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Aeris Made in America.

I really don’t know where my obsession with lighting comes from. You can only have so many lamps in your house, yet I keep finding ones that I want. This morning I had an email from Smart furniture in my inbox that was filled with sale items. One of those items was the Aeris pendant lamp from Cerno. Right now above our kitchen island we have three individual pendant lamps, and while they look just fine, they are nothing compared to this.

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Aeris comes in two sixes; 30″ and 54″. The walnut and metal pendant lamp was designed by Frank Carfaro and features a hand finished oil stain. The lamp is fully dimmable. The lamp features thin slits in the vertical walls f the light allowing the LED light source to cast filtered light to the sides as well as project light down onto the surfaces below. Aeris is hand made in Laguna Beach, California. The fact that it is made right here in the USA is another plus. Other perks are the light output of 1075 lumens, while only using 16 Watts.

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It’s Amazing What a Little Tile and Paint Can Do.

The headline of this post is deceiving. A ton of hard work went into remodeling our bathroom.

Starting about a year ago, we began planning the bathroom remodel here at Modular 4. Being a rather frugal guy, I sourced all of the fixtures, and then bought them online through Faucets Direct. That move saved me about 50% over the retail cost here in Kansas City. Really, I averaged a 50% savings on all the hardware, and tile that went into the bathroom.

The actual job has been done for about a month but I just haven’t gotten around to taking photos, and posting anything about it. The work was done by the same guy that put in our driveway, Mike Raimo of Universal Services Construction, here in Kansas City. I want to say straight out that Mike and his crew did an extraordinary on the bath remodel. His tile guy, also a Mike is unbelievable. The images shown below don’t really do justice to the work that was done. They do give you an idea, about the attention to detail, and quality of craftsmanship that went into the project.

The work we had done for the most part was pretty straight forward. The plastic shower and tub enclosure was pulled. The cheap IKEA medicine cabinets were replaced with a Robern unit, as well as the IKEA shelves being replaced with flush mount shelves from Smart Furniture. New lighting was installed on both sides of the cabinet. Kohler hardware was installed in the shower along with new tile.

Mike and his crew went above and beyond by repairing substandard framing they found in the walls after the shower was removed, and by repairing wiring that had been run on the outside of wall studs instead of through the centers. The most complex and time consuming part of the job was the tile work. The combination of subway tile, and the colored tile from Mod Walls required days of intricate cuts to get all of the pieces to fit and look so good. There are individual pieces of tile cut to a width of less than a quarter of an inch to make the fits even across the walls.