A Lovely Home: Framing + Light Fixtures

A lot has been happening at the new house. Once the floor plans were developed and approved, walls started coming down and new framing went up. Before the framing, it looked like an incomprehensible construction zone. But now and the best part about the framing is that it helps you imagine how the rooms will take shape. It also showed us how much work we’re doing, but it’s not called a total remodel + renovation for nothing, right? framing_front of house_use this oneThe wood framing is where the new entry will be. framing_entry into master, used to be a built in barThe old built-in bar is now the new entry into the master bedroom.framing_den into pool bath + guest roomThe den with new entry into the pool/powder bath + guest room.

We’ve already chosen the kitchen cabinets (they have the longest lead time & they’re typically the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel!) and countertops. While the demolition and framing is being done, we’ve been working on more details like kitchen appliances and plumbing fixtures. Who knew there would be so much to think about?! I can now give you the lowdown on refrigerators, warming drawers, dishwashers, Wolf vs. Jenn-Air – you name it.

It can be tricky when you’re building or remodeling a home. Of course, you want to go for the nicest appliances, but budget has to come into play, as well as long-term thinking. The chosen appliances might not fit in our planned budget now, but 2-3 years from now will we wish we had chosen them?

To break up the construction part of the project, another item on the to-do list was selecting a dining room light fixture. For me, this is the fun part – anything to do with style + design! There are so many fabulous light fixtures on the market now that anyone with an inkling of taste would swoon over them.

My Style Criteria: A modern chandelier for the dining room table.

Here are a few selections that made me *light up*:  apparatus cloud chandelier{my ultimate chandelier inspiration pic}

This Apparatus Cloud Chandelier ($4,400-$4,850) has caught my eye many times. I think it’s the best combination of sophistication, whimsy & modernity. Every time I look at it, I feel like a kid looking at a cluster of balloons. Yet, at the same time, the cleanliness + chicness of it appeals to my grown-up side. Clearly, it makes me really happy! Dining_BDGAnother inspo: These cool midcentury, 60’s-inspired orbit-shaped chandeliers in a BDG home.
Dining_Anthropologie Astra Chandelier Get the look with this Anthropologie Astra Chandelier ($1,928). Dining_DWR Satellite ChandelierI’m really into this Satellite Chandelier by Design Within Reach ($1,325) in a brass finish. Dining_Arteriors Karrington ChandelierThis asymmetrical Arteriors Karrington Chandelier with antique brass & glass spheres is also fun & different.

For more great lighting picks, check out this round up by Smitten Studio of more modern, high style chandeliers.

I’d love to know – which one is your favorite?

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