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Satellite + A Schoolhouse Giveaway!

This giveaway is no longer accepting entries. Congrats to Jen (entry #1650) and a huge thank you to Schoolhouse Electric for hosting!

It’s official. We have light!

Way back when we gave you the first tour of the house, you might have noticed that the majority of our ceiling fixtures were chandeliers – all of the same glass variety. Those will ultimately go, and while there are still a few of them hanging around (literally, ha!), some of them were replaced with inexpensive flush mounts until we can swap them with something better suited to our tastes.

But now? We have our first chosen light fixture hanging in our entryway! The very generous, very sweet and very amazing folks at Schoolhouse Electric knew we were (scratch that – still are) in the process of transforming our almost-130-year-old house back to its former glory, and they kindly offered to help with a fixture of our choice. Hold. The. Phone. Yes!

Schoolhouse was on our must-visit-list when we traveled to Portland not too long ago, so we were thrilled and beyond grateful that they wanted to partner up. Considering their shop is bookmarked in our browser toolbar, we had a long list of loves, but in the end, Scott and I eagerly decided on the Satellite 6 pendant in the natural brass finish for our entryway (now just imagine that those tall baseboards have been installed, too!):

Lighting is obviously a transformative element to any room (this is no secret), and that brass finish is a game changer. Well, no, it is, actually, solid brass (no veneer here!). From bulb to bulb, the fixture is 19″ wide, and we chose a 13″ drop for the stem for two reasons: ONE) Anything too low would look a little funny as you come down the stairs, and TWO) from the sidewalk, it’s framed perfectly within our transom window. Truly, it’s beautiful, and we couldn’t be happier.

The kicker? Our Schoolhouse browsing spree had us eyeing more than a few items for later on down the road. Bedding? Furniture? Office supplies and kitchenware? Until we visited their brick and mortar store in Portland, we had always thought of Schoolhouse for lighting eye candy (which we all know to be true!), but they kind of have the whole house thing covered:

Some of our favorites, seen above: waxed canvas utility bag, Aiden candlesticks, buffalo plaid throw, steel utility stools, matte gold serving utensils, and Ion table & desk lamp. We urge you to get lost in their whole shop; go, go!

As if we couldn’t love (love, love) these guys enough, they not only offered us a little treat, but they said, naturally, let’s team up with a reader, too! (I mean, of course!) And so together with Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., we’ll be giving away $200 towards anything in their store! Using the Rafflecopter widget below, enter as many ways as you’d like. The giveaway is eligible for anyone in the world and runs through this Friday, February 21st until 5pm CST, and the winner will be announced within this post. Good luck and happy entering!

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This post is in partnership with Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. We were gifted the Satellite 6 pendant light in natural brass with G40 clear bulbs (these bulbs are huge!). Opinions and lighting love are all ours.

  • Jessica - February 20, 2014 - 7:24 PM

    Love, love that ceiling light fixture!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica @ Dear Emmeline - February 20, 2014 - 7:47 PM

    Thanks for the great giveaway! We’ll be redoing our “new” 1910 home staring tomorrow!! Some new lighting would be great!ReplyCancel

  • kelly rae - February 20, 2014 - 8:12 PM

    the light fixture is amazing :)ReplyCancel

  • FaithK - February 20, 2014 - 8:41 PM

    Love SE’s style!ReplyCancel

  • Liz Miles - February 20, 2014 - 9:54 PM

    That light is amazing!!! It looks like something you could attempt to DIY with metal piping if you can’t afford the real thing!ReplyCancel

  • Michael B - February 20, 2014 - 10:39 PM
  • karen - February 20, 2014 - 11:28 PM

    i want one of everything!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - February 20, 2014 - 11:38 PM

    Love Schoolhouse Electric. Thanks for providing a giveaway option for those of us not on social media!ReplyCancel

  • Martine - February 20, 2014 - 11:38 PM

    Looks beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • Caris - February 21, 2014 - 4:40 AM

