Project Kitchen Gorgeous – Chapter 2…Lighting Gate

Project Kitchen Gorgeous – Chapter 2…Lighting Gate

Hello lovelies.
It’s Monday and you know what that means….kitchen time.
Let’s pick up where we left off shall we.
Blogger/client and designer set up a meeting to review plans.
Blogger walked into office in the middle of design mecca/ nirvana and noticed instantly brass regency chairs around marble table with lush Persian rug resting gorgeously on the floor.
Further proof that this was a match made in design heaven.
Blogger sat at aforementioned table to browse through initial design plans and almost started weeping with joy when she saw…snakeskin, blush leather, marble and crystal.
Not that she needed any further proof but there it was.
4 hours passed in a blink of an eye.
Blogger had to be pushed out the door and couldn’t take a hint because she basically wanted to move in and never leave.
You couldn’t really blame her…just the fabric collection alone required a few days to peruse adequately.
In any event, blogger finally took said cues and made the drive home and excitedly showed her other half the plans.
Everyone was happy.
She went to sleep that night content that all was right with the world.
Blogger had a restful mind, a calm spirt, a knowledge that the kitchen was going to be that which she thought only possible in dreams.
And then….the next day hit and this officially began….duh duh duh….
Blogger’s mind started reeling with all the possibilities.
She immediately began thinking of every light humanly possible.
Designer told her to compile some inspiration shots so she did.
Here’s what that looked like.

The fashion photo encompassed the colour and feel blogger was going for…in a nutshell….gold, crystal and pink.
Blogger also hit the online waves for pretty lights in action.
She found these and thought they each had that little something special she was looking for.

It was that illusive je ne sais quoi she was looking for.
Lights that told the mood of the space.
Lights that spoke loudly on their own, but didnt’ feel forced.
Lights that sung.
Lights that made the whole room sparkle.
Lights that no one else had….or at least not many people.
So…time for more inspiration.
Blogger hit the usual haunts…1st Dibs for the grande but unattainable, eBay for the 1st Dibs lookalikes, Craigslist for the eBay lookalikes and Etsy for something totally wakadoodle but still chic.
She compiled a visual list of…

And then sent all of the above to designer.
About an hour passed and blogger continued the search.
After talking with designer, she began operating on the assumption that 3 lights would have to be purchased so that there would two over the table and one over the island or vica versa.
So…many, many searches commenced with the inspirations, and budget in mind.
It’s that latter little stickler that really started getting in her way.
More about that later.
After a few hundred emails back and forth about the look/feel that she was going for, blogger and designer agreed on a general idea and the hunt became a little more refined…a little.
Blogger still had a HUGE variety of things she liked and found narrowing it down difficult.
And then one day, while looking at one of her favourite vintage haunts, she discovered a light fixture that forced her to recognize that she had…

with a vintage pink Murano goddess of a light.
Emails were instantly exchanged and designer set off to attempt a little dealio with the seller.
Hoping for the best, blogger attempted to stop her growing light fixture obsession at least long enough to see if this beauty might actually be in the cards.
But then, it wasn’t.
Like so many lights that would follow, it was just too DAMN expensive.
So, the search resumed.
Unfazed, designer started to send blogger some DIY ideas and vintage possibilities.
Blogger started to do the same.
A few weeks/5000 emails were exchanged and then it was meeting time/shopping time.
Blogger and designer ventured out together to view marble selections.
On the way home, designer took blogger to one of her favourite antique shops to see a little crystal beauty she had spotted in the window.
Blogger looked up, saw the sparkly vintage beauty and was indeed smitten.
She was told that another person had actually just left to get cash in order to purchase, so she quickly whipped out her trusty MasterCard and wabam, a…..

was made.
Fabulous, happy, great, love it, lighting is done…only, it wasn’t.
It seemed as though this purchase only enhanced blogger’s crazy infatuation and put the wheels of even more pondering in motion.
Questions started:
1. Should this one go by itself over the island and then a new pair of something compatible but totally different over the table?
2. Should this go over the table with one like but not exact fixture over the island?
Designer told blogger not to worry- all would work out.
Blogger didn’t listen.
Later that night, she started up the mad search again and found plenty of pretties.
Blogger began compiling an actual list of real possibilities that were kind of, almost within budget…but not really.
In rapid succession she began sending them to designer.
Designer started a similar arsenal.
The collection looked something like this…there were doubles…
and singles….
but not of them were quite right.
Mostly because all of them were too foofing expensive.
Some were actually in budget but those ones just weren’t perfect.
So…the search continued.
Designer and blogger finally settled on the copper ball numbers that are in a couple of the shots- you know the ones….Tom Dixon delights.
That was until March the 6th happened…a day cemented in the annuls of Lighting Gate history.
Blogger was with her family just casually browsing the best the city had to offer in antique awesomesauce when she wandered half-hazardly into a little tiny trinket of a shop.
With literally a rabbit hole pathway, blogger’s eyes started to dance around the 8000 or so fixtures above.
she looked a little to the left, and found the equivalent of lighting utopia in the form of vintage 80s blushy pink brass….

