Phil and I hate bright lights. Actually, that’s not true, I love bright lights when I’m on a stage, but he will avoid them at all costs. So much so that if we’re in a restaurant and he’s sitting under a bright light he will ask to be moved. Much to my embarrassment!
However I do agree with him that soft lighting is much nicer and creates a much better mood and atmosphere. So in our current house we rarely turn the ceiling lights on because we don’t like them, we mostly stick to lamps (and candles). So now with our new house we have the chance to choose lighting that creates the mood we’re after, which will be great. I just wish I could narrow my choices down and make a decision, because there are too many great lights to pick from!
As I’ve said before, The Block was easier in some respects because I had to make quick decisions and stick with them. But when you have a year to think about it and change your mind you become nervous about locking something in, in case you see something better and change your mind. However seeing as the electrical cables will be laid soon and I will be going on tour for 10 weeks I have to make my final decisions and stick with them. Agh, the pressure!!
I am forever looking online and in shops to see if that ‘perfect’ pendant comes along that I like more than the one I’ve chosen and it’s making me a little crazy! I just don’t want to regret my decision, even though I know whatever I chose will look great.
I’m pretty set with the bedrooms but my biggest decision is in the kitchen, dining and living. With the exposed trusses we already have lots of wow factor, so the pendants need to complement that and not compete against it. I’m also not sure whether to have one centered pendant or two on either side of the fireplace.
Our trusses above and some of the pics inspiring me below…
I also need to get the balance right, with the kitchen, dining and living all in the same open plan space. It will be overkill to have statement pendants in every section, so I think it should either be just the kitchen and living or just the dining and living. Otherwise if you do all three they really need to work in harmony.
The same goes for the kitchen. I had always planned to have three pendant lights hanging over the island bench, just like in every Hamptons style kitchen I swoon over on Pinterest.
However I do feel like that look has become so common now that every single kitchen has it and that makes me want to do something different! But is that silly, doing something different for the sake of it when the original looks good? And what if I try to be different and wish I’d just stuck with what works. There’s no point in trying to be different just for the sake of it, unless you’re really excited about the new look you’re doing.
This is different and fabulous, but probably not very family friendly!
The same goes with the black wrought iron boxed lights that used to be used in Hamptons styled homes only but are now totally mainstream (thanks Beacon!). Agh, can you see the dilemma’s I’m having?!! I’ve heard interior designers say that doing their own house is the worst because they agonize over every decision and I understand why. I guess it’s the same for an ex Block contestant. The pressure is on to make it the best thing you’ve ever done and that can make you second guess yourself, endlessly. You also have access to all the newest and best products, which makes narrowing down your choices even harder.
Ultimately I want to be adventurous and exciting but it will also be our family some, so I don’t want to be too different and then get bored of it. . This isn’t like The Block where you’re setting new trends and it doesn’t matter if it dates in a few years. I want this to be classic and stand the test of time.
The one thing is for sure, soon I will have to choose something and stick to it. And it will be a relief when I do!
In the meantime feel free to give me your opinion on which looks you like!