Before + After | Pendant Light DIY

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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! I took a little time off the last week to enjoy family and friends and soak in this magical time. But, this weekend will be all about taking time to think about what was accomplished in the last year and be thankful for the successes and memories and to set goals for the coming year. To help start this off, I’ll be working on re-organizing my office. That is, if my shelves ever arrive — I’ve literally been sitting by the door all day waiting. I have no patience. I guess that’s something I should work on in 2019.

I also wanted to share one of the last home projects we worked on — Hanging our pendant light! This light was actually the first thing we bought, before I even closed on the house, and it’s the last thing we finally got up. This was another project we planned to hire out for, but after the hurricane it became increasingly difficult to find anyone with availability. Luckily for us, my Dad knows all about home improvement and my parents came to visit and help us get the last of these projects done. Take a look below at the before and after!

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The pup needs to be involved in everything we do, so of course he chose the unluckiest spot to join us (under 2 ladders!! Silly dog).

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This project begs the question, how many people does it take to screw in a lightbulb?…The whole damn family apparently.

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And then we learned how to be electricians, stand on the tip top of the ladder, and bend metal because of our slanted ceiling. Ok, ok, we didn’t didn’t bend metal, we just bought a half size chain link to even it out.

AND THE REVEAL!!! I love it =) You should also know that my parents gave this table to us. They found it for $40 and my dad sanded, re-stained, and painted it for us. It’s figgin’ beautiful.

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That’s all for now, wishing you all the happiest new year!!

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Etsy Shop Launch + Discount Code

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I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and finding some time to relax and enjoy this time of year. I’ve had such a good season with weekend excursions, lots of family time and getting the house completely decked out for the holidays. I’m also really excited to announce that my Etsy Shop is officially live!!!

CLICK HERE TO SHOP: WRIGHT + ROAM

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Please check it out and shop around, I’d love to hear any feedback. It’s an exciting step and such a long time in the making. I’m excited to explore this platform and see everything that it has to offer. As a huge thank you for all who have followed along please enjoy 20% off your order with code: HERETOROAM.

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Below are just a few of my featured listings. Click the image to go right to the product! The Coastal Holiday Gift Tags are only $5.00 and if you purchase today or tomorrow, they’ll be at your door before Christmas! Be sure to follow me on instagram @wrightandroam to keep up with any updates and new work!

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Happy Holidays!

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Photo Diary | Hiking Kings Pinnacle

This blog post is for all of those sitting on the couch, full + happy from from great food and wonderful times spent with family. My parents got to see the new house for the first time this weekend, which has been great. We’ve had days of great food, shopping, and a big win for the Buckeyes! Safe to say, it’s been a great and needed long weekend. I hope you all enjoyed these few days and are now relaxing before the week begins!

I’ve also been able to go through the images I got from last weeks hiking/Charlotte trip. I was really worried we scheduled this trip too late and the fall leaves would be gone, but I’m so happy I was wrong. The top of the mountain was starting to lose leaves, but the golds and reds still covered the drive and all of the lower walk. We hiked Kings Pinnacle at Crowder Mountain State Park.  It was about a 4 mile hike with really beautiful views at the top. The hike to the peak was pretty steep, but I highly recommend this trail! So, while your digesting crazy amounts of thanksgiving turkey + potatoes, I hope you can take a few minutes to enjoy these fall filled photos.

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Fall color change + a couple freebies!

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I’m trading in beach photos for fall feels + changing leaves this week. Fall colors are making their way to this little beach town! Snow pics are starting to pop up from friends in the midwest, we may not be there yet with our mid 70s weather, but at least I can start pulling out my jeans and light sweaters.

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We’re starting to slow down on house projects and our couch arrived a few days ago – just in time for the coziest part of the year! The boy, the pup, & I spent some time at Greenfield Lake Park to enjoy the beginnings of the season. We’re heading on a hike next weekend to Charlotte to see the leaves change in the mountains, but we had a few date changes, so I’m really hoping we don’t miss it!

downloadableI also wanted to give you guys a little update — I’ve been working on my Etsy Site to get you guys an easy way to purchase prints! I’ve finally decided on a name, Wright + Roam. So please go follow me on instagram at @wrightandroam for all launch updates and new photos!

Here are a couple freebies for you! Two cell phone background downloadables to get your background all ready for fall!! — Click to open + save!

 

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Finding the shot on an overcast day

I live for a good sunrise or sunset. Some days you get your butt out of bed, head to the beach with gear in hand, and you get to sip your coffee in front of an unbelievable display of color. Other days, you get to the beach and realize it’s overcast or the sun seems to drift through a haze of almost no color.

On these days it becomes a different kind of shoot and you adjust. The subject in my long exposure shoots is color, so when there is no color you get to be a little more creative.  You fix your camera settings and explore different shots to get the most out of your background. The images I’m sharing today are from a sunset. It had been bright all day, but by the time I got to the beach, thunder clouds were rolling in. I tested a few different backgrounds and had some fun working with the icy blue light. You take what you can get and even on the worst day — you’re still at the beach soooo, life’s pretty damn good.

You can shop all of these as prints in my shop by following this link: https://www.chelsearominski.com/p1008632866 and I’d love to hear any experiences you’ve had with sunrise/sunset or long exposure photography!

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Sometimes all you need is a well exposed shot. The long exposures didn’t allow you to see the clouds or the contrast in the ocean, so I wanted at least a few images to showcase the scene as it was. The storm clouds coming in and the rain over the ocean in the background. The entire beach was blue.

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This is one of my favorties — I see it printed gigantic, at least 20×20 in a living room. For this shot I played with the white balance. Because everything was blue, it was easy to color change it all at once.

And of course — play with long exposures. I love to try different styles, some on a tripod, some hand held and exploring the different scenes that are created post processing.

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It’s great when everything goes right and you get exactly the shot you planned for. But every so often, you need an unexpected day. It gets you out of your comfort zone and makes you try new things.

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