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A Spankin’ New Dining Room Light (That Works!) with LexMod

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For this post I received a product to review from LexMod. All opinions (and tales of DIY gone awry) are entirely my own.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have caught mention several weeks ago that we accidentally broke our dining room light. It was one of those classic I broke the thing I was trying to fix situations that a lot of DIY enthusiasts out there experience at some point or another (please tell me it’s not just us!). The how part of how it happened isn’t really important, but suffice it to say we started out trying to adjust the length of the light and ended up with a light that would no longer turn on. I say we even though I wasn’t involved in the actual breaking–Justin did that–but I was in the room watching, so my role is kind of unclear. I was either a bystander or an accomplice, depending on how you want to look at it.

This was our previous light. You may remember it. It wasn’t anything super fancy–the shade was from Ikea and the cord/ceiling mount was from Home Depot. BUT, it looked pretty good and was getting the job done. Until it wasn’t.

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In truth, I was already kind of looking to move on from this light when we broke it. So instead of running to grab another cord from Home Depot, I thought, maybe accident = opportunity. I didn’t have anything really picked out, though, and I’m a very slow shopper. I wanted something kind of different, so even though my first thought was BRASS!!!!!! my second, more reasoned thought was not brass. A light had actually caught my eye on Design*Sponge a few months earlier. Well, the whole house caught my eye, but the light stayed with me. It was this one from Nina van der Goor’s tour (you should visit it, it’s amazing).

I found a similar light online from LexMod for an extremely reasonable price–less than $100 for the 16″ version and less than $200 for the 24″ version. Being the slow shopper that I am, I didn’t buy it immediately; however, when LexMod reached out about a collaboration, it was a serendipitously perfect match.

We have our new light now installed, and I’m so happy with the experience. The light came quickly and packaged well and was very easy to install. The cord was plenty long (nearly 5 ft), so it would work with even a really high ceiling. And most importantly, the light is great quality and super cool.

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If you’re not familiar with LexMod, it’s an online retailer that carries a great selection of mid-century and contemporary styled furniture and accessories, perfect if you love those clean lines or if you, like me, love an eclectic mix of just about everything. They source and sell directly so that their prices are good, and they are. This 24″ spool light retails for $181, and for the size it’s hard to find anything that really compares.

Justin thinks the light is sexy (especially at night), I think it’s whimsical, in a different space it could be retro or contemporary–clearly this is a light that can be all things to all people. So even thought I’m not necessarily happy that we messed up and broke our previous light (it would be bad to admit that, right?), I definitely think that as home improvement accidents go, this one turned out pretty well.

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Dining Room Update | 1

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When we moved into this house, I set three goals for myself:

  1. Share more progress.
  2. Remember that this house is your home, not just your project.
  3. Take your time.

So far, I’m not doing so hot on any of them. I spent almost literally all day Sunday obsessively painting trim when I really should have set aside some time for, oh I don’t know–relaxing, cuddling dogs, enjoying the great outdoors, eating Thai food, catching up with family, buying new pants (I lost two pairs of jeans in the move, and at this point I’m not sure if they’re coming back), etc, etc. This means that I don’t get to put a check mark next to #2 or #3.

With this post, I’m trying to take a step in the right direction toward #1 by sharing some update pictures that I’ve been promising for so long. I’m starting with the dining room because it’s the most relatively put together at this point. Of the planned updates, here’s what we’ve accomplished so far:

  • Refinish floors – Done! Love ’em.
  • Paint – I talked a little bit about my trouble with this color here, but it kind of grew on me, so I decided to stick it out with the blue(ish) and see what happens.
  • Replace baseboards – Coming Soon.
  • New light fixture – We’re going to Ikea Friday, and I may snag this one if it’s bright enough and I like it in person.

We’re also adding a few more items to the list.

  • Replace window and door casings – In addition to replacing the baseboards, Justin is going to work his magic on some Craftsman-style window and door casings, something more like this. We’re going to do these in white rather than wood, for the reasons that 1) the baseboards will be white, 2) it avoids the necessity to stain match, and 3) we just like it better. We are not, however, going to paint the windows themselves; instead we’re going with a white/wood combination, a la this:

    Painting the cross bars on old windows is a painfully tedious affair, and I find the contrast of the painted+stained trim to be more interesting, anyway. (PS, Bravo to the black handrail in that photo.)

  • Scrape the popcorn ceilings – I finally talked Justin into agreeing to this. YAY.

So the to-do list has grown more than it’s shrunk (at least work-wise), but I have a better sense of where the room is going, and that’s exciting.

Where the furniture/decor is concerned, pretty much nothing that’s currently in the room is going to stay long term. We’ve been looking for a new dining set for a while now. Just before we moved, we passed on two that would have been perfect because it didn’t seem like the right time to be adding more miscellaneous furniture to the moving effort. I still love our chrome/smoked glass table, but it doesn’t feel like it fits this space, and we’d like something that can accommodate more seating. I’d love to find a wood table and chairs with with (or the potential for) some knobbly upholstery.

Strategy-wise, this is an almost-square room with a symmetrical focal point, and it really wants a symmetrical design. But nothing nothing else in the room follows that symmetry–the window, french doors, and the living room entry are all off from the center–so instead I’m aiming for a winning balance. I’m not there yet, but I’ve got some ideas–like, for starters, a larger rug, moving the table/pendant more toward the center and in line with the windows, and finding scaled furniture or perhaps art to flank the french doors. That’s why I decided I better number these updates; there are bound to be more to come.

In other news, the couch is back, and the dachshunds knocked it out of the park! Pics coming soon!