To the light in my studio, I love you. Like, a lot. (Scott, too.) Even though you’re surrounded by paint bins, drop cloths and cans of mineral spirits, you still look so fine.
You’re so… big. And bright! Oh, happy, happy sigh.
Um, but, really. We couldn’t be more thrilled with our lighting purchase. However, this is not the happiest of lighting tales (although the ending is), as it could easily contend with the saga – turned love story – of our kitchen fixture (more on that right here).
As far as studio lighting goes, I had one major criteria: I needed lots of it – to detail each and every puppy paw that passes my painting table, of course. After finding this pendant at the Lamps Plus Open Box Outlet (for close to half the original cost), I knew it’d be the right fit. The four bulbs it required would allow all the light my heart desires while being clean, classy and, again, big. At 24,” the size alone was bound to create impact – especially in a room that’s only 8′ wide, but the style and shape would add elegance and simplicity. As an open box item, I knew full well that I risked minor defects – but I didn’t care. The price was right, and my decision was made.
After paying for said light and receiving confirmation, I was told a week later they oversold it. Yes, I was peeved, but let’s just say an ensuing customer service snafu had me seeing red, so I set my sights elsewhere. The problem is, nothing else fit the bill. I was stuck on needing four bulbs. I had a small budget and high hopes. After weeks of (literally) dreaming of the one that got away, Scott took the reigns, called Lamps Plus, and pleaded our case. I obnoxiously perched too close for comfort and tried to whisper things like, tell them it was their fault! They owe us! Nag, nag, nag! I hate to be that person, but desperate times… well, you know.
In the end, he sealed the deal for under $200 (not cheap by any means, but worth every penny, close to 30% off the retail price, and it’s built like a champion), and we got our pendant. And because they oversold the open box variety, we got a new one. Win!
And a day before install, you might remember that this happened:
In a strange twist, this is the light that we were replacing with the new honker. No one was hurt, but dang crashing glass can make some noise. We’re still not sure how it happened, but we’d like to think Helen had a little something to do with it. Creepy timing. And to tie this whole mini saga back to the beginning, the suicidal light is actually the original kitchen fixture from Lighting Love Story number one. Whoa. Now that’s full circle.
As for the fauxdenza – it’s done! You can also see another in process project in the first photo (spoiler), but more to come on all those things. One step at a time, remember?
Now, who wants to get some customer service stories off their chest? Anyone?
See more of our studio ideas on our Pinterest board, right here.