shopping for pendant lights

kitchen light planning // smitten studioNow that the cabinet doors and drawer fronts are on, I think it is about time we address the lighting situation. The naked bulb dangling above the countertop is not cutting it. Do you see it up the top left corner, just hanging there waiting until nightfall when it will blind us with its fully exposed 75watts. Yep, thats the one. I am thinking of replacing it with a pair of pendant lights.

pendant light shopping guide // smitten studioAfter poring over the internets for my favorite pendant options I came up with quite a few and here are my top picks. Do you have a favorite?

Alto by Cedar & Moss // Rose by Bellacor // Isle by Cedar & Moss // Aura by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio // Savoy by Arteriors // Three by Dylan Drey  // Geo by Urban Outfitters // One by Studio PGRB

To see the kitchen before look here.
To see all of the renovation progress look here.

Other Sources: Doors & Drawer fronts by SemiHandmade // Cabinets from Ikea // Faucet by Brizo // Dining Table by Organic Modernism // Rug by The Rug Warehouse // Stools by Organic Modernism // Butterfly Chair & Dining Chairs are vintage // Cabinet paint colors: Pigeon & Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball // Floor Stain Color is Ebony by Minwax

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Pattern Spy: Horses

pattern-spy-horsesThis week’s pattern spy is for all you equestrian lovers out there.

I have had my eye on this gorgeous stationery set from Rifle Paper for a while now, and thought it would be a great anchor for a horse themed round-up. So, here it is… go buck wild! (har har)

1: Horse Mini Skirt from Asos  //  2: Rifle Paper Stationery Set  //  3: Vintage Bronze Bookends

Flea Market Finds

burly wood, boat lamp, bronze deer for cabin

This weekend we also made it over to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl Flea Market, where I found a few great items for the cabin. We picked up  (#1) this old bronze boat light fixture that we plan on putting by the cabin’s front door, (#2) a bronze (freaking heavy) deer to sit by the fireplace, and (#3) a pretty burl wood table (also freaking heavy) that will hopefully work as a nightstand in the cabin bedroom.

Every time we go to this flea market we always see the well prepared patrons with their little carts to tow things around and their big hats to block out the sun and somehow we always come completely unprepared for basically anything. We are the ones that show up with no cash so we have to wait in the long line for the ATM, have no concept of how hot it gets in Pasadena since we live by the ocean where it is permanently 70 degrees, and we also come late so we have to carry whatever finds we have about 2 miles to our parking spot. You would think we would learn our lesson after the first 5 trips, but I am sure we will be there next month in the exact same predicament. Somehow it just isn’t a successful flea market day if we don’t come out of there dazed, sun burned, and with sore muscles. I am happy to say this weekend was a true success.