Friday, April 30, 2010

When One Door Closes...Another Opens


This fabulous Comet Pendant was selected to hang in my future design studio. If you've been reading this blog for any time the Mystery Design Project posts have shown clues for this project. I can now share that I have been working for the past few months on securing a space in the developing City Center of the community I live in, Villebois. However, with the current economic environment and so many factors that would only bore you to read, this dream is on hold. For now. I can be patient when required, and I look forward to making this dream come to life in the not too distant future.

Interestingly, the day I found out I would not be moving forward with the design studio I secured my first small writing contract from a very popular resource for design inspiration! So, how bad can life be? Once this writing project is published I'll let you know where to find it. Working on this assignment has been a complete blast, and hey, if anyone else would like to hire me for similar work...give me a call!!


Of course all of this leads to the question, where to hang the Comet Pendant until I open the studio. Do I put it back in the box? Let it continue to hang from the fixture above the piano, getting confused looks from guests? Or do I find another home for it.


Taking a tour around my home, the only place it made sense to hang the fixture was in this small hall off the family room. I like it here for a few reasons. This is a completely bland and forgotten little corner in the house. Also, I have been wanting to bring more color and a bit of whimsy into the adjacent family room and kitchen, and this is a good start.


To hang this fixture I used a Recessed Fixture Converter. I love this product! It allows you to quickly and inexpensively hang a light fixture where a recessed light is located.


As the recessed light hole is larger than the caps on most hanging fixtures a ceiling medallion is also needed. This would not be an issue if you were to hang a ceiling mount fixture.


To bring color into the hallway I decided to paint the medallion turquoise, a color similar to the fabric covering the slipper chair in the family room. (If you think this is a bad idea, read on.)


Next the recessed fixture was removed and replaced with a junction box using the conversion kit.


The medallion was then taped into place so that it wouldn't get in the way while the light fixture was installed.


After the pendant was hung I quickly inserted one bulb and ran out to flip the breaker switch in the garage, wondering...does the light work?!

Yes! And can you believe these outrageous shadows?


Then the rest of the bulbs were inserted. This took nearly as long as hanging the fixture!


Just one problem, the turquoise medallion. It was not working for me, at all. Just too much going on, creating a distraction.


So I pulled out the ladder, again, and repainted the medallion with a color to match the ceiling.


Much much better.


I love it hanging here...a wonderful inspiration for other little updates to come.

59 comments :

  1. Love the shadows! You might have a hard time moving it once your design space becomes a reality!

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  2. Gorgeous whimsical comet...looks perfectly at home!

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  3. I'm sorry to hear about the studio not working out right now, but excited (and not at all surprised) to hear about your writing contract! That's awesome!

    That pendant is the perfect thing to give that little spot some personality. I agree with your decision to paint the medallion out so that nothing distracts your eye from the fabulous fixture. LOVE IT!

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  4. Everything happens in due time, it's just a delay not a deny.

    The writing opportunity is surely the rainbow at the end of the storm. I know you'll be great!

    The comet pendant is perfecto in the hall. glad you repainted the medallion. i was a little nervous there for a minute ;-) Have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. The lighting fixture looks awesome!!! So unexpected!! Love it!

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  6. I'm sorry that the design studio didn't work out, for now. I'm also so excited to hear about your writing gig!

    And the lighting fixture! It's amazing and absolutely perfect for that space. I agree, the white medallion is much better - it lets the light be the star of the show!

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  7. The light you picked is fabulous! I have been thinking about a small chandlier above the bathtub bur didn't want to go through the expense of converting the light. I had no idea it would be as simple as buying a converter kit. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Wow it looks so great!! I've been wanting to see this beauty installed for so long.

    Sorry to hear about the studio. I hope it works out soon!

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  9. Sorry to hear that your design studio is on hold....but I am sure it will all work out in the end. Cannot wait to see your first writing project in print. Congrats.

    Love the fixture, looks perfect there!

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  10. Whoa. This TOTALLY transformed that space. I love the shadows! And so glad that you repainted the medallion.

    Kelly

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  11. See, it all worked out in the end because that light is fabulous there! Great, as always.

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  12. The light is perfect there! I agree you might have to find another light for your studio! :)

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  13. Sorry you have to put your dream on hold for the moment, Janell! What a great idea to use the light fixture anyway. I love it! Great spot for it and love the shadows it casts.

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  14. Just the right thing to bring some sprarkle to your hallway. Love it!

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  15. That is a gorgeous light. Def a wow factor when you walk in the door!

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  16. Wow that ceiling fixture is GORGEOUS!! Did you design it? Also I love that blue chair!

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  17. Oh...that light needs to stay right there...you'll have to find something else for your office or buy another one...because that just makes the hall exciting. I'm all about decorating up the hall just as much as the rest of the house. I love that light!

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  18. It looks great in your hallway! What beautiful shadows it creates!

    Katie

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  19. I love it there! What a great addition to your hallway. And congrats on the writing contract!!

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  20. LOVE it! And thanks for showing the converter. I'm getting one right now!!!

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  21. Great post, thank you. It really is a beautiful fixture.

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  22. What a lovely statment!!! Love light fixture looks perfect there :)

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  23. Love, love, love, love, love it! That is the most amazing light fixture ever! Loving the shadows!

