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Montage: 15 Kitchens Mixing Sconces And Pendant Lights

Sconces as kitchen lighting are a thing. Brass sconces even more so, though many of the examples I found sport matte black metal sconces. The most popular places to mount said sconces are over the kitchen sink or over the also mandatory open shelving.

Mixing metals is key to this look. For example, brass sconces with a matte black pendant light, as Boston-based interior designer Jen Cavorsi did in her recent kitchen renovation that I wrote about in Boston Globe Magazine last month. (First photo below.)

When we redid the kitchen in our bungalow in Chevy Chase we put three industrial style chrome and ridged glass sconces in; sconces would have looked fantastic over the sink. In Boston, we’re recessed lighting only, though I suppose we could add kitchen island pendants.

I’ve been starting to think about what to do for lighting in the Florida condo. It’s a tiny kitchen. There’s a bright recessed light over the sink. And a bare bulb jutting out of the ceiling with exposed wires in the middle of the space. I sort of forgotten that I needed a fixture until my mother-in-law asked what was going on there.

So, I’ve been perusing kitchen ceiling lights from Lumens and such sites for practical ideas. I don’t think a pendant would work in the center of such a small space—it will have to be a flush ceiling mount fixture—but I wonder if a sconce could work over the sink. 

In any case, that’s a whole other conversation. Today it’s 15 kitchens that successfully incorporate both sconces and pendant lights.

Brass Sconces And Hardware in Kitchen With Black Floor

Boston Globe Magazine  •  Photo by Jessica  Delaney

Designer Jen Cavorsi used matte brass sconces from Schoolhouse Electric over the sink (notice the coordinating brass kitchen faucet too) in her own kitchen in Milton, Massachusetts. Across the way, a butcher block slab on metal legs is illuminated by a black and brass globe pendant from Rejuvenation.

Black Sonces Over Open Shelving In Grey And Wood Kitchen


Textural wood kitchen cabinetry with a Mission feel have marble countertops. A glossy grey subway tile backsplash sports a trio of matte black metal swing arm sconces, and that same Rejuvenation pendant complete the look of this new but personality-filled kitchen.

Brass Ball Sconce In Grey Kitchen With Wood Island And Hex Tile Floor

House Beautiful

Grey cabinetry looks gorgeous with brass hardware in the kitchen. White and clear glass globe pendants with a brass hanging rod coordinate with cute brass ball sconces hanging over the sink. Note how the large hex tile flooring makes an asymmetric border against the dark wood slats.

Martha's Vineyard Contemporary Kitchen With Black Sconces Cathedral Ceiling Mezzanine

Architectural Digest

An art collector’s home on Martha’s Vineyard plays off the wood slat cathedral ceiling with wood slat flooring, brown chairs, and black sconces mounted to the wood trim of the mezzanine. Four of the skinniest cylindrical pendant lights I’ve ever seen hang over the marble topped island.

Brass Sconces In the Kitchen

Design Manifest

In this kitchen designed by the blogger behind Design Manifest has brass sconces over the sink. Grey cabinetry gets brass hardware and there’s a brass faucet as well. I’m not crazy about those brass lanterns above the island style table, but perhaps they’re salvaged from a dining room of yesteryear. If so, extra points for being green.

Brass Pendant Light And Chrome Sconces In the Kitchen


Personally I could do without the floral Roman shade, but the aged brass pendant light over the black painted island is a nice touch. Chrome sconces add light over the farm sink with an fancy polished chrome faucet. Marble countertops and light grey cabinets are classic perfection.

Black Sconces Over Green Tile Backsplash In the Kitchen


Black scones and blackened metal vintage style pendant lights over the island add age and interest, as does the rustic wood ceiling, to the shiny new seafoam tile backsplash and hunk of stone on the island.

Accordion Sconces And Glass Globe WIth Brass Pendant Kitchen LIghting

Bliss at Home

A shiny new kitchen reno by the Bliss at Home blogger sports brass hardware that updates standard white cabinetry. Floating shelves in black with brass brackets coordinate with the kitchen’s lighting choices: a polished brass pendant hovering inside a glass globe, a black ceiling fixture over the table, and accordion sconces over the shelving.

