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We ordered most of the lights for the Dream House long before we needed them. Because our construction took longer than we expected it to, lots of things like light fixtures, drawer pulls, and medicine cabinets, sat around in boxes in our garage waiting and waiting and waiting to be added to the house. Luckily, we ended up being really happy with most of the stuff we chose when we finally had everything installed. We have had a little problem with the pendant light over our kitchen table. It’s not that we don’t like it–we do! We have two of them over the dining room table and three of them over the kitchen island. The pendant light just doesn’t cast enough light over the kitchen table. The kitchen table is in the breakfast nook, which has no recessed lighting and no sconces, just a single light fixture above the table. The pendant light just isn’t going to cut it–we need a chandelier!

We’re super excited to get some kind of fantastic light fixture over the kitchen table. We need a farmhouse chandelier, but those can be kind of tricky because farmhouses don’t really have chandeliers. But there are so many cool farmhouse-inspired chandeliers out there, and I’ve rounded up some of my favorites here!

dark metal pendants lights over a rustic farmhouse kitchen island

One option with lots of other sub-options built into it is using two or three small pendants in place of one larger light fixture. We only have the spot wired for one light, so this isn’t an option we’re going with, but if you do, it opens up a whole world of fixture possibilities. [from BHG]

This large, metal and glass pendant light combines industrial and farmhouse styles in a sleek, white kitchen.

I love this chandelier because it is so unchandelier-like. I like that it is a single light fixture with multiple bulbs, and that it is really cool. It’s not frilly or fancy. [from Home & Garden Sphere]

This rectangular chandelier with glass panes in metal frames combines industrial and rustic farmhouse styles.

This may or may not be the style we just ordered last night! I love the dark metal trim framing large panes of glass, and housing multiple bulbs for a nice, bright breakfast nook. This kind of chandelier reminds me of a greenhouse, which I always love. [from Design Sponge]

This chandelier featuring multiple small pendants looks like a collection of vintage jars.

For a modern spin on homespun, this great farmhouse light fixture features a collection of pendants that resemble mason jars. This particular one is a little more upscale, but there are ones that use actual mason jars for a very cute, casual chandelier. [from Architectural Digest]


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It is almost time for turkey, pumpkin pie, and egg nog.  Can you believe it?!  We are closing in on the holiday season, friends, and it is a great time to keep your eyes peeled for fun pieces that can become part of your holiday decor and tablescapes. Before you can start collecting take some time to figure out who you want to be this holiday.  For some of you this may be obvious.  Maybe your are hollywood regency through and through and this style is clear throughout your home.  Perhaps some of you enjoy taking a bit of a departure from your everyday decor during the holidays or when you throw a sweet soiree.  Either way having a general direction in mind will keep your eye focused when you hit the antique markets, thrift stores, or ebay!

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This concept certainly has a feminine edge so make sure you’ve got a nice scotch handy for the boys in your life! Think the softer side of holiday colors if you want to go pretty to the max.  Soft pink and minty greens and muted gold accents.  Balance out these soft tones with deep burgundy, deep jewel toned teals, and warm leathery browns.  Bring in some soft texture with these sweet throw pillows.  Chose pieces that whisper ladylike.  Beautiful crystal barware and a lace inspired table runner will do the trick.

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Is sleek and clean where you like to hang your hat?  Keep your party modern and chic with lots of black and white with hints of metallic.  This look is a great place to mix those metallics.  Keep layering and patterns minimal and let the repetition of black and white and textures lead the way.  I LOVE a good white out when it comes to holiday styling!

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I just love the easy “I woke up like this” feeling of a bohemian home.  This look feels as though it has been collected over a lifetime.  To achieve this look you can not shy away from color and pattern.  Layer, layer, and layer some more!  Be sure you have an easy going organic element.  Keep arrangements light hearted and not over worked.

 


Vintage Living-A Fresh Look at Doors

Spring is finally here! This time of year brings out a renewed sense of adventure in myself and once again I am ready to hit my local go to salvaged & antique shops to scour for time worn treasures. One thing I am currently obsessed with is salvaged doors. They bring character and charm to a space on a large scale and can make a huge style statement when used as its intended original function. The best part, usually you can find these sort of pieces for a steal, if you know where to look. I live on the east end of Long Island so when I feel the urge for a good hunt I head out to the country where there are tons of older homes and farms. I am convinced I will find the perfect salvaged door this season. I am not sure where I will put it, nevertheless I am hopeful.

