Confession: This is my 4th light fixture in this kitchen over the past 2 years. I don't switch out other light fixtures that often so I don't think it's a problem I have in general. But after doing the makeover the 2nd fixtures I bought didn't quite work as well so I bought the black steampunk one because I couldn't find the one I REALLY wanted...until I went to Farm Chicks and saw this one! It was a factory light so it didn't fit a regular bulb. But brilliant husband found a converter at a local store so now we don't have to have a 150watt light in it.
So of course, since I had a new pendant over the island, I needed a new sconce over the sink since the previous didn't go. I'm sure none of you have been in this situation before (wink, wink). Took me awhile to find this one since I didn't want to spend the $300+ on it. It's a fixture from Rejuvenation but I found it on ebay for half the price.
I loved the cornflower blue shade! I might have to find more pieces in that color.
Wall color in the kitchen and Laundry Room is Benjamin Moore, Regal Select, Color: #OC-37 "Glacier White" in Pearl finish.
I found these French baskets at the Farm Chicks show a year ago. The light is from Shades of Light. The floor color is Benjamin Moore, Porch and Floor in "Black Knight" (#2136-10) in the gloss finish. The washer and dryer or used!
I had my husband build me this rolling rack for my baskets since there was no space left for a farm table. He made it out of iron pipe from the hardware store and I painted and distressed it.
I love my dark wood floors in the living and dining rooms, however I made a mistake in choosing the shade and I hope that you can all learn a little from my mistake. The mistake was not that they show every ding and scratch or that they always look dirty...the mistake was that when I was deciding on what I wanted for these floors I looked for pictures with floors that I really liked. I thought the dark floors were the most beautiful in pictures, so that's what I picked.
Well, how can that possibly be NOT what you're supposed to do?? After some time passed and I could NOT get the look I wanted in this room, I took a closer look at all of my favorite rooms I've pinned on Pinterest. I noticed every single one had white or very light floors. I would not have chosen white for these rooms since they get so much traffic. But a very light wood...that is what will make this room into it's full potential (in my eyes anyway).
Originally, I loved the contrast of the dark floors and white walls. That's why I chose it. However the overall look I want is airy and bright and I want to bring contrast in through an accent chair or a dark wood cabinet. When I tried doing that in here I became so frustrated when it didn't turn out how I expected. That is why I ended up with all white pieces in here.
So here's my advice for those of you that might make this same mistake (and those of you who are already pros at this, why didn't you tell me?): When researching what you want for a specific piece or wall color or floor color or curtains...don't just look for pictures of that specific thing, look for pictures of entire rooms you love and then study what is in them. Find more than one room that you love and study what they have in common. Then make your decision with confidence.
I do love these dark floors, but I do regret looking for "floors I loved" when researching, instead of "rooms I loved" and then seeing what their floors looked like.
I'd love to hear some of your own learning experiences....