I have the weirdest kitchen.
Seriously. It looks normal on the outside but at the very core…it’s just plain awkwardly bizarre. It’s like the Napolean Dynamite of kitchens. Except this one is not so hot with a bow staff.
For one – there are 10 walls…not counting the bay window near the table. That’s ten different planes to work cabinets, appliances, a desk and a table around. Then there is the location of appliances…which doesn’t totally make sense. For one – the fridge opens up and makes it impossible to have kitchen stools on one side of the kitchen island. What is the point of an island with an overhang counter that you can only put one chair under? Then there are two sinks…directly across from one another. (???) There are two arched windows (the only two arched windows in the house besides the really big one over the master bathroom tub)…which don’t match the other windows in the room. Then there is the island…the one that is not centered on the room…or the stove…or anything. And to top it all off…we have weird lighting.
And that’s what I want to chat about today…lighting.
We had a gold chandelier over the table (you can see it in all it’s gold-goodness pictured above) and we decided to get our ORB on and change that sucker up. It tied well into the pendants over the island in the new color.
But honestly these pendants aren’t our cup of sweet tea. They aren’t terrible by any means…actually they are one thing that I contemplated keeping. They have a nice shape and a classic traditional air about them. In the end though, I know that eventually we would find them not jiving with our more country-meets-contemporary-meets-preppy style.
So we went window-shopping (err….pendant-shopping) to dream about what we would end up hanging over the island. We were really drawn to the more industrial style of pendants….ones in a dark finish to tie in with the dark countertops.
Enter our vacation to Washington & Richmond last October. On our way back from visiting some unknown and very non-house-savvy friends, we stopped at the Pottery Barn outlet to scope out the clearance section. Imagine my surprise when we walked in the door to find a rack sitting right there with sale items on it – including some dark pendant lights for only $30 each.
I may have required a newspaper from the staff to soak up that yellow puddle on the floor.
Eight months later, we finally get around to putting them up. Don’t judge. We were trying to get pregnant. Lighting wasn’t a priority for our spare time, if you know what I mean. HUBBAHUBBA.
And now….the kitchen looks a fraction less weirdo-pants.
I love how they tie in the countertops…and hopefully soon we will be able to put cabinet hardware on the doors and drawers in that same rich blacky-bronze color. I’m thinking these for the drawers. Now I only have to find simple matching knobs…which is surprisingly hard since the finish is wrought iron…not black.
The other recessed lighting still needs a sprucing. See how the covers are gold? What’s up with the previous owners fixation with gold?! I heard they were from Africa so maybe it’s a cultural thing. Maybe they were literally from the gold coast and just making a figurative statement with their very literal recessed light covers. Who knows.
All I know is that I plan on painting them – probably white to go seamlessly with the ceiling. We want those suckers to disappear since they aren’t centered on anything either.
And because lighting is one of those tricksy things – I thought you should see how it looks with the lights on too 🙂
Oh here’s a good angle so that you can see how uncentered these pendants are. See how that one on the left is REALLY far left? Hopefully when we tackle the stove top vent situation (or lack of one), we can also move these pendants over to be centered on the island.
At night, it’s really nice too….a little ambiance. romantic, no!?
That’s it. Just a little update in a room that we live in around the clock (who knew that toddlers had to be fed so often!? I mean, they are so dang little!). Any improvements that you’ve been itching to do for the last 8 months? Anything sitting around waiting for you to tackle? Or perhaps that anything is really an anyone 🙂
p.s. Thank you guys so much for all your hugs and kisses yesterday on our aniversary – you guys are the dark chocolate chips in this vanilla world 🙂