Monday, February 2, 2009

May I redirect you?

To HERE.

Please discuss the kitchen. I noticed three different kinds of pendant/chandelier lights, which makes me think I can go for a little variety. Maybe. Although that kitchen is like the size of my house. Anyway, discuss.

And maybe even more exciting, please note her remarks about this month's Elle Decor editor's letter about Top Design. You would think that writing a decor blog would mean I watch those shows. I don't. I don't have the patience for them (yet I watch Real Housewives of Orange County. Go figure.). But I feel like I missed some good shit because after I read HG's post (linked above) where she mentioned Margaret Russell's letter, I had to read it for myself. How carefully crafted was that dismissive missive? Loved it.

Anyhoo, discuss.

27 comments:

Paul Anater said...

Where's Margaret's letter?! That rotten Top Design is a complete waste EXCEPT for the moments when La Russell walks on stage. I'd love to see her take on that contest. Honestly, I always expect her to reach over and scratch out Jonathan Adler's bug eyes. THAT would be TV worth watching.

melissa said...

To me it looks a little schizoprehnic and crowded
love lights on the left.

On the right...not so much. It splits the kitchen in half for me.

David said...

As I've said before, I'm drawn to Margaret Russell, and she scares the hell out of me.

Amy said...

I love the lights, and I LOVE that they are so different from each other. They make the kitchen look like it has evolved over time, which if you have an old house is a GOOD thing. I think you can mix it up, both in style and metal finish. I did and I love it!!

Couldn't find the Margaret Russell post. I'll admit that I did watch Top Design...but then again, I love all things Bravo. LOVE all the housewives...everything I don't want to be but like a car wreck, can't help looking at.

LexyB said...

Can't find Margaret Russell either. Feeling better that I am not the only tech-idiot.

Decs said...

Magaret's letter is in the current issue of Elle Decor. Sadly, I don't have a copy of it to post here. Pick up a copy if you can. The letter is a crack up.

hello gorgeous said...

I posted it.

Thanks for the link love, D.

modernemama said...

It looks great in an enormous kitchen but in the real world it's going to be too much (that's a lot of lightbulbs). That said I never have enough light over my pepper grinders so I'd love that single brass pendant.

Paul Anater said...

Excellent! Margaret's editorial Hello Gorgeous' blog. I'd love to know what she wanted to write but couldn't.

jean said...

Having different lights would give you more options if you go the antique / salvage route for lighting. Which is da best--way better than any bigbox, now that I think of it. For looks, it would depend on whether you want sleek or whimsical, etc. Melissa points out that the different lights cuts that kitchen in half, which is true, and could be intentional, but it's not only the lights that do it.

Lolo said...

Those Reality competitions are just "what makes good television" and not what is ultimately the best design, IMO. That is why I too watch Housewives of Whorange County, although only in small increments before my gag reflex kicks in. Russell's letter is a masterpiece of a gorgeous shiv in the ribs to Nate.

For smaller kitchen ispiration, the House to Home and Living Etc. sites are good sources due to their often having to make do with existing footprints. Personally, I think that having two such disparate pendants/chandeliers in a small space conveys more of a "I couldn't choose, I want it all" busyness rather than any edge or contrast.

I'm waiting for the perfect table lamp to put on the counter that serves as our mini desk in the kitchen. A hit of glamour to play off the stone lights over the island and the shiny steel of the hood and appliances.

Averill said...

Top Design is worth watching if only to watch Margaret's reactions to the majority of the contestants' "work" -- she can barely contain her horror. I thought it was fairly obvious in the finale that she vastly preferred Preston, but to outright say that Nathan's "work doesn't conform to conventional rules of good taste"? That's just downright bitchy (and a bit bitter -- her favorite lost, it's just a silly TV show, she needs to move on).

Renovation Therapy said...

Giggling at Paul's comment. Love it.

Hanako66 said...

That kitchen is lovely. I absolutely think that you can and encourage you to mix it up a bit.

arroyo said...

Margaret Russell needs to get laid. Watching her on the show was excruciating.

Love the kitchen. I prefer the non-matched lighting. And I like the idea of using something that doesn't scream "made for a kitchen!" It may take time to find The Right Fixture. Live with bare bulbs until then.

I used 2 Rejuv pendants in one area, but I'm looking for something unique for over my island. Finally found THE ONE on ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&item=160306909267

I won it, and USPS promptly LOST it. So the search continues...

RE the concrete tiles. They are, surprisingly, very subject to stains and discoloration. Once upon a time in Mexico, concrete tiles were ubiquitous and were sealed with kerosene. They withstood anything. Alas, no mas.

Rachel said...

