A Fancy Chandy in the Foyer


After we painted the foyer my absolute favorite paint color -- Gray Owl -- and hung my favorite flower prints on the wall, I knew it was time to add a little bit more schnaziness and overall glam to the space. Basically I wanted to up the WOW factor because 1. I like to be WOWed, 2. I'm trying to embrace my inner fancy person (pinky up as I type) and 3. Since this is the first space you see when walking into our home, it just seems right!

The original chandelier (can I really call it that?!) was okay. It served it's purpose of lighting our entry but why stop there? Why should that light only fulfill it's one purpose in life?! Why shouldn't that light try to go above and beyond?! That light should be glamorous and fabulous in every way possible! I DEMAND THAT LIGHT TO SPARKLE AND SHINE!

Enter a Lamps Plus Open Box email that reminded me to do my weekly check of their inventory to see if there is something I just can't live another day without (and probably do not need!).

And there it was. It was sparkly. It was shiny. It was like 75% off and only $200. 

The next few minutes were a blur, but I faintly remember them happening like this.

I removed my imaginary spectacles, like so:
Then, I looked over at Aaron like this:

Then he looked back at me, like this:

NO?! I could not take no for an answer. Time to bring in the heavy artillery:

Suddenly his demeanor changed, and he looked like this:
And basically that's how I got my new chandelier. :)

Here's a few more glamour shots!

View from the living room.

View from the dining room.

Close up!

And as a reminder, the old chandelier and how the foyer looked when we bought our home:
It doesn't look like Lamps Plus sells this light anymore (probably why it was being sold heavily discounted in Open Box). Here's the closest thing I could find on their site currently. This light looks to be much smaller and with less crystals (ours has 90). Ours also has 7 halogen bulbs and this one only has 5.

So to update the foyer to-do list:

Paint -- Benjamin Moore Gray Owl
Hang flower prints that used to hang over couch in townhome
New light fixture (already ordered something!)
Find a console table
Paint door? No idea on what color.
Rug that better fits space
Finishing touches

We've made some additional progress here so stay tuned! :)

xx, Shannon 

P.s. Aaron loves the light and is quite thankful that I batted my eyelashes at him and begged and pleaded for it to become mine. :)

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Our Engagement Photos


Okay so back in June my main squeeze popped the question.



Well, seeing as we plan to tie the ol' knot in October of this year, guess it's about time I start planning this thing!

I had this realization about a month ago when family was visiting for Christmas and everyone kept saying "Next year is going to be a BIG one!!" and then looking at me with big smiles or sending me a little wink. That's when it really hit me that I am supposed to be planning a wedding and getting married next this year!

So we got our engagement photos done! Nothing like getting them done 7 months later, am I right?!

Our friend Sam did the photos for us and I couldn't be happier with the results! If you need a creative photographer in the Tampa area, check her out! Here's a few lots of my favorites. :)

Thats the bench where Aaron proposed. :)

Ahhh I love them all! Seriously, these photos were just the kick in the butt I needed to start planning! I would love if you guys had any great wedding resources that you wanted to share! Wedding blogs, magazines, etc! I've been on Pinterest like crazy pinning ideas, feel free to checkout my wedding board here

We'll be touring some venues and securing the church this week. :) I think to keep me on top of things I'm going to share my wedding plan updates on the blog every once in awhile. GUYS, HELP A SISTER OUT! PLEASE KEEP ME IN CHECK!! I don't want to wake up on October 1st thinking that there was something I was supposed to do HAHAHA!

xx, Shannon

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