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January 5, 2018

New Lighting for the New Year!

Dan and I have been wanting to change out the chandelier over the kitchen dining area for some time.  

This is the light fixture that has been here for 10 years.  At that time my choice for this fixture was to go with a finish that picked up on the new stainless steel appliances we had gotten.  After a while we were frustrated with the lack of light it offered (we've tried various bulbs) and the three shade shape wasn't real appealing.

I wanted something that had a more modern appeal but it still had to work well with my current furnishings.  I ended up on-line at Lamps Plus.  I'm not compensated for this but I wanted to share something.  I needed a question answered so I called their toll free number.  I also asked if there was any free shipping offers available and she said just a minute let me take a look and came back quickly and said "I'd be glad to offer you free shipping let's do this over the phone and I can manually  process this and give you the free shipping".  So of course I went that route.  We also got the lamp with no tax and with the free shipping so I was super happy!  I did go to 5 places locally but no one had anything that would work for me.  I am lucky that Dan is fully capable to handling the installation so I didn't have to pay anyone for that part.  The lamp is made by Minka Lavery.  

Fast forward to now here is a picture showing how it looks with the table and I imagine you will agree it's a much better look!

We have dimmer switches so we almost never run our lights full power but if I do turn it up it is a lot brighter and makes doing a task much easier. 

I slid the black table to the corner- I decided to keep a winter theme going.   I moved the étagère to the glass doors.  I was going to try the Christmas Cactus on the bottom shelf of the étagère but it's become too large.  It's now out in the living room by a window and I hope it will do well there. 

I'm still deciding on what to put on the shelves.  I might try some more live plants- as long as they don't tend to get too large!

The sun made it through the clouds for a bit which is a joy to see.  I've left the dishes on the plate rack continuing the winter theme.  Still playing with the bottom shelf.  

Still waiting for the amaryllis to bloom that I planted in mid November.  Any day now any day!

When I got up this morning it was -5º  It's too bitter to go out and do anything but it was pretty to see the sun casting shadows through the woods!

Have a great weekend everyone- stay warm!!

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  1. It's nice to have a husband that can do the things we want! Your new fixture is lovely and I'm sure will give you more light. We are really cold here (for us) as well. Your snow looks so pretty. We have a couple inches on the ground, but it sure looks better than the brown underneath! Have a nice afternoon. ♥

  2. It is beautiful Liz and matches so perfectly. Glad you got free shipping and no tax that is a huge savings. Glad Dan could hang it too. We have these great guys in our lives that have tools and know how to use them!!! Happy Friday.

  3. Very pretty. I like all the black. We have had cold weather too. Should warm up a bit on the weekend and next week.

  4. A pretty new look. Over time, our taste does change. Dan is handy like Paul, so it works outs great. I love Lampsplus. they have a huge variety of lighting. Stay warm yourself.

  5. I love your new light! I’m partial to the dark look and it goes so well with the other pieces in your dining area. Stay warm!!

  6. Hi Liz! Happy new year! Love your light fixture. I just bought two beautiful bedroom lamps from Lamps Plus in October. They have great prices and wonderful quality. I too, was very happy with my purchase. I love how all the Black comes together in your dining room. Looks great!

  7. Oh my friend, that is cold! The new light is perfect. I am needing a new one for my sewing room. Part of it quit working. It didn't give out much light. Hoping to find one that works better and is cute. :) Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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