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BRASS PENDANT LIGHTS IN THE KITCHEN


Today I have a kitchen update to share with you.  I'm almost embarrassed to write this post... if you've been around a while you'll know that this is the fourth time I've changed out the pendant lights over the kitchen island since we moved some of the can lights and installed the original set five years ago.  I'm sure I've said it before, but I'm not a pro decorator.  I try things around my home all the time and if they don't end up working out, I learn a lesson from it and move on and try something different.  This is definitely a case of if at first you don't succeed, try, try again!
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Here's a little lighting recap if you don't remember.  I started out with thrifted lantern fixtures, replaced those down the road with these lotus fixtures (which I LOVED but ultimately decided they were too small for the space), then repainted the lanterns (I experimented with red) and put them back up...then re-painted them again, this time gold! I did like the style of the lanterns and the gold color, but I finally figured out that I needed something more solid and substantial than the open frame of the lanterns.  The kitchen area is so open that the pendants needed to have a bit more presence to get the attention they deserved.

Savoy Alden Brass Pendant, white kitchen, black island, pendant lights

After finding inspiration in friends' homes and on Pinterest, I searched around and found these warm brass pendants.  And, after seeing them used by several designers that I follow in their projects, I knew I was headed in the right direction.

Alden Brass Pendant, brass kitchen pendants, vintage rug, white kitchen, black island
 Similar Bowl  ||  Orchids- Trader Joe's  ||  Green Mixer  


As soon as we got them installed, I was immediately so happy with them.  And, although he's always happy with whatever I do, my husband just went on and on about how much he liked them too!

Alden Brass Pendant, brass cup pulls

The round shape really helps to break up all of the square things and straight lines around the room, and I think the pretty rod detail on the lower part of the chain makes them even more special.

brass pendants, savoy alden pendant, chalkboard calendar, green kitchen aid mixer, orchid arrangement

Another benefit to this style of pendant is that they do a great job of casting light down onto the counter work surface.  The lanterns that we previously had spread light around the room but did not direct any light downward.  They accommodate a 100 watt bulb, and I wondered if it would be bright enough, but they are fantastic!  They provide plenty of task lighting, and we even have them on a dimmer switch and don't often need to use them at full power.  We love the warm glow they cast at night too when the lights are dimmed.

alden brass pendants, white doors with gold molding, black island

One other note on the light... when considering these lights, I was worried that the gold interior of the shade would give off a glow that was too warm/yellow-ish, but it doesn't at all!  The light given off is nice and white and clean.  We used 60 watt equivalent LED dimmable bulbs and are very happy with them.

The other touch up project that I've been wanting to do in the kitchen was to paint or replace the hinges.  A little over 3 years ago when I repainted the cabinets, I tried to save a little money by stripping the paint off of the hinges that had been painted over and re-using them.  Well, that process left them a dull, dark brass color and that was bothering me.  I debated removing and spraying them all a brighter gold, but decided if I was going to that much trouble I'd just go ahead and spend the money this time to buy new hinges in the finish I wanted.

Here you can see how dark they were- the center hinges were the old ones and I had already replaced the far right ones.  I bought polished brass and they're a nice bright color without looking dated.


I also needed to touch up the lower knobs.  Back to 3 years ago when we refreshed the kitchen, I liked these sparkly ones but they came in oil rubbed bronze, so I taped off the centers and sprayed them gold.  I guess 3 years worth of wear is pretty good before a new paint job was needed!  Here they were before, I just removed them, taped off the center again, and resprayed them.


New hinges and new paint on knobs... better!

brass cup pulls, polished brass hinges, white cabinets

Here's a PSA if you're interested in switching out your hinges some day... file this under learning from my mistakes!

Long story short... when I bought 22 new pairs of hinges, I unknowingly bought the wrong kind.  I only checked to see that they were the same size of the previous hinge and bought the finish I wanted.  Then I proceeded to replace ALL of them and re-hang the doors before I recognized the problem.  Both of these hinges are exactly the same size, but see how the one on the right slopes up more across the bottom rather than laying flat?  It's a self closing hinge and is somewhat springy- when it's really tightened down with the screws it flattens out and pushes the cabinet door out towards the opposite edge.  So, if I tightened the hinges down all the way, the set of cabinet doors overlapped a good 1/4-1/2" in the middle where they were supposed to close together.


