Making the Switch with Adorne

It’s been my mantra in this second house to DIY with intention. I want the changes we make to be true upgrades that will last a long time. This might mean improving the aesthetic, the functionality or both! As a lover of all projects, I’m totally guilty of changing something just for the sake of changing it, only to change it again a few months later. And when I look back at those projects, I think: was it worth it? Was it worth the time/effort/money? A lot of the times yes, but other times maybe not?

So, with that being said, my eyes were set on upgrading a very under-the-radar piece of our home: our light switches. Why light switches? Well… we touch them every day, we look at them every day and they end up in every photo in the blog.

Light Switch Update with Adorne

And I thought… maybe there is something better out there? That’s where Adorne comes in. Adorne is a line by Legrand that makes these beautiful modern light switches. You essentially get to mix and match from their selection of wall plates and switch types (like SofTap, SensaSwitch, TouchSwitch) so you can have your switches just the way you like them. Our selection shouldn’t surprise you: white on white! We chose the white face plate with the SofTap switch, which turns on lights with a quick push of the finger. Light Switch Update with Adorne

My favorite part of these new switches are the little locator lights on each switch. They shine like little beacons in the night, which means no more fumbling to find the switch on a dark wall.

Light Switch Update with Adorne

Now, let’s talk about installation. This is one of our first forays into electrical work and we were intimidated. I mean, we’ve installed a bunch of lights in our day, but terminals and 1-pole vs. three way, etc. just seemed like a whole different level. Well, as it turns out, it’s really simple. First things first: TURN OFF THE ELECTRIC!! Also, I would recommend watching this tutorial a few times.

The Adorne packages will look like this in the store. These are the products we needed for a single switch, or 1-pole,  plate: the wall plate (on the right) and the actual switch itself (on the left). We chose the white gloss wall plate with the white SofTap switch.

Light Switch Update with Adorne

Once you’ve got your products, it’s time to install the switch. Big obvious next step: remove the existing wall plate!

Light Switch Update with Adorne

And then remove the switch from the junction box.

Light Switch Update with Adorne

With the switch removed, we pulled it out of the wall and assessed the wiring, first locating the “hot” wire. Oftentimes the hot wire is attached to the switch terminal by an odd color screw, which was the case at our house—it was gold while all the other screws were silver.  We marked the hot wire with tape so we wouldn’t get confused. At this point, we also installed the metal backing plate that came with the Adorne wall plate.

Light Switch Update with Adorne

Because this is a one-pole switch (meaning, it turns a light off and on from a single location) the wiring was fairly simple. We essentially just mimicked how it was installed to the original switch. The hot wire (the black wire on the right in the picture below) was inserted into the terminal marked “HOT” and the red wire was attached to its labeled terminal. The locator light wiring (that blue wire) was wired into the same terminal as the red wire.

Light Switch Update with Adorne

The switch clicks into the metal backplate and then the entire piece is finished off by the white faceplate, which also clicks in.

Light Switch Update with Adorne

We are loving the upgraded look Adorne has given our first floor. We like that they’re simple, but also look really modern and tech-y too. You can browse their range of wall plates and switches here.

Light Switch Update with AdorneAnd some words of advice from us: don’t attempt to install light switches in the evening, when electricity is needed to see! We waited until after dinner to install these, but had to finish up by camping lantern. I’m sure the neighbors thought we were nuts! Ha!

Hope everyone has a great week. A big thanks to the folks at LeGrand for supporting Go Haus Go and this post!

xo, emily

Driving Me Nuts!

I would say we are 80% moved in to our house as of today which is hilarious because we’ve lived here for nearly a year now! So while lots of the house is unpacked, organized and put away, there are three areas in the house that are driving me absolutely crazy. Are you ready to see some really attractive photos? Ugh…

  1.  The Shoe Situation

Driving Me NutsWe are lacking a serious closet system at the moment and our shoes have no where to go. When we first moved in, I started lining shoes up under my bed in an attempt to just get them out of the way for awhile. Well here we are, 9 months later, with shoes still lined up along my side of the bed. DON’T EVER DO THIS. It’s horrible. I spend nearly every morning fishing dusty shoes out from under the bed abyss… I am accidentally kicking them under there all of the time.

Driving Me Nuts

And yes, it obviously looks terrific! Here is my side of the bed. I’m using an old jewelry storage as a nightstand. And a cardboard box instead of a chair to catch that day’s clothes. But wait… we are talking shoes. You can’t see the line of shoes in this pic because I’m sure they’re all deep into the under-bed black hole. Trust me, they’re there.

Driving Me Nuts

Aaron’s side of the room isn’t much better. His shoes, also displaced from any sort of common sense storage unit, are stacked up behind the bathroom door.

Driving Me Nuts

So yea, we’ve a bit of a shoe storage crisis. Now’s probably a good time to show you the complete cluster that is our master bedroom closet. Oy.

