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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Small Changes - Big Difference

I am always amazed at how sometimes a really small change just makes so much difference.  Living in the desert, AC and a ceiling fan in every room to keep the air moving are major necessities.  Just the right ceiling fan can also make or break a room.

Case in point my family room area next to the kitchen.  This isn't a big room at all - 12 x 15, but it is the place we like to hang out and we definitely need a ceiling fan.  This room has 81/2 Ft. ceilings.  I know that is a weird size, rooms are usually 8-9-10 and sometimes even 12 or like our living/dining  - two story.  Anyway the first ceiling fan I bought is the kind we usually buy, but it just seemed to overpower this small room.  All you saw was ceiling fan.  I changed it out for what they call a "Low Profile White Ceiling Hugger".  This makes such a big difference.  You don't just see fan.


See how nice this looks, it doesn't dominate the room.


This was with the Oil Rubbed Bronze one that I originally bought.  You notice the ceiling fan before you notice anything else.  (This one is moving up to the loft, it will be perfect there.)


The other small change is the candle sconces around my horse painting.  I wasn't sure if they kind of took over the space or not, but I think the wall needs them.  They look so nice and I really love them.  If you need something that makes a statement, these are it.  I got them at Z-Galleries and they are really inexpensive.  They come in gold and silver. (I was not compensated, I just like them.)


Here is the room without them -


and with them - I think they need to stay.  Especially since you don't just see dark ceiling fan when you look at the room.


I am still planning on replacing the brown wood blinds and adding drapes and new end tables, but all in due time.  Oh and I still need to figure out a gallery wall around the TV.  Is a room ever really done?  Right now I am doing nothing but watching the pool being built.  I am going to really, really enjoy it.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Beginning Of The Pool

It seemed like it took forever for the permits to get through the city, but things are finally getting started. I guess everyone wants a pool before the summer hits, so the city was back logged on permits.  I wanted to document the pool construction and thought you might like to follow along.


Friday 4/14 - They came out and marked off all the water and electrical lines and drew the pool out on the ground.  This was interesting to watch.  This gentlemen had the copy of the design that the city signed off on, so he started taking measurements in all kinds of directions so he could get everything to scale.

This is the architect's drawing of the pool.  I love the size, not to big or little and tons of cool deck on the side so there is plenty of room for chaise lounges.


 Then he used a string and some tape and spray painted the ground in the exact shape and measurements the pool would be in.  He was amazing to see how it all came together.








 Now we finally have the rough shape.


 The back bench  - - -


 The finished design showing the front steps and the total shape of the pool - -


When he was finished the supervisor came out and double checked all of his measurements.  Everything was perfect so now we are all set for the dig to take place.

 Wednesday 4/19 - The Dig!!!  Boy things started off bright and early.  The crew got here a little before 7AM .  The Superintendent came out and layed down a mat to cover the water meter box so it wouldn't get broken - -


 then the crew pulled up that was going to do the dig.


 Off came the bobcat and backhoe.


 One guy started hammering rebar in the outline of the pool  (That is the supervisor from the pool company with the cowboy hat)


 and the other guy started knocking down the fence.


 Now we were ready for the first shovel of dirt for the dig.  Yip - Skip - I am so excited.

As he dug the dirt the other one hauled it out to the dump truck.



 This guy must have made a gazillion trips back and forth.  He also had to go empty the dump truck 3 times too.  They dug a lot of dirt.


 As more of the pool is dug, they outline the shape with bender board.


 By 1:45 they were all done and even a backwash pit was dug up in the upper right hand corner.

This is our view from the end of the patio. 



That was a lot for one day.  You can really see the shape of the pool.  Plumbing and electrical is next.

 It is going to be so fun for this summer.  I can't wait.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

My Dining Room Chandelier

My chandelier came last week and I was so excited to see it.  I absolutely love it and think I made the right choice.  Now I just wanted to get it hung for Easter Sunday.  My electrical guy said he would try, and he was such a trooper.  He was going out of town Saturday afternoon so he came at 7 AM on Saturday morning to hang it.  Now that is way above and beyond what I expected.

So here it is in all it's glory -


Love it, I think it has enough presence for the room but is still open and airy so it doesn't dominate the space.





 I even like the way it looks as you come down the stairs.  If you have a fixture that can be seen from upstairs, then you have to make sure it looks good from the top too.


Everyone warned me not to hang it too low.  The general rule of thumb is 30" and this is 31".  I think it could have been a couple inches lower but maybe it's just because I have a shorter centerpiece on the table.


If you have been following along, then you remember these are the choices I was considering.


At any rate, I love it and think I made the right choice.  This was such a great find and price.  It came from Build.com and it sells for $153.85.  You can find it here.  I think this proves you can find some great buys out there and you don't have to sell a kidney to have a fabulous light.

I added some pillows to the host chairs to give them more presence.  It totally changes the look.





 I am having fun looking at this space from all kinds of different angles.  Isn't it amazing how something new just gives such a different look to the entire room.


 This was the beginning of my Easter table.  I added a couple of leaves on Sunday morning and redid the table for 8.  I love being able to visit with my family.


Ok, enough pictures.  Yes, I do like it.



So what do you think now that it's up?

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