I recently worked on a project with a young 20-something young woman in her first house- to give a face-lift of sorts to her kitchen and living room. We were on a budget, as most people are at such a young age. I wanted to make some big changes that would make her feel like she was in a new space, without making any changes to floors, windows or surface areas. In these situations, paint is an amazing way to make a huge change and is the first thing I would recommend if you are working in phases. Below are some pictures of her space when I first visited. The walls were a bit dark and the furniture did not fit the space as well as it could. Some pieces were too large and some were too small.
With a smaller budget, I started with new paint throughout the house, and new furnishings to mix with some of the old in a different scale to make the most of the space and allow for more seating and a better space to entertain. In the kitchen, we added new lighting and hardware to lighten the space up, and in the living space we are working on making a perfect seating area for conversation and social events.
We have a few pieces of furniture waiting to arrive and some finishing touches, but this shows the power of paint and thoughtful space planning to make the most of your home.
The perfect light fixture can make a space. I love lighting so much, but finding the right piece at the right price can be a chore. Luckily I like a challenge.
Here are five Chandeliers that won't require lay-away!
This Pendant Light from Horchow is a nice size at 24" wide, is on trend with the gold finish but still classic enough that you won't feel like replacing it again in a year. It's $595. This would be nice in a large entry way,
For something a little more edgy and modern, I love this Glass Disc Chandelier from West Elm. I think it's very unique and if I didn't know it was from West Elm, I would have guessed it was at least 3 times it's cost of $499!
This Murano Style Chandelier from Shades of Light is fabulous in three shades and very classic while being fresh because of it's cleaner lines. True Murano Glass Chandeliers will run you upwards of 2 thousand dollars, so jump at this one if you want a classic but glamorous look. It is $789.
The style below, with the wooden beads, has been very popular for over a year. I adore this Camellia Antique Silver Chandelier by Jamie Young at Zinc Door because it is updated with the dark silver beads....giving it a sophisticated look while maintaining a rustic approach and shape. It is $800.
The Sputnik style of chandelier is a MCM classic. The Helios Chandelier from Z Gallerie is a stylish look with some modern changes, but still a bit retro. At $899, it also looks like some of the very high end versions that are also available.
Would you use any of these in your home? Do you have an affordable favorite? Let me know in the comments below! Have a great week!
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