Come on baby, light my Muchness

Don’t expect me to explain what the post title means. It uses the words light and Muchness and that’s what this post is about.

I was so inspired by the makeover that David Bromstad and HGTV’s Color Splash brought to my house. (what? you didn’t know they were here last week? You missed it here, or here, or here….) In all seriousness, David listened to what I said and interpreted a room for us that is so amazing, so enjoyable and vibrant and happy and truly, so “us”, that I really feel like the Queen of Muchness in there. Especially when I’m sitting on the chairs on this previously mentioned receipt. They are the Muchness thrones.

But I digress, and I will stop kissing Color Splash ass for just a moment. I have these pendant lights in my kitchen.

There are three in this location. Not two.

And there are another three in the sunroom (to the right of the pic)

Three more in the sunroom

I hate them. I hoped they’d be gone when I got back from my makeover. They weren’t. They were still there (In the kitchen, which opens to the makeover room, which I can’t show to you… yet) And I hated them more than ever. Those ones in the back sunroom are the worst. When you turn on the light  it makes the whole room orange. It’s like a bordello- and not in a good way. See:

Not Cute. it's like hanging out in the fire pits of hell.

So, inspired, I decided on a DIY fix. My first plan was to go hunting for 6 cut crystal bowls or glasses as thrift shops or flea market and get holes drilled in them to create new shades. Then reality set in and I realized I don’t have time to do that- and it likely wont work. So I went to Christmas Tree Shops to be inspired. I was inspired to buy these, and $200 dollars worth of other crap I don’t need (but really, really wanted) but nothing for the lights.

Though I swore this room would hence forth be an IKEA FREE ZONE, (minus the kitchen cabinets- ya know, a very minimal element)  I went there anyway. If you hack something Ikea, it’s not really Ikea, and I thought maybe some cool vase would work. I was almost out of the store with these when I saw these:

Cheesy plastic shade. It literally comes flat and you have to make it a cylinder yourself.

Not much to look at, right? But, I was inspired… and they were $3 each. Sold.

Come home. A little striped tissue paper for gift wrapping and a little spray mount and I’ve got these:

Silver and white striped tissue paper.

Much calmer. Much cleaner. Much classier, and I love how it matches the new living room.
What? They look a little lacking in the Muchness? Well, take a look at this:

Hell's yeah!

That’s just a little colored tissue paper lining the inside. Subtle… then ka-pow!
Oh, goodness, how I wish I could show you the other colorful light situations in this room. But I cannot.

So check it out from eye level:


and in the sunroom:

sunroom lights off

...and on...and on...and on....

The big picture:

Now My lights are Muchy, and I am happy.

What do you think?


Love & Muchness, Tova

3 Replies to “Come on baby, light my Muchness”

    • Tova Post author

      Yeah, I’m sure. The tissue paper is bonded entirely to the plastic (you can’t identify it as tissue paper unless you are very close and relatively crafty) and the lights get hot but not THAT hot. I am loving that my eyes are no longer being accosted by those horrible red shades. It has helped me release tension. 🙂


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