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Budget Statement Light Fixtures

Monday, June 30th, 2014

I’ve been spending a lot of time focused on pendant lighting lately, the best kind, the statement kind. But this girl is on a budget and so the fixtures I seek must accommodate my wallet’s limitations. Great overhead lighting is the jewelry in a room, it can be silver, gold, bronze, textured, or colorful, but it’s the finishing touch on a fantastic space and not to be overlooked. Am I right?  

coral chandelier

grey crawford 

So many light fixtures that I adore cost a small fortune aka money I should be saving for my kids’ college funds. Jonathan Adler, your fixtures are hotness, but dang, they’re pricey. Oly Studio, same thing. I love you, but I can’t afford you. So a girl’s got to get smart, hunt down deals, watch what fixtures pops up on flash sale sites, and shop at stores that offer affordable options, maybe even create a DIY version inspired by high end designs. Like these.    

Looking to upgrade your overhead chandelier on a budget? The following fixtures are all under $250! statement lighting under 250

metal strap, $99 / semi flush sputnik, $199 / metal globe $199 / firefly $199 / stockholm $99 / faceted capiz $159 / ikat drum $99 / wooden $188 / georgetown $149 / stiletto $229 / marlowe $129 / glass orbs $199 / apollo, $241 / mod euro $169 / jasper $249

Flash sale sites are another great way I score lighting at a discount. I’m patting myself on the back at this recent find, a gloss white rattan pendant purchased with credit from Joss & Main at half the price (below) than retail (above). Perfect for a dining space I’m working on …

rattan pendant


I’ll be spending tomorrow packing up the moving truck and then we’re off to Nevada to begin our renovations and celebrate the Fourth with our extended family. I’ll have much home improvement goodness to share in the upcoming weeks, I’m really excited! .


Sources for Cabinet & Furniture Hardware

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

I won’t hide my fixation, I’ll acknowledge it openly and proudly. I am a hardware junkie.

I have dozens of sets of hardware sitting in a box in my garage awaiting a new piece, some of it saved from old thrift store finds, some of it from local salvage shops, some of it just brass pulls bought on ebay or rope knot knobs I have yet to use. Clearance hardware bins are a weakness of mine – I find it hard to pass them by without purchasing and storing away a few goodies. Matt says to me when he sees my hoard “What ARE you doing with all of these knobs?” and I reply “Oh, they have a destiny” and he just shakes his head and walks away.

To freshen a piece of furniture or a set of cabinets I’ll often swap the hardware for something more modern, but I have in the past purchased thrift store furniture simply for the hardware alone. You may have a fine piece of ebony stained cabinets or a freshly painted dresser, but what’s true is the hardware is the jewelry and it always makes the outfit.



cabinet hardware

source: SA Baxter

Finding the perfect hardware can be overwhelming, especially if you’re under a time crunch or knee deep in a kitchen remodel or house flip, I’ve been there. Some companies like Top Knobs or Amerock sell to dealers in kitchen and bath showrooms so you have to visit those local businesses to get access to the collections, but they are worth your time. Home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes offer special order hardware since they only want to stock the basics.

The good news is we live in modern times and you can purchase so much beautiful hardware online and there is so so much available. Don’t you just love the internet for the marketplace that’s been opened to us? I compiled this list to share with you but also as a resource for me for future remodels and furniture makeovers.

Here they are in no order of preference, just alphabetical:


amazon hardware


anthropologie knobs


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