Matte Black Sconces Copper Cylinder Pendants Kitchen Lighting Design

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In this rustic-meets-modern black, white, and wood kitchen, vintage style swing arm sconces hang over open shelving (a popular look of late), while shiny copper cylinders with bare bulbs are suspended from a distressed copper rod above the rustic wood dining table on industrial metal legs. A black bentwood dining chair adds a mid-century touch. Finally, those limed oak floors reign Scandinavian supreme.

Rustic Kitchen With Vintage Metal Lights And Kilim Rug


A faded kilim adds a spot of color in this white kitchen with butcherblock countertops and rustic wood ceiling. Vintage white metal lights in just slightly different styles contrast the clean white cabinetry and painted white wood floor.

Blue Kitchen Cabinetry Glass Globe Pendants Rustic Wood Floor

Rue Magazine

Interior designer Melinda Faranetta goes for on trend deep blue kitchen cabinetry which stands out against well-worn wood floors. The honeycomb backsplash is a touch of modernity while a black metal sconce contrasts the curvy glass pendants over the island.

Blue Kitchen lsland Brass Chandelier Kitchen Design


Interior designer and “Real Potential” host Sarah Richardson opted for a crisp and pretty cobalt blue, white, and brass scheme in this kitchen, mixing romantic brass chandeliers with mini clear glass globes over the island. There’s a brass sconce tucked between the cabinetry on the wall, but it’s actually for candlesticks.

Rustic Green Island In White And Wood Kitchen

Vintage Whites Market

In the simple cottage-style kitchen belonging to the bloggers behind Vintage Whites Market, a distressed green island and a line of wood cabinetry gets a white ceiling fixture and a pair of polished chrome swing arm sconces with dome-shaped shades by Rejuvenation.

Old World Brass Globe Pendants And Black Kitchen Cabinets With Brass Hardware

Rejuvenation Lighting 

Old World brass trimmed milk glass globe pendant infuse a travelled feel into this kitchen with black cabinets with metal hardware and basic white subway tile. A brass swing arm sconces add extra light over the sink. Note they didn’t go for the brass faucet, opting instead for a contemporary chrome style.

Modern Mediterranean Kitchen In Black White And Wood By Jessica Helgerson

Jessica Helgerson Interior Design  •  Photo by Lincoln Barbour

Jessica Helgerson nails it in creating this modern Mediterranean kitchen with a well-traveled feel. Black cabinetry is rendered seamless paired with a black range, while brass hardware and aged brass dome pendant lights add even more richness. The lustrous wood island with barley twist legs is a piece of furniture and the Mediterranean tiles make you never want to take your eyes off it.

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Montage: 18 Winter Tablescapes With Holiday Centerpieces

I’m not into holiday decorating, and not just because I’m Jewish. I just don’t see the value of buying and storing extra stuff (clutter!) that is only used a few weeks a year. I remember going into an off price chain store a couple of years ago and being visually bombarded with turkey fingertip towels and the like. Nobody needs those. There are better ways to use both natural resources and money; plus, they’re just ugly.

Seriously though, I don’t mean to be Scrooge-y. I love flowers, garlands, candles. Such winter holiday decor is beautiful. I especially appreciate Scandinavian style accents — Moravian stars, white candles, pine tree springs, sheepskin, and all that. And while I personally don’t favor red, there are plenty of ways to incorporate red flowers and berries into winter tablescapes that look pretty and fresh.

Branches studded with berries standing solo in clear vases are stunning. A simple, wide red ribbon around a white ceramic vase looks pretty as a centerpiece. Plenty of tapered candlesticks and votives. Evergreen garlands. All of these items help create more naturalistic winter feel during holiday time. Here are 18 winter tablescapes with centerpieces geared toward Christmastime decorating.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes Scandinavian Greens

Sarah Winward  •  Honey of a Thousand Flowers

A simple evergreen garland, plain glass votive holders, and black candlesticks make an elegant rustic winter tablescape.