Only problem was, there was only one and she needed two.
Drat X a million.
But then, the sweetest little man of an owner said that two was entirely possible.
He’d simply take a larger one apart, find new frames and reconstruct two identical fixtures.
Blogger literally lost her mind….right there on the spot.
She yanked out her iPhone and typed the fasted text message of her life, attached an orange lit terrible picture of this light fantastica and hit send hoping above hopes that designer would love it as much as she did.
Designer was at first, a little curious about the particular shade/apparent orange but upon blogger’s repeated insistence that it was actually a perfect pink, agreed that they appeared sublime.
Blogger and designer agreed to view it together in person and the rest as they say is history.
Blogger now owned two of the most perfect light fixtures ever produced…in her humble opinion.
And they were in budget- god bless ’em.
So after months of endless searching, blogger was definitely rewarded and had a trio of lighting pretties that were most certainly…
{pictures via Ist Dibs, eBay, Craigslist, Circa Lighting, Tom Dixon, Little Bits of Lovely, Apartment Therapy/2, Chinoiserie Chic, Flickr/Door Sixteen, Habitually Chic}
So there you have it…the whole Lighting Gate story.
A little sorted but the best kind of tale…one with a happy ending.
Make sure you hop over to Sashay to hear Meredith’s take on lighting at chez Bijou.
Happy days…you get a double whammy of kitchen garb today;)
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  • The enchanted home
    Posted at 07:29h, 11 April Reply

    And what a tale it is! Wow…..I give you an A+ for doing your due diligence and your motivation and dedication to finding lighting utopia! And looks like it paid off. This was funny, clever, entertaining and to anyone (like me) who gets obsessed over details such as these so relatable!! Happy that there is a happy ending and cannot wait to see the end product!

  • Anne-Marie @ 10 Rooms
    Posted at 07:44h, 11 April Reply

    You are a doll! So looking forward to this reveal.. and thanks for the header comment – x

  • Kerry
    Posted at 07:47h, 11 April Reply

    So exciting… thrilled you found the perfect pink fixtures! πŸ™‚ Cannot wait to see more of them!

  • things that sparkle
    Posted at 07:48h, 11 April Reply

    I don’t even know where to begin. This might be my favorite post you’ve ever written. Beautiful lighting everywhere. I want every single piece you featured. I definitely have a lighting addiction and this post only fed it. So excited to see the end result of all of your hard work!

  • Rachel @ Little Bits of Lovely
    Posted at 07:49h, 11 April Reply

    Oh this sounds like quite the adventure! Love all of your lighting inspirations – they are all so fab! Can’t wait to see the reveal xo

  • quintessence
    Posted at 08:03h, 11 April Reply

    WOW – quite the saga!! But you must be thrilled that you found something both you and Meredith love – can’t wait to see!

  • Nichole @ Parlour
    Posted at 08:08h, 11 April Reply

    I love lighting gate. Sorry for you…good for us. Lots of lovely lighting inspiration. Plus, soooo excited to see your perfect picks!

  • Janell @ Isabella and Max
    Posted at 08:09h, 11 April Reply

    You crack me up! What a fabulous collection of light fixtures, and I can’t what to see the kitchen with all it’s fabulous details. Janell

  • Naomi@DesignManifest
    Posted at 08:12h, 11 April Reply

    Oh no you TEASE! I want to see the real stuff. Thinking the pink(?) pair will be amazing.

    I totally relate. The process can be so dizzying, right? Good for you for being patient and not rushing to make a decision!

    … and yes all of the delicious lighting is focking expensive.

  • Connie @ SogniESorrisi
    Posted at 08:15h, 11 April Reply

    So glad you found what you were looking for! I totally feel you about this post. Much of my day yesterday was spent looking at lighting–and nearly going out of my mind! Alas, I have no Meredith to help me narrow it down πŸ™‚

  • Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~
    Posted at 08:17h, 11 April Reply

    can we say SHOW STOPPERS! – i admit – i didn’t get to read it all through (catching up on a TON of work) – but i gotta stay STUNNING – and i WANT those white feather lights .. i will be back OFTEN to catch up!!!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 08:18h, 11 April Reply

    Good things come to those that wait! I am so excited to see them hung in all their glory πŸ™‚

  • Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy
    Posted at 09:19h, 11 April Reply

    I loved reading through how your lighting came to be! And I am so peeved you aren’t showing the light!! πŸ™‚ From the little glimpse here, it looks amazing, but I need pictures!!!!!

