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Monday, March 16, 2009

Meta Monday: It's all about the lighting

It's Meta Monday again! Are you as excited as I am? You know how I love to see all the metamorphoses (metamorphi?). Mine is nothing spectacular, but it makes me ridiculously happy.

I'm sure you wonder where the gazillions of dollars in the military budget go each year. Let me assure you, it's not on decor for military housing. See our fancy light fixtures circa 1971?



Oh yeah, wouldn't you love to look at this every meal? Oh, it's so hideous. It pains me. Pains me. The light is glaring and hideous.


Well, look at it now! Isn't it beautiful?!?!?! It took M about 15 minutes to put it up.


So pretty, so whimsical. So much better!


I bought it at a local chain store called Poco for 68 Euro, which is about $85. It can be used back in the US too. All we have to do it put 110v bulbs in it (we use 230v bulbs). For less than $100 and 15 minutes of work the whole look of the room changed. And it makes me ridiculously happy.

26 comments:

Allison said...

I always wondered how lenient they were about making changes to govt housing. We live off base right now, but will probably live on base at our next station...and I want to PAINT! I'm tired of white walls!

Martha said...

Light fixtures DO make a difference -- your new one is really pretty (and you can take it with you!)

Saucy Scribe Debora said...

I love the new light - something so small can often make a huge difference in a room - like new curtains in a different shade, I love the change with the seasons, make the whole room look different. Good job! :)

Saucy Scribe Debora said...

I love the new light - something so small can often make a huge difference in a room - like new curtains in a different shade, I love the change with the seasons, make the whole room look different. Good job! :)

marty39 said...

Oh, I do love the new chandelier. It is really gorgeous and what a difference it does make. Hugs, Marty

Brittany Ann said...

Just stopped in from SITS to say hello, and fell in love with your light fixture. It's so pretty. I love it. What a fabulous find!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

What a change! What makes it so great is how you love it so much to that it makes you smile. Thats what its all about...have a great one!

Chandy said...

Just beautiful! That looks great! Happy Monday!

Stacey said...

What a difference. Love the new one!

Denise K. said...

So pretty and it looks great! It's amazing what new lighting can do for an entire room! I just saw that you were in Germany...we have a friend in Overath...can you tell me what the time difference is from Germany to the states?
Thanks! :-)

Clean and Classic Interiors said...

What an elegant addition that adds such richness to the room! Beautiful!

The Lucky Mrs. T said...

stopping over from SITS.

SO MUCH BETTER!

I'm clapping....

Cynthia said...

OH, I love your new chandy, it looks just fabulous! Cindy

Fifi Flowers said...

Love the new chandelier! FUN!

DesignTies said...

Such a lovely update - and like you've said, whimsical and pretty!
I love finding inexpensive solutions that look fab!! How great that you can bring it back to the States with you, too :-)
Victoria: EdinDesign Interiors @ DesignTies

Linda said...

That is a lovly light fixture...so pretty and airy. Great improvement! Linda

Tooj said...

Hi, I am visiting from SITS roll call. How crazy am I if I say that I LIKED your circa '71? LOL Somehow it takes me back....aaahhhh. :) I hope your Monday was terrific.

susan said...

That was SOOO worth it! Looks happy!

Joy said...

Soooooo pretty!
I'm waiting for my plane tickets so I can come see it in person. ;~)

ellen b. said...

Your new light is fabulous!! I like it...

janet said...

oh your new light is beautiful, fantastic choice. I bet you are really enjoying it.
hugs
janet

Melissa Miller said...

It is stunning! :)

What a beautiful change.

Linda/"Mom" said...

*** Congrats on making your quarters more Y*O*U!!! How LOVELY and how FUN, and I KNOW you are just thrilled!!! It always makes SUCH a difference when you do things like this~~~ and I "GUESS" I should know... My husband was Army for 38 years(yes, 38 ~ that's NOT a typo!). We moved around 27-28 times, spending 18 years in Europe over that time, two in Saudi Arabia & two in Vienna, Austria. Making/creating a new home was always such FUN, but working with gov't quarters certainly wasn't such a dream most of the time (in later years as great as quarters GOT, we STILLLLL had those white walls!)~~~ ANyhoo, wanted to say hello, & THANK YOU and YOUR HUSBAND (& your children, too!)for all your many sacrifices~~~ AND for keeping your sense of humor about it all! YOU ARE VERY MUCH APRECIATED, believe me! Most warmly, Linda

Cathy said...

I have stayed in temporary, furnished housing so I feel your joy! It looks great and you can take it with you to new digs.

Jessica said...

Love it, good for you! I think it's great you try to make the best of your military housing. :)

Becolorful said...

Yay. So pretty. Isn't it amazing how good a new light can make you feel?
Pam

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