Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Truth and a Chandy

Okay, so.  I'm just gonna put it out there. Yep. The truth.  Not that I think you guys ever thought I spoke anything but the truth.  Sometimes...I speak way too much truth. But that's just me.  So why would that change at the ripe old age of 48.  Yep. 48.  I turned that this past month while away from my blog.

An iPhone pic from moving out of the former home.
So the truth.  After moving 8 times since 1988, buying and purchasing and selling, buying and purchasing and selling over and over again, we have landed the house of my dreams.  Now, before you get all excited for me, I have to tell you something.  In order to get such a place, we had to find someone willing to walk away from an over improved home and had to buy it "As Is."  That real estate term, in case you don't know it, states that the buyer is purchasing the property in the current state regardless of the condition of anything releasing the seller from the 2 percent clause. (If you don't know what the 2 percent clause is, look it up...not boring you here with that!!)  Outside all the legal jargon, we have learned that with THIS house the term "AS IS" means "Everything is broken!"  Ha!  We didn't even do formal inspections!!  Guess what?  We still don't care!  Sometimes, ya gotta be willing to overlook the faults, bite the bullet and get what you want vowing to fix what you can as you go.  This is where we find ourselves.

So the last month, we have been in fix it mode.  You know, the boring stuff like appliance repair, and appliance repair...and oh, and appliance repair!  But that doesn't mean that I haven't had some fun finding some great things.  For example, the seller decided to strip the house of a few items that needed to be replaced, like the ceiling light fixture in the foyer.  Yep, he took lighting.  Oh well, this means that I get pick my own.

I set out to all my favorite consignment stores looking for the perfect chandy.  I didn't look at antique places or thrift shops for this.  I needed something a little more special, newer and such.  But you know me, I am a bargain person and I was not going to pay full retail of this item!  Oh no!  It took me a few days to nail it.  In fact, I found this one day in a consignment store over by my daughter's former school (remember I talked about that 3 hours of driving in my last blog post) and am glad that I stopped to check out the place. I am super duper excited about the lighting fixture that I found.  I just got it installed in the foyer and took these snap shots to show you.

How totally cool is this fixture?!!  I just love the glass flowers and the droplets.  It was super hard to transport and install.  Lost a few pieces along the way.  But it has such a WOW factor at my front door.  Don't you think?!

It's not for everyone, but it is for me.  I'm kinda glad the guy who sold me this house took the light fixture.  His was probably ugly anyway.  I like mine just fine and it didn't set me back too badly.  Sometimes, if you stay positive, it all works out!

-The End-


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Lesley, I'm 52, so cut it out with the old talk. LOL Nice find, and yes, it does make a statement.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Ha! I'll be 53 in a week, so I'm the oldest. I mean the most vintage.

We were in the same spot when we sold our house. We bought a house without an inspection "as is". We had my dad inspect it, so we knew what needed to be done. The only problem is that we were 25 years older than when we enthusiastically jumped into renovating our 1st old house. That basically translates into less energy. So it will be 8 years in this house and we have far less done than I ever imagined.

BUT, just like you, we were willing to give up a few things to get out of an undesirable location and it has been totally worth it! Remind me of that when the next big repair bill comes in the mail. :@

I LOVE your chandelier! It's the first thing people see when they enter your house, so it needs to be "you". The bejeweled flowers are so pretty!

Twice Nice said...

Wow!!!! That light fixture would so be for me too! I am happy for you, and you know it will all work out in the end and it will all be more personally yours! I'm 53, so you are still a youngster! And it's less important how old you are if you act younger than you are!

Curt said...

well, since it looks so totally perfect for your spot,I got this little gem rolling about in my head that it would be total irony that the stinker that removed it put it in the consignment shop........... wouldn't it be too weird???sorry, my mind does go to strange places sometimes.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

happy birthday!!!! didn't you know 48 is the new 21?
and i looooove that chandy! it is AWESOME! a statement piece for sure!

Artsy VaVa said...

Love the chandelier! Can't wait to see pictures of the house!

FGL said...

I think you are an amazing person! Show them how we pretty you make everything lilly....
Pretty good

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Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Congrats on your new home, and new chandy! I've been away for a while also, but try to sneak a peak every now and then. Hope to be back soon, and maybe you will be too.

Grammy Goodwill said...

That chandelier is gorgeous!!!!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Lesley,

Your chandelier is gorgeous!!!
I'm older than