  • Danielle Oakey Interiors
    Posted at 09:24h, 11 April Reply

    I love Mondays, thanks to you. I can only imagine what the light is going to look like! You are such a tease!

  • Chassity (Look Linger Love)
    Posted at 09:35h, 11 April Reply

    Bliss. No wonder you’re one of my favority favs πŸ™‚ you’re amazing. So are these lights. And I have no doubt this kitchen is going to rocket you into blogger heaven.

  • travelkate
    Posted at 09:50h, 11 April Reply

    This was a riveting lighting adventure! I couldn’t wait to see what you ended up with-all of the gorgeous choices where to even begin! Definitely looking forward to next Monday’s saga!

  • Julip Made
    Posted at 09:52h, 11 April Reply

    You are hilarious and Julie loves the third person narrative. Cannot wait for the kitchen reveal/ reveal of the entire light, if this is what the lighting is going to look like.

    Happy Monday Christine!

  • Meredith Heron
    Posted at 10:13h, 11 April Reply

    Christine tells the story FAR better than I could. It was her own personal vision quest.

    Oh and we’ve tallied the emails and you are closing in on 500. Not yet close to client X who has sent over 3000 but we do promise you a treat when you hit lucky number 5-0-0. xo

    The world is going to literally gasp when we finally share these babies.

  • Lily
    Posted at 10:19h, 11 April Reply

    Love reading your posts !! All the lights are amazing and I cannot wait to see the kitchen !


  • The Now
    Posted at 10:21h, 11 April Reply

    Christine my heart was literally pounding while reading “lighting gate.” The suspense was killing me. When I saw that there was only one available, my almost felt a single tear fall down my cheek! But alas, the problem was solved! I just KNOW that this is going to be the most stunning kitchen known to man (or woman) =) Love it, Love you! xoxo

    Posted at 10:24h, 11 April Reply

    Oh boy, can I ever relate to this story!!! My hunt for the perfect dining room light has FINALLY come to an end (after a year!) and it went a lot like yours. Congratulations on yours. Your kitchen is going to be out of this world!

  • Wallpaper
    Posted at 10:36h, 11 April Reply

    Love your story, can’t wait to see it all come together!

  • Meghan @ My Wishful Thinking
    Posted at 11:21h, 11 April Reply

    Lol! Lighting gate just made my day! I know this is probably not a helpful comment (considering you have been toying with soooo many options) but that Murano glass light is to DIE for! Just saying! Can’t wait to see the end result!

  • Lissa @ After Adornment
    Posted at 11:23h, 11 April Reply

    Too funny! I am so the same way….searching till I find the perfect item. Then even after I find the perfect one I still find myself searching. Design never ends. Can’t wait to see yours all hung!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 11:34h, 11 April Reply

    Just found your blog through the link from madebygirl. I. Love. It! You are my new blog crush and I’m hooked already! Keep doing what you’re doing

  • Aspiring Kennedy
    Posted at 11:57h, 11 April Reply

    haha… oh my goodness. that is a long, twisted tale… but i love all your picks!! πŸ™‚

  • The Now
    Posted at 12:09h, 11 April Reply

    seriously… Your visual list is the highlight of my day!!! Every pick is beyond amazing!! xoox E

  • ashley @ a {little} dash of ash
    Posted at 12:26h, 11 April Reply

    Oh my gosh! All of those chandeliers are to die for! So fun…. πŸ™‚

  • Mo Pie, Please
    Posted at 12:38h, 11 April Reply

    What a story! Glad it ended well!!

  • Christel @ Captivated by image
    Posted at 13:37h, 11 April Reply

    :O What a fabulous story, I’m laughing out loud. I’m happy you finally got exactly what you were looking for! You’re interview on hodge podge was very sincere and lovely to read:)

  • tina - Half Of What I Say
    Posted at 14:04h, 11 April Reply

    Fabulous recounting of a mission I understand all too well. You are a wonderful storyteller!

    I have a three inch thick file just for lighting, and about 1000 emails with my designers (of course not all lighting related) for our recent house build. Though I have a decidedly more modern bent, I did consider the Tom Dixon pendants but I couldn’t figure out how to make the copper work.

    Can’t wait to see the completed kitchen!

  • Debby
    Posted at 14:16h, 11 April Reply

    It’s going to be beautiful… so great you found a sweet owner that is going to make the fixture into two! xo

  • Melissa
    Posted at 14:26h, 11 April Reply

    wow love all of these lighting fixtures!! so pretty!!

  • Andrea
    Posted at 15:08h, 11 April Reply

    I can’t wait to see them in all their glory!

