Hello from down south (down further south) in New Orleans! I’m away on a work trip this week and after a day of travel, I laid in bed, ordered a big ol’ salad via Uber Eats (my first time trying it out – like Uber for food delivery, if you aren’t familiar), and consumed said salad in bed while watching This is Us. Pretty perfect evening. I’ve been here a few times but have never really been able to explore much of the city. This is my second time staying at the Windsor Court and that is something I most definitely can recommend. The entry almost resembles a large private courtyard; here’s a little peek of what greeted me when I pulled up in the cab.
I know, right?! But, I wanted to pop in and give an update back on the home front. Remember in my under the kitchen sink organization post when I briefly referenced the foyer lighting saga? So here’s the story. I am starting to work my way through the house, slowly updating some light fixtures as we are able. If you are standing at our wall of windows in the great room, in one line of sight you can see five light fixtures that I didn’t care for. The ones where we went with the standard offerings in the interim when we were building. There are three up on the catwalk, one in the great room walkway underneath the catwalk, and then the main foyer light. The first I wanted to tackle was the entry light and I knew while I was at it, it would make sense to go ahead and switch out the other nearby light. Because it is under the catwalk, I didn’t want that light to compete with what I ultimately hang upstairs or the foyer light, so I planned to switch it to a can to match the cans in the coffered ceiling.
Are you still with me? Ok, good! So, I snagged this lantern I had been eyeing for a long time a few weeks ago. Because the foyer ceiling is 9′, I went with the small. So, here’s where it gets tricky – at least for us who are pretty self sufficient but are a long way from being carpenters or well versed in home improvement projects that involve cutting. The builders centered the foyer light in the center of the room, not with the door. If we were going to hang a new fixture, it needed to be done right.
My husband quickly learned his way around light boxes and and new tools; he first converted the walkway light to a can. Then, he removed the foyer fixture and set to work. There was no joist where the new light needed to go so he had to use a fan brace in the ceiling to provide support. This isn’t a DIY post (I wouldn’t even know where to start) so I’ll skip to the chase. There was a lot of trial and error between deciding the best approach, hanging, and ultimately patching the previous hole, but… IT IS FINALLY DONE! Giving the patchwork a final sanding and slapping some paint on was one of the last things I did before heading out of town.
This is where we started…
…and this is the final result. I’m so glad I decided to switch the front light into a can to really let the foyer light be the star of the show.
You can tell here why we took on the project.
It wasn’t 100% done and I hadn’t shared the details yet so I didn’t mention it, but it even made an appearance in my recent Spring Home Tour. Did you catch it? See it back there?
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SUCH a huge improvement. I’m working on replacing the catwalk fixtures and when I do, I’ll share the full view of the entire lighting situation.
| Darlana Lantern |
The bottom of the fixture hits just at 7′ above the floor.
This was just the starting point we needed to get us moving; Dave is ready to tackle more projects with his new skill and I am ready to kick some of my “bleh” lighting to the curb. There are also a few more foyer updates that are pending (isn’t that always the case?) but stay tuned for our next round of switch ups and refreshes.
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Signing off now but I may be back on Friday to share our organized stationery desk and junk drawers 😉
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