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Sunday, February 12, 2017

From Ewwww Not So Groovy Wagon Wheel to Ooooo La La Love it - Chandelier Redo

Our last couple of posts have been just to give you an idea of who we are and some of the dynamics that make up Caterina World at PMD.  And, if you follow us on Facebook, you've seen the OutOnThePorch videos where I share all sorts of tips, tools and ideas for you to personalize your own space.  Making it irresistibly inviting for your friends and family.... without  breaking the bank.

OutOnThaPorch is where I can always dream up inspiration - whether for the Material Matters column in Southern Lady Magazine, that I contribute to -  or for a customer - or - just for some fun project for my own home.

So if you've already seen the past couple of blog posts, you know it mentioned the "Not So Groovy Wagon Wheel Chandelier in our great room .....

See what I mean?  The cathedral ceilings and the beams are so cool but that wagon wheel......

I tried to zoom in to the above pic but it gets all pixel-y.   I'm just learning this new Mac and how to do the photos..... so to give you a good idea, I just pulled a couple off the internet I found that were very similar.  Mine was a combo of both these....

It was one of the first things I jerked down and replaced with a stately, wrought iron beauty, I found at my favorite hunting place..... the Nashville Flea Market.......   

But I'll save that for another blog post.

So, back to the Ole Wagon Wheel.  For some reason, I couldn't get rid of it.  It just kept begging me not to throw it to the curb..... with it's tacky, smokey globes and chunky wooden spindle.

So I crammed it into a box and stored it in the attic.  And for the past three years, when I'd be pulling out the Christmas decorations,  I kept running across it,  only to cram it back into the box and think "what am I saving that for???".  But not this year.........

I had been saving for a new chandelier for the dining room.  I hadn't run across anything to-die-for.......... I kinda-sorta liked these from Pinterest and in the Ballard's catalog.  And I couldn't help but notice something about them reminded me of  the 'Ole Wagon Wheel.......

So, the week after Christmas, as I was mulling around one of my favorite stores here in beautiful, historic Franklin, TN..........

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I ran across these strands of wooden, beaded garland......

 And guess what !!!!!  they were marked down 75% ...... Hootie HOO !!!!  and lucky me ....... they had 4 strands left, each measured 6 ft. which would be perfect because there were 8 lights on that chandelier.

So...... I ran home.... and jerked that box out of the attic...... and got to work. I carefully took it apart playing around with the pieces.  I knew if I messed it up too much, my favorite demo buddy, Danny, had just enough "rewiring-of-lamps" experience, that he could easily rewire it, if I needed him to.

I disconnected the wires to the center/down-light and removed it from the bottom, since I wasn't going to need it anymore.   I unscrewed the top plates and removed the wooden spindle on the top while carefully pulling the wire through, so I could keep it intact and reuse it.........

I also removed all the bowl or cup looking bases .....


they were too deep but the smaller, more shallow pieces underneath were just the right depth, so I  replaced them with those.

I had to cut the sockets off and replace them with taller ones because they were too short.  Luckily when I took the center/down light off the bottom, I found there was enough excess wire to pull up into each arm and reconnect taller sockets, which I ordered from an online lamp supply place.

I loosened the nuts that held the candle arms to the large band and twisted them around so that the bottom of the chandelier now became the  top.

Next I pulled out pieces of old lamp parts which included two leftover sections of pendant lighting and a few other bits and pieces some of which are shown here along with what was left over from the bead garland .....

After I put the all the lamp-puzzle pieces back together and spray painted it flat black, here's what I came up with..........

and I must say it closely resembles those I had been pondering, don't you agree ???  As I often say - "It'll do"

Anyway........ just goes to show, listen to your gut and don't immediately throw everything out when doing home renovations.  Before and after photos chandelier.........

and room setting...........

Just goes to show what you can do if you just spend a little time thinking...............

OutOnThaPorch !

 Special thanks for some of the photography shown goes to Cassidy Joy Reynolds, my sweet little photographer-in-training

Sunday, February 5, 2017


1979 was a very memorable year  ........  A lot of things ended and a lot of things began for me that year .......

It's the year I graduated from my beloved Huffman High School........

        it's the same year Danny and got I married .............

and it just so happens to be the same year our traditional ranch was built here in beautiful, historic Franklin, TN.

I'm told, it was built by an artist by the name of Ronnie Dove.

One of his big hits back in the 60's was Right or Wrong.  Here he is on  American Bandstand.

He had a very successful music career until he changed record labels and invested quite a bit of his money into the label.  When the label went bankrupt, unfortunately, he did as well - or so I'm told.   We understand the Dixon's, purchased the home through the bankruptcy.   He never lived here so technically the Dixon's were the first and only occupants before us.