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Tinsel & Twine  •  Photo by Marianna Jamadi •  via Ruffled

I’m not sure what kind of flowers these are, but the wintry white blooms mix well with evergreen sprigs and look beautiful in a silver pot. Fluted votives and gold-rimmed goblets add more shine and show that mixing metals can be done tastefully.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes


Red berries on branches in a clear glass florist’s vase adds Christmas color color without confusion.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes

Martha Stewart  •  Photo by Eric Piasecki

I’m not a fan of the poinsettia, but I love the way the large blooms are placed around the based of tapered candles on this classic but simple holiday table.

Rustic Winter Tablescapes Holiday Table Settings

The White Buffalo Styling Co.

A black and cream buffalo check runner pairs perfectly with wood slice chargers and forest green glass, not to mention handpainted deer napkins. The winter centerpiece consists of oversize pinecones, greens, and a hurricane lamp.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes

Better Homes & Gardens

I put together a similar arrangement this summer on the Cape, cutting white roses from my rose bush and pairing with pine tree clippings from the forest.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes

Good Housekeeping  •  Photo by Michael Parantino

Peppermint striped runners made from ticking fabric laid across the table vertically provide a cheerful backdrop to this red and white Christmas table setting complete with shiny red  winter berries in white vases of varying heights.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes Plaid Tablecloth

City Farmhouse

Jen from the City Farmhouse det her Christmas-themed dining table with a fringed plaid blanket (I had one of these as a baby, too bad it’s long gone), a potted mini evergreen tree, lanterns, and woodland creature.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes

Marigold and Mint  •  A Blog Named Scout  •  Photo by Belethee

 Seattle florist Marigold and Mint created the cotton flower  centerpieces for this Seattle dinner party that celebrated the cozy Danish concept of hygge.

DIY Winter Flower Arrangements And Holiday Centerpieces


Blogger Victoria McGinley created this simple DIY Christmas centerpiece using  a clear glass cylinder vase, one bunch of white roses, a bunch of Ilex berries, evergreen clippings from the Christmas tree, and a red and white ribbon.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes Scandinavian Greens

Martha Stewart

A mix of vintage and new vessels holds white spider mums, seeded eucalyptus, and blue Atlas cedar branches frosted with silver floral spray paint. Cluster them as a centerpiece or set them in a row down the middle of a table for a Scandinavian style setting.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes Lush Dutch Inspired Florals

Sarah Winward  •  Honey of a Thousand Flowers

Winter citrus, privet berry, and amaryllis centerpiece on rustic wood table set with organic white ceramic dishes and pewter candlesticks gives this tablescape the feel of a Dutch still life painting.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes

Salt Harbor Designs  •   Millie Holloman Photography

The Wilmington-based event planners used cylindrical, Christmas tree shaped topiaries and white candles in a row down the center of an extra long table.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes

Annabode + Co.

Denver-based interior designer Anna Smith made the black and white striped runner out of wrapping paper, then layered brass candlesticks, mercury glass votives, and an evergreen garland down the center of the table.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes In White With Greens

Floral Designs by Lee

White spider mums, greens, and branches topped with a silver ribbon makes for a petite but multi-level and economic centerpiece.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes In White With Greens

Flowers for Everyone

The simple Nordic winter vibe is very popular in Australia too. One can send a gorgeous bouquet by Flowers For Everyone of crisp green and white flowers in a cardboard box.  This one has Singapore orchids, roses,  lisanthus, lime chrysanthemums, native green brazillia berries, and adorable little bundles of cinnamon sticks.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes


Topiary trees get red and white ribbons for a joyous Christmas touch while burlap accents infuse a rustic feel to this traditional but still fresh holiday table.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes With Succulents

JL Designs  •  Photo by Leo Patrone  •  via Be Inspired PR

Mini succulents in low  vases mixed with bright red blooms make for a festive and fresh modern table setting at Christmastime. 


Better Homes & Gardens

Pretty Christmas floral arrangement features red and white amaryllis in a white pitcher tied with a ribbon.

