More often than not, Ben and I are totally fine working on projects together. By now, I know how he thinks and am usually decent at predicting what he’ll need and how I can help. Then there are times that I feel completely and utterly useless. As was the case when removing and replacing the large living room window. Here’s an older picture to help you remember what the wooden gridded window looked like.
It’s huge, measuring 10 feet wide and 5 1/2 feet tall. Even though it’s divided into three sections, that middle piece is heavy. Long story short, getting that big piece out without causing us or surroundings damage was stressful, but well worth it. Not only does it match the rest of the windows now, it’s no longer a focal point.
(How am I just now noticing how off center the couch is?) Before, the darker wood looked heavy and the grids broke up the view. Without the break up, it feels bigger and brighter, while putting the attention on the views.
Framing, trim, and touch up paint still happen soon, too.
The new window isn’t the only panoramic view going on now. We finally have a real dining light. Specifically, the Panorama Chandelier from West Elm. Not sure why, but it says no longer available. Strange, I just ordered mine on the 14th.
It caught my eye months ago while browsing, but I nixed it because I thought the open bottom would cast a harsh light directly into our eyes. Almost with laser beam precision, burning our retinas.
After sharing other options, a few lovely ladies asked why this one wasn’t on the list. Which made me reconsider my quick nix of this beauty. Then I saw the 20% off lighting sale, and I had a 15% off coupon, so it hopped in my cart for $300 with shipping.
It doesn’t disappoint. Straight lined and simple, but the speckled mirrored glass is slightly glam and looks much like mercury glass. Dark metal is a nice match to the West Elm entry light, too. (See one of the arms in the reflection?)
Inside, there’s a slightly golden tinted layer that bounces the light around and makes the glow warm and soft.
Without a diffuser, the light still isn’t in our eyes when seated. In fact, even I have to crouch down a little to see the bulbs.
Three 25 watt bulbs are adequate to light the table, but not overpowering or blindingly bright.
We can finally eat in here now that the sun is setting earlier. Three cheers for function and beauty.
We’re nearing the end of our siding, so hopefully that wall will get a spray of texture and paint soon. Good thing the light helps draw attention away from the unfinished-ness.