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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Do You Have Enough LIGHTING In Your Rooms?


Did you know that there is a formula on how to figure out how many watts of light your room needs?

I read a little formula a long time ago that said  find your square footage (example 12ft X 16ft = 192sq.ft)

Then multiply your square footage by 1.5 (192 sq.ft. X 1.5 =288 watts) so that means your room will need 288 watts of lighting sources.

An average room should have approx. 4-5 lamps.
My family room is 17ft.X 20ft.=340 sq.ft X1.5= 510 watts are needed to light my room properly.

I will be the first one to admit that I do have a need for light. Lots of natural light in the day, and  ambient lighting at night.

There was one darkish corner in my family room since we made our changes so I HAD to get another light source.

I knew exactly what I wanted to get. Since my sconces are an antique brass I thought something simple, and antique brass would be a nice accent in the room.

I was telling some friends that I really wanted a pharmacy/apothecary floor lamp for that corner.

One of my friends, who could be a personal shopper found the perfect floor lamp for me…..


Go to Ballard HERE!

Are you ready to see it in my family room?

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new lamp 002 (600x800)
The white mirror is also from Ballard, it is the Atoll mirror found HERE! 

I did put two coats of my trim paint on the mirror. It comes in a gray based white with some distressing and that is not suitable for my room, but the fresh crisp white worked out well.

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In this image you can see how well it works with the Mary Mc Donald antique brass sconces.

Now all the main elements are in the room!!

Things to do are:

Finish wainscoting around the room (we are now wondering if the room really needs it all the way around.)

Crown molding around the entire room plus carry it into the kitchen area that joins the family room.

Paint my childhood desk.

Paint barstools, and have seat upholstered.

Find some interesting art, possibly architectural blue prints, or an old sign.

What is to come next:

A Before and After

Show and Tell of my new pillows that I just got.

Thank you to those of you who emailed me wondering if I was alright. 

I have not blogged this past week because I was out playing with three lovely design chatroom friends that I met in blogland. I was showing them a little of Northern California and it’s offerings.

I had a friend from North Carolina, Illinois and Missouri staying with me for 5 days. Oh the fun we had!! One big slumber party.

I am back on track now so hopefully I will be up and running full speed ahead this next week.

Happy Weekend!!