Thursday, November 3, 2011

Good looking flush mount there such a thing?

I think we have covered this, but just in case we haven't, we live in a bungalow. Bungalows typically consist of two bedrooms and one bathroom on the main level and a bigger bedroom in the attic. They are not known for high ceilings.

Many people who live or have lived in bungalows, expand or "build out" their attic space to include additional bedrooms and baths assuming there is enough ceiling height.

We did this. See befores here and some of the afters here.

However, while there is enough ceiling height, they aren't high ceilings. I believe they are 7.5' high. Great, no big deal since I am 5'2"....ok fine, 5'1". We aren't a tall family, although my father-in-law is quite tall and doesn't feel awkward in the space.

So anyway, my point is we have dealt with ceiling height issues and lighting. In my experience, finding an affordable and beautiful flush mount light fixture is next to impossible although we succeeded when we did the attic build out.

Throughout the upstairs we have had to install flush and semi flush mounts. We ended up getting this one for the master, which you can see below. (Sorry about this terrible iphone pic, but it's hard to photograph during the day, err I am a terrible photographer)

So anyway, here we are in the midst of creating a mudroom and surprise, surprise, we have a similar ceiling height issues.

You see, the back of our kitchen was actually a back porch that was enclosed by the previous owners. In that part of the kitchen, the roof falls away quite steeply, which was really nice in creating that pitched ceiling, but for purposes of installing a back door, not so much. Our door is not standard because the length from the kitchen floor to where the roof ends above the door does not allow for the installation of a standard sized door. Right off the door, the ceiling height is not, how do you say, "majestic." I think it's about the same as the ceiling height in the foyer where we also have a semi flush mount light fixture lest our tallish guests hit their head with a forced chandy...

So, again, we are perusing webpages for beautiful -flush mount fixtures because I refuse to buy the ubiquitous "boob" light fixture for my ceiling.

If you have read this far, thank you, and I am sorry for my longwindedness.

So let's look at some pretty flush mounts in case you are in a similar sitch. Some of these are in my budget and some of them aren't, but they sure are pretty all the same!

Here we have the Circa Lighting Basil Flush Mount, only a wee $693 for the large one. If I had no budget, I'd pick this one.

I also really like the simplicity of the Vintage Star Flush Mount from Shades of Light, but still beyond my budget for the mudroom, which is "spend as little as possible"

The West Elm Faceted Mirror Light Fixture is similar to the Vintage Star one above but significantly less money. I am leaning toward this one

Have you found any pretty and inexpensive flush mounts lately?

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