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  24. I hope it makes you happy to know how happy your blog makes me! I'm so glad I found it-- love your style, girl!

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  25. First, congratulations on the writing job, very exciting! I'm so glad you decided not to store it. It really makes an area that could have been overlooked extra special. The fixture is so unique.

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  26. That is so beautiful and I like the neutral paint. I don't think you'll want to part with it when your studio comes a calling!

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  27. Wow...so a lot going on in this post...first up, so sorry about having to put the studio on hold. Here's hoping it won't be a long hold. Second, congratulations on your writing contract!!! Very exciting!!! Can't wait to see it!!!
    Finally, the fixture looks lovely. Good call on repainting the medallion.

    Have a lovely weekend, my dear!

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  28. omg what a great piece of news. love writing jobs, so fantastic for you!
    and that light fixture is pretty fantastic too.
    have a beautiful weekend lovely!
    xo

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  29. Oh my it is beautiful and gives off such a statement! I love it! Sorry about the studio but I can't wait to read you in print :)
    Take care
    Kristin

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  30. Love it!!!
    So different but so perfect:)

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  31. Janell you are a life-saver. I had heard about such a converter months ago & forgot what it's called to even google it. I have a home riddled with outdated spots and would love to try this. I wish I visited your blog more often, never enough hours, as it is always tremendous. You'll get that studio some day & then will be the perfect time. Coming to Portland next weekend. Save some nice weather for me! Have a lovely weekend x

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  32. Absolutely love it. How feminine and mysterious and absolutely magical. Love it.
    Lee

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  33. Love the light - looks great! I've been looking for something like the recessed light converter, but stopped at home deport and they had never hear of it, couldn't find it ont their website either - do you have a link or any more info - I'd love to get my hands on a couple. Thanks!

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  34. Beautiful fixture and I hope that your shop becomes a reality in the very near future!

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  35. That is seriously one of the best lights I've seen for a very long time. And thanks so much for the tip about the converter...I do hope they're available in Australia...I have just the spot! I'm sure with your skill and style the studio will be a reality sooner rather than later. All the best.

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  36. Okay, I've gotten a lot of inquires about where to find the Recessed Fixture Converter. In a quick search and I didn't find it online, but it is made by Hampton Bay, Transitional Collection. I buy mine at Home Depot for around $10. I will find a link to it somewhere, when I get a bit more time, and post about it. It truly is a wonderful tool to use in home improvement!!

    Janell

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  37. I just found your blog at Lime in the Coconut. Love it and love the new light fixture! I'll be following ;)

    ~Rachel~

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  38. ... adds alittle sparkle to the hallway, it's great!

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  39. Happy Saturday Sharefest!
    I am in LOVE with this light fixture. I want one. RIGHT. NOW.
    Where can I get one?

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  40. When I saw this title on SITS I had no idea I was going to be covered with paint and exhausted after visiting. All that hard work has paid off in one amazingly beautiful little nook.

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  41. Love the light fixture. I have yet to update in our kitchen... Now I'm truly inspired to find something fun!

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  42. No way will you want to remove this gorgeous fixture for another home! It is too perfect for this spot! By the way, congrats on getting a writing contract. Your blog fans obviously impressed! I would love to have you come visit my new site: graciousinteriors.blogspot.com. If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

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  43. It looks beautiful... so dreamy!!

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  44. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!
    And thanks for posting about choosing the wrong color (blue)...gives me some hope...I feel like I'm always choosing wrong!

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  45. Hi My Sweet Friend!!!! I am sorry your space is taking longer than expected. Isn't it always something? On the other hand I am OBSESSED, I mean head over heels OBSESSED with the home you found for the light. If I was there I would just stand there and stare. Can't wait to see what project awaits you!

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  46. meant to be, no? the perfect place for that light all the while was in your own home...congrats on the new venture; just keep the original dream alive...

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  47. Aww man! That is the perfect place for that chandelier! And you know what? My living room might be the perfect place for one too!!! I'm headed over to the website now;)

    I hope you're having a great evening!

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  48. Like others I'm looking forward to your finding a source for the converter kit. I can't find it either, at the store or online. I'm wondering if it has anything to do with electrical regulations...I mean, if we can do it ourselves it might not be "safe" i.e., we don't have to hire an electrician?

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  49. Bling, Bling, Shari! That little hallway may end up to be you favorite place in the house! I would think you'd get inspired just walking by. Don't lose hold of the dream for a studio. I moved out of my house 4 years ago, and I love the additional space, the cred it gives you as a designer, not to mention getting your home back. Hang in there...you'll do it soon especially with all the writing contracts you're going to get! You go girl!
    www.divinedistractions.blogspot.com

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  50. I am so in love with your chandelier and I sooo need to email you a pic of my living room chandelier... think you'd like it! :)
    Great discovering your blog!
    Toma

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  51. The dream will come, girl. Just keep working hard- it'll happen! That is a gorgeous light fixture!!

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  52. Love where you hung your light fixture. I can't quit staring at the picture I just love this light fixture!! Kathysue

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  53. I hate when you have to wait on something you really want to do...Love this medallion though...! :)))

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  54. FANTASTIC. This has given me a great idea for replacing a row of awful recessed fixtures in my hallway....

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  55. This has to be one of the most fun light fixtures I've seen in ages! I reminds me of something Candace Olsen would choose. Hats off to you for installing it yourself too!

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