Factory Pendants

We all know that I love my Hicks pendant more than anything.  But theres something about those industrial factory pendants that I love too.  I just love the industrial look.  I bet half of the pictures in my “kitchens” pinterest board are of those factory pendants hanging over the island.

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Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder

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Victoria Hagan

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Beautiful Brass

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Brass finishes are a huge trend right now and I’m so glad.  Most of the time I absolutely prefer a brass finish over any finish on hardware, lighting, plumbing and furniture.  I especially love an antique brass finish.  However, I would be a little hesitant to use brass hardware and plumbing in my own home (as if I have a choice in my apartment!).  I think I’m scared that it’s too trendy and I’ll get sick of it after a while.  But if you think about it, replacing the knobs and pulls in a kitchen or bathroom is really not that big of a deal.  My kitchen and bathroom cabinets don’t even have hardware, otherwise I might consider ordering some of these gorgeous brass pulls from Restoration Hardware:

Gilmore Pull

Utility Latch

Or this pretty antique brass window hardware

And now some pictures that might inspire you to add some antique Brass to your life…

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Urban Grace Interiors’ Coastal Living house.  Notice the brass faucet on the sink – love it! [source]

those brass chairs!  [source]

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John Derian’s NYC bathroom [source]

Have you ever seen such a gorgeous hood? [source]

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Diane von Furstenburg Brass (or Gold) flatware… available from Neiman Marcus

West Elm also has a less expensive collection of Brass (or Gold) flatware

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[source]  Notice the Hicks pendant over the sink :)

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Hicks is Hung!

My Hicks pendant is hung! I can’t stop looking at it. It’s just perfect. I took some pictures to share, of course. But first I wanted to show a before picture. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture before the old fixture was removed (too much excitement). BUT, I did find an old picture with the old fixture in it. Please know that this picture was taken literally right after I moved in and it in no way reflects how my apartment looks on a regular basis. The old fixture is the little white spotlight in the upper left corner over the sink.

Before:

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Old fixture:

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And here is the old fixture after the electrician took it down:

And the Hicks pendant! (this is what my apartment actually looks like on a regular basis)

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Isn’t it gorgeous?

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New light fixture?

I’m thinking of changing out the light fixture that is over the sink in my kitchen.  Why is it that I can make decisions for other people all day every day, but when it comes to making decisions for myself, I have to ask everyone I know and dwell on what to do until it’s too late?!?

Love this West Elm Globe Pendant.

 

 

Or their Industrial Pendant.  Isn’t it shocking that I would like something industrial?

 

I also like this Glass Jug Lantern from Shades of Light.  But it costs a little more than I want to spend… 

 

Renovators Harbor Pendant from Shades of Light is sadly too big and too expensive.  I think the Polished Nickel finish would look great though.

 

Mini Smoke Bell Semi-Flush Lantern from Shades of Light.  Not sure if a semi-flush bell jar would look right in that space though.

 

 With my track record, I’ll probably never be able to make a decision so the existing fixture will stay in place until my lease is up – oh well! :)

Needless to say, I’m never going to be satisfied unless I go with the beloved Hicks Pendant… 

 

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Favorite chandeliers lately…

For a while now I’ve considered these chandeliers my favorites. They are awesome. I don’t know what it is about this look (they all look very similar). I love them in Antique Brass, but I’ll take any finish, really. They are all manufactured by Visual Comfort and available through Circa Lighting or Mallory Mathison Inc. :)

 

Dauphine 4-Light Chandelier in Gilded Iron finish. So simple but so pretty! I usually don’t consider my taste to be modern.

Also available: Dauphine 8-light chandelier. Also available in Aged Iron.

 

Bryant Small Chandelier in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass. This one is designed by Thomas O’Brien. The same designer who designed my beloved Hicks Pendant. Swoon.

The Bryant is also available in a larger size and a Bronze finish.

 

And possibly my favorite chandelier… the Vendome chandelier. Ahhh I love how feminine it is! Below is the small size in Antique Brass. It is also designed by Thomas O’Brien. I think he is my lighting god!?! I mean he is nailing it with his light fixture designs!

However, I’m not as big of a fan of the larger size Vendome

 

And finally, my favorite little bitty chandelier. The Reed chandelier. I know you probably think these all look exactly alike. Well they do. But they ARE different :)

How cute is Reed?!

Good thing I don’t really have anywhere to put a chandelier… How would I chose!?!

 

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I’m pretty sure these were made for me…

If you missed the post where I confessed my undying love for green, this post is sort of an extension.  I’m in need of a new pair of lamps so my lamp radar is turned up high right now.  My green radar is always turned up high. Therefore, ever since I laid eyes on these lamps I haven’t been able to think about much else.  I want them, I need them…

 

source:  The Little Green Notebook

 

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Hicks Obsession

I hate to point out the obvious, but Visual Comfort’s Hicks pendant light is perfection in the form of a light fixture.  There’s no doubt that Thomas O’Brien is a genius for designing such an awesome piece.  If I had a kitchen with an island, you can bet I would spend my savings on a pair of these gorgeous pendants.  The only problem is that I would never be able to decide what finish!  Antique Nickel, Polished Nickel, Antique Brass, OR Bronze with Brass!?! (I kind of think I would go with the Bronze with Brass).  The fixtures are available through Circa lighting stores.

Please excuse the repetition of pictures from a previous post – they were necessary :)

design by Ashli Mizell

sources:  Visual Comfort’s blog, and Pinterest

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