Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Going gold (and bamboo!) in the master bedroom

Well hello! We took a day trip to Kings Island last week -- one of our son's favorite places. After riding the coasters with my boy it was my turn. :) Before we got an IKEA locally I would always take a side trip there since it's near the amusement park. 

Now that we have IKEA so close (whoot!) there was no need for that stop, but there's another place I like to stop in when we travel to Cincinnati. The Ballard Designs outlet there is awesome and I always find a great deal. There's also a Frontgate and Grandin Road but those seem to have more outdoor stuff so I don't frequent those as often. 

The Ballard outlet has a ton of stuff and if you're looking for light fixtures, art, rugs or furniture you'll really love it! I always find a light I love. I shared our light over the kitchen table in the last house here

This time the lights were 60 percent off, and more than that on some. I found three I LOVED that totaled nearly $900. But I got them all for just over $300. Score! I was so excited when the light I was hoping to find for our master was there. 

I picked out this metal and wood light for our room, but soon realized it was too heavy in here:
Bamboo light fixture Ballard Designs

And at the same time I felt like it was too small. I wanted something "lighter" but bigger. And the one I eyeing online was there waiting for me. :) 

Here she is! The six-light bamboo chandelier from Ballard -- it has a gold finish and looks like bamboo:
Gold bamboo chandelier

I've mentioned this before I know...but hanging light fixtures is one of my very least favorite DIY projects to tackle. I LOATHE it. Right up there with installing crown molding. 👍

The electrical part of hanging a light is actually the easy part -- takes maybe 30 seconds. Easy peasy. It's getting the hanging parts perfect that's a pain. They have to be just right - screw them in too tight and you'll be smashing the wires. Don't do it enough and the light canopy (at the top) won't fit right against the ceiling. Sometimes they come together more easily than others. Other times...it's two hours of cussing and sweating. 

You can guess what this one was. ;) 

I've already called someone to come hang the other two lights I found. Not doin' it. Anyway! I love love LOVE it in our room!! I'm on a mission to lighten things up in here and it's so lovely:
Gold bamboo Ballard Designs light

I was super close to spray painting it black -- because I don't think you can ever go wrong with black and I like how it makes fixtures more substantial. But I'm SO glad I didn't do it. This room needs this lighter tone and there's already plenty of black accents in the room: 
Bamboo chandelier Ballard Designs

I hope to change out the drapes eventually, but finding light colored, light blocking curtains at this length isn't the easiest. (Oh yeah, and at a good price!) I have to have complete darkness when we sleep so that's non-negotiable. 

So anyway, this light goes a long way to lighten the feel in here!: 
Large round light fixture for tall ceilings

You may notice I moved the bench at the end of the bed out too. It was bugging me -- the modern design just wasn't working in here. I couldn't believe the difference it made when I removed it! 

The funny thing is this light is only six inches wider than our old one! The drum shape that makes it feel bigger:
Ballard Designs bamboo light

Our master is large and has ten foot ceilings so going with a larger light works well in here. In general I recommend going bigger than too small with light fixtures. I think a small chandelier is more distracting than a bigger one. 

The gold tone works well with our lamps, the knobs on the night stands and the side table by the chair. Just little touches here and there!: 
Round drum shape chandelier

The old light is going to be perfect in my husband's office! And yes...a dimmer is coming. This light has two more lights than the old one and even that one was bright. 

Isn't it pretty? I lucked out big time that the very one I was looking for was at the outlet and was such a great price. It's on sale now and I still got this and two others for the current sale price! Nice. I'll be sure to share the others soon! 

Have you ever changed out a light fixture? Do you enjoy it? And if so, are you crazy? 😂 


  1. Love this! So beautiful! Can you let me know where you got the chair that is shown? Thanks so much!

    1. I got it from HomeGoods but I've seen similar at Wayfair for a decent price -- most of them online are SUPER expensive!

  2. Wow, what a great change! Make your own curtains?

    1. I've thought about it! We need six panels with blackout fabric so I'd rather just buy. ;)

  3. Love love It! Love it so much. Put it in my dining room at full price! Thought it was a steal then cause it looks so much more expensive.

  4. Wow!What a difference - looks great!
    I really enjoy reading your blog! You always have great photos and your explanation of what you did is always so thorough and honest : )

  5. I have bamboo shades and I put blackout roller shades behind the bamboo and only pull them down at night for total darkness.

  6. I'm going to try painter's drop cloths as drapes. They're very heavy duty canvas and 100 percent cotton.


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