Currently there is a huge trend towards replacing builder grade doors with sliding doors. Although hanging the track can require some patience I do love that the size of the door is more forgiving. Finding the perfect size door to fit your exact opening can be a daunting task but using a track system insures an outside mount, which can give you more flexibility when looking for that perfect piece of originality to add to your space.

BHG Sliding Barn Doors

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BHG Vintage Sliding Pantry Door

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You can choose to use your vintage doors as is, in the original condition or alter them by painting them and/or adding trim or other details. Either way you are bringing a rustic aesthetic to your home and creating a conversation piece that no doubt your guests will love.

The Hunted Interior -Traditional Sliding Barn Door

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Bathroom Designed by Carla Aston

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The Lettered Cottage Sliding Library Door

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Thinking outside the box when it comes to using salvaged finds is always a home run in my book. I love the way this large window is used as a room divider between the living room and dining room.

Jones Design Company Old Window Converted Into Sliding Room Divider

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Using vintage doors to fit your existing door frame is also a great option. If you are building or renovating a home you can even build your frames to fit your door. Keeping exact measurements on you or in your phone for if & when you find that perfect piece is a helpful tool to be able to make a decision. The doors can always be shaved or cut slightly so having your measurements insures you will find the closest fit for an inside mount. What a style statement these beautiful rustic doors make upon entering the room.

Beneath My Heart Vintage Frosted Bathroom Door

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My Lovely Things Vintage Doors

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Happy hunting! Have a beautiful week!

Jen-City Farmhouse


Reclaimed wood has quickly become a hot trend in home décor that I am fully embracing. The worn layers, tones and textures can bring a pleasing rustic aesthetic to any design style. There is just something warm & lovely about each piece and each has its own distinct story. I have a little crush on reclaimed wood myself and started a collection about a year ago. I live 25 minutes from the country {North Fork } where there is an abundance of farms, farm stands, wineries, beautiful beaches, historic towns & homes and plenty of reclaimed wood. Living so close I have become well versed at scoring the best deals on wood but recently found another source that was unexpected-the Habitat for Humanity Restore. If you haven’t been go and check it out, hint-their prices are amazing! There are so many original & creative ideas out there for using salvaged or reclaimed wood but here are 15 of my favorites……

15 Fabulous Ideas for using Reclaimed Wood-BHG

1. LightingBHG Dreamy Whites-Recliamed Wood Mason Jar Light

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2. HeadboardBHG Five O Eight-Reclaimed Wood Headboard

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3. FloorsBHG Gather & Build Reclaimed Wood Floor

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4. FramesBHG My Sweet Savannah Reclaimed Wood Picture Frames {via}

5. Wall Art-ArrowBHG recalimed wood arrows Natalme

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6. Sliding Barn DoorBHG Bob Vila-Reclaimed Wood Sliding Interior Barn Doors

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7. Ceiling BeamsBHG Recalimed Wood Ceiling Beams {BHG}

8. MantleBHG Recalimed Wood Mantle

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9. MirrorsBHG Recalimed Wood Mirror Frames{BHG}

10. Farmhouse TableBHG Recalimed Wood Table

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11. Planked WallBHG Recalimed Wood Wall {BHG}

12. Console TableBHG Reclaimed Wood Console Table

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13. Rustic SignBHG Rooms For Rent-Reclaimed Wood Sign {via}

14. ShelvingDezeen Folklore Recalimed Wood Floating Shelves

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15. Planter BoxBHG My Sweet Savannah Reclaimed Wood Planter Box

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Amazing ideas right?!

Keep your eyes open to the possibility & have a beautiful day,

Jen-City Farmhouse


Like Kristina said a few days ago, wood is everywhere in design right now. She noted it in bathrooms, I’m loving it in plank-walled bedrooms, kitchen islands with live-edge reclaimed wood counters, and definitely in furniture and accessories.

So there was a little bit of squealing at my desk when I saw a preview of IKEA’s latest collection, coming out in October. It’s all worn-in textiles, accessories that feel a little bit This? Just a family thing I brought down from the farm in Vermont., and raw wood furniture (my fav!).

 

Where else are you guys seeing this trend? And be real: Are you as in love with it as I am?

–Joanna Linberg, Associate Editor, Better Homes & Gardens


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