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kitchen nook light update

kitchen nook light update


our "after" photo showing off this perfect new matte grey pendant

One of my favorite places in our home is the built-in kitchen banquette we affectionately refer to as “the nook”. Our kitchen is south-facing and gets the most amazing morning light. There are few things better than sipping on a latte in our nook on a weekend morning, catching up on magazines. It’s all about the simple things, right?


the "before" photo showing the plastic pendant that came with the house

The kitchen remodel is going to be a huge endeavor, and there are plans for the nook when that happened (increasing the seating area, upholstery, and an update to the table). But one thing I really wanted to switch out what the very modern plastic lighting that came with the house. It’s kindddd of a neat fixture when lit, but it really doesn’t support the style of the house. Once we determined the kitchen makeover would be classic with some very slight rustic touches, I knew the lighting fixture should feel rustic and almost vintage-looking.

Here were my favorite pendants for the space:


sources: 1 {arteriors} / 2 {schoolhouse} / 3 {restoration hardware} / 4 {serena & lily} / 5 {rejuvenation} / 6 {west elm}

Ultimately, we landed on the vintage barn pendant from restoration hardware (in d/c slate gray). We’d been waiting for a rainy weekend to get some handywork done around the house, and finally got it up!


we are so happy with the new fixture!

See our kitchen and lighting Pinterest boards for plenty of more inspiration.

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