Ugh.  After a lot of time spent trying to adjust and tweak the tightness of the screws to make them work, I admitted defeat and realized something was wrong. I went back to the store to see if there was something I was missing.  Of course there was... I bought the wrong kind of hinge!  So, I found the flatter hinges that I needed at Ace Hardware and replaced the ones I needed to in order for the doors to fit together correctly.  I replaced all of the ones where the doors close right together, and this time they closed perfectly.  Like I said, live and learn... or maybe I'm the only person who would ever make that mistake!

brass cup pulls, brass cabinet knobs, brass hinges, white cabinets, brass drawer pulls, new venetian gold granite

I particularly like how the finish of the new lights blends with the chandelier in the breakfast nook, tying together the vintage and more modern design.

botanical gallery wall, black and white striped curtains, brass alden pendant, vintage chandelier

One last before and after look (notice the difference in the hinges too),

lantern pendants, cage lantern lights

 and I can confidently say these beauties aren't going anywhere for a long, long time!!

Savoy Alden Brass Pendant, black island, white cabinets, two tone cabinets, stainless appliances, painted cabinets


*I partnered with Bellacor for this post, we are thrilled with the pendant lights and happy to share how much we love them! 



Kitchen Source List:

Brass Pendants  ||  Ceiling Medallions  ||  Polished Brass Hinges- Ace Hardware  ||  Brass Drawer Pulls  ||  Upper Pearl/Brass Knobs  ||  Lower Jeweled Knobs   ||  Favorite Gold Spray Paint  ||  
Rug: vintage, Craigslist  ||  Granite- New Venetian Gold
Wall Paint: Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan, mixed at 25% at Sherwin Williams, Satin
Cabinet Paint: Sherwin Williams ProClassic in Extra White, Semi-Gloss
Island Paint: Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black, Semi-Gloss
Paint Sprayer: Homeright Finish Max
Oversized Chalkboard: DIY here




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VALENTINE'S DAY HEART SHAPED SUGAR COOKIES- DOUBLE DOOZIES STYLE!


Growing up, I remember my sister's favorite treat to get at the mall was always a double doozie cookie.  I always preferred the bag of mini cookies, but later in life she swayed me to her side... double doozie cookies are delicious!  Rather than the traditional chocolate chip, I thought it would be festive to assemble some double doozie sugar cookies for Valentine's Day.

double doozies, sugar cookie recipe
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For a short cut, store bought cookies or or pre-made cookie dough may be used.  Or, use your favorite sugar cookie recipe and Valentine shaped cookie cutters and make your own.  If you don't have a favorite, this is the sugar cookie recipe I've been using lately.  It makes a soft but sturdy cookie great for decorating, and it tastes divine!  I usually double the recipe while I'm at it and freeze 1/2 of the dough for later.

Sugar Cookie Recipe

1 cup sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 Tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour (plus a little more for rolling out cookies)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Beat sugar and butter together in mixer until creamy.  Add egg and beat to combine, then add milk, vanilla, and almond extract and mix together.  Combine dry ingredients and beat in a little at a time until all are well incorporated.  Roll out dough on a floured surface until about 1/4" thick.  Cut out desired shapes and bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 8 minutes.  Cookies will firm up as they cool, do not over bake or allow to brown.


After the cookies are baked and cooled, scoop a large amount of icing on the bottom side of one cookie and gently spread to the edges while leaving icing thick.  I used store-bought buttercream that I colored pink, and a scoop works perfectly to get uniform amounts of icing.  For reference, my cookies are about 2 1/2" wide and a heaping  1/2 oz. scoop was just right. 


I made my cookies small...by the time you double them up and load the middle with frosting, just a little is enough!  Finish them off by placing another cookie on top of the icing, with the bottom of the cookie against the icing.

