Design, Shopping

Lighting and hardware prep

Wait till you see the most recent pictures of the house (promise they will come this week). In the meantime this morning had been all about prep – we are dropping off the lighting fixtures and cabinet hardware today. Installation will take place this week and next! The boxes are endless- thankfully my in-laws have allowed us to ship and store all of the boxes at their house until now! Can’t wait to see everything installed soon-



Building, Design, Shopping

Half Bath Decor & Accessory Ideas

Over the next week or so I want to wrap my head around lighting fixtures for our bathrooms.  While the lighting fixtures are a focus I feel that I have to think about the room as a whole to pick out the right fixture.  For today, let’s focus on the half bath on the first floor (right off of the kitchen, next to the mud-room).

As you may remember we have already selected the sink, plumbing fixtures and toilet.  We still have to select the mirror, lighting fixture, toilet paper holder, wainscoting and wallpaper.  There is so much out there to choose from!  I love the look of a frameless tilt mirror for this bath.  For storage, we can get a separate small cabinet and place it in the corner so I am not worried about having a medicine cabinet.  Here are some products I found and loved online-


Product can be found at:

Pedestal Sink: Toto

Faucet: Ammara Designs

Toilet- Toto

Lighting Fixtures- Bellacor

Mirror & Toilet Paper Holder- Pottery Barn

I have used the below images as inspiration for wainscoting and wallpaper in our Half Bath-


Classic beadboard…

Or modern wainscoting…


Grass Cloth Wallpaper

bold choice but I love it!

More neutral but will work better with the tile floors

This could work well

What do you think of these ideas?  Any favorite pics or suggestions for lighting- let me know!

xo kris

Building, Design, Shopping

Kitchen Island Pendant Light

So a few weeks ago I mentioned that I made some headway on purchasing our lighting fixtures but didn’t want to spill the details just yet.  Well, we received the lighting fixtures in the mail last week and I am ready to share our amazing find!

Two weeks ago I was browsing a lighting event on One Kings Lane and the sale had some great products from Sea Gull Lighting.  As I continued to shop the sale I stumbled upon the Pratt Pendant lights similar to the ones that I have been pinning on my boards.  When I looked at the price I knew I had to make this purchase- they were $25 each with an MSRP of over $150!  I quickly sent the link to Jarret – he agreed, let’s purchase them and see what happens.  We bought 3-pendants and they came in the mail last week.  They are spot on with what we saw on the One Kings Lane.  There had to be some sort of error on the price but I am very happy with my find!  Goes to show, the more you shop the more you can find some good deals along the way.

Our plan is to use two of the pendants over the island and then perhaps one by the kitchen sink or in the pantry.  Either way, these pendants are the perfect lighting fixture for the kitchen.

Mission accomplished, on to the next lighting fixture!

xo Kris

Sea Gull Lighting- Pratt Pendant
Sea Gull Lighting- Pratt Pendant

OKL Sale 3 9.10.2013

Building, Design, Shopping

Building- Lighting

Some of our friends and family have recently asked what has overwhelmed us so far with the building process.  I think Jarret and I would agree that the only “decision” that has overwhelmed us (and we are delaying thinking about) is selecting our lighting fixtures…for the entire house!  Again, it is one of those details that may seem small but it is a really important decision in tying together all of your design elements.

Before I even start thinking about lighting options, I need to find some trusted and reliable sources to shop.  This is our first time buying lighting fixtures so all ideas and recommendations are welcome- tell me your favorite places to shop!

From my initial research here are some trusted sites and favorite products they offer…updated on the Shopping page as well!

  • Pottery Barn– you really can’t go wrong with any options on Pottery Barn.  They offer classic design with modern style.  I love their  classic pendant light option for the kitchen (over the island- either 2 or 3 total) in the class bronze
Pottery Barn Classic Pendant
Pottery Barn Classic Pendant
  • Shades of Light: a coworker told me about this site, it is a great resource for lighting fixtures with tons of options.  I like their Simplicity Chandelier for the Kitchen above the Kitchen table
Shades of Light Simplicity Chandelier
Shades of Light Simplicity Chandelier