new chandelier and ceiling fan

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

I am so happy to report that my LED light bulbs came in and look awesome!!!  If you missed my post on the new chandelier, I was having serious problems with the yellow/orange Edison style bulbs that came with it.  Wrong color being put out and definitely not enough light.  You can check that post out here.  The new LED's put out a nice, clean, white light and are crazy bright.  I even light the look of the globe bulbs better.  Win, win!!

I can't get a real decent picture with the lights on, but I wanted you to get a feel of the color.  It's just so much better!  These are the LED 4.5 watt (40 watt incandescent equivalent) G25 clear bulbs.

Here's some side by sides for reference if you run into the same issues I had.  The 2700K (warm colored bulb) is the 30 watt incandescent Edison style bulbs that came with the chandelier.  Most Edison style that you find are 2700K.  The 5000K (cool colored bulb) are the 4.5 watt LED's in a globe shaped bulb.  The shape obviously doesn't make a difference with color, just pointing out the difference.  The color is incredibly more clean.  The LED's we purchased are dimmable, so we may put them on a dimmer switch in the future.  But just look at the difference.

When the electrician came out to swap out the light bulbs, he was also able to get up the new ceiling fan in the living room.  I love it!!!  It's updated, sleek, and doesn't have a boob light :D We were ok with going with a ceiling fan that doesn't have a light kit because the can lights in here put out more than enough light.

This sucker pushes out some air too.  I'm a big fan.  Hardy, har, har ;D  And in non-light fixture news, you might have noticed I swapped out pillows for a change.  Really like the feel those two indigo pillows bring in.  

LIVING ROOM SOURCES:  large indigo pillow // indigo lumbar pillow // white mudcloth couch pillow // jute rug // chairs // sofa // lumbar pillow // coffee table (similar here) // metal accordion table // bamboo blinds // white drapes // DIY mudcloth pillows on gray chairs // DIY lacquer tray // 3 round mirrors - Pier 1, sold out (similar here) // DIY sunburst mirror // round marble vase - Homegoods // table lamp - TJ Maxx (similar here)


home safety

Friday, January 27, 2017

We have so many solicitors that come through our neighborhood.  Usually, they leave information at the door without even ringing the bell.  But there have been a few occasions where shady people come through, become violent with homeowners who are not interested in what they are "selling", and have even tried forcing themselves into homes.  That's just plain scary.  We have always had a policy at our home that we don't open the door for people we don't know.  Period.  I don't care how well dressed or nice someone appears.  I'm not opening my door for you.  It's not a risk I am willing to take.

I just heard of this happening again in our neighborhood so I wanted to share with you guys a couple of home safety additions we have added (in addition to our regular home security system) that are helping to keep our family a little more safe.  This is not a sponsored post, just something that's been on my mind lately.  I have added a couple of affiliate links for your ease if you are interested though.

1//  RING DOORBELL:  We installed the Ring Doorbell Pro.  I first came across this awesome video doorbell in a neighborhood Facebook post where people were talking about burglaries in our area.  This video doorbell is hardwired into your doorbell wiring, replacing your regular doorbell.  It connects to your smart phone to give you live views of your porch (night vision as well), phone alerts when motion sensors are activated, phone alerts in addition to your regular bell chime when someone rings, records video as soon as the motion sensors are activated, and has two-way audio allowing you to communicate with the person at your door without you even having to be home.  It's amazing.

Here's a screen shot that I just took of a live view:

And to show you an example of the video, this started recording as my husband walked into the motion sensor zone.  You can hear what sounds like faint wind chimes in the background.  That's his cell phone notifying him that the motion sensors have been tripped.  Pretty cool!

And then check out these customer videos on of people caught in the act.  Scares me, but I can't stop watching!!!

When solicitors come to the door, I can speak to them through the Ring doorbell telling them that I'm not interested without having to open the door.  I could do this out of town, and they would have no clue if I was actually home or not.  Which is exactly what you want if it's someone posing as a solicitor.  If I'm held up with one of my kids or in the shower and can't get to the door in time to let in a repair man, I can tell them I'll be to the door shortly so they know not to leave.  Love this thing.

Also, I want to mention that we added this wireless repeater (or WiFi range extender) because our wireless router is no placed too far from the doorbell.  We couldn't get the doorbell to work at first because we didn't have a strong enough signal.  A repeater is a game changer.

