October 28, 2009

Laundry Room Chandelier & The Old Gate

Ya know how when you change one thing in a room, you're prompted to change the whole room?  That's what happened to me a few weeks ago in the laundry room.  I found a light fixture on the ground at the Rose Bowl Flea Market and couldn't wait to take down the old one and install the new one.  There wasn't much to change in my really small laundry, but it inspired me to change other stuff in other rooms, so I did literally nonstop. 

Here's the old laundry chandelier pretty much the same as I found it about 10 years ago -

Here's the one I'm lovin today - quite a difference I'd say. Ooops, took the photo before I added a really old long pull chain -

So this change started some more rethinking around the house and I pretty much went thru every room and closet movin out all the things that are on my long list of things I walk by and say 'this has to go.'   I try to remove things the first time I say that but I don't, I wait till I absolutely can't stand it anymore, why? I don't know.

Then I hit my stash in the storage, yard, and garage and I made HUGE decisions on everything I have been storing, hoarding, and saving to repair, paint, part out or whatever - and I decided to let go of tons - so we're loading up and letting go.  That is big for me, really big.  So here we go... all that plus the Chandeliers and lighting that we are creating today and love love love -

That started a couple of weeks ago, and we've been working our buttinskys off everyday preparing, loading up the trailer and and we're almost completely ready - and it feels so good.  I've been on a thrifting shopping spree for so many years now that my style has somewhat changed and all the GREAT stuff I won't be using anymore is going to the Flea Market on the beach this Sunday.

As you can imagine we're beat up, I messed up my shoulder lifting things I shouldn't have, like cement statues and pots { dummy me } and I've been popping pain pills because I just didn't want to stop.

We're almost done and ready to go - Sunday 4 am.

Couldn't help but snap a photo of my favorite little gate while taking a much needed break with Mr Beachy and a Costco chicken.



Jennifer & Ryan have set the date June 26, 2010!  Last Saturday afternoon I got my first treasured moment being Mother of the Bride when Jen and I went wedding gown shopping. As unbelievable  as it sounds - we both knew the very first dress she tried on was the one.  Can you believe it?  She tried on several more so we could be ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE, and we were - it's perfect for her and her dream wedding, and she looks amazing in it.

She's so happy and so am I.

See you at the Flea Market - you'll find us beach side...

Later -


  1. Your life always sounds so dreamy to me! Love your photos! I just think your style is AMAZING! I would love to go to your flea market! My sis in law is in venice for work right now. Is it close enough for her to go to? She would love it!

  2. Hi Marsha,
    LOVE LOVE LOVE your laundry room ..Everything looks soo crisp and white in your sweet home !! yes, very beachy and comfy ...How wonderful that you found the perfect dress for your daughter !! That's amazing ... you will have lots of fun planning this big event .. woo hoo .. hoping you are enjoying this beautiful California day !!
    hugs ~tea~xo

  3. You have such a beautiful blog...love when I see you've updated. Congrats on your dd setting her date...now the real fun begins! My dd got married this past June, and thankfully she still thinks it was her dream wedding. (There's some pics on my blog under the 'wedding' label.)
    Wish I lived closer to you....I'd be at your booth in a red hot minute.

  4. I have just found your blog this morning and lets just say that I am going to really late for work. Love all your white, your chandeliers are amazing and I will look forward to reading this journey about this wedding. Have a wonderful day. Sandy

  5. Hi Marsha,
    I know exactly what you are talking about! I make one change and that leads to another and another.....I've been cleaning out too, huge job. Wish I could come to the flea market but it's probably good that I can't :)

  6. Hi Marsha! I love that new light fixture in your laundry, I haven't seen one like it before, very unique, you lucky thing!
    Just so you know...I soooo love your home. It has the exact "feel" I want for my home and I keep referring back to your photos to help me stay on track.

  7. A flea market on the beach...what a fun way to spend the day. The new fixture looks great and very different than the old one for sure!


  8. Are you selling the old fixture? I have the perfect perfect spot for it! PLEASE let me know!!

  9. Oooo Marsha I hope your shoulder is feeling better soon! I'm always one to overdo it too. I have been going around the house and eliminating (or painting) everything I don't like lately too...less is more for me right now!

    Your chandis are always a treat to look at!!

    :) T

  10. Hi Marsha, me again. I hope you don't mind but I have just nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger Award on my latest post. I have only been following you for about a week but love your blog very much and thought it deserved the recognition!

  11. Hi there,
    I just love your new chandelier but, I loved the old one too !!!!
    Isn't it so exciting when there's a wedding and even more so as it's your daughter.
    Our son got married last October and it ws the BEST day. We all loved every minute of it.
    Keep us updated with the preparations, Marsha. XXXX

  12. Bonjour! Merci for stopping by my blog and leaving a nice comment. Best of all, I found your blog which is absolutely lovely! I'm going to add myself as a follower. J'adore your beach cottage!

  13. If I catch a red eye tonight, (boston) I'll have time to rest up and visit w/ my dd before seeing you at the flea on the beach on Sunday morning! If wishes were horses... Such a drastic and beautiful change of fixtures in your laundry room. Funny how our styles are changing. So, so happy for you and your dd and the very first gown she tried. Magical.
    xo Roberta

  14. wow. that IS a big decision, but at least you won't end up on that TV programs "hoarders!" lol. wonderful blog.

  15. You sound like you have been listening to flylady.net!!! I need to be more ruthless--I did get rid of a ton 2 years ago, but then it filled up with storage for my son. I know I still have some things that could go....may be ;-) .

    Amazing about the dress. When my daughter and I went looking for hers we agreed on the dress, but it took a while to find it!


  16. I have done that, loved having more space and getting rid of things I never used to put things I did use....however, i have found that I just filled up the space with things i liked now....lol what can you do..I am a new follower and will be back, come for a visit..

  17. Thank you for visiting my blog. I am happy to have found you and will be back again soon to poke around all of your lovely photos!

  18. first time to your blog and already joined as a follower....amazing, jules

  19. Oh Marsha I wish we lived closer I have 3 big chandeliers that I inherited when I brought our house & I am about to "give" them away to a second-hand man...how I wish I could give them to you to love & make beautiful again..


  20. I do the same thing, change one item in a room and it ends up with a complete rearrange. Always fun though, if not tiring lol!
    time worn style

  21. Pretty! I wish my laundry room was that cheery and bright! :)

  22. Go easy on that shoulder!

    Congratulations on being The Mother of the Bride!!! How fun! I have often heard that the first dress becomes "the one". Maybe it has to do with instinct, or maybe it's just the initial taking away of breath when we see the bride in her first gown...Whatever it is, it's always magic!

    Hope you had a great Sunday!


  23. Looks like you have been having fun revamping a room or two, sometimes life is like that isn't it? Bit of clean up and rearrange to freshen things up can be a breath of fresh air.

  24. Missing your POSTS girly girl!


  25. I would love to have the chandelier you took down!

  26. oh my that looks soo great lovt that color too!!


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