Thursday, November 12, 2009

Keeping It Real - Lighting

Here is a post about keeping it real....when you are remodeling a home your house is NEVER clean. NEVER orderly and NEVER ready for family or visitors.

So, since I think of you all as family I am going to let you come on in and see a teeny bit of the mess that I have lived through for the last 2 months.

Here is Mr. Comforts of Home installing a new chandelier in our dining room. When we purchased this foreclosure, the previous owners took the chandelier with them.


The chandelier came in a box, filled with boxes, filled with chandelier parts. Thank goodness I am married to Mr Comforts of Home. He knew where every part went and how to install it.


Along with the chandelier for the dining room, we also received the lighting for the powder room, master bathroom.....


...and the lighting for the foyer and living room ceiling....and the chandelier for the eat in kitchen as well as the lighting that hangs over the kitchen counter. So we will be living with boxes and boxes of electrical parts, plastic wrap, Styrofoam and wiring for the next week or so while Mr Comforts of Home installs the lighting in between his day job of engineering.



Here is a quick, unedited (keeping it real, here) picture of the dining chandelier now that it is up and working. On the dining table are the parts for the foyer lighting.

Thanks Mr. Comforts of Home....I love you!
Welcome Home,
Penny

37 comments:

  1. Oh, I LOVE lighting, Penny...and that is one fine chandelier you got there! It's beautiful! I would be like a kid in a candy shop, for sure...all this new lighting going in. :-) It's fun dropping by and seeing your progress...and thanks for treating us like friends and letting us come in through the side door. :-)
    Susan

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  2. Hi,
    I agree with Susan. It's fun to see all the progress you are making. The chandy is beautiful.

    D

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  3. Oh, that's a pretty chandelier....I do know what you mean....I began the long process of moving into our home 6 months ago....my husband working 8 hours away and hauling truck loads of stuff when we could catch the weather good. Then once I got here I didn't bother unpacking because I knew that remodeling (knocking out walls for 27 feet of windows in the greatroom and moving the kitchen.) Just in the past 6 weeks have I really seen it start coming together..still lots to do though. We also found a foreclosure around this time last year when the economy was falling apart around us.

    Your place is looking great!

    Do drop by for a visit...haven't seen you in a while and of course I so understand why!! We've both been in the new home mode. :0)

    Have a great day,
    Stephanie

    PS: Did you finish that cute child's chair?

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  4. I am up before dawn again. I love to seek out new blogs in the quite of the morning before all the hubbub starts. Today I found your wonderful blog. I enjoyed going back through the old posts to see your progress. How fortunate you are to have someone who can do some of the work. My DH can't replace a light switch!

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  5. I think we have all been there Penny and know what you mean. Remodeling is never pretty...until it's done and than it's gorgeous and worth all the mess and destruction. It is a blessing to have such a handy hubby too:>) Your chadelier is so beautiful!

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  6. Our husbands are a great treasure. Not only do they love us, they know how to do so many things. Today is my husband's day off of work, and he will be working on the never-ending projects around the house.

    The chandelier is gorgeous. I can hardly wait to see more.

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  7. Be careful Mr. Comforts - Bob and I are nervous seeing you on the ladder!! Wow, that chandelier looks awesome Penny - great choice to go with the country French furnishings. Can't wait to see pics of the other fixtures once up in your beautiful house.......plus hopefully come back and view in person too!!!

    Come over and see the chair today -it's back and I'm thrilled with it.

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  8. Packaging is the by byproduct of fun…

    Wonderful chandelier…

    Louise

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  9. Gorgeous chandelier! Aren't handy husbands a blessing? Whenever I bring a box-of-parts home I say a 'thank you' for my engineer husband who seems to be able to unravel the deepest mysteries of assembling furniture/lighting/plumbing bits etc etc!

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  10. What is it with people and lighting fixtures? We had the same problem when we bought this place...MCOH should be very very careful when climbing around doing all this complicated work!!! You know you make this redo seem almost fun, Penny...
    hugs
    Sandi

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  11. You sure made us feel welcome when we dropped in last weekend but honestly we were looking at the beautiful new floors, windows and tile and all of the natural light ( and even the bird outside on the tree) and I did not notice anything else. We have been moving, too so I don't pay any attention to boxes any more! I love your new chandy! It's perfect for your dining room! Enjoy this beautiful weather!

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  12. It's so much fun to live in the middle of remodeling. I love the new chandelier! I'm also amazed at what people take with them when they move.
    Hugs,
    Cathie

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  13. Oh how I love it, we are re-doing our kitchen and a chandlier, almost identical to yours is on my list, but I have one question - what kind of flooring do you have? Is that real wood or a laminate - it is beautiful and that is what we have next on our list. Thank you for sharing your lovely little mess.

