Tuesday, January 17, 2012

changing it up

shortly before grant and i were married, my mom told me that her and my dad had planned to buy us a bedroom set for a wedding present. i was ecstatic. extremely grateful with an extra ounce of guilt. it just felt too generous. which should probably be my parent's middle name. oh i love them. and miss them :(. the set has been great for us. we got lucky here because our bedroom is huge and our set is too. but now that we've finally been able to spread them out and really enjoy them, we'd like to break up the monotony of the pieces. we're prepared for how HUGE of a project this is but excited for the change too. eventually when we buy a house, i'd love to put different pieces in different rooms but we don't have that luxury for now. 

for awhile i've really wanted to find a pair of vintage sconces. i love a little hollywood regency influence but am learning fast that too much of it can go in a gaudy direction. back to the sconces. so one night i was telling grant about my love for them and what i pictured etc. i hadn't really put any effort into searching for some because... well i don't know? not even three minutes later he had found some on ksl (utah's amazing classified source... seriously NOTHING like it in any other state)(craigslist doesn't even hold a candle to it). they were everything i pictured and MORE. czechoslovakian crystal sconces from the 50's. complete with european electrical plugs (we have to use a converter). which in our humble opinion, only makes them better. one thing that makes these eclectic treasures slightly inconvenient is that the light fixtures fit only european size bulbs. but thanks to ebay and only a few dollars we had them here in 2-5 business days. we didn't know where we were going to put them but knew that they belonged in our home somewhere. 

a few weeks later while we were out and about estate sale-ing, we stumbled upon an old junk shop. we were out in the back in a barn when i spotted a big gold mirror on the wall. $15 dollars later it was ours.  after trying every wall and not finding a good spot, we decided to take the mirror off the dresser and put  up our new beauty. after that we added the two sconces and voila! we are planning to change up the dresser but for now, here is our before and during. oh and i better make sure it's known that grant polished every single dusty crystal. which made quite the difference and now the lights are super shiny! and hopefully i will figure out how to conceal or distract away from those annoying bulky cords. linked up here.

before:


during:

16 sweet thoughts:

kelsey and murray said...

britt, that is absolutely perfect! you have such a fun style. i was just thinking a day or two ago that i am so sick of some of the stuff we have and i need to figure out what "style" direction i want to go.

ALIX said...

Brittany! I love those sconces and the mirror! How perfect! For a split second, when I was looking at the second to last picture on this post, i thought the dresser was navy but, it's black. But still, I think navy would be chic! Or any color really! I seriously can't get over those sconces! And I love your hot pink skirt! Ok... anyway. miss you girl!

David and Shalynna said...

I agree with you, KSL is the best. I miss it a lot. My favorite part is how you can see a thumbnail of the picture without opening the link. Wish Craigslist would do that.

I love how this looks! The brass mirror picks up the drawer nob and handles well and what a pretty mirror!

Tyler and Jess said...

I cannot handle it...just cans't! It's too much! I just love it!!

Mallory said...

gorgeous!

Shawnee said...

soo pretty!

Keighley Fleming said...

Looks so fresh! I think they are the perfect touch in contrast to the black, solid furnishings.

PS. Don't you hate how sconces have electrical cords? I wish they could be battery operated or something... In my old room I had sconces flanking a leaning mirror and I finally had to go get cord covers bc they bugged me so much.

communikate. said...

Great finds lady! I'm jealous.. Craigslist in Portland sucks. Everything is way over priced (because everyone wants mid century/vintage/antique stuff.)

michael. mindy. dane. said...

looks awesome! that mirror is a-ma-ZING! i want one!

trudy...{and jamo} said...

umm ok...in LOVE with the mirror. You know me, I have a thing for mirrors. The sconces? wow. so chic!

jenn said...

I love the gold mirror. It all looks fantastic!

abby said...

you guys always inspire me with your projects. LOVE the mirror and sconces!

angela hardison said...

this looks so great! that mirror and the sconces... both amazing finds.

Reimstar said...

I really love sconces too, but I'm kinda intimidated by them, because I don't know how to deal with electrical stuff...love love love!

A Lived in Home said...

Love black and gold! The mirror is fabo!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Love that mirror!