The Nursery: Chapter 8 {The Forgotten Plane}

>> Monday, March 21, 2011

For several years I worked under a very talented designer who always told me that the ceiling, particularly in commercial design, was the forgotten plane. I could not agree more. The longer I've been in the field, the more I realize that ceilings are my favorite design element, for one main reason, people cannot touch the ceiling. You will rarely go back into a commercial space and find that the end user has put American flag stickers, fake plants, or Thomas Kinkade paintings on the ceiling. Once you design it, it usually gets left alone, and designers like that very much.

Although residential is an entirely different beast, I try to maintain that same thought process. There is an electrician in Tribeca, NY who can attest to it. Last summer I guess he thought when I said "align the lighting fixture on center with the adjacent sprinkler head" I meant "get it kind of close." Don't be fooled by the southern accent, that puppy was ripped down and re-aligned before the week was over.

But back to the nursery. This particular ceiling is not one that you want to bring attention to; cracks, bulges, etc. it's not in good shape. But, since I'm designing for a baby, who is going to be on his back looking at the ceiling a great deal of the time, I wanted to do something fun. I still love bunting and wanted to incorporate it in some manner. So I came up with this little DIY.

Our apartment is covered with the infamous boob light. My friend Lauren enlightened me to that term and now I cannot see it as anything else.
I thought about buying a new light and having Mr. Sabbe take this one down, but there is a small chance we could be moving again this summer, so I wanted to think of an alternative. I was also 100% sure that the ceiling above this light is in even more terrible shape than the surrounding areas and my pregnant body is in no shape for plaster repair.

I wanted to avoid putting any type of  lens on the bottom, beyond what is already there. This room has no windows, so I really need as much overhead lighting as possible. I basically just screwed off the middle disk of the existing fixture, placed the lamp shade over the light, and screwed the disk back on. Then to hide the brackets, I just ran the bunting over them and then continued it onto thin ribbon until it reached the corners of the room.

I think the shadows are the best part.
New and improved light fixture + ceiling decor....$20.
I'm getting really close to being finished, which is exciting. More to come this week.


lizziefitz March 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM  

ha ha ha ha ha, can't stop laughing, Thomas Kincade, that has been an inside joke for years between my husband and me. Love the shadows too.

LindsB March 21, 2011 at 12:56 PM  

so so cute!! its perfect for Remi's room, I cant wait to come see it!!

Saara {} March 21, 2011 at 2:12 PM  

I think this is my favorite part so far! Wish I could "hide" my awful ceiling fans!

pve design March 21, 2011 at 2:14 PM  

wow, you are really in nesting over-drive!
looks great.

Kate {domestikatedlife} March 21, 2011 at 2:15 PM  

LOVE the shadows they make! Baby should be here soon??

Cat March 21, 2011 at 2:34 PM  

love it! and, thought the comment about the flags, thomas kinkade and plants was so funny (and so true!) and I'm not even a designer! :)

Melissa March 21, 2011 at 2:57 PM  

I am totally, totally stealing your idea.... I have two "boob lights" that I need to replace myself! It looks awesome.

kimheuer March 21, 2011 at 3:24 PM  

Stephanie Sabbe!!! You have no idea how many heated conversations Dan and I have had over the last few years about the boob lights. He thinks I'm absolutely crazy because I look at them and see boobs. But, today, I am vindicted! Thank you! P.S. super cute nursery!!

Deliciously Organized March 21, 2011 at 4:20 PM  

Seriously the cutest room ever.

Rambling Renovators March 21, 2011 at 4:42 PM  

That's so adorable. I like the mini size. We have leftover birthday bunting hanging from the ceiling and my daughter used to love looking up at it when she was on the change table. Now she loves to try and catch it when Daddy throws her up in the air.

Your baby's gonna love that room :)

virginiamae March 21, 2011 at 8:34 PM  

Oh, that's brilliant! & you're so funny as well. I'm now checking around my house to make sure I don't have any "boob lights" - ha! Officially, I do not. Wheh!

solar motion light March 21, 2011 at 10:08 PM  

I can't stop myself laughing upon reading your wonderful story. I'm glad that you had shared it to the public. Those ceiling lights were elegant and it is perfect for my place.

Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss March 22, 2011 at 9:10 AM  

It looks so great.

And I have a few boob lights in this house... as well as the new one! I must work on getting rid of them!

Amy Ogles March 22, 2011 at 3:49 PM  

Very Cute! You are so creative. I love it!

Amy March 22, 2011 at 4:37 PM  

Very, very cute, but aren't you worried about the fabric next to the actual light getting really hot and catching on fire? I would be tempted to remove the first couple of "flags" and start the fabric triangles out a little bit. Just my thoughts and not trying to be negative.

Dana {Southern Inspired} March 22, 2011 at 9:18 PM  

bahahahaah I just busted out laughing at the boob light!! I'm going to now and forever only think of those lights as the boob lights ha! Oh, and I LOVE the forgotten plane :)

Stephanie Sabbe March 23, 2011 at 6:04 PM  

Hi Amy- the flags are made out of paper. With the existing lens staying on the fixture, it should be 100% fine as far as fire risk goes. Chinese lanterns allow paper way closer to exposed bulbs than this does. Thanks for your feedback! I like safe thinkers!

Casey March 23, 2011 at 6:04 PM  

love the bunting! it's such a great idea

Dina @ Honey + Fitz March 24, 2011 at 2:36 PM  

So super cute!! I still love bunting too and I love how you incorporated it.

Elizabeth Leach,  March 24, 2011 at 3:29 PM  

The boob light! We have one, too, and I don't want to make my husband re-wire. Did you use a regular lamp shade? I guess the trick is to find the right size? I had no idea you could use a regular lampshade for a ceiling light. Please let me know and I'll head over to Target ASAP! Good-bye boob!

Esther March 25, 2011 at 10:40 AM  

Can't wait to see it all done! Would love to share on buymodernbaby as well!

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