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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: 32 Kitchens With Brass Accents

Following up on my last shopping post 34 Brass Accents, here’s a roundup of kitchens with brass details: brass handles and drawer pulls, brass lighting, brass ranges and hoods, and even one with brassy cabinetry. Brass hardware could be a good way of freshening up a white kitchen. A lot of the kitchens here are black; while black and brass is striking, it’s too much drama for me personally. I would however adore a gray kitchen and would be happy to experiment with brass fixtures. I also love the way the brass accents look with the natural wood details on the island in the Brooklyn townhouse featured in Dwell. Have a look for yourself; would love to know your preferences. Also, have a look at my post on Lamps Plus, “5 Ways to Add Brass Lighting in the Kitchen,” which includes a roundup of some great brass light fixtures (it will be live at 2 pm ET today).


Home of stylist Sasha Seymour • Canadian House & Home


Amy Meier Design


Amy Meier Design


Alecia Stevens • Photo by Susan Gilmore


Tamara Kaye Honey, House of Honey  •   TradHome




Elle Decor


Celerie Kemble, Kemble Interiors


Ilse Crawford, Studio Ilse
Ett Hem Hotel, Sweden


Kelly Deck Design with Aya Kitchens • Interior Design Show West 2012
I Dream of Chairs


Curtis & Windham Architects


Jessica Helgerson, JH Interior Design
Photo by Lincoln Barbour


Lloyd Ralphs Design
Photo by  Virginia Macdonald for House & Home




Photo by Ashlee Raubach • Decor de Provence


Homes & Antiques


Jean-Louis Denoit

Adobe Photoshop PDF

Photo by Matthew Williams for Dwell

brass-faucet-London kitchen by Charles Mellersh.

Charles Mellersh Design Studio


Zoldan Interiors


Skona Hem


Photo by Matthew Williams for Dwell


Better Homes & Gardens


Home of HGTV designer Tommy Smythe
Photo by Angus Fergusson for Canadian House & Home


Betty Lou Phillips


Home of designer Summer Thornton


Beam kitchen for Ekoij
Designed by Tom Dixon in collaboration with Lindholdt Studio


Ilse Crawford, Studio Ilse


Bierly Drake Design  •  Traditional Home


The Hunted Interior


 Susan Dossetter and Andrew Skurman  •  House Beautiful


Aerin Lauder in her Hamptons kitchen  •  Vogue


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Montage: 50 Rooms with Built-In Log Storage for Modern Fireplaces

Last week my first post of the year for the Lamps Plus blog was published, Firewood Storage Solutions, From Trays to Totes. Since ’tis the season, and I’ve been seeing massive stacks of logs on Pinterest, here’s a companion post for you of 50 rooms with built-in log storage for modern fireplaces.

wood storage in entry Stine Langvad Interior Design

Stine Langvad Interior Design  •  Elle Deco Denmark 

Photo by Ann-Charlotte Fagerlin for Expressen

photographer Ann-Charlotte Fagerlin for Expressen

window seat storage skona hem

Skona Hem


 Catherine Kwong Design

photographer Paul Massey.

 Photographer Paul Massey

Marimekko’s Spring 2009 catalog-logs

Marimekko’s Spring 2009 catalog


Pizza East restaurant, London
Michaelis Boyd Associates  •  Photographer Richard Lewisohn


Summer home of set designer Rie Lykke, Denmark
Photographer Pernille Kaalund for Femina


Photographer Mark Borthwick


Firewood organizer by Antonio Lupi

under stair logs erin martin

Erin Martin Design


Mikkel Mortensen of Yellows Photography


The Construction Zone


Meister Construction


photographer Daniel Hertzell


 Shim Sutcliffe Architects


Catalonia fireplace by Francesc Rifé Studio

tulip table



Murakami Design
Photographer Michael Graydon for Canadian House & Home

Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

rustic room




purple flowres


Photos- Maria-Isabel Hansson via Hus och Hem

Photographer Maria-Isabel Hansson  •  Hus & Hem

Photo ©- Greg Cox-HogL House of Pictures

Photographer Greg Cox for HogL House of Pictures


 Andersson Wise Architects


 Olson Kundig Architects



Kelly Klein beach house AD

Kelly Klein’s beach house
Architectural Digest

built by photographer Trine Thorsen

Built by photographer Trine Thorsen




 Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

Culligan Abraham Architecture

Culligan Abraham Architecture

Studio Ko

Studio Ko


Elle Decor


Elle Decor

Kendall Conrad, via C Magazine.

