Let there be LIGHT!

First things first.  Our very first home improvement project was to change the kitchen nook light fixture.  The one the builder provides was nothin’ special, actually, it was pretty terrible.  I knew that I wanted something that would look great with a vintage Edison bulb.  I hope you all have seen these — the light bulbs alone add instant charm!



I searched for inspiration and saw that the folks from Young House Love (younghouselove.com) had just installed the most beautiful ORB fixtures over their kitchen peninsula.  I went to the Shades of Light online store and saw that they had the same fixture in brushed nickel.  It was love at first light! 😉 I ordered it early, so we could install this baby as soon as we moved in!

Thanks to my awesome DIYing Mom, we installed the fixture on move-in day.  It’s basically my favorite part of the kitchen… and the edison bulb is perfect!

Excuse the disgusting pile of junk on the kitchen table.  It was moving day!  In the chaos that is moving, I forgot to take a before picture, but you’ll have to trust me, that fixture had to go!  We’re so happy with the way it turned out.

What do you think?  I’ll be sure to feature our new fixture baby in future posts so you can see it in all of it’s glory (and without a pile trying to steal the spotlight.)

Until next time…



A Sticky Introduction….

Hi everyone!  Thanks for stopping by.  We’re so excited to share the daily happenings of the Stickelman household with you.  We live a pretty ordinary life, but we’re far from ordinary which makes life verrry interesting!

For those of you who know us, you know that we okay, fine, I, love DIYing and crafting.  We bought our first house in March of 2012 and admittedly, there was nothing that needed to be changed.  It was built in 2009, but was the typical “builder basic” house and just didn’t feel like home.  We’ve tackled a couple projects so far, including paint on the entire main level…twice, a very cool stencil application in the master bedroom, updating the ugly oak vanities and even replacing the staircase railing after a very sticky (no pun intended) situation.  I have asked forced J to jump on my DIY train and devote every single Saturday, and sometimes Sunday, to my crazy projects.  Stay tuned to hear about the successes, and failures, along the way!  We’re in no way experts, but are those new homeowners that YouTube our way to installing a new toilet.  Here are some before pics to hold you over…

What about during the day?  I’m a Senior Property Manager who is working on a 27 acre campus full of renovations and construction.  Yes, my daily wardrobe does include a pink hardhat if you were wondering.  After graduating college with a Justice Studies degree and every intention of attending law school, I suddenly had a change of heart.  I no longer felt excited about law school, but instead was dreading the stressful life of an attorney.  I brought J to Maryland to meet my family and we decided that we would move.  You know, a fresh start?  It was a long way away from anything J had ever known, so it was certainly a huge step in our measly 9-month relationship.  But, we survived the move, I started working in property management and have never looked back.  No, I never in a million years would have guessed I’d be managing construction projects and working in Real Estate.  Funny how plans change…  J works for State Farm Insurance–another shocker, as his heart was in the restaurant/bar management industry for nearly his entire adult life.  We love Boston.  We love hanging out together and being silly.  Basically, we’re in love with our life and each other.  I’m blessed.  I really couldn’t ask for more.

J’s family is the best. His family lives on the West Coast.  It’s tough to be so far away from them, but they say distance makes the heart grow fonder, right?  My family is amazing.  We all live so close together, yet never seem to get sick of each other! I have a not-so-little brother who I adore.  Actually, the fact that he just started his Senior year is making my blood pressure spike. 🙂  I’m sure you’ll have the opportunity to meet these wonderful people in a post or two!

I couldn’t tell you where this blog will take us, but am looking forward to having an archive of wonderful memories to look back on.  Thanks for tuning in!