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Montage: 29 Rooms With Faux Animal Heads

A couple of weeks ago I featured Boston area designer Kristina Crestin’s own powder room, replete with faux animal heads as the “Room to Love” in the Boston Globe Address section. She had purchased a safari’s worth of these papier-mache animal sculptures from West Elm for a client, but when they didn’t work out she decided to use them herself. The effect is whimsical and rustic, and led to no shortage of potential headlines, none of which we could use. (“Turds With Friends,” “Ass Menagerie,” and so on.)

Antlers and actual taxidermy (real animal heads) are still a thing among a certain set, and always will be, but fashion forward interior designers  and design-y blogger types are much more into faux animal heads of late. Papier mache zebra heads, resin deer heads in neon hues with sparkly antlers, rattan steer heads, and plush tiger, elephant, and puppy dog heads are kind of everywhere, especially in well turned out nurseries. (Triple point score of the walls are black too.)

Here are 29 rooms that showcase faux animal heads in bedrooms, nurseries, living rooms, kitchens, libraries, and of course, Krestin’s powder room. Be on the lookout tomorrow for a killer (sorry) faux animal head buying guide.


Photo by Marcel Page


Roundhouse Kitchen Design


Interior design by Tineke Triggs of Artistic Designs for Living


Interior design by Platform Home Staging


Photo by Sonja Speck


Interior design by Dawna Jones Design




Photo by Brita Sönnichsen


@eliseraquel on Instagram


Interior design by Jamie Drake  •  Architectural Digest




Thom Filicia  •  American Beauty


Interior design by Nimu




Kristina Crestin


Home of Cristina Olsen & Bjorn Bunch  •  The Guardian


Rad Design


Interior design by Mat Sanders of Consort Design
Photo by  Daniel Collopy  •  Domaine


Jonathan Adler’s office  •  Kelly Go Lightly


Interior design by Alex Fulton


Photo by Chris Snook


The Everygirl


House & Garden UK


New York Times


Interior design by Luci Dibley-Westwood


What Architecture


Interior design by Sinclair & Moore Events
Photo by Matthew Land Studios  •  Style Me Pretty


Interior design by illustrator Chloe Fleury of

Interior design by Kelly Slot of Kelly Christine Studio

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Montage: 24 Bathrooms With Trough Sinks

For one of last summer’s Boston Globe Magazine home issues, I wrote about a family friendly house in Scraggy Neck on the Cape with all sorts of fun, beachy features, including a bunk room and a kids bathroom with an oversize trough sink. In addition to its extra large size (I think there are five kids, plus plenty of cousins) and cobalt color, the mom loved that the trough sink hasn’t any counters to muss up.

Trough sinks have an industrial feel often associated with schools or art studios. They’re heavy duty, normally mounted to the wall, though some have legs. I think they’re historically made of cast iron, but I’m sure modern models are also fabricated in other materials. Trough sinks are deep and can be extra-long, accommodating two or even three faucet sets, which make them especially good for kids bathrooms. Of course trough sinks make great utility sinks in a laundry room or mud room too.

Here are 24 bathrooms with trough sinks in all a variety of colors (a red trough sink, a chartreuse trough sink, trough sinks in various shades of blue) as well as  an abundance of black trough sinks. Some are indeed in kids’ bathrooms, others are in bathrooms with old time-y, industrial chic, Brooklyn-y vibe.


Godrich Interiors

trough-sink- Elizabeth Roberts-brooklyn-remodelista

Interior designer Elizabeth Roberts own Brooklyn brownstone  •  Remodelista


Hannotte Interiors


Aaron Hojman  •  Casa Zinc


Better Homes & Gardens


Boston Globe Magazine


HGTV Magazine


Kimberly Renner






House Beautiful

trough-sink-ouse in Floreat by Craig Sheiles Homes and Mick Rule

Floreat by Craig Sheiles Homes and Mick Rule OR Esplanade Residence by Emilie Bédard and Maria Rosa Di Ioia

trough-sink-Melbourne home of Simone Haag, via Photos by Sean Fennessy.

