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Check Lighting Off the List!

     February 19, 2015 0 Comments

Well, we did it! We pulled the trigger and ordered our lighting. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that we went with some fixtures that weren’t presented to you in this post.

Ready? Let’s start with the main floor. We went with the dining room light that has been calling our names since Day One of the Great Lighting Search. However, we mixed it up and went with a different pendant than what we had originally chosen to compliment the dining room light because our #1 pendant blew the budget out of the water. The pretty little gold pendant is well within budget, compliments the dining room light nicely with the similar ball accent and is just plain pretty.

The foyer light is one you haven’t seen before on this blog. We really like this fixture because of the angles and shape. The top reminds me of a star, even though it doesn’t really look like a star at all. Just go with it. It also comes in a beautiful chandelier suitable for over a table (check it out in the Pearl Hardware showroom).

main floor lighting

The exterior lights were also something we had no problem choosing. It seems our biggest challenge was the dining room and kitchen area, but the outdoor fixtures were a snap to pick out. The fan fixture will be installed in the covered back deck. It will provide the right amount of air movement should there be no breeze, and looks great too. The lantern is for the front entrance. If you recall from the 3D Rendering, the lantern will hang just above the curved window and the foyer light will be visible through the window. Need a refresher?

featured 3d rendering

It will be neat to look back on the entire 3D rendering and compare it to the end result. More details on our stucco and stone finishes will be posted soon.

Let’s move up to the second floor, shall we?

bedroom lighting

We went with the neat cage-like fixture for the second, third and basement bedrooms. It has a nice touch of edge but won’t overpower the room. It’s just something a little different from your traditional bedroom light.

Next, check out that master bedroom chandelier! This one was easy for me to decide on, too. I knew I wanted a bit of sparkle and glam, so crystal was the way to go. The master bedroom has a coffered ceiling that Dieter from KDI Drywall will be building to look incredible. He’s got interesting products to make the ceiling really stand out. A beautiful ceiling + beautiful fixture = awesome master bedroom.

Lastly, we went with a traditional bathroom light bar for all the vanities (master, jack and jill, basement and powder room). It’s simple and pretty.

So, there you have it. The lighting decisions have been finalized and are currently en route. To see the beautiful fixtures we picked or browse hundreds of others, visit the Pearl Hardware showroom located in Regina, SK.


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

This or That? or that.. or that…

     January 28, 2015 0 Comments

I think lighting has been the hardest part of designing this house. Sure, the layout and room sizes were tough decisions too, but nothing makes a statement more than lighting. It’s something you notice as soon as you walk into a room. Is the fixture unique? Impressive? Boring? Ugly? Does it blend into the ceiling, or stand out to make a statement? Certain areas, like a dining room and foyer, deserve a light fixture that stands out and gives people a great impression of your home. Other areas, like a mudroom or hallway, need lights that blend in and provide exactly what their purpose is – light. I guess you could put a chandelier in your laundry room or broom closet if you wanted to be fancy like that, but that’s the fun of it – it’s 100% your decision.

We’ve got a meeting this week with Pearl Hardware to select our lighting. We’ve gone through the catalogs before and tagged way too many pages, but now it’s decision time. Lighting can take 4-6 weeks (sometimes longer) to arrive if it’s special order and we’re about 4-6 weeks away from needing it.

Here are some lights we’ve been mulling over for the children’s bedrooms on the second floor of the house.

lighting options

What I like about the lights are that they are different. They’re a little quirky and lend some interest to a small bedroom. However, they don’t steal the show. We want something different from the master bedroom as well, but that will be more on the fancy side of the scale.

The dining room and island lighting is the other area I’ve been focused on. These two spaces are side by side, so I’ve  been treating the lighting as one. The lights I was drawn to at first were fancy-schmancy and gorgeous, but I’ve since decided that something more casual (yet still striking) would be a better fit. One thing is for certain.. I’m being drawn to the gold finish. Gold is making a huge comeback and I want to include it in the house somewhere. Mixing metals is fun and a great way to stretch your comfort zone, just a little bit.

lighting options 3

I’ll be able to show you our final decisions next week, but for now, which would you choose?