Nothing had been changed since the 70's.  Even the original sculptured carpet remained.
Here's the great room and how about that chandelier (which happens to be the topic of the next blog ...... you won't believe the transformation).  

I have to say, regardless of how old everything was, Fran Dixon was a meticulous housekeeper.  When we pulled up said "sculptured carpet" to replace it with hardwood flooring, we found no dirt underneath!  This house was as if it was practically brand new.  We literally felt as though we were back in 1979. Everything was original.  And it all worked.  They took such good care of everything.

On occasion, I've been accused of ripping out perfectly good finishes just see if Danny will put it back together  - maybe  - but not this house - I felt horrible ripping out walls and carpet and cabinets because they were in such good condition - I felt like Fran Dixon might just be rolling over in her grave - But it had to be done .... there simply was no functionality for today's lifestyle.

So I took on the task - along with my favorite demo buddy, Danny, and we set out, once again, to make a house our own.  I have to say, though, we're taking it slower this time - and I'm not sure it's by choice.  It's probably because WE are slower.  But that's ok.  It just gives me a reason to spend more time in my favorite creative space ............

OutOnThaPorch !!!!!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Here we go.............

It's taken a year to settle into being solo here at Pate Meadows but I've done it!  Hootie Hoooo!!!  As most of you know (or not), Leigh (Pate) retired after creating together for over 25 years.  As of January, 2016, PMD has now been completely relocated to beautiful and historic Franklin, TN

where I live with my husband of 37 years, Dan although he will always be Danny to me.

And also with my sassy little Abigail - who by the way - folds and packages the patterns, cleans the workroom and helps with the shipping,

 and also plays Vanna when there's a drawing for a give-a-way to be done.

And of course, my sweet SadieBoo.  Where would I be without her to protect me from Mr. UPS and any other varmints that might pose a problem! (She's the best squirrel dog EVer)!

Last but not least, there's Yoda.  Always ready to take a phone order or answer technical support when I'm all tied up!

Or just hang out.

All along I've been encouraged to get the blog going  (relentlessly nagged) by Danny Molloy,
the social media / video person here at PMD who just happens to be my son-in-law, married to Haley (who is always sitting patiently - ready to help with hair and makeup - or anything else we need - she did NOT get that from her mama).

 I've been so hesitant - not for lack of projects to share - certainly not - there's not enough space on this blog for all the ideas that are constantly running through my head - but merely for the simple fact that one more thing just might make my head spin off !!!  But I'm determined !  I'm gonna do it !

So now that the Calvary is here, aka Bill and Claudine, aka my sweet parents, who recently relocated just down the road a piece to Fairview, TN, just to help with whatever I need at PMD.  They work circles around me.

So far........, they've done whatever I say....... even if it means riding in the 4th of July Parade.... in the back of a pick up.... filled with water  (also known as a "water bed" here in Caterina World).

So..... now you know the inner workings of Pate Meadows Designs.   Thanks, to all this wonderful help I have........., I can come up with all kinds of ideas to share with you from my time, well spent........

          OutOnThaPorch !

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Goodness, gracious !!!  Look what I found while unpacking old boxes.  This was the first Decorator Show House we did together way back in 1990.   What in the world did we have on ..... our pajamas ?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pate Meadows hosts WCAA Slipcover Seminar with Angie Knowles

We are enjoying our two day slipcover seminar with Angie Knowles here at Pate Meadows Designs.  The Greater Birmingham Area chapter of WCAA is learning lots of techniques in this hands-on class.  Angie has a wealth of knowledge to share and we are soaking it all up.  There is definitely more than one way to "thread a needle" .  Thanks Angie!!!

And the food is good too !!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

See Our Segment on ABC 33/40's Talk of Alabama

Leigh and I were thrilled when we were approached by a local TV station about doing a segment on our business. When asked which one of us wanted do the talking during the interview -- there was no doubt -- loud-mouth Caterina, of course!!! As usual, I always have something to say and Leigh would rather be off camera being the brains of the business!

We hope you enjoy!


Monday, October 5, 2009

Birmingham Chapter of WCAA host Scot Robbins

We recently had the pleasure of hosting the seminar "Roman Shades And Creative Cascades" with Scot Robbins. Scot showed us his techniques for producing beautiful roman shades and innovative cascades. This event was sponsored by the Greater Birmingham Chapter of WCAA. Everyone had a great time learning how to take our business to the next level with the help of Scot's vast knowledge and experience.