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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
urbanoutfitters.com – $39

Magical Thinking light bulb lamp
urbanoutfitters.com – $69

Pendant jewelry
wayfair.com – $90

Pendant jewelry
wayfair.com – $78

Pendant jewelry
wayfair.com – $82

PB Classic Pendant Metal Bell
potterybarn.com – $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!

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?

Dry Sink Vanities

On Wednesday, I talked about my first idea for our half bath: to make a vanity out of an antique dresser.  However, there’s one other idea I have that I’m rather in love with, and in a perfect world, is the route I’d take.  But before I dig in too deep, let’s give you a little history lesson.

Back in the 19th century, before indoor plumbing had made its way into homes, people relied heavily on the use of dry sinks.  They were pieces of furniture, usually with a recessed top, that were meant to hold a tub or bowl of water, and a pitcher.  They were frequently found in kitchens (to do dishes and all that good kitchen sink stuff), and they were also common in bedrooms.  If you were really fancy, you may have even had one with a copper basin, like the one you see below.


Dry sinks typically had some sort of storage below them, as well as a towel rack inside their door.  Some offered places to store silverware, some had a hutch on top.  The victorian ones usually had a flat top instead of recessed, and often had a raised towel bar as you can see below.  Again, the fancy pants victorian dry sinks also had a marble top.

dry-sink-with-pitcher dry-sink-pitcher-bowl

Now I’m going to go out on a limb and say you can probably guess where this is going.  Why not resurrect one of these dry sinks and turn it into an actual functioning sink?  I’m so in love with this idea for so many reasons.  First of all, I think it’s so cool that I’d be able to use the dry sink it the way it was originally used (except with the added convenience of modern day plumbing).  Secondly, our half bathroom now sits where our big old kitchen buffet (maybe dry sink?) contraption used to sit, so by putting in a dry sink there, it’s a nod to what used to be.  Ya follow?  Anyways, before I ramble on all day, let’s get to the goods.  Hello pretty dry sink vanities:

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Like I said earlier, I love this idea.  But honestly, it will probably come down to me being able to find one I like. These bad boys are a lot more difficult to find than dressers, and they can sometimes come with a pretty price tag.  Moral of the story is I’d be happy going either route (as they both give you a similar look), but you can bet my eyes are peeled for the perfect dry sink.

Let’s open it up to you: which would you choose?  The dresser or the dry sink?  Leave some love below and let me know!

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