    I’ve just discovered your blog from the BHG blogger awards and I’m hooked. I’ve started reading from the beginning (I’m about half way through now) and I’m already trying to think of ways to convince my partner to let me put more colour on the walls, and finally hang up some art like we’ve been meaning to do for ages (although finding a spot amongst all our sloping a-frame walls makes it a little difficult!) Your website is definitely an inspiration and a new must read. Glad I found you! :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 21, 2014 - 8:46 AM

      Caris, wow, that is impressive! Haha, we hope you didn’t mind all of our crazy rambling at the beginning… Oh, boy. (And thank you so much!)ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte - February 21, 2014 - 5:21 AM

    I love Schoolhouse electric!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - February 21, 2014 - 7:24 AM

    What a statement! We’re in desperate need of new lighting in our 1978 time warp home.ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - February 21, 2014 - 7:58 AM

    Love the new light!ReplyCancel

  • L - February 21, 2014 - 8:19 AM

    Looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie W. - February 21, 2014 - 8:26 AM

    Love Schoolhouse & your light fixture!ReplyCancel

  • Hails - February 21, 2014 - 10:30 AM

    Since we’re buying a house this year – we’re gonna need this!ReplyCancel

  • Emily H - February 21, 2014 - 10:58 AM

    So many beautiful options!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - February 21, 2014 - 11:52 AM

    So pretty! Portland rocks – went there on our honeymoon!ReplyCancel

  • lisa - February 21, 2014 - 12:38 PM

    Love your site! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Susan M. - February 21, 2014 - 1:11 PM

    Holy catfish — I want one! Awesome giveaway, thanks so much for the opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • cheryl - February 21, 2014 - 1:51 PM

    Love the fixture!ReplyCancel

  • Eileen - February 21, 2014 - 3:47 PM

    That light fixture is so beautiful! I love seeing what you guys are doing to your home–maybe especially because we rent so we can’t do anything on this kind of scale. :) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!ReplyCancel

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  • Rachel - February 21, 2014 - 4:15 PM

    That fixture is killer! It’s a whole different vibe!ReplyCancel

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Media Makeover

Over the last couple of weeks, our monstrosity of a temporary media setup had finally got the best of us. Kim was tired of looking at three gigantic (although fantastic sounding) speakers (okay, me too!), and we were both tired of craning our necks to look up at the television screen perched precariously on top of the center speaker. We decided that my beloved JBL setup would end up on Craigslist or eBay, with the assumption that the funds would go toward new Definitive Technology in-wall stereo speakers and a new center channel speaker that is much smaller and easier on the eyes than the one it replaced.

Those speakers, a new wall mount, and an afternoon later, we’ve gone from a center-channel-speaker-television-balancing-act to a sleek new setup that sounds great.

The project started with an innocent conversation (weeks ago), where we asked each other, is the media cabinet maybe – just a little bit – too tall?; this, in turn, led to our decision to take it down a handful of inches. Enter my handy cordless circular saw and a drywall bucket to handle the heavy lifting. Five minutes later, The legs were chopped down by three inches making a huge difference (it no longer looked like it could’ve been a former desk or sideboard, and instead, looked like an honest to goodness media center!), and we were moving on.

I had previously marked all of the studs with blue tape, and while we were fairly certain that our wall cavities were spaced perfectly, we tacked up the included cutout templates and went ahead and triple-checked all of our measurements for the left and right speakers. (Note the size difference between old and new equipment!)

We had installed the new wall mount earlier in the day, so we draped a tarp over the TV and got to chopping up our perfectly good drywall. If your home is more modern that ours, you’re likely cutting only through drywall, in which case a drywall jab saw is all you’ll need. Cutting drywall can be intimidating, but it’s not difficult. Take your time and measure a few times to be certain of your spacing and avoid time-consuming repairs.

Once we had the holes cut out, we dropped in-wall certified speaker wire down through the wall cavity and placed speaker connections directly below them to avoid having to run cable horizontally through the studs.

