It’s a funny thing building a home.
(I know I’ve said that before)
But really, it’s such a learning process! Some things you can anticipate; some you never can. And often you spend months searching, and researching, and stewing over photos of the perfect tile or flooring or light fixtures. MONTHS! And then you finally make a decision and order it (so that it’s ready to be installed on the proper day) and then the stuff just sits there for another few months til someone gets around to it!
On the other hand, you will make some huge decisions spur of the moment—like the design of our fireplace—and it will turn out beautifully and you’ll love it.
If you’ve missed my other posts, our family spent the last year building a custom home in the Austin, TX area.
We didn’t physically build it ourselves—we hired a custom builder to do the hard part; we were along for the decision-making ride.
Check out my previous posts documenting the whole process:
We’re building a new home!
From foundation to frame
Stucco, shingles, and a pretty paint job
Sheetrock, paint, and a double-decker deck
We moved!…and an ode to the old house
Tile, Flooring, Countertops, and Color
Guest Room makeover
Mosaic Tile and Wallpaper
One of the most surprising moments for me with this whole process was the day these boxes showed up in our garage….which is hard to believe since we’d already experienced many other surprises, like all the wrong windows being delivered and installed, floor tiles being run the wrong direction, tan colored grout with gray tile….
Anyway, after inspection I realized Oh! They’re the ball light chandeliers I ordered for the entry way and stairwell! I couldn’t wait to see these in person…..I knew they would be interesting.
And they totally were.
But I guess what surprised me is well, the size.
I ordered what I thought was a small and a “large” ball for the house. But what I thought was going to be the Large, was actually the Small. Which means that the Large was more like an XXL in our entry way! I worried for days that it was going to be way too huge until it finally went up, and I saw that it actually fits perfectly in the space. And looks really pretty above the front door.
The smaller orange ball hangs in the stairwell and the two really play off each other, bringing in subtle pops of color and more of that modern-beach-home-craftsman-whatever-my-style-is look.
So the lights are called Coral, by New Zealand designer David Trubridge. He based this design on the ocean coral he loved as a child. And when I saw these in a local Austin store I knew they would be one of my “splurge” items for the home. Funny enough, the design really ties in with the headboard I bought months later for the Guest room. I love it when design features come together.
These lights come in so many different styles and colors and are really unique! I love how it looks in the gorgeous home from Uraguay:
And the other interesting thing about the lights, is that they’re sort of like a puzzle.
To keep down on shipping costs, the lights are packaged in individual pieces in a very small box. Then the customer puts it all together with small brads, holding each piece of coral in place. Crazy right?!
The good news for me is that, since we ordered through the lighting store, they put both balls together for us. And it only took them 3 days. Ahh!
Actually, Casey would have loved that challenge.
He loves puzzles.
I however, love shortcuts.
And I loved it when these little pieces turned into a huge ball!
I’m so happy with the character they add to the house, especially since it’s one of the first things you see as you walk in.
They look gorgeous in the morning light when the sun peeks through that very tall 2-story window,
and in the middle of a bright white day.
And ready for this…..
They’re really fun at night!
This is the other unexpected surprise that never really sunk in til the first night we lived here. They might look a little spooky in these pics, but I promise it’s more subtle in real life. Both balls glow a light shade and cast interesting shadows.
Since you’re probably wondering…yep. We’ve already had a toy mishap. Poor Owen. He wandered downstairs in tears, nervous to tell me what had happened, and slowly pointed to the light. And I just had to chuckle—there was Mr. Prickles, stuck in the giant jail of Turquoise.
And in case you also wondered…it was no easy task hanging those lights as well.
Just one dude, climbing a ladder, balancing 20 feet above the ground.
Totally safe, right?
I’m just glad I wasn’t there when he hung the giant blue ball, which is two-stories up in the air.
Those are the joys of having someone else take the risks for you.
I just hope those light bulbs never run out.
Sick of ball lights?
Then here’s some yellow to mix it up.
In the kitchen I selected the Farm Pendants by Young House Love from Shades of Light. I pretty much love everything about that last sentence. Seriously, check out all the lights they offer. They’re fantastic! And such reasonable prices. I love that I did NOT have to splurge and still got the look I was going for (btw, check out my lighting board for all sorts of links).
Even in a room full of chaos the yellow pops out.
Of course they look a little better like this.
And that’s a colorful wrap.
Have a good weekend friends!