One telltale sign that someone is in the middle of a whole-house renovation is if they have completely lost their ability to make any and all decisions.
I am a prime example: Try as I might, I cannot decide what to wear, what to eat for lunch, whether to prepare coffee, what to say or do in any given situation without first consulting Pinterest.
I think it's the sheer exhaustion of it all. Regardless, today's article format should come as no surprise, as I present to you yet another moodboard – because how else will I know what my future home office will look like unless I've spent days – no, weeks – moving imaginary objects around an imaginary room?
So the first thing I did in this room is paint it blush pink. I'm full of surprises like that.
Next came the lighting choices. Of course I wanted brass everything everywhere, but because anything with even a smudge of natural brass tends to be waaaay out of my budget, my next-best alternative was to go for a neutral lighting fixture that would allow me to mix brass details elsewhere without looking like a random – and worst yet, an unsophisticated – explosion of metallics. Again, we're going for a sophisticated space with hopes that it'll help me look like I have my life together – which, in case you haven't noticed, I don't.
Anyway, I opted for the Carlisle semi-flush chandelier from Livex Lighting, which is toned down enough to be classy, yet sparkly enough to catch your attention. You can take away my hot pink decor and gold polka dots, but sparkle is where I draw the line.
Let me count the ways I love this chandelier.
I love the size; the home office/dressing room/future nursery is quite small, but the light feels like it fits the proportions without overwhelming the space. I also love the low profile of the fixture. As my search for the perfect lighting choices has proved, budget-friendly yet semi-appealing semi-flush or flush mount fixtures are nearly impossible to find. What's even better – Livex Lighting has an entire collection of the Carlisle chandeliers of various diameters and heights, so if you wanted to hang it over the dining room table instead, there's an option for that as well!
Finally, it should also come as no surprise that the delicate, clear crystal chains are my favorite feature of the fixture. Sometimes crystal details have a tendency to look a bit elementary, but not on the Carlisle!
As for what feature I wish I could change – the placement of the bulbs. When you look up, you can see a bit of the lightbulbs peeking out, and my OCD-stricken heart just can't handle it. I'll have to make another trip to Lowe's and see if I can find a low-profile lightbulb that'll fit a little better.
Does anyone else have random, off-the-wall pet peeves about light fixtures like I do?
Regardless, the Carlisle is definitely a statement maker – an unbelievable improvement over what this room USED to be – a disgusting bathroom. Yes, you read that right, but let's not dwell on it too long, okay?
As for what else we have left to do in this particular room: We have to install baseboards, window and door casings, finish the closet and install closet doors, finish laying the hardwood flooring, paint a second coat of "Morning Blush" and buy furniture. Sounds easy-peasy, right?
And now, ladies and gentlemen, it's time to unveil the long-awaited, oh-so-sophisticated home office moodboard! I think the Carlisle plays quite nicely with the rest of the metallics, don't you think?
Anyone else have any fun home improvement projects planned? What do you think of my plans for the office? If you could renovate your own workspace, what color palette would you choose? More importantly, what light fixture would you choose?
This post is written in partnership with Livex Lighting, who was kind to gift us the Carlisle chandelier. As always, all opinions and words are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!