There seems to be a general belief in society that designers and decorators love shopping. I must be the exception that proves the rule. Shopping exhausts me. Add to that a husband that would rather do just about anything than enter a store, and you have a match made in shopping hell. So how did we spend Father’s Day? Shopping, of course!
It’s time to order all the bits and pieces that our contractors will need to complete the renovation. Thank goodness for the internet, where we (that’s the ‘royal’ we — it’s really my husband who does the research on most things) can find products and information before we head to a bricks-and-mortar store to make a purchase. Even armed with a basic idea of what we need and want, it takes time and pavement pounding to get the job done. We left the house with an agenda — to finalize our interior door selections; to finalize our staircase railings; and to finalize our lighting selections. We were also hoping to pick up a new laundry tub, to replace our existing one. (We will be washing dishes in the laundry tub, so it needs to be much cleaner than the one we currently have.) Here’s how we made out on Shopping Day 1:
My husband is determined to convert all our new lighting to LED, and has been researching bulbs. My directive has been that they must be warm, and not too stark. Otherwise, he’s in charge of finding the right products. No, LED bulbs were not on the day’s agenda, but we’re easily distracted — likely because we don’t shop much!
Right across from the LED display was the outdoor furniture zone. Bored with LED bulbs, I wandered over — did I mention that I don’t get out much?! Yes, we are very easily distracted….
Time to get back on track with the day’s agenda:
The best part of our adventures with doors and stair railings was meeting Natalia, a very knowledgeable sales associate in the millwork department at the Lowe’s at Dufferin and Major Mackenzie. What a treat to meet someone who knows the products and offers to help before we have to ask. Too bad she doesn’t work in all the other departments, too!
On the way out of Natalia’s realm, we found ourselves wandering down an aisle to nowhere. I had just complained to my husband that he didn’t seem to know where he was going, when we stumbled across a display of floor and wall vents. We had no idea that we could have custom sizes and finishes — we really do need to get out more!
In case you’re wondering, we did finally get out of Lowe’s and move on to the lighting store, but not without an aching back and feet from all the ‘pavement pounding’.
Next week: Lighting!