You know what would be great? Having electricity in the kitchen. But we can’t fully finish the electrical until we replace our windows and decide on lighting for the tiny new bathroom. So we were at Lowe’s the other day, pricing out windows, and we decided to take a little detour through the lighting aisle. My eye was immediately drawn to this chandelier:
The actual conversation went like this:
She said: Ooooo, how about a crystal chandelier?
He said: No.
I know it doesn’t seem like there’s much room for negotiation here, but there’s actually a lot going on behind these simple statements. I knew almost immediately why Chris said “No” so quickly. And this conversation works better with images.
So when I said “crystal chandelier,” Chris thought:
So I can see why he said “No” right away: because the only time he’s ever seen a crystal chandelier in a bathroom, the rest of the bathroom was what he described as “70’s Vegas Bachelor.” It had a lot of red and black, with copper sinks and fixtures. Kinda cool, but not our style. And definitely not right for a 4×5-foot powder room in a traditional kitchen.
So there’s room to work here. All I have to do is convince him that crystal chandeliers can work nicely in neutral, traditional settings as well. So after I dug up those pictures above to give you guys an idea of what goes on in Chris’s head, I dug up these pictures to show Chris what goes on in my head:
The lesson here? Never take “No” for an answer. There’s always room for negotiation. 😉