Dining Room Chandelier Update

Sorry I have been a bit MIA lately. I know you’re all busy and still manage to get amazing posts out, so I really have no excuse.

House updates have been put on a huge slow down – or a full pause – as we quickly approach the wedding. There are a lot of details to finalize the last few months of wedding planning. I want to enjoy the last months, weeks, days (!) of being engaged while it lasts.

That being said, the house will still be here after the dust from the wedding settles. Just wait until the dust from all the upcoming remodeling! (Sorry for the bad pun)

In between all the planning, we did manage to replace our dining room light fixture.

Before

We replaced the old ’90s brass chandelier with this beauty. <3

After!!

There is just something about it. I love the understated elegance. The black iron finish seems reminiscent of streetlamps in downtown Charleston, a place that my fiancé and I both adore. It’s great to have nods to places we both like in our home.

It was a bit more than we were originally willing to spend. However, it’s important to have a nice light in the dining room because it’s visible from the kitchen, family room, and obviously the dining room. We eat nearly all meals at home, so it’s something we will use every day. Looking at something every day that we didn’t absolutely love wasn’t worth it. We dropped the extra few bucks to get something we liked and agreed on (bonus!). That’s how we justified it.

Classic chandelier update for dining room
How much do you love this beauty?? Because I ultra love it!

Tip: Take advantage of online “new customer” discounts. We purchased the chandelier from Pottery Barn. I was a first time customer to PotteryBarn.com, so I signed up for their email list and got 10% off. I looked in their website today and saw that signing up in the latest promotion gets you 15% off!

I have to commend the makers of this light fixture – the instruction guide was very easy to follow which made installation a breeze! We have installed a few light fixtures recently, so we’re not exactly newbies at it, but taking down the old and installing the new chandelier only took 60 minutes. I’d highly recommend it.

The entire sight line from the kitchen to the dining room is much more appealing. Definitely a well-needed and good change.

Where do you have good luck with buying light fixtures or other home improvement hardware? Do you feel like you have to see it in person? Or are you brave enough to take the chance with ordering online?

Until next time!
xoxo,
Maggie

(Note: This is not a sponsored post — Just sharing a happy ending of our weekend project)

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In case you missed it – Stamp prices are going up in 2017

Stamp price increase 2017

Happy New Year, everyone!

2016 was an exciting year for me (getting engaged, buying a house, starting Dash of Discovery), but I am really looking forward to 2017 (getting married, moving into the house, and seeing Dash of Discovery grow!).

Anyone getting married or planning to send mail in 2017? Well, yes to both for this girl.

A little bird gave me a heads up that U.S. Forever Stamps will increase in price by $0.02 each, effective January 22, 2017. Note: International postage cost, postcard stamps, and per additional ounce cost will remain the same.

I know I’m late to this news because the official press release from the United States Postal Service is dated October 12, 2016.

Either way, I certainly can’t be the last one to find out, so I wanted to give you all a heads up. Two cents a stamp might not be a big deal, but it can start adding up.

In a typical book of Forever Stamps, there are 20 stamps. That’s “only” a $0.40 increase for the whole book.

But with wedding invitations (and a few going international), thank you notes for showers and wedding gifts, and plenty of miscellaneous mail to send, I will use way more than 1 book of stamps in 2017.

Here’s a great guide from Today’s Bride about postage cost by weight and category. They already have the new stamp price updated. Check it out if you’re sending mass amounts of mail this year and want a bit of Post 101.

I’m off to the post office this week to stock up on at least 8 books of stamps before the price goes up. That might only save me $3.20, but I’d rather spend it on something other than stamps… like ice cream… or coffee. 🙂

Hope you’re all enjoying your New Year so far!

xoxo,
Maggie

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