2//  BEWARE OF DOG SIGN:  This was originally placed more as a reminder to our lawn care team in case we haven't put our dog in his crate yet.  We don't want our dog bolting out if the gate is left open.  But, it is proven that having a Beware of Dog Sign on your fence is a deterrent to someone who may consider entering a backyard to gain entrance to a home.  We recently put up this enamel sign I customized from Ramsign and let me say I'm a big fan.  It's pretty (something you can't say about most Beware signs), but will also stand the test of time and look as good several years from now as it does today.

What added security measures do you guys use?  I love that there are so many cool options out nowadays!

chandelier problems

Monday, January 23, 2017

The first of this month I mentioned we were having a new chandelier put up in our entry.  I was BEYOND excited over here.  You may have even seen the progress shots in my Instagram story last week.  Old chandelier came down, new one went up and I feel in love.  Isn't she pretty?!  I went with the Varick chandelier from Restoration Hardware.

The day progressed and the color of the light bulbs started to look a little odd.  Night fell and we had a full up problem.  The bulbs are straight up yellow/orange and put out minimal light.  Bleh.  I have the Edison style bulbs up in our powder roomand they are a nice clean white.  The bulbs that come with this chandelier most definitely are not.  Now, this wouldn't be a problem if I was into the gothic vampire scene.  But I'm not.  Here's a phone pic I snapped that night.


I wanted to bring this up because had I thought about this before hand I would have searched out a different chandelier.  You might be asking yourself, "Why look for a different chandelier?  Just switch the bulbs out crazy lady!  Not a big deal."  Finding different bulbs was a nightmare.  There are a number of reasons why:

1) This chandelier will take no greater than 30 watt bulbs with a medium sized base (there are 16 bulbs).  You cannot find replacement 30 watt bulbs.  Try going to the store and asking for a 30 watt bulb.  The salesperson will tell you to hang on just so they can bring all their buddies over to laugh at the woman asking for a 30 watt bulb.  You can go down to a 25 watt incandescent bulb, but they're going to be less bright and will still have a yellow color cast, though not as yellow as the Edison style.  Doesn't solve the brightness or color problem.  And since they're incandescent, they won't last as long.  This is in a two story entry.  I'll have to get a handy man out with a skyscraper ladder just to switch out the burnt out bulbs.

2) You could go with a different style bulb in LED, which will give you more light in less wattage and solves the color issue if it's a color 4000K or 5000K (K refers to the Kelvin color temperature scale where warm yellow bulbs are 2700K and cooler white bulbs are 6500K).  But, it's almost impossible to find LED without the white plastic piece that covers part of the base.  That poses a problem with this chandelier since the bulbs are completely exposed.  Arrgggghhhhh!!!!

3) Now, you can find LED Edison style bulbs, but you've got to be very careful to make sure the bulbs have a 5000K color.  Most Edison style are 2700K, which give off that horrible yellow/orange cast.  The clean white 5000K LED Edison bulbs are EXPENSIVE.  I would have spent $300 in light bulbs alone for this chandelier.  Que me banging my head on the table and gnawing my fist.  This option made me sick to my stomach.

I now know more about light bulbs than I care to after searching the internet high and low for a solution.  Two solid days of searching and I did finally find a solution.  Praise The Lord!!!  It cost me $100 in bulbs, which I still think is completely obscene, but when I compare it to the $300 that I could have spent, it feels like a win.  I found these globe style bulbs in LED without the white plastic piece and in a 5000K bright white.  They're 4.5 watts (equivalent to 40 watt incandescent).

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I just need the electrician to come back and install them.  I think he's avoiding me.  He couldn't get the ceiling fan up while he was here either.  Turns out not all down rods are created equal :/

Hopefully I'll be sharing finished pics soon!

DIY custom kitchen drawer organizers

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The first of the year organizing bug is no joke.  Something about getting Christmas decor put away and seeing the house clean makes me want to tackle all of the little drawers and closets.  Clean all the things!

I was putting dishes away one morning and as I was trying to shove my hand mixer's beaters into an already out of control drawer I decided enough already.  Today is the day I organize these drawers once and for all.

Let me walk you down the before path.  There lies a hot mess behind these two drawers that I use multiple times every day.

It's a cluster free for all.  There is zero attempt at even organized chaos.  Whatever drawer is less full at the time utensils get put away is the one it gets shoved into.  Hopefully the drawer will close afterward.

