Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Aqua Velva

I've been having that problem where I worry that my hodge-podge of stuff for the new house may look a bit, well, hodge-podge. So I rounded a bunch of it up just to see how well everyone mingled. A group date, if you will.

Imagine my surprise in seeing that they are almost all aqua. And here I thought I was an equal-opportunity decorator.

Every time, I swear I'm gonna change.

Every time, I do not.

But what I can tell you is this: It's more stressful than it should be to pick lights for every room in the house.

And what I can also tell you is: There's going to be some ferocious hodge podge up in there. Here's why: I just don't love a nondescript light. AND...I kept all of my vintage fixtures from the old house and the older house. (Read: It's free and I'ma use it.)

Imagine these baskets upended, handles hacked off, lightbulb glowing.

Do you dig it? Can ya'll dig it? 

I'm not entirely sure where they will hang, but oh, they will hang. You'd better believe they'll hang.

Now, what are your sincerest thoughts on the following scenario: Silver pendant, galvanized sconce, painted chandelier (pictured above), white barn lights or orangey egg basket lights (not sure which it will be) all in one room?

I'm so for real.

 I get it, it might be wonky. But you know? It might just be so wonky, it's right.

For anyone who cares, that aqua lamp was scored at a thrift store in Dunlap Tennessee for One Dolla! Good gracious. And to think some people collect t-shirts.

Frame: $5 at the shop in town.

Chair: $7 at a recent flea.

Tool box: $30 at Green Oak Antiques in Rochester. (Splurgey, I know. Don't even go there.)

Chandy: $90 eight years ago on ebay and I have loved it every day since.

Lamp shade: Ikea, because it felt wrong to leave without buying something.

Bar Stool: TJ Maxx by way of Angie Pants.

Funny story that I keep forgetting to tell you: Before I went to meet Angie (whom I had never met before) to get the stool, my mom kept accidentally saying things like, "Oh that's right, today is the passing of the stool!" and "So, how was the passing of the stool?" Every single time we both busted up. This from the grandma who still can't bring herself to say "poop". (She used to say "BM" but we have eased her into "stinky" over the years.)

Also, why do you even come here? Surely not to read BM anecdotes.

But here's where things get interesting. Barn Light Electric is offering a $1,000.00 gift certificate to one lucky winner. Second place is $500. Third is $250.

I know, we all say we never win anything. But yowza, this sure would be a fine time for my luck to kick it into high gear.

To enter, all you have to do is:

1. Take a look around Barn Light Electric's incredible website, and choose your favorites.

2. Feature your picks on your personal blog.

3. At the bottom of the post, include directions for entering
so your followers can enter, too
(you can just copy and past the instructions below to make it easier!)

Here's what I would pick:

I would so throw this up in the hallway, just to add further confusion to the earlier kitchen/dining scenario I rolled out just a few lines up.

I see you in the kids' room, warehouse pendant.
(And yes, I did say "room". As in singular. But we'll save that story for another day.)
So, what would you pick? Might as well give it a shot. After all, someone's got to win.

How to Enter:
  1. Look around online at Barn Light Electric and pick lights you’d love to own
  2. Feature your lighting picks on your personal blog, and link to the lights if you can!
  3. Copy/Paste these rules at the bottom of your blog article so others can enter
  4. Once your personal article is up, you must email your blog link to be qualified to win. The contest ends Monday, July 2nd, 2012
  5. Don’t have a blog? Find out how you can enter by reading the Official Rules


  1. If you love all your wonky (and wonderful) things, they will go together in a room. And I think I drooled all over my keyboard when I saw the toolbox, seriously, I would marry it if I weren't already happily married.

  2. I know I should be commenting on all your fabulous finds (fabulous stuff) and entering the contest (I will), but I was distracted by the grandma/B.M. line. Mimi (my grandma, whom I love dearly) ONLY says B.M. and it grosses us all out b/c we just want her to say poop. I could not even pick "B" names for my kids b/c of my last name starting with an M because of the association. Sorry for the overshare. I have yet to bond with anyone over my Mimi's quirks.