LOL, gotta love that Margaret Russell letter. So let me see if I got this right, she wants us to just be inspired by someone who is obsessed with paper plates and whose work doesn't conform to conventional good taste?? Huh?
I didn't watch this year. I watched the first year, but just didn't feel it this year.

I like the kitchen, and I like the different lights used - like someone else said, it makes it look like they were acquired over time. BUT, that being said, it could look totally dumb in your kitchen if it's really tiny. It's hard to tell, you may just have to try it out and see what you think.

Sorry to not be more help! ;-)

Ivy Lane said...

Mmmm.... I think if your kitchen is small, mixing light fixtures would not look right...I think in a smaller space the lighting should be more uniform so as not to distract.. Unless, you have 2 definite areas of the kitchen..but they would have to be far enough apart ... I dunno...just my opinion!

Anonymous said...

In my kitchen we have three different lighting "venues"..chandelier (crystal) above breakfast table, modern pendants above island and small chandelier above sink. I love it. I agree with everyone. LOOK around...wait for what you love. just hang some cheap Home Depot stuff.

Maison Luxe said...

oh my god, i thought i was the only one who thought margaret's letter was a total shocker. i never have seen Top Design so wasn't SURE what was up until i saw the PAPER PLATE CHANDELIER. seriously, that is called crafts with a glue gun, and if i ever showed that to a client i would be fired on the spot. seriously, paper plates? and he WON? i loved margaret's letter, and her complete refusal to be sold out by Bravo.

Anonymous said...

Michael Smith's barrel ceiling kitchen has three pendant type lights in it and I kept thinking of that when reading the comments on original lighting post.... Love that kitchen - don't remember what mag.

Sacheverelle said...

I don't think the chandelier & schoolhouse lights complement each other well enough for this look to work. I just want to move the table & chairs & the chandelier out of the picture. Kristen Buckingam seems to have a quirky taste for placing two similar elements in two contrasting styles in the same room side-by-side.
In the living room as well, she did this. Two contrasting coffee tables, one made of tree roots I think? & the other kind of traditional-modern placed side-by-side & it just looks off.
In the kitchen she placed the paneled island/schoolhouse light zone side by side with the rustic table/glam chandelier zone & it looks off too, like she couldn't decide which style to go with. I think the table & chandelier would look fine in that kitchen placed away from the island in its own space. That floor is pretty cool tho.

Anonymous said...

She is a troll! I am so sorry, but her letter was just odd. I agree that watching her on top design was painful....this letter was the topper.

Anonymous said...

I love the Buckingham kitchen. The pictures posted from the magazine on the Hello Gorgeous site are not very clear. What you can't tell from the post, but is more clear when you see the photos in the actual publication, is that the materials in the lighting have a similar quality to them. The Murano chandelier and the schoolhouse pendants both have a milky luminosity in the glass. The photos in the mag give a more nuanced connection. They really are lovely together.

Anonymous said...

I liked Lady Margaret's letter. She carefully reminded viewers that "reality tv" isn't very real. And then she praised the courage of the designers, which is classy.
I think that admitting she wasn't sure Nathan was worthy of the prize and then publishing his work is a bit disingenuous.
It's a sort of "love you/hate you" situation.
But Margaret is a confident woman, isn't she?
I only watched a few episodes of Top Design season 2; it didn't inspire.
My advice, for what it's worth: let poor India Hicks go, show Johanthan Adler the door, don't invite that greasy realtor guy from Bravo back - ever.
I really enjoyed Ondine's 'realness', Eddie's zaniness, and some of the other designers whose names I don't know. Poor Preston was the fall guy - the one destined to win with his perfect polish and doe-eyed chiselledness. But his last work was surprisingly dull and lifeless, and that did him in.

Anonymous said...

I hate to divulge, but...I am recently in love with the bone china Hector pendants on www.lightingmatters.co.uk. They are not v. expensive, and the light they would give would be lovely. Good range of sizes, and they aren't too dinky (like so many pendants). They seem kitcheny (china) without being too much so. Modern, yet traditional. Feminine, yet sleek. They're my new obsession. I haven't ordered yet, but someday...

AL said...

You got me thinking... So i posted some of my fav pendant light fixtures, don't really think we have similar tastes seeing that i didnt really mind the example you gave of the type of fixture you didnt like... but here is my post with links to the ones i DID like http://alisoniscool.blogspot.com/2009/02/fixture-fix.html

Anonymous said...

I have to confess that I watch Top Design for Kelly Wearstler and her zany looks. Love her! The rest of the show? Meh.

I'm glad Nathan won. Compared to Preston, he was more creative and less predictable. Preston's good but a bit too one-note for me. I breathed a sigh of relief when Eddie Ross was kicked off the show before the finals. What an ass. And to think he was featured in the current issue of Domino.