If you want to add a bit more fun, gently squeeze the cookies together until the icing just starts to ooze outside the edges of the cookie sandwich.


Then, roll the edges in a small bowl filled with your favorite sprinkles.


Enjoy this fun, easy sweet treat with your people for Valentine's Day!



milk glass plate, sugar cookie recipe











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SWEET SATURDAY #22



Tamara from Citrine Living just revealed her Entryway makeover.  I love the blue and white pieces she added and the gold bamboo mirror for such a fresh look!  



This Sharpie Wall Art is such a clever idea... major impact with a tiny cost!



I really enjoyed this post from Mallory at Style Your Senses.  She spilled all of the details about how "the business end" of fashion blogging, at least from her perspective, works.  I appreciated her transparency and inside look at how she operates.  Although I share a bit of fashion here and there, I'm not a pro in that area at all and I thought her post was really interesting! (Fashion blogging scoop starts about 1/2 way through post.)


Going back to last Fall's One Room Challenge, this Library from Natasha Haberman provides a major wow factor!



This Week's Instapick:


You'll love Jenny's colorful feed!  She just moved into a new design studio that adjoins the cutest boutique.  I'm always inspired by the things that Jenny shares.


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Lastly, I couldn't end today without sharing this sale with you.  I'm trying to post great home and fashion finds on Fridays now, but I knew if I waited until next Friday these would likely be all sold out!  All of these pieces except one are on deep discount at $10-12.  The blush fan earrings, purple tassel earrings, and neutral stack bracelets are on their way to me!  :)  Stock is low on all of these pieces, so hurry!





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VALENTINE'S DAY TABLE FOR TWO


As a couple, my husband and I usually don't celebrate Valentine's day on the actual day.  We like to go out a few days before or after to beat the crowds.  So, for the last I don't know how many years, we have a family dinner on Valentine's Day.  That's all well and good, but this year I decided to set up a special spot for just the two of us.   


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Small Blue and White Vase (set of 3)  ||  Striped Candles- similar at Hobby Lobby  ||  Similar Mirror here or here


Valentine's day table setting 1, red gingham, pink tulips


jamil natural leopard pillow, ikea gurli hot pink pillow, pagoda monogram, valentines day table


red gingham tablecloth, polish pottery plates, bordallo pinheiro cabbage plate, valentine's day table setting


vintage cat salt and pepper shakers
 Kitty Salt and Pepper Shakers- Vintage (several listed here)


red gingham monogrammed napkins, polish pottery plate, cabbage plate

jamil natural leopard pillow, vintage cane wingback chair, brick fireplace, sherwin williams urbane bronze, peacock mirror, faux topiary


We'll likely still celebrate Valentine's Day as a family (actually, we'll all be at church for youth group and meetings since it falls on a Wednesday!), but both of the kids have plans tomorrow night so I think we'll take the opportunity to have our own fireside dinner at home while they're gone.  The table is all ready... now what should we get for take-out?  ;)






valentines day table setting



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MY FIVE FAVORITE BUDGET FRIENDLY HOME PROJECTS


Welcome to My Five Favorites today! This month, we've combed the archives and chosen our five favorite budget friendly home projects that give the biggest bang for your buck.   I think all of us hosting today are relatively budget conscious when we're working on a space, and I'm excited to see some great inspiration today for attaining beautiful design on a dime!



My co-hosts are such pros at this!

Pam from Simple Details 
Lisa from Shine Your Light
Kris from Driven by Decor 

We're so happy that Brooke from Nesting with Grace is joining us as our guest host today.  She's created a home full of character and charm in spite of limited square footage.  Every inch is loaded with style and functionality!  I can't get enough of her daughters' shared bedroom, but her kitchen and deck are close runners up for my favorite spaces in her home.


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BOTANICAL GALLERY WALL


Hands down, my Botanical Gallery Wall is my favorite budget friendly project.  With a few supplies, a little bit of time, and some careful hanging skills I have a timeless focal point that fills a large space.  And all for less than $100!  Read here for all of the supplies and details for how I put this wall together.