  3. Oh I'm so excited to see every ounce of wonky decor going on up in your casa. And that tealy chair.....oh my. And the 30 dolla tool box....perfect. My favorite Barn Light splurge would have to be my triple schoolhouse chandi that I have hanging in my dining room. You know the one. ;) It's on my "keep" list of things that must MUST go with me.

  4. Also's Friday & you posted. It's Fri-Day & you posted. Awesomeness. Better than anything that's on TV that's for sure.

    1. Uhhh......Hahahahaha....might as well laugh I suppose. As if enough isn't already going on it's entirely possible I am losing. My. Mind. 'least for a few blissful hours last night in "my world" it was Friday.

  5. oh no. i'd love to win, but too much. too much to do. copy, paste, blog. i'm overwhelmed. i do need a new light in the homeschool room (aka dining room) and two pendant lights over my sink so i am browsing the site now.

  6. oooooh...yes, yes, YES! i can totally see it!
    gonna be GREAT! :)

  7. That chandelier is dreamy! Love the items.

  8. i'll do you a favor by not entering so you can have a better chance. i'm so nice, right?? ; )

    i'm in aqua heaven. that is all.

    ps. this week my kids learned that a butt is actually a butt and not a boonky. : (

  9. How can I take seriously this contest when you bring up passing the stool? I need to gain my composure. I will be back. I want to be your grandma when I grow up.

  10. love 'em all. TOGETHER. yep! awesome finds. the baskets-future-chandies are the best!

  11. Ain't nothin' wrong with aqua. It's all gonna look fab!! Love LOVE that chandie btw. I have one very similar. Bought it in CO when I went Jeanne's house a few years ago. Almost walked away. So glad I didn't.

  12. I, too, love that warehouse pendant but would see it on a dangly, industrial cord in my house! LOVE.

  13. I love your lighting options! And all in one room - oh yeah! I know you can pull it off. And old egg baskets are SUPPOSED to be repurposed as light fixtures aren't they??

  14. Just do it! I love a little wonk.
    Turning wire things into lights = always a good idea... here's a picture of the lamp we made earlier this year and I am just crazy about it:

  15. Oh, how I love seeing the stool that brought us together! And those baskets are still my favorite for lighting. You are a thrifting genius.

    I want to enter this contest, I do. However, we've got the pink eye up in here. I'm an eye droppin', goop gettin' Mama this mornin'. Hoping to find the time this afternoon to look into the lighting...

    Angie, passing of the stool girl

  16. I say you better hang up that floral chandelier. I am so, so in love with it.

  17. Love your schtuff!
    P.S. My Mom says "BM" too - have hated it since childhood!!!
    P.P.S. When you are at Ikea pick up a couple Hemma light cords for $5-ish.
    Gently bend back the wires in the center of your egg baskets, unscrew the sockety thing, send the smaller part thru the hole, screw it back together and there's your hanging light fixture.

  18. Love the wonky, and I love your blog. I want that aqua velva thing going in my den. I am currently sick of my 9+ year old decor, and I have very limited spending money.
    So... I think I may take your cue and hit a flea market or yardsale, maybe even once I'm there I'll even pass a stool... :)

  19. stop it. you had me at that chair.
    the chandelier would look perfect at the postscript society headquarters. so, i think you should go with other wonky lighting and bring the chandelier to colorado. just for fun.

  20. I feel the same way about Ikea. I always lean toward yellow and turquoise.

  21. Love the color - new or not. And I really cannot believe you got that chair for $7.00! I want to shop where you shop : )

  22. Ah, memories.

    Swear my mom raised me calling it BM. All my friends got to call it Number 2. And...while they tooted or ready for this? Really ready? Okay. She called 'em "breezers."

    (I seriously haven't thought about that fer years!!!!!)

    That garage sale chair.

