Pendant Lighting for Kitchen

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I desperately need a light above my kitchen table. It has looked like this for almost two years (yikes) now:

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Below are some options I’ve been thinking about for the last couple of months. I know I want to avoid color, but I’m having a tough time on textures because of the patterns going on currently. I mean a LOT is going on between the bar chairs and the wallpaper.

I’m not sure which one to choose. If you have other ideas, please send them my way!

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I love #6, but it’s too close to what I want to do in my front room with the Edison Chandelier. And #3 seems a little too “urban loft” which is not really my style. I love #1 but it might be too fancy for my little kitchen. I think that leaves me with #2, #5 and #4. So tough!

Room Sources:

Wallpaper: Cavern Home Blackbird from DesignPublic

Bar Chairs: from Ikea, with custom covers

Table stuff: Anthropologie


DIY Chalkboard Wall

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The chalkboard wall is done!

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It was so easy! And so cheap! I love this idea for offices (hello, brainstorming session?) and for homes with kids. I want to change the design every day! Here’s how it looked before:

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Ok, so how did I do it?

I started with a pint of Rustoleum chalkboard paint ($8.99, Home Depot). It goes on just like paint. After two coats (with a lot of drying in between) it’s about ready to go. Some DIY’ers recommend sanding down the paint to make the surface more smooth, but I like more of a rough texture for chalkboard. It also helps with smudging. After some conditioning (rubbing chalk all over surface and then cleaning with damp cloth) I was ready to design. At first, we did just random drawings. A smiley face, a tic tac toe game but then I saw Dana Tanamachi’s chalk typography and wanted something a little more structured. So here’s what Aaron and I did:

1.) Rubbed down the wall

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2.) Traced some designs on to transparencies from my Indie Rock Coloring Book ($15, Yellow Bird Project) that I’ve had forever but never used.

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3.) Used my new-to-me overhead projector ($15, Craigslist) to get the design up on the wall

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And that’s it! Here’s what I spent:

$15 – Projector

$9 – Chalkboard paint

$6 – Chalk

$35 – 100 Transparencies

Total cost: $65. Not too shabby! The majority of the cost came from the transparencies, which are rare these days and suddenly very expensive. (The same reason I’ve been putting off buying film for my Polaroid camera!)

– emily



Etsy Stuff: Bow Wow Beds

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Another thing I’ve always wanted to share with family, friends and blog readers – my favorite Etsy shops. Here we go – Bow Wow Beds!

With the addition of Suge (the boston terrier) to the family, I needed a bigger doggie bed. Selfishly, I was hoping the two dogs would lounge all cute-like with each other (which has proved to be more of a dream than reality). And because there are no design-friendly beds available at the usual suspects (Petsmart, Target) I knew I could rely on Etsy.

Bow Wow Beds is unique in that they make their beds out of duck canvas, which means they are almost indestructible to our gnaw-happy little friends. And how cute is the stenciling? It satisfies my recent craving for monogramming.

I also just learned that Amberlii and her Bow Wow Beds will be featured on Nate Berkus’ show which is in ADDITION to being featured on Martha Stewart and HGTV. So awesome.

Here are Suge and Biggie enjoying their bed (separately of course):

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– emily

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