Our latest finishes to the gazebo were adding the gingerbread brackets (which I designed to match the original gingerbread on our house) and adding the lighting. I bought 3 strings of small bulb outdoor lighting to go around the inside perimeter and just couldn’t wait until it got dark to see how it looked. It was so crazy funny……..when I turned on the lights they almost blinded me. I thought, well maybe I should go out on the lawn and get a different perspective. I couldn’t run up and turn them off fast enough! It was like Griswald’s lights in Christmas Vacation – I was so hoping the neighbors hadn’t gone blind. I could just picture the power surge in our neighborhood when I turned them on – ha ha.
I really liked the size of the lights I bought, but just wanted a soft ambiance light. We tossed around getting different lights and other options and ended up buying a dimmer attachment that plugs into the outlet (there wasn’t enough room to install a dimmer in the switch area) and the dimmer works perfectly, plus I can change the lighting to suit the mood. Then we hung the chandelier. I couldn’t wait for this to happen. I’ve had it since last September, a gift from my family for my birthday. I put in 40w bulbs thinking those would be just fine and, once again, it was the Griswald lights all over again. I then put in 15w bulbs and they still weren’t right, not a soft enough light. Then I remembered one of my favorite shops in Sellwood – American at Heart. They carry all sorts of country/primitive lighting with flicker flames etc., so I bought two different kinds of lighting from them (just in case) and the flicker flames worked perfectly. I wanted the lighting to be intimate and through a bit of a process, it finally is just right.
We have just a few more finishing touches and it will be complete.