As mentioned, the project took the better part of an afternoon, but we’re really happy with the results. The speakers sound great and can even be painted later on to help them disappear more seamlessly into the wall.

While we were at it, I found some industrial strength stick-on Velcro in a junk drawer and stuck the HD antenna to the back of the TV screen. It hasn’t affected the signal quality as of yet, but time will tell. Regardless, it’s a huge improvement over its previous home flopping around in a wiring rat’s nest behind the cabinet (and you know how much we hate that). Below, you can see that the mount allows for the television to angle towards the dining room (and kitchen), and in the same way, we could swing it towards the front window, too – dining al fresco while watching the tube? We can do it!

At the same time, it collapses back onto the wall pretty flush, something that was on the must-have list during my online shopping:

Admittedly, we’re still a little torn on the finish of the cabinet, but the clean new look somehow makes it seem a little more tolerable in the meantime. With so many other decisions going on around the home, this one is no hurry.

We’re not sure if our green velvet chair will stay in the living room or go up to the studio (rather, we’ve been toying with the idea of an under-window bench), but we love how the deep, rich hues tie together from room to room. To top it off – literally – we hung Kim’s grandparents clock above the whole set-up (a sentimental hand-me-down), the icing on the cake.


Baseboards + Winter

Baseboards! We have them!

In the nook room, anyway. Out of all the things to do in this home, our funny little room has quickly become the one that’s taking priority – not out of necessity, no. But for a room so small, in all honesty, it’s just easier to tackle. Our first adventure in a really bold color? Yes. A new light fixture? Yup! Art for the walls? Okay, you get it. And when it came to baseboards, the smaller cost was easier to swallow in addition to our first practice go-round.

We picked up the total length we would needed last Friday evening (in addition to the same amount in quarter round), I painted everything on Saturday morning, and by early evening (while also juggling a few other projects), we had everything cut and installed. On Sunday, Scott caulked the seams, and I spackled the nail holes and finished it up with a final coat of paint. (We used Behr exterior paint in Ultra Pure White semi-gloss.)

For now, we brought the baseboards around the corner, but the living room is still trim-free. Add to that the studio, the studio storage room and entryway – all of which adds up to one pretty, shiny penny. We’ve hit a series of road bumps in this last week (one of them being an emergency visit to the vet for our Libby girl; we’re counting our lucky stars that she’s fine now!), so we’re a little unsure of which room makes the most sense to tackle next. The foyer? (So we can then paint the stairs?) The living room? (So we can move forward with other design decisions?) The studio and storage room? (So I can finally start getting my systems in place?) The impatient nut job inside of me screams all of them!

We’ve been working on retro fitting sturdier shelves for the bookcase in this room, and we gave it a good rug attempt that didn’t work out in the end. (We’re thinking maybe our Flor may work though?) We’ll also need to add a window sill in here – since we’ve spied Jack trying to rest his chin on the inner window casing – but in the meantime, we also need to focus some energy on lower-cost projects that’ll make a big impact now (i.e., painting rooms and organizing the messy zones). Scott and I both hit a wall this past weekend – each of us at different times, naturally, adding to the feeling of chaos. There are still so many unpacked boxes, a room that’s literally been dubbed The Scary Room, and I’ve grown (beyond!) frustrated that my clothes are still in bins.

We blame winter. (Right?)

Despite this, we’ve been making a lot of progress, and although we’ve been really, really trying to stay mindful of working thoughtfully and slowly, it’s just as easy to get caught up in doing everything all at once! I do have a hard drive full of photos and other works in progress to share, but I must admit, this week has been a strange one (for too many reasons to count). So with that – and with a seemingly unassuming post on baseboards that turned a corner! – we’re saying TGIF. Even though it’s Thursday. And we’re wishing you a happy, happy day full of love tomorrow, this weekend and yes, every day afterwards.

See you next week!

Psst… Through Valentine’s Day, February 14th, take $14 off anything in The Print Shop with the promo code NAILEDIT14!