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Coastal Kitchen Update: The Island Light

Coastal Interiors, Home Blog Posts, Interiors, KitchenAnneke McConnell

Last fall I decided to tackle the finishing up of our coastal kitchen makeover after a semi-grueling painting of the cabinets in the summer.  That's slightly dramatic, but if you're considering painting your cabinets yourself, yes, you'll definitely want to read through and learn from our experience


Here is a recap of each week:

Week 1: The Vision and Before Photos

Week 2: Painting the Cabinets

Week 3: Purging, Storage and Organization Solutions in the Kitchen

Week 4: Herringbone Tile

Week 5: Evaluating Progress

Week 6: Kitchen Reveal


Today's post is all about the selection of lighting for our island.  This is not a sponsored post, but I am fortunate to have been able to work alongside Lamps Plus who provided the light for our makeover.

Even as someone who LOVES design and decorating, I was running into some challenges (which I share more about in a bit) and the people at Lamps Plus were very kind and helpful in making a decision. Just sayin'! #greatcustomerservice

Here is the island light we ended up with!

So here just some design parameters we were working with when we were trying to find the "perfect" light.

  1. We wanted to have as many bulbs as possible. We went from 4-5.
  2. We wanted the light to be visually light so as not to block our view of the water, but also make a statement. This is super tricky in such a small space!
  3. The ceiling height of only 7.5' combined with the standard bar height on the island made the dimensions we had to work with very limited.  We needed something long and skinny, that remained as close to the ceiling as possible. Some island lights were visually perfect, but the way they mounted were not feasible so that's something to consider!
  4. Also, we did not want to rewire anything and stick with the single hole mount that was already there.
  5. Of course, we wanted a light that fit our beach house style, was easy to clean, and blended in nicely with the other textures and finishes. Our entry, living, dining, nook and kitchen are all one space!
  6. I love, love, LOVE how the light we chose has two metal finishes! The main metal portion is a dark bronze and the light socket is an antique bronze that ties in REALLY well with our hardware.


See it up close.  It really is the perfect fit!

Here you can see a better view of how the mount fits well with what we already had in place. 

The light comes with extension rods, but we just don't have the vertical space for that.    Extension rods are a great thing when you have taller ceilings and want a light with a straight clean line versus a cord.


You can see how it would look here installed with the rods.  I love knowing that it is an option to add them if we moved or did a major renovation.


So here you can see the progression of lighting.

Before Painting: a simple bronze 4-light

After painting: we switched out the bronze for this simple silver 4-light when the bronze one had led lights that were an absolute PAIN.  We were also waiting on our new Roman Shades, which we now LOVE.  The shade below is actually a curtain panel I just tacked up for photos. That's blogger TRUTH right there! We currently use these curtains in our home office and master bedroom.

So there you have it!

Thanks again to Lamps Plus for a great experience working with them.  I've purchase their lighting over the years and truly love the variety of options they offer!  They have some great videos on Facebook to help show you how to bring all design elements together.  Video makes all the difference for me, so I really appreciate when brands make things easier and make videos to help us all out.



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Kitchen Makeover Reveal

Home Blog Posts, Interiors, KitchenAnneke McConnell

Welcome if you are hopping over from the One Room Challenge!  It's been quite the push over these past six weeks to get one room completed, and we decided to tackle our kitchen, which we started this summer, but fizzled out on momentum.  More on that HERE.

We admittedly did not get everything done on our list, but I can say that I am just so happy with how it has turned out!  


Still yet to tackle:

  1. Trim out the kitchen sink window.
  2. Install backsplash (we did not paint since we are doing this).
  3. The lighting and window treatment were delayed, but will be installed as soon as they arrive.




Here's a recap so far -

Week 1: The Vision and Before Photos

Week 2: Painting the Cabinets

Week 3: Purging, Storage and Organization Solutions in the Kitchen

Week 4: Herringbone Tile

Week 5: Evaluating Progress




This reveal post is a little "lighter" than I'd like it to be since our kiddos were sick since last Wednesday and unfortunately it caught up to me this weekend, just after posting my last blog on Nautical Pendant Lighting. :-/ Boo!

I will be back this week with a full post that includes more photos and complete source details! As reference, the before photos were professional HDR photos taken for our home when it was a vacation rental.  The following were taken by myself, and although I'm improving, I'm thankful for these online courses that have taught me more about photography! 





Navy Blue Velvet Drapes (mine are from Target, but they are sold out) / rug found on eBay

Desk was a craigslist find - $50!

Capiz Shell Table Clock (found at HomeGoods - HERE is a similar version)

Looks like I caught out cute little Maltipoo Copper sleeping on the job! I not so secretly love that his ears match the blanket. Lol (similar here)

And a sneak peek into our little living room off the kitchen.  I just updated the fireplace stone with some paint so details coming soon about that!

BEST armchairs for cuddling with kids, puppies, and a book or magazine!

Isn't this the cutest little wishbone jewelry tray I found for by the kitchen sink?! I got ours at HomeGoods, but found a similar one HERE.


Wishing you all a Happy Holiday Season! Thank you for your encouragement along the way!




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