Happy Labor Day Monday! As much as I am enjoying the holiday, I just realized that I haven’t even started on the renovation job that I had told myself I would be done with by summer’s end. Oops! I guess time flies when you are tanning by the pool and not stripping your kitchen cabinets.
Anyway, my new goal will be to have my kitchen looking good by Christmas.
I need to reface the cabinets and replace the hinges. The granite counter top is already in. And one quick fix that I want to do right away is replace the hideous pendant light that hangs over my kitchen table right now. It’s so ugly. I need a bright, white or stainless steel pendant lamp, and I have found a few contenders. Here is my short list below:
Finley Pendant Lamp, $149.00
Crate and Barrel
Random Light, $980,
Design Within Reach, www.dwr.com
Hugely dramatic, light as a feather and distinctly Dutch, the Random Light (2002) by Bertjan Pot began as a modernist craft project of sorts. After attempts at knitting fiberglass as a means of creating structure, Pot turned to coiling epoxy-dipped fiberglass around a large balloon in varying patterns. Once the balloon was popped, the dramatic globe shape remained, becoming a buoyant pendant lamp for an entryway, dining room or lounge area. The light bulb is visible at the center of the globe, and when lit, creates an allover glow with minimal glare. Bulb (not included): Incandescent 75W/120V/E26/A19. Made in the Netherlands. UL listed for commercial use.
Bubble Suspension Light, $1240
Design Valerio Bottin, 2000.
Polycarbonate, chrome metal fittings.
Made in Italy by Foscarini.
A stunning re-design of the classic orb-style lamps. The Bubble series by Bottin is a sculptural, illuminating beauty. The warm light is produced by incandescent bulbs cleverly housed by six, disc shaped satin-finish polycarbonate diffusers. The result; a 360-degree lighting range perfect for any private or public space. The Bubble series is completed by the table lamp. An architect by trade, Valerio Bottin started his career designing commercial, residential and industrial buildings. In 1993 he embarked on a prolific collaboration with Foscarini, of whose style he is a ceaselessly original interpreter.
Jonathan Adler Parker Collection Nickel Pendant Light, $230
Lamps Plus, www.lampsplus.com