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February 16, 2012

This Little Light of Mine

by Melissa {The Dominion Project}

Ok – confession time. I’m not perfect. I may be a professional, but that doesn’t mean I always make the right decision the first time around. Especially on my own house! My mind gets clouded by the same obstacles that everyone faces when renovating – money, time, amount of work, etc. But I guess that’s the point of blogging – to share all the ups and downs. And let me tell you, renovating the half bath has been chock-full of them!

See that round hole & painter’s tape on the wall above the mirror? That’s where a wall-mounted light should go. Around Thanksgiving, Ethan and I were desperately trying to finish this room before our holiday visitors arrived and finding a light was on the short list. So I did a quick internet search and bought this guy. It seemed to work with the faucet and it was cheap. Sold.

{pocelona chrome two light bath fixture via bellacor}

Then it arrived and I wasn’t so sure. It looked cheap and cheesy (go figure). But we installed it anyway. And guess what? I absolutely hated it. Ethan described it as “medicine-cabinet-y.” And that wasn’t doing it for me. This is the only photo I snapped of it, as I was running out the door in search of a better solution.

I headed straight for Circa Lighting (my absolute favorite lighting store!) and found a great fixture – the large cabinet maker’s picture light in a bronze finish. It costs twice (maybe 3 times?) as much as the ugly one, but I got a great deal on some other pieces in the room, so I figured I would just splurge!

{circa lighting cabinet makers picture lights}

The Houston store didn’t have the finish I wanted in stock, so I headed home to take some measurements and “make sure” before I ordered it online. It wouldn’t arrive before the Thanksgiving visitors, so my sense of urgency kind of disappeared.

During my “make sure” measurements, I realized the backplate on this light was rectangular, and the mounting plate we had on the wall was round (and much larger than the light backplate). If I wanted to install this cabinet maker’s light, I needed to find a new mounting bracket. Ethan and I were more than capable of pulling it off, but I just didn’t want to deal with it! I did a little searching for another light, but was never really happy with anything I found. So I decided to be indecisive and sit on my hands until the perfect solution magically appeared.

Yesterday was my lucky day! The Rejuvenation catalog showed up in my mailbox, and while I’d never heard of the company (you’d be amazed by the number of mailing lists I’m on), I thumbed through their catalog and found this beauty.

{turner light via rejuvenation}

You know the best part? The backplate is round and the perfect measurements for my already-installed  mounting bracket. I’m not sure if that’s lazy, resourceful, or purely a stroke of luck. Whatever it is, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping this fixture solves my bathroom lighting dilemma.

Want a quick piece of advice about bathroom lighting? Stay away from the ones designated “bathroom lights.” You can get a much more sophisticated look by using a decorative wall sconce or even a picture light (like the Circa lighting one). I knew this, but for some reason, defaulted to the chintzy bathroom light anyway. Why can’t I listen to my own advice??

Oh well. The Rejuvenation light is on its way, along with this gorgeous mirror that I’m beyond excited about! Stay tuned for install photos!

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January 25, 2012

Some Project Updates + A House Tour

by Melissa {The Dominion Project}

There have been some odds and ends happening around here for the last few months, none of which seemed worthy enough for a full blog post. So here’s a rather random assortment of progress pics…

The half bath is about 95% done. And I’ve yet to find a good angle to shoot it from. Sitting on top of the tank was the best I could do…

We still need to address the above-sink lighting situation, dress the window, and accessorize. But I’m LOVING the current space. It’s come a long way – can you believe it used to look like this?!?

We’ve also been painting the laundry room. It’s not completely done (don’t you love those yellow cabinets?), but I’m really excited about finishing the trim and back door. It’s amazing the difference a few coats of paint can make!

And the living room is beginning to feel a little more home-y since we bought our leather club chairs. One of these days I’ll get around to sharing all the space planning ideas and how we eventually ended up with this furniture layout.

PLUS I’m really excited to announce that our house tour page is up! Stop on by to check out “before” and “progress” photos of every room of our home! About time, right? :)

January 3, 2012

Functional Art for 2012

by Melissa {The Dominion Project}

Well, I knew this day was coming – my first day back at work after a long break. I had the luxury of two full weeks of vacation and it was nice…really nice. Lots of relaxing, time with family, and plenty of work around the house, which I’m super excited to share with you guys in the coming weeks!

Although I’m dreading the massive amounts of email I’ll be catching up on today, I’m looking forward to getting back into a routine. And I have a fun new piece of art to brighten up my home office – my 2012 wall calendar!

Have you ever been to Paper Source? I’ve always loved the stuff on their website, but they just opened a store in my part of town and now I’m obsessed. This wall calendar caught my eye when I was doing my Christmas shopping, and Santa was nice enough to bring it to me. :)

I’m seriously considering framing it because the illustrations are just so beautiful. Each month really is a piece of art.

And bonus – they give you templates to reuse the pages as file folders, gift tags, notecards, boxes. Pretty much anything you can imagine. So each illustration has a second life after the month is over.

Looking forward to a fun-filled 2012!

November 5, 2011

Feeling Blue

by Melissa {The Dominion Project}

I realize that I have no business thinking about any room other than our half bath, considering it’s been toilet-less since April, but with the holidays around the corner (and all my china still in boxes from moving over a year ago), ideas have suddenly been flowing for the dining room.

Initially, I was thinking soft and traditional – a white wainscot with a neutral grasscloth above to add some texture. But lately, I’ve been feeling bolder. It seems that blue and white have been striking my fancy.

Source: lonnymag.com via Melissa on Pinterest

I ran it by Ethan this week and he’s on board (I was actually a little surprised it didn’t take more convincing!) So now it’s just the challenge of finding a blue paint color that doesn’t remind me too much of my elementary school designing days. But first, I have some painting to do in the half bath. Seriously, there’s a toilet going in this weekend. This is getting ridiculous…

July 12, 2011

This Weekend’s Craigslist Find

by Melissa {The Dominion Project}

Our master bedroom has been in desperate need of a dresser, and I’ve been performing daily craigslist searches for months. Sure, I could have bought a new one and moved our stuff out of plastic tubs a long time ago, but where’s the fun in that? Long story short, my search efforts were finally rewarded this weekend with a $285 find! I just love a good deal.

The dresser had been sitting in this lady’s garage for quite a while (she said it was “like a hundred years old”), so it had just hint of that musty old furniture smell. Since clothes are going inside, I decided to be proactive and air it out immediately. Ethan and I pulled out all the drawers and sunned them in the side yard. Sunlight = mother nature’s disinfectant.

Once the drawers were sufficiently aired and sunned, I brought them in and gave everything a good cleaning. I just love Old English – it can clean and repair just about any wood surface (furniture, wood paneling, your front door…nothing is safe in this house). And bonus – the lemon oil scent makes everything smell lemony fresh. That’s a huge improvement on “musty old garage” scent.

After about 20 minutes of “wax on, wax off” with a couple of soft cloths, I popped the drawers back in and it was as good as new!

So what do you think – was it worth the wait? This is my first craigslist find and I’m just crazy about it. Bargain-hunting can be draining, but it’s absolutely addicting!