And as a bonus, it does double duty at Christmas when I switch out the usual artwork for festive holiday prints.






PAINTED PATTERNED WALLS

Coming in a close second, the painted gingham walls in my Powder Bath make a huge impact for only a few dollars spent on paint and tape (and priceless mathematical measuring direction from my Dad!).  Oh. And about a week of my life.... but it was worth it!  ;)


A little bit of accent paint and a pattern to trace made this panel in our office a nice focal point too.


And while we're at it, painted anything is a huge bang for your buck.  Paint is relatively cheap and nothing transforms a space faster.  Proof: Our kitchen before and after-







OVERSIZED SILHOUETTES


I don't show these often on the blog because they're in a spot that doesn't get photographed often (and it hard to get a good shot of them!), but these silhouettes that I made of the kids years ago were such an economical project.  Like the botanical gallery wall, they take up a good amount of space if you're needing to fill a wall for not much money.  Read more about them here but they're basically piece of plywood that I had cut to the size I wanted, then I painted them and stapled wide ribbon to make stripes before adding a framed DIY silhouette of each child.



I have a friend who was inspired by mine to make her own, and she covered her board with fabric rather than painting it.  Great idea, it looked so good!





FURNITURE MAKEOVERS

I know I've said it many times on here before, but I'd much rather buy a quality piece of second hand furniture that might need a bit of love that walk into a furniture store and purchase something new.   It's one of my favorite ways to save money while furnishing my home, not to mention the thrill of the hunt!  A few of my favorite pieces:

Of course, the vintage china cabinet that I painted green is an all time favorite secondhand piece.  By the time I bought it, supplies, new glass, and hardware I had a couple of hundred dollars in it.  Money well spent I'd say for such a staple piece, and I couldn't touch a new, solid wood piece for that price.


This bamboo console table is one of my best finds ever, and after some touch up work on the finish and new upholstery on the stools it's a show stopper!


I also love this pair of vintage Ethan Allen wingback chairs that I had reupholstered for my Master Bedroom.  I stripped them down myself to save a bit more money, shopped around online for the best price on the fabric I wanted, and used a reasonable upholsterer.  Now their life has been extended and they're ready for many more years of use!



Lastly for the furniture, I still love this huge mirror that I found for $80 on Craigslist.  It had a really bad wood toned shiny finish on the frame, but that wasn't anything my trusty favorite gold spray paint couldn't fix!





CUSTOM TRIM AND MOULDING

Another project in my Powder Bath Makeover, upgrading a plain wall with a bit of moulding makes all. the. difference.  I love how adding the chair rail trim and moulding boxes below give the illusion of wainscoting on a plain wall and completely elevate the space.




Along the same lines, I've added trim to several doors in our home, taking a solid yet flat door up a notch.  I added trim to the back of the bathroom door to match what was on the front,




and in our Master Bedroom I added trim to the doors that lead into the Master Bath.  When I couldn't find the curved moulding that I would have liked to use, I got creative and used some ceiling medallions to make the design a little more special.





What's your favorite "bang for your buck" project that you've done?  I can't wait to see our co-hosts' best budget friendly projects today, be sure to stop by and check them out as well!














Missed any previous My 5 Favorites posts? Catch up here!


My 5 Favorite Paint Colors
My 5 Favorite Home Decor Accessories
My 5 Favorite Pillows
My 5 Favorite Fabrics
My 5 Favorite DIY Projects
My 5 Favorite Ways to Use Mixed Metals
My 5 Favorite DIY Artwork Projects
My 5 Favorite Tabletop Accessories
My 5 Favorite Recipes for the Holidays
My 15 Favorite- Holiday Wish List
My 5 Favorite Organizing Tools
My 5 Favorite Thrifted Finds
My 5 Favorite Ikea Products
My 5 Favorite Paint Projects
My 5 Favorite Home Gadgets
My 5 Favorite Summer Accessories
My 5 Favorite Beauty and Hair Products
My 15 Favorites- Holiday Gift Guide


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