO is available in a rosy pink, watery blue, and clear glass.

 

The Bub Table Lamp is simply designed with function in mind. Part objet and part lamp, the olive tinted blown glass piece is a study in bare essentials that’s sure to play nicely with whatever your decor style might be.

 

Lollipop is a collection if table, floor, and pendant lights made from amorphous glass shapes in various colors. Each relies on a metal rod for support and structure, giving the lamps the look of their namesake.

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Alphacrete

 

Seletti is forever full of surprising, satiating designs – like Alphacrete. Concrete and glass are used to form the letters of the alphabet, brightening living spaces while also sending a message. Use the letters on their own or create words, these guys are designed for both indoor and outdoor use and can either be hung or stand upright.

 

 

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