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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.

Home Remodel: Six Month Progress Report

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Last week marked the six month date of when we started remodeling the house we bought in Las Vegas, looking back we’ve accomplished a lot given it’s been a ‘back and forth across state lines’ process but we’ve loved every minute! From the beginning, we’ve approached this renovation as a full overhaul since the home had been neglected for years. Over the past six months we’ve made a lot of progress and done much to improve the interior to add value to the property. Everything needed fixed or updated and since we’re in town for limited periods of time, we’ve hired help to speed the process along.

The house is 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and what we liked about it was situated in a desirable planned community (Summerlin for those familiar with Las Vegas). Our whole goal has been to modernize the home so that it’s fresh and contemporary and make timeless choices. While I’m injecting my personal taste I still want the home to appeal to a large market someday. We furnished it so that we can enjoy it while were there, saving us the expense of staying at a hotel or imposing on our family in the area. 

Let’s start in the entry… in the beginning there was old tile and dingy carpet on the stairs. We replaced the mismatched flooring and upgraded the lighting. The hardware and light fixtures were upgraded to ones with an oil rubbed bronze finish, a nice contrast with the white smooth textured walls. (Find the entry and hallway light fixtures from Lamps Plus here and here.)

entry before


entry after

We debated whether to carpet the stairs or refinish with wood treads, I prefer the latter but Matt pointed out that many families prefer carpet since wood and tile can be a slipping hazard with little kids. I had to agree, as much as I’m dying to add wood treads it made sense to carpet for now, if we had plans to keep the house for 5+ years I’d definitely add wood treads and white risers like we did years ago in our California home but for now it’s staying carpeted. The handrails is also acceptable so no plans to change that either.

In the living room (opposite the entry) we hired help to remove the second story popcorn ceilings and also hired help to retexture the walls. We removed the balloon window treatments, replaced the 25 year old windows, and replaced the flooring.

living room before


porcelain tile floors

In November we added plantation shutters, and I furnished with a sofa paired with thrift store chairs and also gave the coffee table a makeover to create a gathering space

gray sofa in living room


Here is the space we consider a bonus room when we bought the house, just off the living room and kitchen. It was originally considered a formal dining room but in my opinion better used as a home office. For now we refer to it as the “sunroom” since it’s a sunny space with a nice view of the backyard.

sunroom before

It serves no purpose other than storage for now, but I may stage it with a desk in the future. It has new tile floors which replaced the old carpet and also no longer has popcorn ceilings. We removed the old light fixture and replaced the windows, the walls were textured and repainted. Right now its only purpose is home to the kitchen’s upper cabinets.

sunroom storage space


Speaking of, here is the kitchen in July when we started.

kitchen before range wall

Since we took ownership we’ve removed the wallpaper, replaced the florescent box lighting with recessed cans (and pendants over the peninsula), removed all the cabinets and countertops, and updated the flooring with porcelain wood tile.

Here’s a peek at kitchen in progress, last week the cabinets arrived from Cliq Studios,  the lower cabinets are a gorgeous gray blue, the upper cabinets are white. (See the full kitchen plan with links to products in this post).

kitchen in progress


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