My initial plan was to buy premade inserts, but after looking around online I knew I wasn't going to be happy.  I knew they wouldn't fit the drawer properly and the slots would never be right.  Then I came across this tutorial on Kevin & Amanda and it was like the Heavens opened and angels were singing.  There it was, the most perfect solution!  I ran over to my local home improvement store and got to work.  You may have seen my story on Instagram about it a few days ago.  A few hours later (damn drying time) I had this.

The left drawer now houses mostly baking utensils.  The back is all open for larger bulky items.  The thin long section towards the back has my narrow icing spatulas and a cake/pie server.  Hand mixer beaters have their own spot next to the ice-cream scoop.  The measuring cups and spoons each have their own space.  And, I'll never loose my cookie dough scoops anymore now that they have a home.

The left side is mostly regular cooking utensils.  The very back has some BBQ stuff that doesn't get used on the regular.  Apple slicer and corer toward the back.  Corncob zipper and peeler in one spot.  Big spoons in another.  I'm most excited about the larger, longer tools having spots so that now they can't lay on top of other junk and keep me from shutting the drawer.  No more loosing the tongs and can opener now that they're up front.

I love that the wood looks like part of the drawer, which wasn't planned, just happened to work out.  The best part of this project is that you can create any arrangement and size you want!  And since the wood pieces are only glued to each other, not the drawer, you can pull it out to easily clean the drawer if needed.

I seriously cannot get over the difference!     

PROJECT DETAILS:  I spent $15 on the wood.  I used the 1/4" x 4" poplar craft wood that's in the little cubbies underneath the regular sized pieces of wood near the bottom of the aisle.  I had to do was cut down my lengths for the different sections.  I ended up using regular wood glue since I couldn't get ahold of the glue they used in the tutorial.  It worked well, just make sure you clamp it and wait for it to dry.  Waiting is not a strength of mine, but it's worth it in the end.

Now to decide which drawer gets tackled next!

new light fixtures

Monday, January 9, 2017

A little background story for you first.  When we built our house the plan was always to change out the builder grade light fixtures.  I know that sounds kind of silly, but since it wasn't a custom build we couldn't bring in whatever light fixtures we wanted, we could only choose from what they had available.  We weren't thrilled with the options.  Given that, we went with a lighting package that had bathroom vanity lights we liked and then just planned to switch everything else out over time.

Most of the fixtures have been switched out, but the one that bothered me the most was still here.  The dust collecting beast in our two-story entry.  Ugh.  There's no getting those glass shades clean and they keep getting worse.  It drives me nuts.  We've been waiting to change this one since it has to be hired out due to the height.

For Christmas, my husband had me a pick out a new chandelier for the entry way and I couldn't be more ecstatic!!!  So long sucka!  Here's what I chose:

How gorgeous is it in this dining room?!!

Oh, and I even came across a smaller 9-light version of the new entry chandelier here for under $200 that is definitely worth sharing!

Since we're going to have an electrician here with a massive ladder, we figured we might as well have him change out our living room fan.  Now, in a perfect world, I would put up a chandelier in here.  It would look AWESOME.  In fact, my friend and neighbor has this one up in her living room (we have the same floor plan) and it's jaw dropping.  But, I'm an angry person when I get too hot, so a ceiling fan to help move air around in the summer is a must.  The one we currently have really is perfectly fine.  The bowl is another dust and dead bug collector though.  The light kit on the bottom does nothing to add to the light in the room.  And well, you probably know my feeling about boob lights.

Here's what it's being replaced with:

Different color, but I just love how streamlined it looks in these rooms:

Pretty pumped over here!  I'll definitely share photos once they're up :)  

Disclosure:  This post does contain affiliate links. 

best of crazy wonderful | 2016

Friday, January 6, 2017

I have finally crawled out of Christmas vacation mode.  Both kids are back in school and I'm getting back into a groove.

As we start this new year I just want to stay a huge thank you to all of my readers.  Thank you for all of your support.  It truly makes this little blog of mine a fun place for me :)

I'm starting this year off as I did last year with a best of Crazy Wonderful.  If you're new here, you may have missed these posts so this is for you!  Click on the link below the photos for the full post with many more photos and details.












I honestly have no plans for 2017.  That's not saying I don't have things do to or that I want to do, it's just that I don't know what all I will end up doing.  I've always been a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl when it comes to getting things done around the house.  And as soon as I typed that I reminded myself that I doing actually have something in the works :D  It's my first project for 2017 and I'll share my plans with you next week!

Happy 2017 everyone!!!



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