We had a ‘Brickwarming’ party a couple weeks ago – a name lovingly dubbed by one of our neighbors – and we had every intention of completing two tasks before our friends and family came over to eat, drink and be merry: 1) Paint and stain the patio stairs, and 2) install a patio light above our built-in bench.
For every weekend we had available to paint that staircase, the rain blew in, and we were forced to add that to-do back onto next weekend’s list. On the sunniest of weekend days, we were either out of town or had guests in town. All this to say, it’s the end of October, and only one of those items was crossed off our list in time for the party, and it wasn’t those stairs. (This weekend, maybe?)
So, silver lining, our patio light was installed just in time! When we hung our DIY trellises on the garage, we mounted them high, knowing that we wanted to balance them out with a sweet little gooseneck above this window:
We have long loved the Carson wall mounts at Rejuvenation, but no matter how many times we measured the space above the window, it just wasn’t going to fit. The projection was either too deep, or the shades added too much height, and we knew that the final results would look squashed. Sadly, it was too tight of a fit.
But! I stumbled across the Carson 12″ gooseneck sconce, the tinier, sweeter cousin to the big guy! The toughest part was deciding between cobalt or green (cobalt or green, cobalt or green?), and at one point, we might have considered copper, too. In the end, we decided on the 12″ sconce in cobalt blue (who’s surprised?), and when it arrived we did a quick dry fit to test it in the space. Just right! (Necessary side note: Rejuvenation is having their annual Friends & Family sale, and every last thing is 20% off with the code FRIENDS16 through October 31st!)
We picked up this 75 watt LED bulb, below, with a list of factors to consider. Navigating the lighting aisle is always a little tricky, even for us, but these were our must-haves:
• The bulb needed to be outdoor rated. (Check!)
• We wanted a bright white light, with a temperature between 2700K-3000K. (Check!)
• Every light in our home is dimmable, and this one was to be no exception. (Check!)
Our sconce was installed by an electrician we’ve been working with for years, and he ran all new conduit from the inside of our garage, behind the pegboard wall. When he was finished, we couldn’t believe that the wall looked untouched! He did such a great job, and I’m happy to pass along his name if you’re in Chicago. A new dimmer switch was added right inside the garage (man) door, and having the extra light on this side of the patio has been a game changer.
As you can see from these photos, the rain seems to be following us around! Above is the view from our kitchen, and we’re hoping that we can get one more weekend of semi-warm weather to knock out the deck stain. We know this is wishful thinking, but we haven’t given up hope – yet.