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Lights

     November 25, 2014 0 Comments

We’re nearing the time that the order for lighting needs to go in… yikes! There are hundreds of lights to choose from at Pearl Hardware so this won’t be an easy task. Fun? Yes. But easy? Nope.  I haven’t made my final decisions yet, but thought I’d share some of the pieces that have grabbed my eye so far.

To begin my search, I decided to focus on two areas: the dining area and the kitchen island pendants. These two areas are highlighted in the image below. Since the two areas are side-by-side, it makes sense that the lighting would be coordinated. I want the lighting to compliment each other, but not be matching. The circles with ‘P’ that you can see on the floor plan represent the potlights.

dining room electrical

One idea that came up after some discussions with Anex Interiors (our decor specialists) was to have two pendants hanging over the dining room table. It will of course depend on the light fixture, but two lights over the dining room table is definitely a possibility since the area is quite large at 14’6″ x 10’6″! Which adds the second reason to make this decision – our electricians, DC-10 Systems, would need to know as soon as possible since they will be wiring the house in the next 3 weeks.

So, without further ado, here are some of my top picks at the moment. Our goal is to create a unique and beautiful space. If you’ve been paying attention to the fashion and decor world, you will have noticed that gold is making a huge comeback.

lighting 2

 

So, what do you think? I’m really liking the mercury glass in the Frappe Oval Chandelier. The Confetti Cube Pendant is also really neat!

light positions

The image above shows the alternative lighting positions I’m considering. We could have 3 potlights with two pendants (blue squares = pendants, black circles with P = potlights) over the dining room table. Anex Interiors recommended staggering the pendants over the island (rather than equally spacing them out) and having them hang at different heights. I think it would be amazing as long as we choose the right pendants. All of these unique touches will make the House Trade Built really stand apart from other homes. At least, that’s what we’re hoping for!

I’ll be stopping by Pearl Hardware again this week to go through the lighting books and refine my top picks. It’s overwhelming, but I feel like once I get these two decisions made (dining room and kitchen island) the rest of the lighting for the house will come together easily. Fingers crossed!

How do you select your lighting? Are you a fan of the gold trend? Do you like the traditional chandeliers with the imitation candles, or pendants?

 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

All aboard the lighting train…

     July 31, 2014 0 Comments

If you have a small child, you’ll have that tune in your head all day. We’ve had our son home with us as we transition between daycares so playing with trains and singing songs (1-2-3-4-5 all aboard the counting train…x100) have kept me busy.

Dan and I rarely share the same tastes… I care about the details and coordination of rooms whereas Dan wouldn’t even notice if I moved a chair or hung a new picture. Don’t tell him I said that. He also has a strong opinion of what he likes and dislikes but leaves the final decisions up to me, which is sweet of him. Sometimes it’s convenient to have a husband and partner in crime who lets me make the decisions regarding style and decor, other times it’s incredibly frustrating because all I want is an opinion or confirmation, which is why I’m so excited to work with professional designers.

I had the opportunity to escape for a coffee meeting with the wonderful team from Anex Interiors yesterday. Our goal for the meeting was to narrow down on the exterior design of the house. I picked up a sample of stone from Timberstone Regina, stucco colours and an example of the wood product we might be using on the house. Anex showed me which colours would work, and recommended neat ideas we can incorporate into the home to make it stand out from the rest.

Once our exterior options were selected, we moved over to the Pearl Hardware showroom.

We were set up with our coffees in a design room to scour through their lighting books. As I’d mentioned before, I have gone through some of the lighting options with the owner of Pearl Hardware, so this meeting with Anex was to bounce some of my ideas off of them and get everyone on the same page. The page we’ve landed on is an eclectic/whimsical/transitional feel. This house is going to be unique. It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be neutral, yet colourful. It’s going to have some incredible products that will pique that designer in you. The direction we’re heading is borderline out of my comfort zone, but that’s okay. It’s fun to take design risks and see everything come together. I’m trusting the pros and can’t wait to see what they come up with.

