Light it up
The actual installation? No problem. Our electricians were nice enough to put it up when they were doing our knob and tube rewiring.
But finding something I liked? Nearly impossible.
I had a good month and a half to search for a new light. I asked friends for sourcing scoops, browsed thousands (if not tens of thousands) of light fixtures online and hit up some nearby shops, dragging Mr. Speedy along for the ride.
I had an idea of what I wanted. A classy, small-ish chandelier, preferably in black or silver, which would cast a soft glow while also enhancing the overall decor of the room. As the search continued, I found myself drawn to stunning light fixtures with dangling crystals and black cloth shades. But I never bought them. Some would have totally blown my budget, while many didn't pass my "glare test", that is, not blinding me when I looked up from below.
So my vision changed. I decided something with a diffuser would be a good idea, likely a drum shade. Slightly less ornate, but still stunning. So, I kept looking. And looking.
We moved in, and still no decision on a light fixture. We stumbled through the dark, banging shins on out of place boxes on more than one occasion. And still, I couldn't make up my mind.
So, finally, I decided I'd leave the house and not return until I had a light fixture in hand.
Two lighting stores later, I was wandering the halls of the nearby Home Depot, wracked with indecision. I called Mr. Speedy at work, looking for advice, and had texted another friend. I still couldn't make up my mind. What if I chose something that didn't look bedroom appropriate? What if I hated when it was up? What if it didn't fit in with my final decor vision? It was an awful lot of angst over a light fixture.
I must have stood there for at least an hour. Then I got to chatting with another woman who was also shopping for lights. After a few moments, and my explanation of the chandelier versus drum shade argument I was having with myself, I decided on the drum shade. And, I must have been pretty convincing, because she ended up picking the same one up too!
(Editor's note: Yes, the light fixture is wrapped in plastic. Like everything we own, it's covered to help protect it from drywall dust. I promise it's prettier when unwrapped!)