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  1. September 11, 2014
    laura@imnotatrophywife.com

    I feel your pain! We splurged on two fixtures at PB and I love them above our dining room table! Not that anyone sits in there. At 5’2ish I have to look up at everything! laura

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    • September 18, 2014
      Tara

      Oh, Pottery Barn… why are you so wonderful and pricey? I could do some serious damage in their lighting department. I sometimes poise my finger over that “order” button… there are so many pieces that I LOVE.

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  2. September 11, 2014
    Janie N @copperjane

    I too am “living with it” in my kitchen & front door. I would love to replace both with nice fans. Why I love fans? I don’t know but would love them in every room. So expensive though 🙁
    I love all the wall scones you choose. Great idea to remove the crystals cause it is a totally different light without them. Nice! As for your dinning room. I love metal so I like the fixture but those shades gotta go. I am thinking a deep shade. Round, not tall (half the height of the old ones) Or a nice big 52″ fan would look great with the double doors to the deck in the background. They do go on sale if your really, really patient By the way, thanks for the Furniture Redo book. It was inspiring yet I have not picked up a piece to redo yet. One day 🙂

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    • September 18, 2014
      Tara

      Oh, Janie, you are SO right – those shades are hideous. I looked at Home Depot to see what they had to offer, but I think I may have to order something.

      And spray paint may be on the menu too – haven’t decided what… but I’m letting the ideas come to me as I stare at that giant, out-of-place fixture.

      I’m so glad that you liked the book! I have so many ideas for projects right now, but I have yet to grab a piece for my garage. Once we’re settled, Craigslist is going to be my new hangout. 😉

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  3. September 11, 2014
    Amber

    I love lights! We are upgrading all the lights in our home and I’ve lucked out too! Sometimes it’s just a matter of changing out shades or thinking outside the box. Our dining room light is on my radar and I’m a little stumped by it. Good luck!

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    • September 18, 2014
      Tara

      I need to get my brain into the creative zone, and not in the “hunting and gathering” zone. That light has potential (although sometimes I think its destiny is Craigslist or the dumpster) – I just don’t know exactly how I’m going to tackle it. Have you posted about your lights? I’d love to see them!

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  4. September 11, 2014
    Krista @ the happy housie

    Oh my, I do LOVE those clear sconces. Soooo pretty. 98% reno and 2% do I need to buy milk. bwahahaha. I think mine is only 0.5% on the milk. oops. Better get that percentage up:)

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    • September 18, 2014
      Tara

      That’s okay. You should see my fridge right now. Milk, plums, and four old boxes of pizza.

      I win. 🙂

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  5. September 13, 2014
    Danni@SiloHillFarm

    I love your lights and I too found out that lighting was crazy expensive. As for the chandy in the entry….I’m pretty sure you can transform it into something gorgeous!

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    • September 18, 2014
      Tara

      I’m going to try. My flooring guy came over to check out the floor, and we started talking about that dining room light. We decided that I should try my hand at spray-painting it.

      I hope it works. 🙂

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  6. September 14, 2014
    Marilyn

    Tara, lighting is such a tricky thing. I have such a hard time deciding which fixtures to get. You have a wonderful eye and your home is going to be so incredibly amazing! I can’t wait to see all your improvements!

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    • September 18, 2014
      Tara

      You’re so lovely, Marilyn. I don’t always trust my eye, and so when decisions like these come along, I sometimes get baffled by the simplest decisions. (I usually ask three people what they think, and then choose what I want anyways… such a weird process)

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      • November 9, 2014
        Em

        Can you tell me where the first pictures sconce is from (clear w Edison bulbs)? And re: the older style chandalier, I have almost exactly the same. I am thinking of removing the shades and leaving the bulbs bare, and using Edison style there as well. Hopefully it looks intentional and not what it is- a no cost solution!

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        • November 14, 2014
          Tara

          Hi Em!

          I got the sconces from a store called Pine Lighting in Vancouver – they have a fairly big online database. I’ll dig around and see if I still have the name of the fixtures.

          I still haven’t tackled the chandelier, but I like your idea of having the Edison bulbs as the feature.

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