Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Light It Up [times three!]

We've lived for quite some time--nearly 9 months--with builder grade brass lighting that wasn't even properly hanging anymore in the dining room area and no lighting in the kitchen! As you can see, they had track lighting in the kitchen and we took that down immediately.  When they had a peninsula the track lighting was centered in the middle of the open space, but now since we took the peninsula out, the location of the lighting box doesn't make sense.


Once we tore down the wall [that you see below] in the eat-in kitchen the lighting position was no longer over an eating area. I knew I wanted to have an electrician come out and give us a bid on moving the locations of the boxes but I have been slow to contact one. Even when we finally did contact one he never called us back.  


I finally decided to just get the World Market lantern lights and call it a day.  For less than $300 for all three, I thought it was a pretty good deal to have functioning and easy on the eyes lighting once and for all.  It's funny because I just saw Young House Love sprung for the same pendants in their hallway, too!


I think because the lights are all the same it helps to give some purpose to their current location. My father-in-law did point out that all three are centered over the windows so that made me feel better, too.  Silly, I know.  And, like I said before, new upper cabinets are high on the priority list and now I'm thinking of moving the microwave to the pantry and getting a hood.  We shall see!


Of course there's still a chance that we'll get an electrician out here to give us a bid to move the kitchen/dining room lights, but I'd like him to first quote us a bid about putting a ceiling light in Theron's room, the same in the guest room, and two lights in the master bath.  Those are more of a priority in my book.

All in due time I suppose. It's hard when you have a wish list a mile long and a bank account that doesn't quite match. Haha!

Slowly but surely we're making some good progress! Next on our agenda is staining the table my father-in-law made for us! The buyers of our first home negotiated that the first table stay with the house, so my FIL made a bigger and better one for this space. He's pretty amazing, guys.  

Hope you guys have a happy hump day!

xoxo
Joi

12 comments:

Leslie G said...

I can't even with that transformation! It's just unbelievable what you've done. I love the lights! :)

Helen said...

The house looks great! When I read your post this morning, I realized that you had the brass hardware and faucet I have been contemplating since we moved into our new house last month. My problem, however, is that the house has stainless steel appliances. I absolutely hate stainless steel; it seems so dated/overdone at this point and with a toddler, it's a nightmare to keep clean. But they're quite high-end and almost brand new, so I really don't think it's necessary to replace them. What do you think about mixing the brass with stainless steel? Is that a big no-no? Thanks for your input!

Katrina ChicLittleHouse said...

Can't wait to see your new table what a sweet father in law!! :) The lighting looks so good and I can totally see the direction your headed in and yes for a hood! We have no microwave in our home, lol I know we are odd, but I truly don't miss it and we haven't need to get...

Emily @ imperfect said...

Your house transformation is absolutely jaw dropping. Love how this whole space is so cohesive. Also, I totally wanted the Ballard version of those lights last fall...I should have just waited a few months for someone to knock them off.

Emily @ DavenportDIY said...

LOVE!! Also I drool every time I see your floors. I feel like one of Pavlov's dogs- it's like an automatic response :)

Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno said...

Wowza!!! What a major transformation!

AlliFerg said...

Ugh, sometimes it's so hard to wait when it comes to certain things about you house that drive you nuts. I really, really like your solution, though. Those WM lights look crazy awesome in your space!

Aja said...

Your house looks so insanely different and amazing! Love the lanterns!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I love the light fixtures you found. They look amazing and I don't even notice the difference of placement from the table. And your home all over is just plain amazing. You are a miracle worker.

AviLynn said...

I used to think my microwave over the stove was so awesome! Now I'd give my left foot to get that thing out of my sight & get a hood. (Okay, a tad dramatic but you understand:)

Myssie@PendletonMarket said...

your house looks amazing!! The lights make a huge difference. And I love your curtains and rods!!

Nicole said...

I think it looks awesome but if you need an electrician, my husband is one! Just let me know :)

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