Melbourne home of  interior stylist Simone Haag
The Design Files  •  Photo by Sean Fennessy


Carla Lane Interiors




Scavullo Design


Upscale Construction








Country Living


Terracotta Design Build


Hecker Guthrie



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Montage: 24 Kitchens with Built-In + Hidden Microwaves

Lately I’ve been receiving a rash of press releases from appliance companies, like GE and Miele, as well as stores that deal in appliances, such as Home Depot and Tesco. Although I’m a fan of a great appliance (I love my Bosch dishwashers, for example),  I haven’t ever really covered that segment of the home market here. I probably won’t be doing thorough cross-comparisons of stainless steel refrigerators or ultra-quiet dishwashers any time soon, I can certainly showcase well-designed kitchens that display such appliances to perfection.

So let’s start with microwaves. The design of these 24 kitchens thoughtfully incorporate its microwave ovens. The microwaves are built-in beautifully, whether tucked into an island or stacked with a traditional oven, flush with the cabinetry. Other microwaves are hidden behind doors in dedicated appliance pantries, perhaps combined with a coffee station. I’m not sure I’d want to have to open a cabinet door every time I used my microwave.


J.A.S. Design-Build

I expected to spot the microwave behind the frosted glass barn door, but the microwave in this kitchen is in the island, just under the black countertop. That desk behind the barn door is nifty though.



This sleek IKEA kitchen lines the appliances on a  wall of walnut cabinetry that is oddly perpendicular to the island. Maybe it’s just for show.


Kitchen Architecture

This glossy white Bulthaup kitchen features an appliance garage and two wall ovens; I think one’s a microwave.


Sliding Door Company

Another kitchen in which the appliance wall is perpendicular to the  island. Check out the fridge? drawer at the bottom of the island too.


Better Homes & Gardens

Jade green kitchen cabinets with a microwave in a cabinet with a slide in door, as though it’s an armoire hiding a television. It’s the exact size of the microwave. What happens if it needs to be replaced and that model’s been discontinued?


Photo by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Smitten Studio

I love the brass pulls and expanse of marble, and the larger size of this built-in microwave oven.


Brayer Design    Photo by Nick Smith

Mini microwave in a tall black wood pantry cabinet, along with a toaster, and coffee maker.


Minosa Design    Photo by Simon Kenny

A thoroughly contemporary kitchen that hides everything, microwave included.


Project M+  •  Photo by Mimi Giboin

A compact plan, but the handle on the door of the microwave seems like it would impede usability at the counter.


Divine Design + Build

I like the look of all the compartments in this contemporary wood kitchen, but hide-and-seek comes with a price. Doesn’t it take that much more time to remember where the appliances are, and open and shut the cabinets?



The microwave in this kitchen, which is at once classic and a touch glam, is in a tall cabinet off to the side. I like how the appliances all sport a monochromatic brushed chrome finish.


Modern House Architects

A hard-working appliance wall. Seems efficient to me.


Alison Davin of Jute  •  Photo by Drew Kelly

Another microwave in a cabinet. The mixer display is lovely, but one can’t possibly create a batch of muffins in there.



The microwave in this classic white kitchen is on the front side of the island. Seems inconvenient.


via Zillow Digs

I love this pantry. But I think you’d have to get down on your knees to access that built-in microwave.


Jenna Sue Design

I like how this built-in microwave is completely flush with the island.


Design Dump

Apparently this built-in microwave is not a custom feature, but a DIY solution.


The Sky is the Limit Design

I love how large this cabinet is, and that the microwave has room to breathe.


Photo by Julian Wass for This Old House

Pretty blue cabinets and a convenient service area off to the side of the fridge.


Better Homes & Gardens

Microwave slotted into a tall cabinet. Doesn’t it get hot in there?


Wendy Johnson of Designs for Living    New England Home

Ah, this coffee station pulls out for ease of use.


Yvonne Eijkenduijn  

The microwave in this charming Nordic style kitchen is behind a clear glass door.


SHED Architecture & Design

The microwave is hidden, but it looks hard to use. That gray brick is cool though.


Photo by David Fenton for This Old House

Doesn’t the microwave get more use than the oven. Nobody pulls a door over that.

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