The progress has slowed a little these past couple of weeks (electrical is SLOW, folks!)…but we are still managing to crank out as much as possible each day.

The garage painting is coming along. Not near as fast as I would like, but moving along. It has taken many trips to Sherwin Williams and lots of sampling on the garage walls (to try each color in different light, obviously) to finally narrow it down. We I chose Foothills as the actual color for the garage. You can see in the below pic that it was a tough choice between Smokehouse (the lower panel) and Foothills (the upper panel). I believe Trent’s exact words were, “there’s a difference?” I mean really…it’s like the difference between red and blue (yes, I’m being sarcastic).


The electrical is also going quite well. *I’ve learned that electrical is one of those tasks that goes flawlessly…until one moment it doesn’t. Thankfully, it’s smooth sailing for now!* We have lots more of these blue light switch boxes throughout the house.


While this home is not the largest we have ever had, it will (without a doubt) have the most lights. We have learned that when it comes to lighting, more actually IS better! There will be lots of different types: chandeliers, sconces, pendants, you name it. As of right now, I have only selected the recessed lights (because there isn’t really anything to choose – it’s sort of a one size fits all)…so we have lots of recessed lights ready to go.


I’m looking for the perfect chandelier for the staircase. It needs to be big and somewhat fancy…but not too over-the-top. Have you seen something perfect? Have you seen something perfect that won’t cost more than a car? If so, please comment or leave the link in the comment section.


It’s about now that we start to feel like everything is moving SO SLOW! But every evening we come home to this face and we promise him that his palace will be ready soon (that’s actually not sarcastic, but totally the truth)! Enjoy your week!



  • August 16, 2016 Reply

    Cindy Swem

    Talk to Tom Jolly at Tom Jolly Antiques. He has quite a few gorgeous chandeliers and can help with suggestions too. Super nice.

  • August 16, 2016 Reply

    Ryan Harrison

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    Janet Chutro

    we built a home on Diamond Lake, in Cassopolis 10, no 11 years ago. We found to be really affordable for all the trimmings. Lighting, cabinet hardware, etc.

  • August 16, 2016 Reply


    There is a great place near me in Elkhart called Birds Gotta Fly, they have amazing items including gorgeous chandeliers.

  • August 16, 2016 Reply

    Scott for something new that looks old.
    Or… Materials Unlimited in Ypsi – great selection and will give you great ideas. There is also a salvage place in Toledo (go to a Mudhens game!) and a couple in Downtown Detroit….

  • August 16, 2016 Reply

    Mick Lannoo

    I like your choice for the garage paint, the smokehouse seemed dark to me. Wiring your home is a major project and it looks like you are heading in the right direction.

  • August 16, 2016 Reply


    Hello! We are local-and I grew up in Buchanan. We have an antique booth at the Niles Four Flags Antique Mall (Booth 4). I have a 1950’s Crystal & Glass chandelier that came from an estate in Chicago. It’s covered in beautiful crystals! It measures approx. 30″ tall and 26″ wide (arm to arm) .. the largest crystal is 4″. If interested I could bring it to you in Buchanan or I could meet you at the shop. Our antique store is named: Sabrina Fair Antiques. I will put pictures of it on our Facebook page as well as the link below. Thank you for allowing us all to follow your journey! It’s been incredible so far! !~ Angie

    • August 16, 2016 Reply

      Leah Hudson

      Thank you! I will swing by the booth this week!

      • August 16, 2016 Reply

        Angela Lick

        I will have it down there tomorrow afternoon!

  • August 16, 2016 Reply

    Jane Henry

    Paul Ferrante
    Thanks for the question. This is the Paul Ferrante Spiral Hanging Fixture. More information about the light is available at here: Please let us know if you have any further questions. We’re here to help!
    I found this interesting chandelier on Houzz. Probably doesn’t fit the price criteria , but wanted to share it with you. I have so enjoyed following your blog. Thanks for taking me along for the ride!

  • August 16, 2016 Reply

    Judy Marquardt

    I know how you feel about the electrical, helped my husband wire a machine shop & vowed to never run another piece of wire when it was done! Plumbing is on my hate list & yes I know that is a word no one is suppose use. Love the paint choice it should blend well with the brick. You have made a lot of progress in what I think is a short period of time but has to feel as is you’ve been at it for a year. Maybe it’s time to curl up with the cat for a day!

  • August 16, 2016 Reply

    liza moon

    when i was an antique dealer, my specialty was chandeliers. there is a place in North Liberty called , i think, Night Owl that has a superb collection of assembled authentic lighting and part to fix anything. if you can get him to open the door to you, likely everything you want for the whole house is there.

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    I just fell in love with your cat!!!! Looks great guys!

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    If you’re looking for a new fixture Caroline at Ferguson in Granger is a great source! Ferguson carries so many lines and I’ve found many there for different clients & styles. She’s a great help!

  • August 17, 2016 Reply

    Staci Norman

    You might try Liberty & 33rd in south bend. They are located in the upstairs of a building at the corner of LaSalle and Lafayette. They have a bunch of chandeliers and new stuff all the time (antiques).

  • August 17, 2016 Reply

    Julie Bergdall

    This is a great resource of sites (for all your lighting needs, not just the staircase light):

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