  23. Dearest friend and lover of aqua (not confused by many...but NOT the same). I believe it was 1991 when my mom bought for me, my most beloved article of clothing aqua B.U.M. Equipment t-shirt. Loved that thing to death I did. To make matters even better, my best friend had the exact same shirt but it was a sweat shirt. So we matched, but didn't. Just how it should be when you are in jr. high. You want to look like everyone else, but be different at the exact same time. So hang ALL of those lights in one room. Do it. Do it right NOW (or whenever the electoral is know...wires are a good thing). So when we did our house we live in now I bought (splurged really...I think the most expensive light fixture in the house other than that one cost about 40 bucks) a radial pendant wave light from Barn House Electric for the dinning room over the table. It was sitting on the floor in the room when the contractor came over one day and he said, "what the heck is that thing." I told him that it was OBVIOUSLY the light fixture for the dinning room. He said, "huh...well that's unusual." God bless his sweet little ever loving soul...I pushed him right on out of his comfort zone and into the next county while working on our house reno. Still not sure if he has recovered. That was three years ago. I should bake that man a pie. Pie fixes pretty much everything. True story.

  24. i can see that your "play date" of sorts went rather well. :) love, love all of your aqua velva. :)

  25. oh the basket light idea...brilliant!

  26. "passing of the stool" I LOVE it! Bahaha. I think your hodge podge looks fantastic! Decorate with what you love and you will never go wrong. <3

  27. If anyone call pull off wonky its you, FPFG. Can't wait to see it all put together :)

  28. Awww child, I live for wonky. Wonky rules. Matchy drools. You can quote me on that.

    P.S. We used to have a restaurant called the B and M. Still cracks me up.

  29. Funny story that I keep screwing up to keep in mind to tell you: Before I went to fulfill Angie (whom I had never met before) to get the waste, my mom kept inadvertently saying aspects like, "Oh that's right, nowadays is the going of the stool!I want to get into this competition, I do. However, we've got the lilac eye up in here. I'm an eye droppin', goop gettin' Parents this mornin'. Looking for time this mid-day to look into the illumination...

  30. brilliant idea of basket and the flowers are awesome but just have to carry both as pakistan gifts it will work for you

  31. my sincerest thoughts are that if you love it, so shall i. but even if i didn't, i have ridiculous taste and you shouldn't actually place any weight on my decorating opinions.

    ps the mister collects t-shirts, but not on purpose. it's called Being A Youth Pastor.

    pps i miss you.

  32. I sincerely believe if anyone can make all of that lighting work in a room- it BE you! Unh Hunh!

    I am envious of your amazing cheap frame! You scored a serious deal.

    I love aqua but never buy much of it. Odd? According to my niece Kirsten " really like the neutrals.."

    Garage sale day! Wish me luck!

  33. I hope you win! Lots of hoops to jump through, but totally worth it for you.

  34. I love me some wonk. You do it well, sister. That toolbox? Swoon City.

    Passing of the stool? Heh. Can your mama and I be friends? Pretty please! She makes me grin.

  35. Um, your stuff looks awesome together. <3

  36. UH, Hi, Well, after reading all the positive, you go girl opinions about mixing all the lighting fixtures, I will,then, tke a different route. I love them all, especially the "egg baskets", but to me , each one should stand on it's own to draw attention to their unique qualities. It could just look TOO wonky, just sayin' . I love the aqua, too bad I am way out here in California, I have a 60's vintage sewing bench in aqua, lined with this crazy gold flowery print. Too bad it wouldn't fit in a flat rate box, or I'd send it to you!!

  37. Love the aqua. Love the mix of all the bits. Not sure I love the egg basket light thing, but I probably will once they are done :) Hodge podge mix is great. I'm not so good at it but obviously you are and I can't wait to see the room when its done!

  38. I love the flush mount warehouse pendant. It would look awesome in my mudroom. I love the combination of the lights you picked. I think they'll look great together!

  39. Yay you ... I just saw the email that you won one of the prizes. Now I sure wish I had entered. ;) Congratulations!

  40. I just thought of you when I was randomly looking at this album. Love picture 14 and 17 and 18 and so on....

  41. 1.) there's no shame in your aqua-loving game.
    2.) i just found 5 wire baskets at an estate sale and loved them, so I bought them all and made a industrial light out of one of them. It's on instagram, and so am I.
    3.) hi.

  42. Hey, Shannen, please don't cut the handles off the egg baskets. Just wire them up so they don't hang down in your way. The handles are awesome, too!