The Devil Queen

How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.

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Location: Crow Mountain, Arkansas, United States

Synopsis: This is a cautionary tale. A seriously disturbed couple find the charming, old ruin of a Queen Anne Victorian in Russellville, Arkansas, and buy it for $1.00. They tore the roof off, cut it in half, and had it moved to some land they owned sixteen miles away because they didn't know any better. Since then, they have hired and fired contractors, had all of their tools stolen, re-wired, re-plumbed, insulated, and essentially rebuilt the entire house. Their only problem is that after four years it still isn't finished. Now they are tired, broke, and wonder what in the hell it is they've done to themselves. And, it's haunted.
(Last updated on April 3, 2008)

Press: Russellville Courier Article - December 2003, HGTV website article, AP story - October 2006, and Victorian Homes Magazine - February 2008 (link coming soon).
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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The Importance of Being Properly Lit

It is amazing how something as simple as changing your light shades will improve the look of a room. This light fixture is from my mother-in-law's house. She updated her bathroom a couple of years ago and gave it to us. Even though it dates to the late 1980's, it isn't too bad of a light fixture as far as looks go. The original shades were clear glass in the general shape of a five petal flower. It looked okay, but it didn't really do much for me. Since it was free, I wasn't about to complain about it though. It takes two 60 watt bulbs, so it's pretty bright. The first time I turned it on I found a lot of spots I need to touch up with another coat of paint. I was very excited.

A couple weeks ago Scarlet and I were at Lowe's buying plumbing supplies. Scarlet has a psychological compulsion which forces her to look at light fixtures every time we're out shopping. This would also explain why acquired a complete set of lights for the Devil Queen long before the it was sealed in from the elements. What can I say, we have our priorites straight.

On a whim, we bought these.

Same fixture, new shades. The picture doesn't do them justice. They are speckled in amber, orange, and brown "drips" over an opaque white base. What surprised me most is how much better the bathroom looked with these shades. The brightness of the orange walls was turned down a few notches. Prior to these shades, the bathroom glowed like a pre-heating oven. Now it is just a happy orange.

It seems good lighting is just as important as picking the right color for a room. So, if your new paint doesn't look quite right, maybe you just need to adjust the lighting. It's a hell of a lot easier than repainting or tweaking the existing color.


Anonymous mindy said...

Great shades ;)

I agree - lighting makes a huge difference in how a room feels. I like pretty dim light, so I always go for table lamps and sconces vs. overhead. When the overheads are on, you can see how dirty our house is!

I'll probably need glasses soon, but everything looks nicer when it's under the soft glow of a 40-watt.

12:26 PM  
Blogger jm@houseinprogress said...

I'm totally with mindy on the "dim light, what dust?" lighting strategy.

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right, lighting is key. Our TV room, when the camera flash goes off, looks like a childrens playroom, but with it's normal lighting (one standing lamp) its actually quite classy. At least that's what I like to think.

Those are great shades.

7:42 AM  
Anonymous Julia said...

Great shades, I'm sure they really enhance the room. I think I'm getting the same compulsion your wife is - on the lighting fixture front. We are buying a house that needs every single fixture replaced eventually mostly because they are hideous (not because they aren't functional).

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