Hello friends! We are still slowly chugging away at our kitchen, and to be honest, one my one room challenge dining room is going to be complete before the kitchen. That wasn’t the plan at all, but such is life. We are getting SOOOOO close, and the countertops and backsplash should be here soon, and that will enable all of the last items to be put in place followed by the finishing touches. Today I wanted to take a moment to share with you the lighting that I selected for this space along with how I came to these decisions. Selecting finishes and details can be a paralyzing process, so I am here to show you how simple it can be! (A huge thank you to both My Mitzi and Sazerac Stitches for providing me with the light fixtures for our kitchen. I was not otherwise compensated. This blog does use affiliate links.)
Before I go on, I wanted to give you a little refresher of what the original plan for the kitchen looked like, since it’s been 27 years since I showed it last.
If you look at that plan you can see the lighting that we chose for our kitchen, so let’s talk about why I made these choices.
I want to start with the main light that is in the line of view from our front door. In our entry, we chose a modern fixture, the Stella from My Mitzi, because it brought in the white and gold I wanted with that space and fit the midcentury era of our home. As you can see in the photo below, the new fixture is pretty much in line with that one as well as the kitchen sink. We wanted to cut corners where we could, so keeping the kitchen ceiling fixture in that spot made perfect sense, and the view from the front door seeing it all together makes me so happy.
Because I knew that the fixture would be staying in the same place, I wanted something that would play well with the brass sink as well as the entry lighting. Because the entry lighting and the sink are such starts in their own right, the ceiling fixture needed to be a simpler shape, yet still in the same color family of white and gold, and fitting the age and style of the home.
Additionally, the kitchen now opens to our dining room so whatever I chose had to also play well with our dining room fixture. That light is modern, simple, black and gold with a touch of white inside the light cones.
When I came across the Livvy in aged brass, I knew it was “the one.” Its sleek shape, smooth organic feel, and slight nod to midcentury style made it the perfect choice for our kitchen.
I am so thrilled with how it looks hanging in our kitchen (although the man who hung it for us failed to clean out the styrofoam fuzz, so I need to take care of that!). It truly is the perfect lighting complement to both the entry and the dining fixture. It’s simple, stylish, and chic, without playing too loudly in its space.
Aside from replacing the ceiling fixture, we also planned to add open shelving with sconces above. Again, I had to choose something that would really work with the existing lighting as well as everything else in the kitchen. With a shiny brass sink, and white and gold appliances, I wanted something to help keep this space from feeling too blingy, or glam, I suppose. (Do people even use the word “bling” anymore?) I am not a very glam person, but I do like my touches of gold! Sazerac Stitches offers so many beautiful midcentury feel lighting fixtures! More than that though, all of their pieces are handmade in New Orleans. If you’ve been around here for a long time, you might recall that New Orleans is a very special place for me. My oldest two kids were born just across the lake in Slidell, and Chris and I began our married life there. The year before we were married, we lived on Magazine St. in an apartment of a very old Victorian. Kirsten and Matt are the founders of Sazerac Stitches, and I just loved that they hail from such a special place, making my choice to use them much more personal.
I was certain of the sconces I wanted because I had been following them on instagram for a while. However, when I checked out their site, I was slightly distracted by all of the beautiful and unique sconces in every color imaginable! While there are SO many beauties to choose from, I reminded myself to stay in my lane, and keep it simple and black, just as I had planned, and try not to get pulled off course by all the pretties. (Seriously, go check out their sconces and you will see what I am talking about- it’s insane!) I chose the Loa in matte black, which is simple, modern, and PERFECT. Here’s a peek at them in place. Please disregard the mess, the dish towel on the floor which I have to rehang 42 times a day (toddlers!), the dishes everywhere since we have no shelves yet, the lines where our shelves will go…. and just focus on the Loa. FYI the shelves will be finished wood and probably much straighter than they appear here. 😉
I absolutely LOVE these sconces for this space! As I mentioned, it was easy to get sucked into all of their pretty and colorful pieces, but I knew the matte black would perfectly complement the appliances, sink, and faucet. They were exactly what this kitchen needed to keep that simple modern vibe and stop it from being too showy. Additionally, they bring in the matte black of the dining fixture, and balance the space perfectly now since it is all open.
As you can see, when choosing lighting my strategy is to be cohesive and complementary. All of the fixtures in one space should a) work together, b) play well with all of the other materials in the space, c) work well with the style of the room, and d) honor the integrity of the house itself. I am so thrilled with my new fixtures from My Mitzi and Sazerac Stitches and am certain that they tick all of those boxes. Have you ever struggled to choose lighting fixtures? Tell me what you did to make your final decision.