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a modern farmhouse-inspired light fixture for a kitchen breakfast nook

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that we were looking for a modern farmhouse-inspired light fixture to go over our kitchen table. I showed you guys some of the ones we were considering, and when BHG posted one of the photos on Facebook, it started quite the discussion! People seem to be very passionate about their kitchen light fixtures.

We actually ordered one of the chandeliers that I included in that post a few days later. It arrived last week, and my father-in-law, the math teacher/electrician, installed it last Sunday evening. We absolutely love it! It’s a really beautiful statement piece, and for the first time since we moved in, the breakfast nook is beautifully lit. We don’t miss eating in the dark by candlelight!

Now that we have all of our major light fixtures installed (and it only took us 15 months, haha), I thought it would be fun to give you all a light fixture tour. Here are some of the major light fixtures we have in our modern farmhouse…

two large glass pendants lights over a dining room table

We fell in love with these large, glass pendants from Pottery Barn a few years ago. These two hang above the dining room table, and there are three more over the kitchen island. They look really fantastic in groups. We also have a few of the smaller versions here and there throughout the house (in the corner over the kitchen sink and hanging in one of the stairwells).

an oil-rubbed bronze and glass sconce for a modern farmhouse

We also have several of the matching wall sconces in the house. There are pairs of these sconces across the three front rooms of the house–the living room, the entry way, and the dining room–and then a few in the downstairs bathrooms.

oil-rubbed bronze ceiling fan with dark wood panels and seeded glass shades

Now, I know that people are really divided when it comes to ceiling fans, but we feel like they’re indispensable. Sometimes you don’t need it to be cooler in a room as much as you need the air to just gently circulate. And that’s where a ceiling fan comes in. My only problem with ceiling fans is how unattractive a lot of them are. There are more and more companies making really good-looking fans all the time, but we didn’t want to invest in really expensive ceiling fans. Instead, we bought fans with fairly simple hardware and wood blades that we liked, and swapped out the shades they came with for inexpensive seeded glass shades from the hardware store. I can’t even begin to tell you what a huge improvement it is!

an entryway chandelier for a modern farmhouse

One of my favorite light fixtures is this round one in the entryway. We had no clue what to put there until I saw this exact chandelier on a friend’s Instagram feed, and we ordered it right away. With 12 light bulbs, it is really bright, which I don’t mind at all. But we will probably install a dimmer switch at some point so that we can have it on without blinding the neighbors up the hill.

modern farmhouse light inspiration | a black carriage lantern on a stained cedar barrel vault

Another favorite! I’ve shared pictures of this light fixture before. It hangs right in front of our front door, and is suspended from a gorgeous stained cedar barrel vault on the front porch. It makes for a really stunning entryway.

a line of black carriage lanterns on the beadboard ceiling of a back porch

The lights on the back porch match the carriage lantern from the front of the house. Before we started construction, before Pinterest was even around, I saw a picture online of a patio with a line of black lanterns all hanging in a row. It was stunning, and I bookmarked it right away. We printed that picture out and gave a copy of it to our contractor, and this is the result. We love our back porch!

black gooseneck barnlights on a white modern farmhouse

And last but certainly not least, are the black gooseneck barnlights on our garage. Barnlights like this are becoming easier and easier to find. We have these three plus a few more on the basement overhang in the backyard. We also have one over the garage door in the little courtyard outside of our mudroom, and there’s a matching pendant light over the mudroom door. The whole reason we bought these specific lights is because they offered goosenecks and pendants that matched, which was exactly what we were looking for. We are so happy with them!

I’m including all of the sources for our light fixtures below. We love everything that we’ve installed and wouldn’t change them, but I do want to point out that if you go with the all-glass look like we have, keep in mind that your light bulbs will always be visible. Always. And pretty bulbs cost more. We’ve had to compromise slightly and get the prettiest LED bulbs we can find (they are actually making pretty ones now!) because all of our fancy bulbs were burning out so quickly. Just something to keep in mind!

Farmhouse Lighting Sources:

Have you ever been jealous of the mom who seems to be good at just about everything–including sewing? I have. No matter how hard I try, I’m just not a natural seamstress. The farthest my sewing skills take me is putting a button back on.

However, I’ve recently found a new passion that I’ve begun to enjoy very much–weaving. I’m constantly amazed at the countless things you can make and the vast variety of materials you can choose to work with. If you’re like me and you aren’t loving the whole needle and thread thing (or even if you do), then take a peek at these 5 trendy woven projects. Who knows? You might just discover a hidden talent!


Isn’t this Woven Circle Mat by A Beautiful Mess stunning? I’ll take 20 please!



Dress up a plain lawn chair with Henhouse‘s Woven Chair Tutorial. The new transformation is sure to be the talk of the block.



Okay, yes there isn’t a lot of weaving involved here, but for those who want something simple (and inexpensive) to spruce up a blank wall then check out I Spy DIY‘s Wall Hanging. It’s colorful. It’s fun. It’s bright. And I can’t think of a reason NOT to love it!



If you’re looking for something a little more natural, then call off the search because you’ve stumbled upon Free People‘s secret to DIY Branch Weaving.



Say Yes’ DIY Woven Necklace makes a stunning homemade birthday gift.


Give weaving a whirl! You never know, it could become your latest obsession.

Happy Friday!



Today I’m mashing up both of my Style Spotters series; For the Love of Color meets From My Home to Yours! Last week on my blog, I created a stylish fall mantel. I challenged myself to create something that was spooky and fitting for Halloween while still stylish and chic. It was also important that my festive spooky decor matched the rest of my space as well. Thus was born this Halloween mantel.

When I’m styling a space, one of the things that I always think of first is the color scheme.  I think that is why color is such a big part of what I do. For this particular vignette, black was an important element. Paired with just a few of the right accessories, black is a perfect color to create a haunted look. I also love that black is a neutral color. While a lot of these items take on a spooky look when grouped together, alone they can be really dynamic pieces for your everyday decor.

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 Above are a few of my favorite black furnishings and accessories perfect for the season or anytime of the year.

Happy Haunting!

Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm

TREND: Black accents in the kitchen

The architecture alone in the kitchen above is gorgeous, with its vaulted ceiling and wooden beams. The kitchen cabinets and marble backsplash are beautiful as well. Beyond the shell though, the room stands out with its use of black accents. The trend of painting either the lower cabinet or kitchen island is such a good one — I hope it sticks around for a good long while!

Get the look with the items below.

  1. Barley Twist Stool, Mecox Gardens
  2. Belmont Kitchen Island, Crate & Barrel
  3. Stoneware Berry Basket, Sur la Table
  4. Emma Cake Stand, Pottery Barn
  5. Swivel Faucet, Overstock
  6. Drum Pendant, Lamps Plus
  7. Olin Striped Rug, Crate & Barrel


– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely

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