[ LIGHTING SWAP ]
Last weekend I found out, via Twitter, that Velocity Art & Design was having a warehouse sale. We had planned to spend the weekend prepping our floors for our painting project, but after seeing a photo on twitter of the sale lighting selection, we abandoned our plans and made a mad dash downtown.
Thankfully, there were two Nelson Bubble Lamps left in the size that we’ve been looking for, and they were both 40% off. Unfortunately, we were beaten to them by literally thirty seconds. There was a nice couple who grabbed both lamps, debating over which shape they preferred. After some eavesdropping, I concluded that they were only planning to purchase one, so quickly asked them if they would hand their rejected lamp to me when they made their decision. I admit, I never let the two of them out of my sight, just in case they forgot. After much deliberation, they decided to go with the “Apple” shape, and we happily snatched up the classic ball shape.
40% off a Nelson lamp is still nothing to sneeze at, and we typically wouldn’t throw this much cash at one item, but I still had all of my proceeds from the sale of my dining set. Since the chair hunt seems to be going nowhere, we decided to use those funds for the lamp, and wait a little longer for chairs.
Here’s the thing about the discounted lamps… they didn’t come with the canopy/mounting hardware. For us, though, it wasn’t a big deal. We knew we wanted to switch the ceiling mount from the kitchen into the dining room, because it was custom built for our house and was the right size for the beam over our table. We just needed to find a new canopy for the kitchen ball pendant.
A quick trip to the ReStore resulted in the perfect white metal canopy for a whopping $1.50. Patrick made the switch over the weekend, and was able to raise the kitchen light in the process. I’ve been annoyed with that light since we moved in because it was originally hanging at nearly eye level. Sorry for the terrible before and after photos. I never remember to get a good “before” shot until we’re half-way through a project, so the one on the left was all I could find… and the photo on the right, well, let’s just say I was too lazy to get out the good camera, so I settled for an iPhone photo.
In other good news, Velocity has announced plans to open an outlet store at their warehouse. It sounds like it will be open once a week and by appointment. I’ll update you when I hear more details, or you can watch for news on their blog.