How many blog readers does it take to pick a light bulb ?

While we wait for the pre start variations to be priced up, it is fairly quiet on the house planning front.  We’ve had a change in pre-construction consultants and apparently everyone working on our plans is on holidays.  Another week like this one and I’m going to have to go shopping again.  (See Patience and Building.)

Here are a few bits and pieces we’ve been thinking about:

1.  Changing the front door to make the most of a good looking security screen door.  We want a screen door so that we can open up the solid doors and let the breeze through the house.  We like this screen door from Entanglements:  Screen doorWe changed our front door from the door on the left to the door on the right:

Webb and Brown-Neaves’ interior designer recommended glass over a solid door to keep our entry light.  We think it is good advice and it will have the added advantage that we will be able to appreciate the fancy screen door from both inside and outside the house.  I know that some people prefer to be able to hide behind their front door, but a tall front fence, clever lighting and landscaping should be able to prevent sticky-noses from seeing into our house.  Worst case scenario is that we have to install blinds on the inside of the front door.

2.  The number of pendant lights above our kitchen bench.

An attempt at showing the correct scale for kitchen bench, pendant lights (36 cm diameter) and ceiling height.

An attempt at showing the correct relative scale for our kitchen bench, pendant lights (36 cm diameter) and ceiling height.

For a 3 metre long bench, many advise 3 pendants but my favourite pendants for the bench are quite chunky and three doesn’t seem right to me.  So my husband put a life-size picture of the pendants up on our television screen and I got out my trusty measuring tape to get a feel for the bench size.  I had just about decided that two pendants would be OK when some sensible person on the HomeOne Forum reminded me that I also need to consider the light projecting onto the bench in order to achieve consistent lighting across the bench surface instead of strange shadows.  Back to square one.  There are so many variables at play here that I’ve decided to do nothing!  Our lighting plan remains unchanged with 2 pendant lights and my fingers are crossed that the down lights in and around the kitchen will make the question of pendant number aesthetic rather than mathematic.

3.  With recent motivation from various sources, including my own blog post about taking photos of the building process, I’ve decided it’s time to get over my fear of photography.  So far the good pictures on this blog belong to someone else.  I’d like to be able to take photos of our house that I don’t have to apologise for.  Here’s the result of my first practice session.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified folding stool, made in Brazil by Butzke.

When this little baby finds its way to House By The Water it will either be sitting beside the bath, keeping a glass of wine upright, or snuggling next to a comfy sofa waiting for a cup of tea.

13 thoughts on “How many blog readers does it take to pick a light bulb ?

  1. trixee says:

    Great stool! I’ve been wondering how many pendants to have over the island as well. 3 seems like a good number, but I do think it really depends on the size and look you’re after. And with the additional functional lighting you have, you won’t just be relying on the pendants.

  2. Pendants – I reckon it might depend on how wide your bench is. You don’t want a shadow from your head to be cast over what ever you are doing at your bench.
    Photography – my tip – pick your focal point (probably the hole in the case of your stool) and make sure that’s in focus. Or in the case of a glass of wine sitting on your stool next to your bath…the wine glass would be your focal point most likely 😉

    • I won’t be hijacking the blog with my attempts at photography- except for photos of the house. But I might send a few pics your way for critique by you and Matt. I’m still trying to figure out what all the buttons on the camera are for at this stage. (Wine is always a good idea.)

  3. It is coming together nicely. That screen door is like a work of art, great choice!
    Dont be afraid of taking photos, mine were pretty basic at the start of my blog and I tended to find photos on the internet instead of taking my own but I realised that readers want to see real images taken by me (no matter how bad they are!) so I try to include my own photos a lot more now. If I can offer just one tip – turn off the flash even at night time, I find photos look so much bettter and natural without a flash 🙂

  4. Good luck with the photography, it looks like you’re off to a great start! I forced myself to take a class earlier this year because I also wanted nice pictures on my blog. I’m happy I did it, but it definitely lengthens the time it takes to produce a post between creating content, taking photos, editing photos, shrinking them for internet use and posting them. I think (hope!) the final result is worth it though!

  5. Africadayz says:

    It seems that like me, you are also sometimes swayed by aesthetics rather than practicality! I love those pendant lamps. And the little stool too. I have a thing about “trestle table legs” – the kind that cross over and have my heart set on a diningroom table with that look. Planning to relegate our lovely old inherited mahogany diningroom table to my husband’s office….. All because of the legs.
    And now you’ve got me all worried about my photography… Perhaps I should also go to a class. One of the reasons I use my own little pictures is because I have found the process of uploading and embedding others so daunting. You have to remember I’m a whole generation ahead of you girls…

    • Who me? Never! Ha, ha!
      I’ve seen some lovely desks with trestle legs – I have one in mind for my son’s room. (It will be in the next post.) Your pictures are perfectly fine – always interesting. Taking photos inside often gives a poor representation of how good things might look in reality. Outside is not so hard.

  6. What great taste you have! I am particularly interested in the security screen, making something interesting as well as functional. Thanks for that I have already run off and visited their website. Definitely on my wish list now…

  7. Africadayz says:

    I think the new front door and screen will look stunning.
    I’m also in a quandary about pendant light over the kitchen ‘island’ as we call them here. My kitchen designer has suggested a chandelier but while I think they look sometimes look great in photos of other people’s kitchens, I’m sure they’re a highly impractical fitting to have in a kitchen so I’m not going along with that. I love pendant lights but my architect, who is in favour of a chandelier over the staircase, is concerned that there might be too many ‘hanging’ lights in one open plan space and I see his point. Although the island is sort of round a corner from the stairs. So I’ve also stalled!

  8. Hmm.. I’ll have to review your house plans. Hanging lights everywhere is very much in fashion, but I do agree that there can be too many. It’s not so much the pendants that are the problem, but too many cords looks messy. Some simple pendants (possibly only 2) over your kitchen island should define the space rather than complicate it.

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