Sometimes Less Is More

I like to constantly change things around the house. It’s a trait I get from my parents, who redecorate and remodel their home on an nearly annual basis. I’m not even exaggerating. Even though they’ve lived in the same house for almost 30 years, the only thing that hasn’t changed is the brick facade. Inside, the house looks nothing like the one I grew up in, or even the one I came home to on school holidays. It’s easy come, easy go, with regard to decor at the Todd residence. The only permanent fixtures are the inhabitants themselves.

As a result of my upbringing, I get bored looking at the same things, day after day, and lately I’ve been thinking about things I can do with our living room and dining room. More importantly, things I can do that cost very little.

The dining room chandelier came with the house, and although we didn’t actually choose it ourselves, we really like it. Still, I thought it would be fun to have something different, but I wasn’t really ready to commit to a whole new fixture.

It recently occurred to me that without the shades this one could have more of a candelabra effect. Last night, I removed them and replaced the existing round bulbs with candle bulbs. With only $4.00 and 2 minutes, we have a slightly new look for our dining room.

I might put the shades back on eventually, but for now, I like the way it looks without them. Sometimes less really is more.

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