The Hunt for a NEW Dining Room Light

We replaced our dining room light fixture pretty soon after moving in. The one that came with the house was dated, always lopsided, just plain ugly! I chose this 3 light pendant from Lowes and I still really like it! However, I feel like our dining room needs something that makes a bigger statement. Here is how it looks today:

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It definitely still looks nice, but then when you step back and look at the bigger picture, I feel like it gets kind of lost.

Before I get into my ideas, here is a listing photo from when we bought the house. We’ve come a long way!

I put together some images of our space with different lights to see how they look. I usually do stuff like this just for my own personal use (and to try and persuade my husband that we actually DO need new stuff!!) but I decided to make a post around this so you can see what my thought process is! I used both of the photos above to create these images, so you can see how it looks close up, as well as how it looks with the living room decor. They’re all from Wayfair except for one that I threw in for fun from Anthropologie.

 

ONE| Beaded Chandelier
This is the only boho style light that I chose and I kind of love how it softens up the mid-century table and dresser. I also love how it looks with the shag rug in our living room. This one is probably my top contender!

TWO| Four Light Sputnik
The rest of the fixtures are all sputnik style lights (except for the one from Anthropologie)! This one only has 4 lights, which I think is great for someone who likes the idea of sputnik lights but isn’t sure about diving right in with a big one.

THREE| Brushed Brass Sputnik
Here is a more traditional style sputnik light, with 6 lights. I like how the brass looks against the dark blue walls but I’m concerned it might be too much going on for the size of our room.

FOUR| Black Sputnik
The photo of this one has edison bulbs, but I would probably use round ones instead. The edison bulbs give it too much of an industrial vibe for me. I like how the black helps to kind of make it blend a little more, so it doesn’t feel as busy. I also have a lot of black accents in our living room that it ties into.

FIVE| Anthropologie Tilda Light
Andddd just for fun- this light from Anthro! Totally out of my price range but I love how the shape is more like a classic chandelier, but then the unexpected use of wood really makes it stand out! This would definitely be an awesome statement light to have!

So there are all my ideas so far! It’ll probably be a while before we actually replace it, but I’m always brainstorming! Let me know which one you like the best (just please don’t let it be the Anthro one)!!

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My Beachy/ Boho Tablescape

DIY Boho Inspired Tablescape
(Sponsored partly by Wayfair)

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If you saw my last post, you know that Wayfair reached out to me asking if I wanted to contribute to a post on their site about decorating with a DIY candle project.  This was such a fun and exciting opportunity for me!  They gave me complete creative control with my project along with $50 for me to use on their site! 
After contemplating a couple different ideas, I decided to go with a boho/beachy tablescape for our dining room.  I've had so much trouble with our dining table decor - nothing ever seemed to look right.  I'm so happy with how it turned out, it's definitely what the room was missing!

The unpainted vase is definitely gorgeous, but I thought that adding a little bit of white paint at the bottom would make it pop a little more, as well as tie it into the other white elements on my table.  I also painted the bottoms of a few white tapered candlesticks in varying shades of blue.  The runner is actually two macrame wall hangings that I already had, I took the dowels off and just tied them together in the middle!

I loved participating in this little challenge!  To see my part on Wayfair's site -- go to their Decor & Pillows drop down, then to Candles & Holders (under Home Accents)... scroll to the bottom until you see the image below -- Click "Read More" and you'll see one of my photos along with projects from three other bloggers!

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Thank you again, Wayfair!!

Projects on projects on projects...

What I've Been Up To...

I have been keeping myself SUPER busy the last month!! Between planning Nathan's first birthday, doing various home projects (always), becoming a brand ambassador for Full Circle Home (more on that later), opening an Etsy shop(!!), AND being asked to collaborate with Wayfair on a DIY candle decor project -- I haven't had much time to blog!
Being reached out to by a huge brand like Wayfair was super flattering!! A content writer for their blog reached out asking if I was interested in participating (along with a few other bloggers) in a post about DIY home decor using candles. My answer was of course YES! They graciously let me pick out items from their site to use for my project.  I chose this adorable glass & rattan vase and created a boho style tablescape that I LOVE!  Check back for the full DIY -- and for now, head over to Wayfair to see my contribution plus projects from the other bloggers! (Scroll down to the bottom of Wayfair's site)

THE LOOK FOR LESS | Anthropologie Dining Room

I've had this Anthropologie dining room image saved on my phone since the first time I saw it! I immediately fell in love with how they mixed neutrals, different textures, and pops of bright colors! Sadly -- to get this exact look from the store would set you back over $5,000! And that's not even including the dishes or candlestick holders!

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Image via Anthropologie

I recreated this look two different ways, and at way more affordable prices!! The first look (below) comes in at around $1,810.00 for everything!! The chairs have a similar bright, festive design. I kept the rug neutral so it didn't compete too much with the chairs, but the diamond design and texture reminded me of the Anthropologie one. The pendant and dishes (for four settings) are both under $30!! You can find the links to everything under the photo.

Look # 2 is a little more expensive at around $2,311, but the table is almost an exact duplicate of the Anthropologie one.  I found these chairs that have the fun design only on the backs, and paired them with a rug that has similar colors to the Anthropologie rug. I think mixing these chairs and rug gives the design a fun, eclectic feel. It doesn't look overwhelming since the chairs have only whites and grays in the design.

With so many affordable online decor and furniture resources, there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to recreate the look of your favorite stores! You just need to decide what it is you like most about the design and seek out those elements!