Over the last week, I’ve been a little under the weather (negative Covid test, no worries there!) and I took some time to rest which translated into some time to think. I thought about how far we’ve come over the last year or so in this house. I thought about where we’re headed and a few places where we need to pivot or push it further! With the exterior nearly completed (we have a bunch of fun updates for you there this week!), the “modern” part of our modern cottage is really taking shape out there which made me think–where are we representing the modern aesthetic inside?!
I’ve been going hard on the traditional, cottage-y notes but as our bathroom comes together (with lots of traditional elements but super modern faucets), I’m reminded DON’T FORGET THE MODERN everywhere else too!!! Because, oops, in some places I haaavveee. But fortunately, no room is ever marked with a “done” stamp. My favorite place to bring in modern touches? Lighting! There’s nothing like an unexpectedly modern light in a traditional setting that bends all the rules and makes you do a double take. It feels quirky and cool. Almost every room I’m drawn to lately has vintage and wallpaper and traditional and an uber modern light of sorts somewhere. It makes all the difference.
The epiphany came just in time for me to order a light for Faye’s room. We went all in on a trad bed and charming bedding (more about that here). I’d love to get some curtains with a small pattern on it and then–boom! A fun, modern fixture hanging from the ceiling. While her room was torn apart, we had an electrician add a box right above her bed in the vaulted portion of her room, which strangely didn’t have any lights previously.
Right now, I’m leaning toward a bubble chandelier! It feels fun and quirky and playful and modern but will also tie into the spindles on her bed.
Two of my favorite examples are this living room from Stoffer Home:
And this countryside sitting room from Chango & Co:
I’ve had a lot of you request more behind the scenes with design decisions, so I thought it would be important to share how I make these kinds of decisions but also why. Sometimes even I forget–oh yeah, we’re going for MODERN cottage, not just cottage.
Here are a few of my favorite bubble lights that I’m deciding between for Faye’s room! Which is your favorite?:
1. Clear Blown Glass Bubble Pendant $199
2. Saic Together Pendant Light $296
3. Bubbles Brass Ring Pendant $399
4. Satin Gold Chandelier $485
5. Bronzeville Wide Abstract Chandelier $485
6. Pelle Gooseneck Chandelier $639
7. Ramona Recycled Glass Chandelier $699
8. Cielo Chandelier $800
9. Cielo 3 Light 33″ Wide Chandelier $1065