Category Archives: Lighting

Nursery Inspiration

We will hopefully find out the gender of our new baby within the next couple weeks! I’ve already been thinking about how to decorate the nursery.  We’re going to make the north bedroom the nursery. Here is what we have to work with, and some fun trips down memory lane:

The bedroom as it was when we bought the house from Grandma. Walk-in closet, shown, remains.

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Memorial Antiques & Interiors

It’s been a cloudy rainy week in Houston and today was no different. During this afternoon’s rainstorm, I spent a few hours on my day off wondering around Memorial Antiques and Interiors with my friend, Matt.  The store was a sight for sore eyes!  Here, I’ll show you around the store…  πŸ™‚

I thought the colors of this old grain bin were so pretty.

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Let it Shine


Let your light shine. Matthew 5:16.


 I’ve had lighting on my mind lately as we’re honing in on our electrical layout for the farmhouse.  Lighting design for a home is a little more tricky than I thought it’d be.  There’s task, ambient, and source lighting  – each with a different purpose. Depending on the planned use of each space, there are a certain amount of lumens that should be available. What’s a lumen? It’s a basically a unit measurement for quantity of light.
For example, the kitchen needs task lighting over the counter tops so it’s bright enough to do work. Kitchen work space requires more lumens than say a hallway would.
So, to help ourselves organize what we need where, Blaine has developed a spreadsheet for each space in the house. It lists the ideal amount of lumens needed per room, the corresponding number and type of light bulbs, and it also captures the cost per fixture.  It’s easy to find light fixtures which meet the design criteria, however it’s been really difficult for me to find fixtures which meet the criteria …and are pretty to my eye …and which don’t break the bank!
So for the past few months, I’ve been spending a lot of my free time combing the internet and every antique & consignment store in Houston (and the surrounding countryside) in search of the perfect light fixtures.

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And there was light

And God said, β€œLet there be light,”… 
Morning sun coming up from my Houston office

…and there was light.

Genesis 1:3

At grandma’s house, the living room always seemed a little dark. My mom and uncles thought that they remembered having large casement windows on either side of the fireplace growing up.  Blaine and I checked Stillwell’s house plan, and saw that windows were indeed meant to be flanking the fireplace in the living room.

Blue arrows point to windows flanking fireplace

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