Schneider Electric (my company) is now helping us make the most of our energy! Recently, I signed up for a field trial to test out one of our new products and it was installed today. Our old thermostat did not have any programming capabilities whatsoever. Now, our new thermostat can not only be programmed, but controlled from an app! I'm excited for the first week of not having to mess with setting the temperature when I come and go for the day. Once we have more devices, we'll be able to monitor even more of our energy usage and begin learning on how to save energy (and money)!
We gave our porch lights an update inside and out over the past two weekends. The old lanterns were in need of some TLC, so we decided to update them to match the front of our house. This change was prompted with my new AmerTac Dusk to Dawn Light Controls that I have been SO excited to install! These magic little sensors automatically turn your lights on when it starts to get dark, and off when it starts to get light. I have bought a few of these and have them on the inside and outside of our house. They are as easy to install as screwing in a light bulb and work very well. They are also pretty cheap! Definitely a worthwhile investment in my eyes. Old lights (along with old front door and Olive Garden canopy, which we do not miss):
After taking everything apart and cleaning the lights well, I then painted them black with black RustOleum paint followed by a bronze oil rub (to match our bronze roof + door):
Also, here is an image of the Dusk to Dawn light controls I used:
I have always wanted to do a photo wall with different, but similar frames. I collected a plethora of black frames over the past year or so, all black but different shapes and materials. For photos, I used our wedding as the theme. Most stairwells have a lot of wall space that goes unused, so this was the perfect place for my photo wall. I arranged all of the frames on the floor, and then taped up a paper cutout of each photo on the wall to make sure the design layout would work. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out! Now walking down the stairs is like walking down the aisle all over again, which was the happiest day of my life!
Our old railings were quite traditional - vertical wood spindles. We decided to go with something a bit more modern (surprise!) and updated them to metal. We also decided on a horizontal design, which I LOVE! Our friends Andy and Rich at Nashville Fab were able to bring Jeff's drawings to life, and then weld them in our home. Hooray! Once they were installed, we decided to do a similar treatment to our outdoor lights (click to read more about that process) and polls and treat them to a bronze oil rub.
Old vs. New:
Some shots of the new metal railings being installed (thanks Nashville Fab!):