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  14. You just continue to make that HOUSE a HOME...with all the transforming you and Mr. Comforts have been doin! It looks marvelous!

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  15. I'm in the same boat you are - boxes, boxes, boxes. When we moved in, the painting wasn't quite finished nor was the kitchen, so I couldn't unpack much. Now the kitchen and master bath still need cupboard doors, and we need to get started on the built-ins for the family room, office, and studio. Like your Mr Comforts of Home, my husband does all this when he's not working! ::Jill

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  16. Penny, the chandelier is gorgeous! Can't wait to see the others!

    Hugs,
    Donna

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  17. Love the chandelier Penny and I don't even see the mess when you have so many pretty things to look at. Thanks for participating in the Kitchen Reveal next Wed. You have a great kitchen.
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  18. Hi Penney, looks like Mr. Comforts will be busy lighting up your life for a while!

    I was recently searching images online for ideas about how to display my new red tole tray and I came across a beautiful arrangement of 3 trays. The largest one looked very similar to mine so I clicked on the image. I was rather surprised to find myself in your old bedroom! LOL! I'm so interested to see how you use your old things in your new home.
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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  19. Love the new chandelier and how handy Mr. Comforts is....the house is coming along so nice....check out my blog post today....I think you'll enjoy the joke.....

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  20. Lovely, making wonderful progress. It is alot of work having a new place, but such fun to decorate.

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  21. OH those floors, Penny! And that lovely butter yellow of your walls. Just beautiful! My daughter is trying to talk me into that color and I wanted deeper..what to do, what to do!! :)
    To see it coming together!
    Did I say OH THOSE FLOORS! :):)

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  22. It looks beautiful! And I absolutely love the hutch and the way you have the dishes displayed!!!

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  23. Wow, Penny, your home is coming along beautifully! It all looks gorgeous. I am loving your new bathroom, that tile on the floor is just wonderful, as are ALL the changes you have made. I had to go back & look at the kitchen too to see what you've been up to. You must be SO happy with everything. You have a great eye for picking out just the right thing. Can't wait to see more. Great lighting too!

    And how fun to get together with Rhondi, Mary & the other blogger for lunch, that looked like a delightful day.

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  24. Lucky you being married to Mr Comforts of Home as I am married to Mr. Call the Handy Man and just write the check:) Your new home is lovely. Looks like you are having fun with decorating and I loved the tip about the gray base coat over a dark color.
    Joyce

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  25. Hi, Penny,
    Your chandelier looks lovely. I love your hardwood floors, too. You are very lucky to have a handy man husband to take care of these sorts of things. I enjoyed my visit with you today and our phone conversation also. Have a lovely weekend and thank you for stopping by Bunny Cottage for a visit! Vicki

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  26. Penny,
    I love the chandelier...it's so perfect for your space. I just got back from my daughter's in High Point this morning. It was almost a repeat of the drive last Saturday...well not quite as far! Good luck with the rest of the electrical stuff this week!

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  27. Remodeling gets on your nerves real fast, I've learned. Thank goodness you've got someone around who knows how to get things done!
    Brenda

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  28. woweee, that's gorgeous! Yay, for hubbies who can put up heavy chandeliers!

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  29. O, your chandy is absolutely beautiful...your dining room is coming along so nicely and I just know it is going to be so beautiful.

    I can see Mr. Comfort is going to be very busy for a long while. Isn't it so nice when they can do these things instead of having to hire it done!!?

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  30. Penny even though you are still decorating it still is liveable..neat..clean..love the choices you made.
    Love and light and gratitude to you for encouraging me while I walk my healing journey.

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  31. Don't you just love a man on a ladder? It means something fun is getting done. I have that tile on the floor in one of my bathrooms. Just love it. Your fixture is gorgeous. Mimi

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  32. Good morning Penny. Thank you for the invite into your home. Who cares if it is a work in progress. We love any bit we can see. And I see it will be stunning. The chandelier is beautiful. Just the perfect one for your dining room. Surprised? Not me, you are a wonderful decorator.

    Thanks for your comment today. I did add a 'show off your cottage' post of our daughters kitchen. You might enjoy it. You have seen her breakfast room which is part of her kitchen. Yeah, when you have a minute huh?? Laughing.

    Hugs xoxo, Jeanne

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  33. Penny,
    Your furniture looks stunning in this new home. That chandelier...dreamy of course. It's beginning to look allot like home now. You must be like a kid in a candy store.

    Karen

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  34. LOVE that chandy Penny...and a big hug for Mr. Comfort....what would we do without our wonderful hubbies !!!

    Kathy :)

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  35. I love that light fixture, everything is looking so great!

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