Kitchen Renovation: Part 8

Now that the cabinet faces and drawer pulls are in place, the counters installed and the chandelier hung, our renovated kitchen is taking on the look and feel we were hoping for.  A few nights ago, while the kids slept over at Babik's, Alex and I celebrated its near completion.  We originally intended to fill and organize the kitchen cabinets, but instead opted to make a simple meal and get acquainted with the new space over a couple of beers.

We already know that the new kitchen will have a huge impact on our day-to-day living.  Its openness allows for better natural light and a much easier traffic flow.  The dark, cramped 1950's kitchen is no more.  Take a look at how it looks thus far:

Up next comes the hanging of the wallpaper and the island light fixture.  We're still deciding on stools and the dining table, but already have some very exciting prospects.  In the meantime,  I have an eye out for new dinnerware and a much needed runner rug.  Keep posted for more reveals...

It Has Arrived

Just a few days after publishing this post, the lamp of my dreams arrived.  It may not be an original Lou Blass but it's going to be perfect for our new kitchen. Now that summer has ended I can get back to working on the renovation.  I have two inspirational plans in mind one here and here and a third in the works each one includes this light fixture.  Stay posted for the third and possibly final iteration and a preview of how the kitchen looks now.  In the mean time take a look at the lamp that has inspired it all.

7 Ceiling Lamps: Which is your favorite?

While researching lighting options for a client, I couldn't help selecting a few of MY favorites.  Some are more extravagant than others in style and price but a girl can dream, can't she?  Take a look at 7 of my most recent light obsessions:


When considering ceiling lights, whether they be pendants or chandeliers it's important to take into account the shadows they may cast in your space.  In some cases you may want to opt for a smaller fixture knowing that its presence will expand when turned on, adding both light and a dose of dramatic shadow play.

To see more of my favorite lights click here and share your favorite with me.