You may be wondering why we’re looking at lighting when we haven’t even dug a hole yet, and it’s because I’m excited about the project. That, and we need to get quotes from all of the suppliers for the mortgage. Plus, it never hurts to pick pieces you love so that if they require some electrical plan changes or additional planning, it’s not too late. It helps me envision the house and what it will be too. So many reasons to shop and dream now. I just have to keep telling Dan that!

Thanks Anex for the coffee date! Next stop: Staking. Choo-choo!

 

 

 

 

 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Transitional Masterpiece

     July 22, 2014 0 Comments

I had the opportunity to meet with the owner of Pearl Hardware this week to talk about the House Trade Built and what types of products we would need. We set up the house drawings in their design room and went through each room, determining the number of lights and fixtures required. It was great working with the owner because he has years of experience with construction and can recommend what works best in a house, right down to the details like the number of potlights to suit a large space or switch and chandelier placements.

If you’re designing a house, visit the Pearl Hardware showroom to get some advice on your electrical plan. Their advice is valuable and spot on. Plus, you’ll see some great examples of lighting or fixtures you can purchase to make a space your own.

We went through the showroom and I pointed out products that appealed to me. I’m strongly considering a farmhouse sink for the House Trade Built, just because it’s so classic and beautiful. However, rather than matching it with a country-style faucet, the owner recommended adding some visual interest with a more modern faucet. Fun hey?

Keep in mind that we aren’t sure who will live in this house once it’s complete. Until we make that decision, we will be injecting the house with personality and unique features by choosing different design elements that will appeal to a broad range of people. We figure that if we build this house with care and attention to detail, someone will fall in love with it.

After looking at shower options (we’re going with 2 glass panels, no door) and bathtubs (freestanding or sunken??), I went through some lighting books. It’s never too early to start thinking about finishing details, in my opinion. By looking at lighting and smaller details like faucets, I’ve started to compose the overall look and feel that the House Trade Built will have. I knew how I pictured it, but wasn’t sure of the right ‘term’ to describe my tastes. Fortunately, the owner of Pearl Hardware and I share the same decor taste – Transitional. A mix between vintage and contemporary. Perfect. Now I can start looking for transitional inspiration on Pinterest.

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to House Trade Built – A Transitional Masterpiece built by Local Businesses and Professionals. Has a nice ring to it.

What’s your design style? Do you like free standing tubs, or sunken? Sparkly chandeliers or modern ones? Gold, brass, bronze, nickle….what kind of finish do you like?


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Automated Everything

     April 8, 2014 0 Comments

One of the companies I met at the Spring Home Show was Automated AV.

Automated AV 1

Andrew was friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. He showed me some of the great products at his booth, like invisible speakers, and sounded genuinely interested when I told him about the House Trade Built project. We’re interested in home automation because it simplifies everything. I’d much rather use one simple, yet incredibly powerful, app than have to flip through ten.

Dan and I met with Andrew yesterday to get more information about his company and a quote for our project. He showed us all of the options he had available and made recommendations based on our budget and needs. We decided that we wanted to put in good quality speakers throughout the house, automated lighting, security and heating.  It will be awesome to be able to control everything with a remote or phone. The idea of never being locked out or leaving a light on is great. What I love is that there won’t be cable boxes and cords everywhere. All of the entertainment units will be clean and uncluttered. Man, whatever happens to this house, the owners are going to be lucky.

There are a few different automation companies in Regina so we are going to get quotes from them as well. It’s always a smart decision to compare quotes, especially on large investments, so that you can make an educated decision that you feel comfortable with, knowing you did your research.  Once we have multiple quotes, we will compare systems (because everyone sells a different brand) and determine which one is best for us. We will base our decision on the system, the quote and the professional selling the product. After all, when you use automation in your house, you want to ensure that company will be around for the long haul in case something needs to be updated or changed.

Do you see value in having home automation? Is the ability to control your entire house from one app on your phone neat, or what?! 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.