Tag Archive | living room decor

Let There Be Light!

A recent one-act dramedy, taking place in the living room.

Setting: Me, standing on a ladder wielding the drill and trying to put a large hole in the plaster ceiling.

In walks Stuart, looks up at me, face twisting into a grimace.

Stuart: “Usually when I walk in and witness you holding the drill and crying, it means a project for me.”

Me: “Don’t worry, Stuart. I was merely whimpering.”

Stuart walks away and tries not to feel needed. Me, now cursing whoever invented plaster and this old house, tries to continue making a hole in the ceiling, ignoring the arm pain that is caused by holding a drill over your head for way too long. Then I am struck by a bright idea. Perhaps this is my opportunity to show Stuart how much I need him! Besides, every now and then a guy needs to be needed, right?

Stuart to the rescue!

Stuart to the rescue!

Scene 2: Me, now drinking a beer with feet up on the ottoman, watching Stuart put up my light. What is better than that? And we all lived happily ever after, or close enough.

Let There Be Light!

Let There Be Light!

The light was needed in this living room, not only for light, but for visual PAZAM!  It was my birthday present from my mom, who will buy me whatever I ask for without any thought to how it will be installed. A no questions asked sort of confidence policy. She would not want to damage my self-esteem or anything. When Stuart entered the scene above, I had already faced some turmoil with this light. I broke the inside shade that was supposed to conceal the lightbulb. The baby was “helping” me and I was frustrated with the plaster ceiling. The directions went something like: “open box, install light.”

Light fixture, in the store.

Love at first sight… in the store.

The baby "helping" me.

The baby “helping” me, holding the raceway.

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Even with the exposed lightbulb, it looks nice and I had no idea how complicated that raceway stuff is to use. If you want to conceal a wire running across your ceiling, it is great. Here is a tip: Put the wire into the raceway, clip it closed, and only THEN do you stick it to the ceiling. After it is up, it will fade away and not be too noticeable, I promise.

Raceway, used for concealing electrical wires.

Raceway, used for concealing electrical wires.

Installing raceway.

Installing raceway.

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And of course, one thing leads to another…. Now I need to get curtains to conceal the wire running along the window to the plug, which also needs to be replaced.

Living Room Light.

Living Room Light.

It is at these times that I am so grateful for Stuart and I can’t believe he puts up with me.

© copyright 2013 Mariam d’Eustachio.

Symmetrical Force!

sym-me-try, noun 1. the correspondence in size, form,and arrangement of parts on opposite sides of a plane, line, or point; regularity of form or arrangement in terms of like, reciprocal, or corresponding parts. Dictionary.com.

Symmetry is a force to be reckoned with. In design, it provides balance and adds a sort of equilibrium to a space. It establishes order and adds an element of harmony to design. It can be purposefully ignored, but at your own risk. You may find yourself perpetually tilting to the right or spinning in circles all because your room is off-kilter. I crave symmetry, to a fault. It is me trying to impose order on my surroundings.

I buy fruit in pairs. (See above paragraph.) I decided that I needed to spruce up my house a little for the trick-or-treaters that would soon be stampeding through my yard. I rounded up the two pie-pumpkins I had bought at the farmers’ market and some candlesticks for my mantle.

Simple Fall Mantle.

It does not have to be complicated! These pumpkins are doing double duty, as soon they will become my Thanksgiving pies. I got excited by the mantle re-do and decided to spruce up the lady in the foyer as well. Prima visited her dress-up box and the lady got a new Fall look too.

The Lady. Ready to greet my trick-or-treaters.

The simple mantle re-do made me realize how important symmetry is. It is the backbone of a good design. I love how the two found chairs I recently added to my living room accentuate the symmetry in the room. They add to the conversation area and provide a spot for snuggling up to the fire and yet the room still feels balanced.

Found chairs.

If you are in shock over this awesome find, don’t worry, you are not alone. All you have to do is start a blog that says how much you LOVE to find good trash and people just start calling to tell you where the good stuff is. No joke. It is now a neighborhood watch sort of activity. And if you are lucky, you may just find a pair.

© copyright 2012 Mariam d’Eustachio.