We wanted a fixture that was larger, and had a pop of color. And since we are crushing on navy right now, this wall mount light from Rejuvenation fit the bill perfectly. This is where it starts getting funny. We took off the old fixture and the hole was filled with yellow jacket nests. Hilarious?
Sometimes when things that involve bugs, spiders, or one time a toad–long prank story, grrr–and our house I get this overwhelming feeling that, “We can’t live here!” I am a big-time wuss. These feelings came flooding in when I saw those hives. Must. Leave. Luckily they were abandoned, and we have pest control (for sure!) but still. What a terrible joke.
After Chris coaxed me to come back outside, installing the new fixture was easy-peasy. Turned off the power, installed the new mounting bracket and all the wires matched up perfectly. There wasn’t a random purple wire that left us scratching our heads. All very straightforward.
And, voila! Isn’t Carson a beaut?!
But, there’s one more detail that has us laughing our heads off.
It is so short, it’s comical. The hole is placed pretty low to begin with, and the larger fixture definitely brings a lot more attention to that fact, but we also didn’t account for the down-turning fixture when we decided on it. Oops. Ha…ha..ha! After we finished laughing (really), we decided we truly love the light, and want to make it work. So rather than exchange it, we’ll rearrange some siding and electrical work, which will surely be a lot more challenging than just rearrange this and that, and raise it to a proper height.
Besides the height factor, we’re smitten. That navy is the perfect amount of color and the spring board for the rest of the patio decor.
A special thanks to Rejuvenation for partnering with us for this project.
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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Over the weekend Brooke (our social media manager) and I went to the Parade of Homes in the Raleigh area and it was so fun to get a feel of how other people in our new area are living and living large! The purpose of the parade is so that home builders and designers can […]
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