Industrial Chic Lighting

BIG news…we’re making major progress on our kitchen!  Last weekend we reinstalled our new window (after a minor mishap the last go round), and later this week we have an electrician coming to update our electrical service.  Our house only has 60amp service, and for those of you that don’t speak electrical, what that means is when I turn on my blow dryer, the lights flicker.  So we are way too excited to have 200amp service before the week is over.  Here’s to plugging in every power tool we own at the same time!  Kidding.  Kind of.

We ran some wire a while back, but we haven’t quite finished running everything in the kitchen; we just have a few more circuits to run, and we have to install all of our new lighting.  Basically, what this means is I need to figure out what lights we’re getting.  And with that being said, I have two goals for our kitchen island pendants: keep it industrial, and keep it affordable.  So today I thought I’d round up my top 10 industrial pendants, all of which come in under $100.


Modern ceiling lamp – $39

Magical Thinking light bulb lamp – $69

Pendant jewelry – $90

Pendant jewelry – $78

Pendant jewelry – $82

PB Classic Pendant Metal Bell – $99

I think I’m leading towards the Pottery Barn Pendant, but I think I would probably go with chrome instead of black.  Which is your favorite?  Which would you put in our kitchen, or in your own?  Let me know!

Moodboard Monday: Cozy + Rustic Living Room

As wonderful as vacations are, they always take you awhile to get back on your feet afterwards.  So today, I thought I’d keep it short and simple and share a little moodboard I put together awhile back.  This was originally for a client, but the overall vibe and color scheme is what you can expect to see in our living room.  I love the combination of sleek + cozy, and the look of this room just makes me want to curl up by a fire.  Except we don’t have a fireplace…yeah, about that…

Rebecca Trunk

Console Tables

Cable-Knit Throw

Mercury Glass Lamp

Ice, Ice, Baby

Every once and awhile, I see something on Pinterest that completely takes me by surprise, and that’s exactly what happened last week when I stumbled upon this picture:

White-Refrigerator-White-Kitchen Image via Apartment Therapy

Do you have any guesses as to what it was that caught my eye?

Nope, it wasn’t that stunning island with vintage brass pulls, nor was it the marble countertops.  It wasn’t even the gorgeous wood floors set on the diagonal, a detail I would normally be drooling over.  It was something far more ordinary than any of those things.

It was, in fact, the refrigerator.

Yep, you read that right.  That refrigerator basically stopped me dead in my internet-browsing-mouse-clicking tracks.  I don’t know what dumbfounded me more: the fact that I was actually gawking at a refrigerator, or that I was gawking at a refrigerator that was white (because let’s be real, it isn’t 1993).  Regardless, I sat there in awe, drooling over that pretty white fridge whose sleek lines with a slight vintage flair tied perfectly in to the white cabinets surrounding.

Once I snapped back to reality, I hurried over to Google as fast as my fingers could type, in an attempt to find out all I could about this whole white fridge situation.  And what I discovered was shocking.  Throughout many articles, forums, and blogs, there was a lot of chatter saying stainless steel appliances may very well be on their way out. 

Industrial-kitchen-stainless-steelImage via Benco Construction

When I first read that, I was baffled.  I loooooove the industrial look of stainless steel, so I couldn’t wrap my mind around the idea. That was until I stumbled upon another article.  This article in particular talked about how the color trends in appliances generally change each decade, which if you think about it, has been pretty true.

The 1960’s were home to the oh-so-lovely brown appliances, followed by everyone’s favorite avocado green in the 1970’s.

1968-ge-kitchen2673crop2 GE-avocado green appliaces

The 1980’s brought us black appliances (apparently they had to tone down the color somewhere), and the 90’s followed with white.

80s-kitchen 90skitchen

Stainless steel appliances finally started to gain momentum in the early 2000’s, and they’ve called our kitchens home ever since.

2000's kitchen

Now we’re nearly halfway through 2010’s, and although stainless steel is still wildly popular, Viking, Whirlpool, and GE have been introducing white appliances back into the mix through their higher end lines.  The white has been gaining momentum in the design community over the past year, but it’s quite different from the white we saw in the 90’s.  Instead of that funny bumpy texture, the whites today feature smooth surfaces with an almost glossy texture.  Quite striking if you ask me.

04-hbx-whirlpool-white-ice-refrigerator-1012-koty-xln-88799660Image via House Beautiful

If you’re interested in these white appliances, below are my top 5 picks (with a surprising one from Ikea sneaking in there).

Top 5 White Refrigerators


After all of this is said and done, if you ask me, I think we may see a rise in white appliances, but I also think stainless steel is here to stay for a while longer.  It’s a neutral color that coordinates so well with the chrome and brushed nickel fixtures we so commonly use in our kitchens.  Plus, it pops against white cabinets, and helps reflect light in kitchens featuring darker cabinets.  It’s versatile and classic, and there still is a great demand for it.

So what do you think? Do you think white will take the place of stainless steel?  Which would you prefer in your own kitchen?

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