Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Evolution of a Kitchen: Part Two

allen + roth 6-7/8"W Mission Bronze Aztec Pendant Light with Clear Shade
Allen + Roth Lighting

What do you think of that pendant light? It's one of several that I'm considering for over the counter.

I always regretted not putting pendant lights over this counter as part of the last reno. So when the ceiling came down and to be honest- all most immediately, even when we were in the holy crap look how much water has accumulated up here stage, I was thinking - hmmm, new lighting plan! Always a designer! Just to be sure that I wanted pendant lights, we lived with soda bottles hanging from the ceiling for a few days.

I thought it was important to look at them from every angle.

for the kitchen
Allen + Roth

 In the pendant lights that I can actually afford category, I think the one above is my favorite.
The outside glass looks tinted in the picture but it's not- it's crystal clear.

In the adjacent eating area, I have one of those ever popular brass chandeliers that came with the house. I painted it black a few years ago and added shades. I don't want to have to replace it immediately but I won't let it be a determining factor in what I choose for the pendants.

allen + roth 6-1/2"W Bronze Mini Pendant Light with Frosted Shade
Allen + Roth
I love the shape of this light but I'm not crazy about the color of the shade with where I'm going with the design- which is black and white, shocking I know. I can't help it! I'm a black and white kind of girl :)

When I look at the picture above I see a new stainless wall oven in my future.

Seagull Lighting

This is contender number two.  Tough decision! What do you think?

What I see when I look at this photo is a stainless refrigerator to match my new stainless oven. Now picture the lights, hmmm the glass cylinders or the white with brushed nickle, maybe the Edison light-help! Because I think of pendants like jewelery, I'm going to wait until the countertops get in and then decide but I would love to hear your thoughts.

In Part One you may have noticed that we built a space for a couple of niches between the kitchen and dining room. You can see one of them in the above photo. Tomorrow I'll show you my ideas for that space. 
But for now- Which pendant would you choose?
1. the Edison light
2. the glass cylinder
3. the square shade
4. the white shade and brushed nickle
5. stick with the Pepsi bottles :)


  1. Love the Allen - Roth choices! xo

  2. Hi Michelle ~ I think the last one from Seagull Lighting would look wonderful in your kitchen. With new stainless appliances, they would complement what you have going on. My second choice would be the first Allen-Roth (glass cylinder). Can't wait to see everything come together! ~Tammy

  3. Depends on the look you are going for....clean and transitional, go for the last one, a little more traditional with a drop more color then the one you say is your fave. Truth is they are all pretty and you cannot go wrong. Good luck....look forward to seeing things as they progress!!
    Thanks for your sweet comment(s) today, great to hear from you!

  4. I like the second pendant better, Michelle, because it looks ... cleaner. The first one is a little kitchy (?!). If you're going for the industrial lamp look in the kitchen, I would suggest considering a vintage one. It makes it all feel eclectic and unique. A kitchen with a soul...

  5. i love the Pepsi bottles- only you would think to hang them to see if you like the whole idea of pendant lights!! I really like the brushed nickel lights, clean and they will look great your your future stainless appliances! I'm looking forward to your next post-

  6. I really like the first two options - the Edison and the clear glass pendant. I love seeing these progress photos.

  7. Option number two, the one you said is your fave, is my fave,,,go with your gut! It is however, good to prove out your gut on things!

  8. Let me just say this, don't go with clear lights they'll blind you. We have two pendents hanging over our island and if the lights are on when I'm trying to work I get a little fuzzy in the eyeball region from having my retinas They're all fabulous choices!


  9. Your home’s food sanctuary must always be nicely organized and hygienic. You should keep these items in mind when choosing a kitchen countertops.