Home Improvement

To Waterfall or Not To Waterfall

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Yesterday I returned from a quick trip to visit the folks in Las Vegas and check on the progress of the fixer upper, things are moving along in the kitchen, I found my dream backsplash and the fabricators I hired came out to make the template for the new countertops. I finally made a decision on the solid surface, I envisioned white quartz from the start so I’ll be working with Caesarstone in Pure White, it will be so beautiful when complete, I’ll share that next month.

Meanwhile I have a decision to make on the edge of the peninsula and whether I should add a waterfall edge or not, here’s a quick iPhone pic I took this week (see actual colors of the cabinets and another view of the peninsula here.)

kitchen counter template

I have the choice between a classic horizontal surface that ends here or I could have it drop down to the floor with a waterfall edge. The style of this kitchen will be more contemporary so a waterfall could look amazing – it would be striking to look at you enter the kitchen, and would have a return where two counter stools sit on the other side.

I’m torn for reasons shared below, but first a look at some waterfall edges to collectively drool over.

marble waterfall island countertop

space architects and planners

waterfall island edge in kitchen

blansfield builders

marble waterfall countertop edge

style at home

marble waterfall edge dark cabinets

john maniscalo architecture

waterfall edge island marble countertop

chelsea atelier

waterfall edge kitchen island

rosemount kitchens

kitchen countertop waterfall island edge

style at home

Here is the look of Caesarstone quartz on islands with a waterfall edge, I die they’re so purty.

pure white quartz waterfall edge

 

waterfall edge island caesarstone

And on a straight peninsula.

waterfall edge caesarstone

images via Caesarstone

I lean toward the waterfall edge since 1) it’s awesome and 2) it will hide that contrast between the blue/gray cabinet and pony wall. I lean against it because of the angle of the peninsula, I’m not 100% convinced it will look right since it will only be on this one side and it requires a return. Personally I prefer the look of a waterfall edge when the look is two sided and symmetrical on an island. Also are waterfall edges trendy? Will we still be loving them in 10 years, or are they a new classic?  What say you?

Kitchen Pendants under $150

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Things are progressing along nicely in the two kitchens we’re remodeling right now, grandma’s kitchen is nearing completion, the cabinets, countertops, and backsplash are finished and we will be adding the appliances and hardware next. The Las Vegas kitchen remodel is further behind, still awaiting countertops, but I’ll have an update on that space soon.

Both kitchens have a peninsula where residents or guests can pull up a barstool, in both homes, kitchen pendants will add ambiance and style, they are always an important detail to consider in a kitchen space. The finishes in the Las Vegas home’s kitchen lean more contemporary, but the style of grandma’s kitchen is transitional. I bought three metallic honeycombs for $99 each for the Las Vegas kitchen and two nickel euro pendants for $149 to hang above the peninsula in grandma’s space.

kitchen pendant choices

Here are a dozen more beautiful pendants under $150 !

pendants under $150

scandinavian wood / hudson / luna smoke / possini crystal / gold gumball / be squared / honeycomb / kenroy bazaar / danish modern / iron cage / chloe etched glass / possini bronze

I wrote an article last week for Lamps Plus featuring more kitchen pendant lighting selections from glass to copper, also check out my Pinterest board dedicated to lighting for even more fabulous finds.