Lightening Up Our Place

To start off, I want to say, we love our house very much and feel blessed to own it. That being said, I have no idea what our builder was thinking. We have owned the house for a little over a year now and it is 4 years old. Everything is up to date, however, matte and flat very dark brown paint everywhere. I mean, it was bad. Also, the light fixtures weren’t ugly but they were oh so generic.

Sean and I have been itching to paint the house and change out the light fixtures. We are on a budget and had to get creative with ways to make this happen. For example, using credit card points to buy Lowe’s gift cards.

We painted our master bath and bedroom about 6 months ago. This last week, we tackled the living, dining, kitchen, entry way and front hallway. We painted the walls and ceiling. It took 2 weekend days and 4 evenings to complete. Look at the difference:



To this:


Is sort of hard to tell from these pictures but we chose a greenish grey color from Lowe’s. And most importantly- in a Satin finish instead of matte.

Next, we wanted to change out our lighting over our bar and kitchen table. Look what a difference it makes!

This (You can see the true paint color better in these pictures):


To this:


I picked up this beauty from Amazon. Here is the link: OK-5126h 25-Inch Rosie Crystal Ceiling Lamp


We picked these up from Lowe’s. The Chandelier is a rose gold and goes wonderful with the amber pendants.

It’s amazing what a few basic changes can do. Even if you can’t do all the changes you want to at one time. We waited a year after living in our home to do this. We compromised on the pendant lights because they were from Lowe’s, where we had gift cards. I really liked a different set from Amazon but went with these so we could get the chandelier. In the end though, I fell completely in love with these pendant lights. I am super happy with how our update turned out.

I think it just goes to show that lightening up our home didn’t have to break the bank. You can have a simply chic life on your own terms and not someone else’s. Don’t settle for the things you really want, like this chandelier.  But make sure to compromise on things  that are not as big of a deal. Simple and chic.

What does your Simply Chic life look like?

Kylie Madole1


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