Our Home ... Celebration Week!

Happy to announce we made it through a week's worth of celebrating ... family and friends in town to visit and share in the excitement of Callie's graduation!!

Last week I shared a piece of my backyard and announced I had two days to get this looking pretty.  Two days? I was asked several times.  Yes, two days.  My own timeline because I knew the rain was coming and I just wanted the area to look a little prettier. The lower patio was where I wanted Callie and her friends to be able to have their own party within the party!

A few flowers and plants for pots I already had ... and a quilt for my hammock ...

I have used the kids' graduations as an excuse to spruce up and splurge on a couple of items ... I bought four of these huge lanterns from PB 3 years ago for Erin's party.  I have used the hell out of them!!

This year I had electricity run down to the patio ... you can see the lights wrapped around the trees holding the hammock.  They look so pretty at night!  

You will notice another reason I don't have Charlotte's backyard ... there is a trampoline back there (do you spy the legs in the photo above?) and it has to stay for a while longer!!

A view from our deck ... things set up for Callie and her friends ... 

That is Don's bamboo shooting up in the background ... he is on a mission to create a Bamboo wall.  It has been a slow process, we don't think there is quite enough sunshine back there, but it is coming along!

Later this week I'll bring you the "Adult" party and my Splurge on the Upper Deck!!

Making the world more Beautiful.  One Room at a time!



A little Chandelier "how to" ...

Do you know the best trick in determining the perfect size chandelier or lantern for your room?  It is so easy and will make your decision process so much simpler!

Take the dimensions of your room ... 20" X 15" ... add those together ... 35" ... that should be the "perfect" diameter size for your room.  Now, this is not hard and fast ... you can go a little smaller or a little larger.  It depends on the look you are after.  But this is the starting point for your hunt!

This week for the One Room Challenge we are working on several details in the room.  One of which is choosing the overhead lighting.  There are already 4 can lights.  We have put them on a dimmer switch and now we need to replace the White Fan!!

Here is our Lantern inspiration:

But at $1,050 ... we are looking for something similar.  The four lights, the "openness" of the sides and the bottom so it will cast light. 

Okay, but a little too "gothic" and only two bulbs ... 

Ballard Designs
The Winner!  From Ballard Designs.  Softer lines, 4 bulbs and open!

Check in tomorrow to see this lantern in place ... and a few more improvements!