Ceiling Medallion

04/21/2012 § Leave a comment

Because the original ceiling had a huge crack on the plaster, we had to replace the parlor floor ceiling.  We tried our best to save the stunning plaster ceiling medallion, there is no way to re-use it.  We will keep it in our basement for one day maybe to cast it.

The ceiling looks naked now, so we are searching for the right medallion.

Momo and I am both not very decorative, so this is hard one for us to decide on.  I think the best way to approach it is to see what kind of shapes appeal to us : geometric.

Here are some options I’ve found so far.

From here and here


Door: Crackle finish?

04/15/2012 § Leave a comment

Last night I got this idea to crackle finish our salvaged doors instead of:

1. Painting them solid white : easiest and clean look, but would love more texture…

2. Trying to rough-sand them to keep some texture / color.  Lot of work and who knows how long it will take.  The last time I tried to strip our marble fireplace, it just became tons of painstaking work AND I had to get it professionally done at the end.

Maybe it was a late night delirium…  Will have to consult Momo about this idea.


Here’s DIY Crackle finish + shopping list!

“Apply a base coat of paint to the project surface, and let dry. The base coat will show through the crackled top coat, so choose paint colors that contrast nicely. ” (from here)

Get the supply from here.




A bit of shine

04/12/2012 § Leave a comment

Ocher’s Arctic Pear chandelier is stunning – but for those who love the look but the $$$ is a bit much, here are some similar designs also beautiful.

(close up of it)

Take a look at it in person – Ochre Store in Soho, NYC.  3 Tier one is around $5,000.

Bling Chandelier/Semi-Flushmount by Robert Abbey. Slightly over $1,000.   The wire detail is slightly different.  (update: we saw it at a store called Plantation in LA – and although it is quite beautiful, we think we will go with something more modern!)

Still with the shine. 

Lucia 3 light oval chandelier.  Around $850.

light ACTION 2

04/08/2012 § Leave a comment

Yesterday I shared with you my new project soon coming –

Here is a beautiful fixture selection – too bad it’s in Australia and the voltage is 240V… Maybe they can change it to 110V!


lights ACTION!

04/07/2012 § 1 Comment

Trying to allocate all the light fixture around the house is tougher than it sounds!  Esp when visualizing how it will look in each space AND be conscious of budget.

List continues.

(from here)

So, to keep it simple and within budget but looking authentic, I ordered a bunch of light parts to put together couple of the hanging pendants!   Not quite sure if I’m crazy to add more work onto my already overloaded plate, but hopefully the results will be worth it.

Still need mounting hardware and some little pieces, but I’ll ask Felix (our electrician) what to get.  I’m hoping our electrician won’t kill me for giving him more work!

I ordered it all from Grand Brass

Will keep you updated~~


04/02/2012 § 2 Comments

Lighting fixtures can set the mood of an entire space – so find something that you love!

Loving this one!  Modo Chandelier – starting at $3,600, not sure if this is in our budget.

Vertigo Chandelier – it’s actually very large and can make quite a statement at $1,400.



spot lights!

03/26/2012 § Leave a comment

Here are some options.

Lite Source LS-16151C Oksana 1-Head Spot Light Wall/Ceiling Lamp, Chrome from here

WAC Lighting QF-LED171X Orb LEDme Quick Connect Track Head LED Spot Light


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