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Sunday, July 12, 2015

For you bargain hunters out there

Do you need a nice, modern light fixture or ceiling fan that doesn't cost a fortune? Or towel rings and door handles that don't break the bank?

When we moved into our new house, we knew we were going to have to replace every single light fixture, cabinet pull, towel ring, door handle and hinge. The former owners were two sisters partnering in the house-flipping business, and they had filled our 1964 ranch with all things ornate. To be fair, what they did appeals to a broad segment of homebuyers...just not to modernists. 

We knew that ripping it all out and starting over would be expensive unless we shopped carefully, so I began creating my usual Pinterest pages, just as I did when getting ready to build the little Modernist Nest. Those of you who have read my blog for a while know that I'm never happier than when I'm planning a decorating project and hunting for great prices, and with this one, the smiles just keep coming. 

Here are a few things we've used in the ongoing restoration of our house from curlicued oil rubbed bronze back to modern.

  • Ceiling fans

Minka Aire Roto, $160, Lightology

Casa Vieja Viridian, $199.95, Lamps Plus 

  • Flush mount lights (modern and unobtrusive for hall, over sink, laundry room)

Access Lighting 11", $25.77, Amazon

Back in April we had chosen a different style and had even installed one of them, but after living with it for a while, we decided it was too large, and exchanged them for these.

  • Pendant lighting

Feiss Beso pendant, $111, Lamps Plus

  • Bath accessories

Hollywood towel ring, $7.47, UnhingeHardware
(Matching toilet tissue holder available)

(Disclaimer: I had to ask UnhingeHardware for a partial refund, because their website has a glitch and doesn't give sale discounts, but they were very prompt to accommodate, as well as very courteous.)

  • Door handles

Schlage Latitude handle, $28.63, HandleSets

  • Bathroom fixtures

Godmorgon sink/cabinet, $299, Ikea

Moen Method faucet, $150.65, Lowe's

These are just a few of the things we've installed since we moved in March, and the work continues. I'll share more bargains with you in my next post.


  1. Gorgeous, I love the simplicity of line.

    1. Trust me, what we've taken out is the absolute opposite of simplicity. There wasn't a straight line in the batch! :)

  2. I love the ceiling fan options. The previous owner of my little 50's ranch had skewed things very cottage and the ceiling fans are pretty much the last thing (besides beadboard in the bathroom) that need to be moved towards the modern end of the spectrum. Thanks for sharing!

    1. We're really pleased with the amount of air both of these put out. For the money, these can't be beat.

  3. Everthing is modern but Classic ( does this vocabulary exist in American English?!), just as I like it most! Well done, as always. Greetings from Ria

    1. Yes, your English is perfect. That is exactly the style we like...very simple and modern but classic. Always good to hear from you, Ria!