Wednesday, July 11, 2012

One Room Challenge: Lighting and Caffeine


I made wonderful progress in my kitchen this week. My electrician installed the Z Gallerie Linear Strand Crystal Chandelier, a fabulous knockoff of the iconic Cellula Chandelier at a fraction of the price. Excuse the ceiling only shot, but I don't want to show you too much of what I've been up to this week! I love the modern/glam/industrial vibe. I decided against the more obvious choice of a faux bamboo chandelier or pagoda lantern.

I also set up my Nespresso coffee bar where I make the most exquisite coffees just like a real barista. No more Starbucks for me. And Starbucks does not have Chinese Chippendale cups and pagoda stirrers. The shots below are of three fabulous kitchens with my chandelier, so you can see what it looks like. Next up, having the window treatment installed (using my all time favorite Chinoiserie fabric) and finishing the gallery wall. You can always find all my One Room Challenge posts by clicking on the ORC button in my sidebar.





Now go see what everybody else has been up to -

Lauren - The Cottage Mix
Lindsay - Everything LEB
Barbara - Hodge:Podge
Tiffany - Living Savvy
Jessie - Mix & Chic
Danylle - Nana Moon
Jennifer - The Pink Pagoda
Emily - Rue de Emily
Lindsay - Sadie + Stella

23 comments:

  1. beth - i LOVE the chandelier in there. GREAT choice. I love that you went for something less obvious and less chinois for the light ... it will really make an impact when you do add in the other chinois accents (IMHO).

    also - couldnt agree more on nespresso. i have the citiz and sadly, i have it under the sink in the cabinet currently. sounds so snobbish to say this aloud, but i got so hooked on the pods and the espresso and mixing drinks that I needed to reign back in and drink regular coffee for a bit, so I didnt take it for granted. i got one of those Chemex'es and and brewing a cup or two at a time. I love it too! But I pull out the good ole' aerochinno to froth some warm milk.

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  2. love the chandelier ... and such a perfect pop of modern with your chinoiserie!!

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  3. that light fixture is gorgeous!!! And I love the breakfast bar. Such a necessity in the kitchen! I'd prefer on on my bedside table to be honest!

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  4. really fantastic light fixture! I can't wait to see the whole kitchen.

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  5. I love that lighting fixture. Not what I would have expected...what a surprise. OK, I already have major Nespresso envy...but I see that you have the frother, too!! The cups are fab, by the way.

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  6. Amazing!! Can NOT wait to see the final product.

    Love your inspiration pics...especially love the fabric used on the barstools in the third photo. Any idea who makes it?

    Adore your blog!

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  7. Light fixture is beautiful!! Ive never tried Nespresso...but since you guys are freaking out about it....maybe I should find one and see what the fuss is about! :)

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  8. Love the chandelier that you selected for your kitchen and it's an exact replica of the more expensive one. Good job! Thanks for sharing. Happy Wednesday xoxo

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  9. Hi Beth -- When I saw the post on your new light fixture, I had to comment since we chose the same light for our kitchen dining area! Did you put yours on a dimmer switch? It provides great ambiance! You were smart to have an electrician install it -- we did it ourselves and it was a challenge! This is the light in our home (and you can see what you missed by not installing it yourself!):

    http://orangerieandblue.blogspot.com/2012/02/our-new-kitchen-light-linear-crystal.html

    Great to see it in your kitchen, and look forward to seeing more photos of the finished space!

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  10. Beth Connolly, you have once again caused my heart to skip a beat!!! This light fixture is so unexpected and so incredible I just cannot believe your genius!!! I can't wait to show it to my husband and see what his thoughts are on it for OUR kitchen!
    And those coffee cups: OMG!!! PLEASE share your source!!! Love them!!! You never cease to amaze and delight!!!

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  11. Totally unexpected bling glam! What fun. Envy that you can get a new kitchen look without down to studs gut I'm living through and the $$$$$ I've spent on rewiring, new electrical service etc. Every time I turn on a dimmer, I hope that pain grown dimmer!

    So looking forward to seeing all in place. Gotta' go. Need a another cup of coffee.

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  12. I love your new light fixture, Beth! I created one similar to this from an existing light fixture, dollar store glass beads and fishing line. Yours is much prettier!
    You can check out mine on my 'HOME' tab if you like...
    Have a great day,
    ~ Wendi ~

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  13. Gorgeous light fixture, it is so unexpected. Love that it adds a little modern and glam to the kitchen! Looking forward to next week to see more updates.

    By the way, I am hosting a fabulous giveaway! Come by and enter for a chance to win $100 credit towards a beautiful personalized canvas!

    http://www.mixandchic.com/2012/07/product-review-and-giveaway-reflections.html

    This is a giveaway you don't want to miss!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  14. The juxtaposition of your fixture with your house and Chinoiserie is so amazing. That was a brilliant addition. And the fixture is GORGEOUS. I can't wait to see the gallery wall!

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  15. Love the new light and I am so jealous of your new coffee bar. I'd love one of those magic machines!

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  16. Love the sparkle the light adds to your kitchen!

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  17. Oh I too love that chandy!!

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  18. Ok darling. That light fixture????? Is the most. I am beyond jealous. I am loving the direction here!

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  19. Looking good!!! What fun that kitchen is, and how happy you must be with the results!

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  20. The new light fixture is awesome. Just the right about of oooh la laa bling.

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  21. I love that chandelier! And yes, coffee at home with pretty mugs is the best. I love my French Press and my collection of mugs, I pick a different one based on my mood. Silly i know...

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  22. What a beautiful fixture! Very excited to see your fabric choice!

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  23. LOVE the chandelier choice...and can I say I just am digging those bar stool brown chairs in the second image? Ooh La La...super stylish! I wonder who makes those? Anyway..loving what I am seeing!

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