At the risk of sounding like a whiner with my first world problems I’m going to share the following design dilemma with you:
Those lights? Yes, those. I ordered 2 of those (13″) for over the island and 3 (9″) for over the peninsula. When? December 4, 2015. Every month since then I’ve called to ask, “Where are my Murphy Pendant Lights from Troy Lighting?”
Every month I’m told,
“Their arrival date is unconfirmed, however, they should be distributed from our warehouse by the end of next month.” The last time I called, I was told the end of April. These lights aren’t even in North America yet. I’m finished waiting. It’s time to take matters into my own hands.
I cancelled the order.
I think it’s important to remind you, dear reader, that one of my rules for The Ashland House is:
If I don’t love it, I’m not putting it in this house.
The morning after the order was cancelled I awoke at 3 am to Mr. OPRFLife returning home from work. I couldn’t get back to sleep. I was in an irrational semi-wakeful state. I dragged myself out of bed and spent the next 2 1/2 hours scouring every website I could think of to find an alternative.
Shortly before 6 am Mr. OPRFLife (Why hadn’t he gone to bed yet?!) sat down next to me and started shopping over my shoulder. I think it’s important to note that at this point he had been awake for 24 consecutive hours. He pointed to the lights below and said, “Those are okay. You can swap them out later. They’re a good price too.”
That’s all I needed to hear. I was weary. I was on the precipice of giving up completely. Here’s what I ordered:
They were on sale for 1/3 off. For a limited time. I had to act fast!
I ordered 5. That means there would be 25 mason jars hanging from our ceiling. Overkill? I could always cut a few of the ropes off so things would be to scale, right? I like them. They don’t offend. They’re just temporary. I can change them later. Mr. OPRFLife likes them. He’s okay with it. He might be experiencing a severe sleep deficit but he seems to approve.
Reality sinks in.
I didn’t follow my gut.
Ultimately, The House and I decided they were just OK. Great for another house but just OK for us.
So what happened?
I found these:
Both fixtures are described as Winter Gold. They arrived yesterday and in person they appear to be mostly satin nickel with a soft gold undertone. The result is a versatile metallic finish. Both finishes on the two different styles match. I’m a fan. I’m happy to make changes to the other fixtures in our kitchen for permanent lights that I love.
Here’s the hardware we’re having installed on the cabinets next week:
The recurring lesson I still haven’t mastered but am slowly learning:
Be patient and go with your gut.
The Ashland House is my Yoda.
Thanks for reading and have a Joyful Day!
P.S. Here’s a post about our kitchen cabinets if you’re curious.