Chris is excited? Obviously we still have some patch work and painting to do, but the new lighting is eons better than the fluorescent box and off-centered overhead light that was hanging out over the sink. Our friend, Mike, who also happens to be an electrician (woot), came over and helped Chris move wires around and install the lights. The wires from the fluorescent light were redirected to the pendants–which is why the hole had to be capped. There are still wires there.
For the wall sconce over the sink, we’ll be able to patch the previous hole because the wire was removed completely and pulled down to where the new light is–with the help of that L-shaped hole in the wall. We had to hang the new light above the sink a little higher than we originally planned because of a header above the window. We’re still debating about whether trim or a roman shade will fill in the gap. Or maybe both?
I wish I could go into more detail on the install, but we’re really glad we had a professional here. The whole thing only took about 2 hours and we were left with this:
The globe pendants we ordered from West Elm here. We love having the extra light over the peninsula where Chris (let’s be honest) does most of the prep work.
They are visually very light which works well because the dining room chandelier is very close, as well as the new wall lamp over the sink. Speaking of.
This guy is from Rejuvenation. It’s the Reed Industrial swing arm wall sconce in black enamel. The glossy black goes really well with our new pantry door and the design itself blends well with our sconce in the stairwell–which is also from Rejuvenation. But more than anything, we just, flat out, love the Reed here. With the hanging pendants, another hanging something may have been too much. It’s also totally adjustable.
I just snapped this nighttime photo so you could see that, in fact, we have already turned the shade in a little more, for no other reason than I think it gives it a little better shape. Also, I am a chronic tweaker.
Evening shots on home blogs–a rarity. It’s feels so elusive and mysterious. In this case, I’m not sure it even counts as myterious, because we’re talking about lighting…so that kind of just makes sense to see them on. But, I gotta say, I’d love to see more of my favorite home interiors (Dana! Kim!) at night. You?
Update: See how the kitchen turned out with before and afters right here.
A special thanks to Rejuvenation for outfitting our kitchen with their Reed light fixture. They were one of the very first companies that ever partnered with us nearly two years ago and we can’t get enough of their fixtures or the company behind them.
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