Driving Me Nuts

This is essentially how the closet looked on day two of moving. Hang the clothes, shove the boxes underneath, close the door and hope for the best. Remember my pretty closet at the old house? We will get there…

Anyways, our existing closet is actually a pretty decent-size closet, it’s just that we’re not utilizing the space AT ALL. I would love to get a professional closet system in here, but for now, some purging, box removal and the addition of shoe storage should do the trick.

Driving Me Nuts

Let’s move on to the next “driving me nuts” area…

2. The Laundry Closet

I used to call this the laundry room, but let’s be honest, it’s more of a closet. We should have bought toploaders and sat each machine side-by-side, but instead we bought front loaders and were forced to stack them on each other. The stacking is actually great (less bending down) but it created this weird space to the right of the machines.

Driving Me Nuts

And naturally, that dead space has become a clutter zone for cleaning supplies. My plan here is to install some shelving along the bottom of this space (running parallel to the machines) and near the top, add a closet rod for drying clothes. I can’t wait to get all the laundry supplies up off and floor and on to shelves! It will be much better.

3. Hardware-less Cabinets

Driving Me Nuts

I don’t know what it is about me and kitchen cabinets, but I’ve never had hardware on any cabinet that I own. I think I’d like to change that. It was livable at the old house because our hands were free 99% of the time. In this house, I’ve got a baby or two which makes prying open these cabinet doors that much harder. I can’t even seem to use my foot! Hardware is high on our list of to-do’s, plus who doesn’t love a little cabinet jewelry?

So now it’s time to fix all of these things—some sooner than others. Does anyone have good suggestions for in-closet shoe storage? I’d like to do something a little nicer than the MDF cubbies (more dusting!) but that may be where we end up depending on time/cost/availability. We will see. Sometimes it just feels good to lay all of this out there and figure out a plan for how to get it done.

Happy weekend everyone.

xo,

emily

 

Fancy Curtain Installation Using Everything IKEA

One of the things I want to hold myself to when decorating and finishing this second house of ours is to keep it a little more upscale looking than the last house. And that can be applicable to the furniture we buy all the way down to light fixtures, hardware, how we install curtains, etc. Here’s the rub though: I don’t really want to spend any more money than I did in the last house. If anything, even LESS money than the last house. I mean… we’ve got two kids in daycare, college funds, endless lists of needed baby supplies…. there is NO way we’re increasing our decorating funds around here.

Luckily, this “champagne taste on a beer budget” is sort of my cup of tea. I like expensive things. But I don’t like to pay for them. You’re talking to the gal who bought a pair of used Birkenstocks off Instagram last week.

Sooo… with that being said, let’s talk a little bit about the curtains we put in the boys’ nursery. Remember what that looks like?

Fancy Curtain Installation Using IKEA MaterialsWhen we were thinking about the curtains for the nursery, I was really adamant about not using my tried-and-true curtain clips. I used these all over the place in my last house, like in my old bedroom for example.   And they were great, but of all of the curtain installation options, I consider curtain clips the lowest hanging fruit. They don’t “bite” the fabric great, they cause the curtains to lay sort of strange and well… they’re just sort of cheap? (Editor’s note: How hilarious is this post? This is truly what I spend my time thinking about. CURTAIN CLIPS! Anyways…) So, for the boys’ room, I wanted to do a more proper drapery hook and ring installation. Something like this (this is called a “cartridge pleat” by the way):

Source: Fabric Quilters

And yes I know this style of pleating can be done with curtain clips, but now that would just be cheating. :) Fancy Curtain Installation Using IKEA MaterialsLet’s talk IKEA. Did you know that all of the IKEA curtains now come with heading tape for this very thing?? This is definitely a recent addition. Before you were forced to use either the tabs or the pole pocket OR you had to pick the option with those giant metal grommet holes.  AND IKEA now carries all of the hardware to make your fancy curtain fantasies come to life.

Here is what you’ll need to buy from IKEA.

  • RITVA Curtains – You can use any IKEA curtain, but I chose the RITVA curtains. These are a lovely off-white, nearly identical to the wall color, Swiss Coffee.
  • RIKTIG Curtain Hooks – This is the hardware that slides into the heading tape. Each pack comes with 20 hooks, enough to do two panels.
  • SYRLIG Curtain Rings – Ironically, these packs also come with clips, but you’ll just need the ring and the “C” piece to attach the hooks to the rod

It requires a bit of patience to put together, but the end result is lovely.

Fancy Curtain Installation Using IKEA Materials

I’ve always meant to add an IKEA blackout panel to these curtains. The heading tape ALSO has a spot to hook in said panel. IKEA I tell ya… so hard to quit you!

That’s all I’ve got folks! I’ll be back shortly… I spent both of the twins’ big naps this weekend cleaning and re-organizing the house, and I’ve got a fire in my belly to solve some of the organization issues we’ve got going on. Stay tuned…

xo,

emily