  • A Delightful Design
    Posted at 15:28h, 11 April Reply

    You’re such a good storyteller! The suspense is killing me! This is a bit like design blogger torture with all this teasing. ;-)luv it.

  • Marianne {Style For Living}
    Posted at 15:54h, 11 April Reply

    What a story, Christine! I cannot even wait to see how it all turns out!!! In love with it all.

  • ashley nicole catherine
    Posted at 16:19h, 11 April Reply

    you are too cute!! so glad you ended up with something you love! can’t wait to see it all come together!


  • pretty pink tulips
    Posted at 16:56h, 11 April Reply

    I’m practically panting with excitement just reading this. I think you’ll end up with something so much more spanking amazing because you have really researched it. Lots of people can have the expensive kitchen. But, you will have an amazing kitchen! Can’t wait to see it!!!!

    xoxo Elizabeth

  • Kim@Chattafabulous
    Posted at 16:59h, 11 April Reply

    Wow, I’m exhausted and exhillerated at the same time! I am dying to see that kitchen!

    Posted at 17:21h, 11 April Reply

    Wow! What a story!!! You totally had me on the edge of my seat! That pink Murano one is indeed a goddess of light! Can’t wait to see how everything comes together πŸ™‚ xoxo

  • Tamra of walkswithBella
    Posted at 18:55h, 11 April Reply

    lovely tale with the perfect ending… as they go off into the light! The murano piece is bliss. Looking forward to seeing the kitchen!

  • Sara Mueller
    Posted at 19:44h, 11 April Reply

    So glad you found what you loved and within budget! I can’t wait to see it all done.

  • Dane
    Posted at 19:47h, 11 April Reply

    My heart was pumping and my blood pressure went up reading about the search! I love the hunt but hate the stress. You definitely tolerate stress better than I do! You also tell a great story.

    I’m excited to see the lights…and the island…and the counters….


  • LiveLikeYou
    Posted at 19:58h, 11 April Reply

    Whatever it will be I know it will be dreamy and gorgeous and worth all the work!!I can’t wait to see.

  • Chic 'n Cheap Living
    Posted at 20:55h, 11 April Reply

    What a lighting journey. I LOVE Murano and your new pink choice looks great as well!

    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

  • Stacey
    Posted at 20:56h, 11 April Reply

    You’re killing me here with the suspense:-). I can’t wait to see it all revealed!

  • designchic
    Posted at 21:08h, 11 April Reply

    Oh my gosh, Christine, this is the greatest story…can’t wait to see your perfect lights in all their glory!!

  • barbara@hodge:podge
    Posted at 00:06h, 12 April Reply

    Wow, that is quite a story. I think I would be just as indecisive if I were in your shoes. The lighting gods were looking out for you! Can’t wait to see them {actually the whole kitchen really}

  • Marcus Design
    Posted at 01:10h, 12 April Reply

    Wow! This peek at those gorg fixtures is driving me nuts Christine!! Too much beauty to handle, I am so glad you found something so perfect. I am hopping over to see what Meredith tells us today, I just cannot wait to see this kitchen!!!!
    Nancy xo

  • Lori @ Lori May Interiors
    Posted at 04:59h, 12 April Reply

    Christine! I laughed out loud! So glad you found what you love within your budget. What an adventure!

  • The Zhush
    Posted at 06:36h, 12 April Reply

    I need to take lessons in patience from you, seriously can not wait for the final reveal, dying over at least five of your lighting options here!

  • Emily
    Posted at 08:07h, 12 April Reply

    Ahhhh….I love a good kitchen makeover! I just completed one myself!

    Yours is going to be just fabulous! I can’t wait to see the final product!

    Emily Hewett
    A Well Dressed Home

  • Brittany {Gallery No. Eight}
    Posted at 08:11h, 12 April Reply

    Haha loved the tale Christine!! Glad you’ve found your perfect lights πŸ™‚ And within budget too!! (those darn budgets…)

  • jessicarsommer
    Posted at 08:30h, 12 April Reply

    These are completely gorgeous! Oh my gosh. Don’t you love all the effort that can go into finding just one perfect fixture!? (or two, or three!) it’s exausting! But well worth it. πŸ™‚ can’t wait for the final reveal…

    Xoxo Jessica Rae

  • christine, just bella
    Posted at 13:48h, 14 April Reply

    So much pretty! I can’t wait to see them in your gorgeous kitchen… this is going to be good πŸ™‚

  • adrianne
    Posted at 18:30h, 15 April Reply

    OH MY GOSH those lighting choices are amazing! This was such a fun post to read! Looking forward to reading more, as you are quite talented missy!
    Thanks for finding me from 6th st design school!

    Posted at 06:07h, 16 April Reply

    That was a great story with such a happy ending! This is going to be one hell of a kitchen!

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