The 2018 To-Do List and a Lighting Update!

It’s the start of a new year, and the start of a whole new (BIG) to-do list for the house! 2018 is going to bring some exciting and dramatic changes to our home, and I could not be more thrilled. We took a bit of a break in December, and I realized never shared the progress update for the lighting situation!

Sidenote: Thank you to everyone who responded on my Instagram poll a couple weeks ago! It was educational and interesting to see what you love reading on the blog, what you would like to see more of, etc… You guys apparently LOVE the home reno updates, which is great! There will be many of those in the upcoming months, so stay tuned in!

Downstairs Project List:

  • Add recessed lighting to the living and the playroom
  • Change out fixture in the study
  • Replace foyer and front hallway lighting
  • Hardwoods (YAY!)
  • Kitchen Countertops
  • Kitchen Backsplash
  • Decorate!

Upstairs Project List:

  • Change lighting fixtures in the kids’ rooms (2)
  • Change my closet fixture
  • Repaint the guest room
  • Reno guest and master bathrooms

*The upstairs projects are hardly considered priorities at this point. Everything up there is functional and visually tolerable at the moment, so these things (especially the bathrooms) will likely not happen soon.

Back to the lights… At the end of October, I shared the kitchen lighting situation and inspirations with you here. After deciding the existing black pendants made more sense in the new dining room, we moved those and also added four recessed lights.




Andrew did a fantastic job running the electric and repairing the sheetrock! I was left to decide what went back in the kitchen.

Let me tell you that picking out lights has been the hardest thing I have done for this house to date. I HATE online shopping 90% of the time… I’m much more of a see/touch/feel shopper, and it’s hard for me to choose well just looking online. There was a lot of returning done before I found what stuck.


I started with the light over the table and eventually landed on this brushed nickel drum. We need more light than what a standard Edison bulb provides, so I ordered some bright LED bulbs.

Because we moved the island out of the kitchen (a good decision – the space is nice), we needed a ceiling fixture as opposed to a pendant or chandelier. I eventually settled on this large, plain brushed nickel flush mount. It looks boring because it is, but anything else just looked… funny. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but this space is a little weird. Although boring, it’s somewhat of a non-issue, and now I am free to do something a little more dramatic in the front hallway/kitchen entrance.


Because we “moved” the dining room, the chandelier we originally purchased has to go. It’s way too large to be functional in what will be the study/office. (Not ideal, but live and learn. I’ve never renovated a house before. Don’t look at me like I have a clue what I’m doing…)


I was shopping around online last night and found what I want for this space!


You can read about my inspiration for the office here. I think this will work really well with an eclectic vibe and/or as a statement piece for a more traditional feel. It’s on sale for under $100, which is a good deal any way you cut it.

Thanks for reading along! I can’t wait to show you how things are going over here… It’s a crazy ride, but we’re rocking and rolling. I’ll be sharing some of my ideas for the kitchen counters and backsplash soon.

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