Seeing the Light Fixtures, Remodeling Can be Fun, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest

Remodeling projects are a quest for beauty, practicality, and OK, resale value. But here’s what I hadn’t realized —  they can also be a quest for fun. Before I settle down and get practical, I’ll share these favorites among the lights I’ve seen while shopping and touring.

Who knew there were light fixtures for plane and train fans (and small boys)… these were a happy surprise when I was shopping.

Airplane light fixture

Airplane light

Train car light fixture - "Choo Choo"

It’s “Choo Choo”, the train car light. I loved the airplane so much that I had to ask what else was available — this is from the catalog.

Hall light fixtures from Modern Atlanta Homes Tour house

I love this starry minimalist light from the Modern Atlanta Homes Tour – too bad I’ve neither the budget nor the expansive hallway to support one.

Sputnik light - Modern Atlanta Homes Tour

And lights can be fun — this one reminds me of the Sputnik era. And I love how they echoed the shape with the plant below.

Pendant lights with telephone pole insulator shades

Going retro with telephone pole insulator shades

Pendant lights with telephone pole insulator shades

And for the nostalgic, a closer look

And for those who prefer a quest for fire, I’ll include these, also from past Modern Atlanta Homes Tours…

Fireplace and painting from the Modern Atlanta Homes Tour 2016

If I were that tree I might be a little nervous (fireplace and painting from the Modern Atlanta Homes Tour 2016)

Fireplace from the Modern Atlanta Homes Tour 2013

One more modern quest for fire (Modern Atlanta Homes Tour 2013)

What will it be, fire or light?

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More Drawer Explosions, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge

I’m living on the edge of reason around here while remodeling is going on. With everything out of place, I needed at least one corner where I could bring order out of chaos. I found two drawers in the “bar” cabinet (doesn’t every 1970’s suburban house have one?) that hadn’t been visited in a long time.  Here’s my most important find — as you can see, it’s a bit bunged up, I’m assuming from past use.

Panic Button

Panic button, also needed for Earth-evacuation in a ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ scenario. Oh wait, maybe that was “Don’t Panic”, much harder to do.

As for a list of finds, here goes —

9 wine-bottle corks. I gave away the wine, so that makes these how old?

12 clip-on flashing lights like we used a decade ago when walking at 0-dark-thirty in the morning.

3  can openers,  4 sleek mid-century-looking bottle openers, 6 can/bottle openers of the kind that were once called “Church-keys”, including a cute little folding one, and 7 corkscrews (4 I didn’t even know what were at first).

5 screwdrivers… now that I think of it, very appropriate for a bar area, at least in a bad-pun sort of way. Also 5 more pairs of scissors, and many little oddities. Here’s my favorite oddity…

Celebrator goat ornament

It took only a little surfing to find out that bottles of ‘Celebrator Doppelbock’ come with these ornaments on the neck. Bob loved his German beer, so it’s good to think that he once enjoyed the bottle this came from. Oh, and apparently bock means ‘goat’ as well as a type of beer, so mystery solved.

Also on the subject of German beer – more of Bob’s coaster collection – pretty, yes?

German beer coasters

And my nomination for the award for Most Out of Place — a fossil remnant from a past Gem and Mineral Show …

Fossil - Exogyra Cretaceous - Texas

Exogyra Cretaceous, Texas

And here’s the obligatory drawer-explosion photo, a partial-view, after throw-aways —

Another drawer explosion

Do you have any cabinets that need exploding?


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