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Posted by on Oct 7, 2012 in Flooring, Landscaping, The House | 2 comments

Day Trip

I’ve made it to a few more stores over the past couple weeks to gather ideas for the new house.  I stopped by Lumber Liquidators and got more information on the floors we are considering along with some more samples (more on that in another post).  I’ve spent a lot of time looking at light fixtures online, but also stopped into a couple local lighting stores to see some in person.  Below are a few things that caught my eye.

James R. Moder Florale Chandelier:

Thought this would be neat for the garage or porch (needs a different color blade though). (Quorum International Hudson Galvanized Patio Fan)

Quorum International Hudson Fan

I’ve seen this online, but never in person.  It would be neat in the family room, but doesn’t really go with our style.  Not to mention, it’s really expensive.  (Casablanca Candelier)

Casablanca Candelier

Possible Exterior Light:

ET2 Inca Pendants

ET2 Inca Pendants

ET2 Inca Pendants

Here’s a possible fan for the family room although we would probably get it in the nickel finish. (Fanimation Levon)

Fanimation Levon

Industrial Pendants

Industrial Pendants

I had seen this chandelier online and thought it was ugly.  It’s really neat in person though.  It’s made up of thin chains – almost like necklaces.  (Maxim Lighting Chantilly Chandelier)

Maxim Chantilly Chandelier

 I would love to have this one over the piano, but it’s too expensive, of course.  When you get up close, you can see all the little details – flowers and leaves in the design.  You can see a more detailed picture at the link. (Schonbek Ekaterina Chandelier)

Schonbek Ekaterina

Schonbek Ekaterina

Thought this would be neat over the staircase, although it’s a bit much.  It’s about 8′ tall.  (James R. Moder IMPACT Crystal Rain Chandelier)

James R. Moder IMPACT Chandelier

These completely don’t go with the style of our house, but they were beautiful.  After some research, I believe they are Turkish Glass Mosiac Lanterns.  They look like they are made of beads and glass.

Turkish Glass Mosaic Lanterns

Turkish Glass Mosaic Lantern

Friday, we finally made it to Nashville for a shopping trip.  It had been a couple years since I used to worry about driving there only to get a call from someone wanting to show the old house.  First, we went to the Ferguson Showroom which was about 4 times larger than the one here.  I could have spent hours there.

This caught David’s eye in their outdoor display:

Lynx Kegerator

Lynx Kegerator

We also liked rock wall water feature and talked about whether we could build one ourselves.  I saw the bases for it at the patio store.  Building the rock wall wouldn’t be difficult, we were just trying to figure out how the water was coming from at the top.

Rock Wall Water Feature

I also liked this idea for lighting the staircase.

LED Staircase Lights

LED Staircase Lights

Even the woman’s bathroom was fancier than most houses 🙂

Some ‘bling” cabinet hardware (Creations by Alno):

Creations by Alno

They had the Kohler Pinstripe Pure faucet I love along with the Kohler Kallos Spun Glass sink which was neat.

Kohler Bath

Next, we stopped at a tile store which was full of incredible options.  This one from Artistic Tile would make a great backsplash although David thinks it is too “frilly”.

Artistic Tile

This is a little too fancy for my style, but it’s pretty spectacular.  (Artistic Tile Vetromarmi)

Artistic Tile Vetromarmi

3D Glass Tile

3D Glass Tile

We saw a lot from Sonoma Tilemakers, again.  I still really like their crackled glass tile and hope to use it at least one place in the house.  (Sonoma Tilemakers Tantrum)

Sonoma Tilemakers Tantrum

Sonoma Tilemakers Salvestrin

Sonoma Tilemakers Salvestrin

Sonoma Tilemakers Basketweave (love this but would use different colors)

Sonoma Tilemakers Basketweave

Sonoma Tilemakers Basketweave

They also had the Mosuprema Bella Cosa Medallion, but in a different color scheme.

Bella Cosa Medallion

Finally, here is a hand carved field tile from Artistic Tile.

I’ve pinned more tile ideas here on Pinterest.



  1. Hi!
    I found your blog from the Garden Web forums and love what I have read so I am subscribing!

    We are hoping to build in the spring. I haven’t started a blog yet because I am afraid it will jinx everything, haha! We hope to make an offer on the lot very soon and then will be building a 2 story house with a walkout basement.

    I saw that you mentioned Nashville – we are about 2 hours away in Western KY so that caught my eye!

    Anyway, just wanted you to know you have a random reader out there! :o)

    • Thanks for checking it out! I didn’t start our blog until after we closed on the land because I was afraid to jinx it too. We hope to start building in January, so things should get more exciting then. Best of luck on your build!

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