Welcome to Cedar Cottage

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Happy Wednesday, readers. I wanted to give you a quick look at our entry hall and show you a nifty DIY project Dr. Kyle and I worked on this week. Oh, and we finally decided on a name for our “new” home. Welcome to Cedar Cottage!

Entry001You’ll see a few familiar pieces in our entry. Remember the antique corbels-turned-shelf from our old dining room? Turns out this was the perfect spot for it. I added a few hooks, et voila! A spot for coats to land. Sitting on top are my little hand carved ducks I bought while we were living in Oxford, England. They reminded me of walking my little ducklings to school each day, My Dude just behind me and Blondie not far behind. Seeing them still brings a smile to my face.

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Entry003This pine piece was also in our dining room. Entry004

We use the little ironstone footed bowl to hold our keys for us lest they wander off. Thank you, little bowl. We owe you.

Finally, I wanted to show you the lantern in this space. It used to sit on our patio dining table, holding a candle. After searching high and low for the perfect lighting fixture for the entry, it dawned on me that it had been sitting on the patio the whole time. It just needed a little love. And some wiring.

Entry006Seem like a daunting task to wire an old lantern? Well, you’d think it would be, but all it took was this:

IMG_4466Seriously. A pendant kit. And a little tiny hack saw. That’s it! I bought the lantern at a local shop some time ago and have no idea how much it was. so according to my accounting methods, it was free. The pendant kit only set be back about $16.

I (and by I, I mean Dr. Kyle and I) lopped off the top with a hack saw…

IMG_4468…drilled a hole in the top for the wiring…

IMG_4473(we may or may not have scratched up the top a bit, but no one will be the wiser since it hangs so high. That is, unless you tell)

Then threaded the wiring up through the hole (I used a little electrical tape around the wiring to protect it from the sharp metal edges), attached the wiring to the junction box, stuck in an edison bulb, and Bob’s your uncle.

Entry005Who is Bob, anyway? And why would I want him to be my uncle in the event things go smoothly and easily?

Anyway, It was a pretty easy project. You could have an electrician hang it for you if you’re not the hang-a-light-fixtrue type, but I’m telling you, people, you can do the prep part. Seriously. YOU CAN!!!

I’m linking up with Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday (http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/2014/03/wow-us-wednesdays-160.html) so stop by and take a look at all the other creative goodness that folks are up to this week.

Oh, Dr. Kyle and I have some exciting news to share about Cedar Cottage, so stay tuned!