Today I went shopping for light fixtures with a 4-year-old boy. He was the only one willing to put up with my indecisive tendencies.
I think the pocket full of candy helped him cope as I wandered aimlessly about the store, searching for the perfect fixture, wondering why it is necessary to have such a massive variety of lighting.
I really needed someone to take my hand and lead me to the perfect fixture. My 4-year-old was happy to oblige, sticky fingers and all.
But I just wasn’t sure if he was really taking it seriously enough. I’m not sure if he realizes that we will have to look at the chosen fixture until it dies of physical exhaustion. Which may not be all that long. But if we choose a well made product, we may be stuck with it for good.
We traveled from the specialty fixture store to the discount fixture store and ended up departing in defeat with a crick in our necks and a pain in our behinds. Due mostly in part to the mutual distress resulting from an overwhelming display of lighting.
Do we go with the fancy, high dollar fixture?
How about the fixture that Garth Brooks purchased?
Or the middle of the road, sensible fixture?
The dollar signs were really starting to pile up during this browsing expedition. By the end of the day, I was all about the cheap fixtures.
I decided it would be perfect.
Until I got home and read a few online reviews about the poor quality. Reportedly, the ring attached to the fixture has broken on occasion. It begs the question, “Is this a result of children hanging from the chandelier?” If this is the case, we must rule it out. My children will likely hang from the chandelier on a daily basis. (Just kidding. I think.)
So I decided to really confuse myself and look at Potterybarn.com.
But it seems like it would be even less sturdy than the previous.
I love it too. But my 4-year-old is not so sure Daddy will have the mutual love for this fixture. Maybe he’s right. Maybe this one is too fru-fru for a ranch house. After all, I am supposed to decorate in keeping with the ranch house feel. Plus it may be a nightmare to clean.
So tell me… Is an expensive fixture actually better quality or does it just have more detailing? How rustic does a ranch house need to be? Does a ranch house even need lights? Maybe this entire day was a waste of my time. Maybe I just need to buy some kerosene lanterns.
I’m so confused.
This is not my forte… I don’t even think I have a forte.