Posts tagged ‘ballard designs’

August 31, 2011

the light fixture that wasn’t

Last week I shared with you my kitchen mood board.  All of the elements in my design plan – the lighting, the fabric, the tile – were selected after several weeks of browsing home décor blogs, pinterest, and catalogs in search of inspiration.  While the tile was a pretty easy decision – I had my heart set on white subway tile – lighting and fabric is a whole other ball game.  The options are nearly endless.  The more I researched the more I became confused.  After making my fifth or so pinterest mood board, I finally felt confident in my design plan.  I selected the Ikea Leran Pendant Lamp for over our kitchen table.

I loved that the natural texture of the shade would be juxtaposed against the shiny black kitchen table we already own from Crate and Barrel. 

I was in love with the mix of natural materials (pendant) and painted wood (table).  And let’s be honest…the $89.99 price tag of the Ikea Leran made this an easy decision.  I decided to hang the Ikea Leran over our table and the Crate and Barrel Victory Pendant over the island.


I thought that the light fixtures related enough (in size and shape)…but would make for an interesting combination of industrial steel and natural woven fibers.  I also loved that the pendant hanging over the island would be silver galvanized steel (and tie in nicely with our soon to be grey/charcoal walls), while the Ikea Leran would be hanging over our shiny black table (but relate to the stain of our kitchen cabinets).

Well all of my planning was for naught.  My husband vetoed the Ikea Leran on the spot during our trip to Ikea.  Back to the drawing pinterest board.

The Crate and Barrel Victory Pendant lamp arrived the very same day the Ikea Leran was vetoed.  I opened the box to find a light fixture whose scale was way too large to be used over our island.  The light fixture measures almost 26 inches in diameter, while the depth of the island is only 27.5 inches.  The proportions just weren’t going to work.

My light fixture plan was a fail – a double fail.  I selected two light fixtures that weren’t going to work for the space (albeit for two different reasons).

To salvage my plan I decided that the Victory pendant lamp would work with the scale of our table (45 inches in diameter without the leaf).  I’m going to have that fixture hung above our kitchen table.  I then worked to find a light fixture for over our island.  A light fixture with the correct dimensions,  and also one that my husband approved of.  I decided on the Ballard Addie Pendant.  I couldn’t be happier with my two choices and dare I say, I’m actually happier with the combinatin of the Addie Pendant and the Victory Pendant than I was with the original plan.


From this experience I learned a very valuable lesson: Measure.  Measure again, and then triple check your measurements just one more time.

Kitchen Update: The final reveal of the kitchen will probably take a bit longer than first anticipated.  I still have to schedule our painter, as well as decide on/order fabric (and then sew the drapes).  Flipping through the Ballard Designs catalog I came across two more Ikat fabrics that I like and I’m awaiting the arrival of the fabric samples.  So far, these three are in the running.  What would you select?


August 25, 2011

a {minor} kitchen makeover- the plan

As I mentioned in my previous post I’m working on a plan to turn my kitchen into a space that I love.  The kitchen is the heart of our home: it is where our guests linger during dinner parties, where you can find me Sunday’s in the fall rolling meatballs and cooking up a pot of gravy (my maiden name does end in a vowel), and most importantly where my husband and I sit down to dinner each night to discuss the day’s events.  There is one rule in our house and that is that all dinners are eaten at the kitchen table and with no TV background noise (well…certain exceptions *might* be made during college basketball season).

With that said I’m ready to make this space more ME (i mean uhhh, “US”) with…

a whole lot of classic white subway tile

and beautiful ikat fabric for drapes

two new overhead lights for the island and kitchen table

and a new area rug for under our table

Of course we’ll be painting the walls as well, paint color yet to be determined.  I’m leaning towards something in the gray family which will blend in nicely with the wall color from adjoining rooms.  I received a great design tip from a close family friend years ago – when designing a room always pick your paint color last.  I would have NEVER thought of that on my own…but it is so true.  It is much easier to match a paint color to fabric, than vice versa.  So, I’ll be taking my ikat fabric swatch to the local Benjamin Moore retailer and testing a few paint swatches on my wall before any decision is made.

I can’t wait to see my plan come together.  I’ll be sure to share updates along the way.

Side note: my husband leaves all design related decisions up to me, with one caveat – he has veto power.  In our kitchen redesign, he has vetoed one item thus far which I’ll share with you tomorrow.  At first, I wasn’t very happy when he exercised his veto power.  However, in the end, his decision ended up guiding me to a better design decision.