Friday, January 9th, 2015
Ooooooh, it’s been a long time since I posted a Friday’s Five Minute Fix. I’m not sure if I was bored with it … or if it felt a little bit trite. After all, there’s only so much you can do in five minutes … even with my streeeeeeeetched interpretation. Random aside: It was sooooooo very convenient when my twins couldn’t tell time. I could turn ten or so minutes into whatever I wanted it to be.
Most of you realize that interior design projects almost always take so very much longer than that. I think all designers are bothered by the illusion often created on television that a room can be renovated and finished in a day or two. Ahem. The room might be “done” … but I can promise you that short-cuts were taken and touch-ups (or major repairs!) will need to be made. And heaven knows — at least according to Twin B — that a “promise” (interpreted by him as any type of affirmative statement) is not to be broken. Ever.
But today’s Five Minute Fix really and truly takes only Five Minutes. And that’s measuring with official atomic clock time, not “Mommy-trying-to-hold-off-her-twins” time.
Especially when your room has a dramatic wall covering or paint color, the last thing you want to distract the eye is a pesky light switch or electrical outlet. What an eyesore! In the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, Lisa Mende and I used Thibaut’s “Minerals” faux shagreen wallpaper. Isn’t it gorgeous?
Thankfully, the Adorne collection by Legrand came to our rescue with their beautifully designed switches and wall plates. The Adorne products are so sleek and streamlined on their own, and the decorative option lets you customize the switches and wall plates with your own paper or other wall treatment.
Think about it — light switches are something we touch Every. Single. Day. Doesn’t it make sense that they would start to look a little bit dingy over time? When the trusty ol’ Magic Eraser won’t get those things clean and bright no matter how hard you scrub, it’s time to replace and refresh! Of course, you could certainly use an ordinary switch — but more streamlined or otherwise decorative switches are one easy way to step up your design game. In five minutes.
Oh, and this was a long-winded way of saying that — I think I’ll keep the Friday’s Five Minute Fix feature … although I’ll only share it when I have a really good “fix.” Other weeks, you might see Friday’s Find or even Friday Favorites. Darn, I must have an affinity for “F” words. But certainly NOT that “F” word, thank you very much.
Should I “switch up” the Five Minute Fix?
Photos by Marco Ricca Studio for Lisa Mende Design and Traci Zeller, Inc. Cover courtesy of Multiplicity magazine. A huge thank you to Adorne by Legrand for donating product to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island!