Kendall Conrad  •  C Magazine

firewood organizers by Antonio Lupi

firewood organizers by Antonio Lupi

Lena Proudlock Photography for Maison Francase Magazine

Lena Proudlock Photography for Maison Francaise 

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Elle Decor

 architects Renaud De Poorter and Femke Holdrinet

Architects Renaud De Poorter and Femke Holdrinet


Home of Elisabeth Heier


AKSL Architects

black-fireplace-new Cubic wood fireplace stove by Wittus

Cubic wood fireplace stove by Wittus



nina k.studio-photographer-Nina-Kellokoski

Nina K. Studio

[via The White Company - Savoy Bed Linen Collection

Savoy Bed Linen Collection via The White Company

The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu

The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu


Jarlath Mellett



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Montage: 43 Kitchen Counters + Islands with Stools

Now that Meredith & Daniel’s dining spaces are set, it’s time to choose the stools for the kitchen island. The kitchen is a large, sleek space with bamboo cabinetry and floor-to-ceiling windows along one side. It opens to the living room/dining spaces on either end.

While there are a lot of very cool counter stools on the market (stay tuned for a round-up of 72 tomorrow), we’re leaning towards the Bertoia. The simple design works perfectly in the contemporary kitchen and won’t interfere with any design details in either living space. Meredith also appreciates that they have seat backs, so they’re safer for squirmy toddlers, and they’re virtually indestructible. They’re a bit pricey, but we’ve only splurged once so far (on the Saarinen dining table).

Here are 43 kitchens with counter stools. Seven have Bertoias. I noted in parentheses the stool designer where I was able. If you can name any of the other ones, leave me a comment and I’ll add it in.

Bonesteel Trout Hall
(Bertoia for Knoll)

Metropolitan Home
(Last Minute Stool by Patricia Urquiola)

Bates Masi Architects
(Spoon Stool by Antonio Citterio for Kartell)

Elle Decor
(LEM Piston Stool by Shin & Tomoko Azumi)

Photographer Moris Moreno

Marla Schrank Interiors
(Cherner stool)

Winter McDermott Design

The Nesting Game
(Tolix knockoffs)

House to Home

Light Locations

Amanda Nisbet

via Desire to Inspire

Wetizman Halpern
(Bertoia for Knoll)

Elle Decor
(K65 by Alvar Aalto)

Architect Fiona Winzar
(K65 by Alvar Aalto)

House Beautiful
(Bertoia for Knoll)

Jessica Helgerson

Steven Gambrel
(Emeco Navy  stools)

Christopher Gaona

Elle Decor

Steven Gambrel

Jessica Helgerson  •  Photographer Lincoln Barbour

Jessica Helgerson
(Onda by Jesús Gasca for Stua)


Linda McDougald Design

Michele Michael
(Bertoia for Knoll)

Elle Decor

Photographer Sarah Blee
(Bertoia for Knoll)

House Beautiful
(Cherner stool)

Midwest Living

Chelsea Atelier Architects

ZZ Architects

Photographers Gridley + Graves

Photographer Mark Williams
(Bombo Stool by Stefano Giovannoni for Magis)

Living Agency

This Old House

Elle Decor

Jess Loraas •  Design Sponge
(Bertoia for Knoll)

 Randy Weinstein Design

MU Architecture

Foley Fiore Architecture
(Bertoia for Knoll)

Skona Hem

Craig Spencer


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Montage: 32 Kitchen Island Pendants

It seems like everyone I know is doing a renovation. Since I’m helping a friend decorate her new apartment in New York anyway, at least one other friend is benefitting from my newfound knowledge. Melissa, who actually lives in the house my husband and I gutted in Chevy Chase (she and her husband bought it when we moved to Boston), has recently purchased a new (larger!) abode. This week is her family’s yearly Cape visit. We spent yesterday morning perusing images of kitchens, trying to decide what kind of kitchen island pendants she should hang, what size they should be, and how far apart they should be spaced.

Three is a good number for kitchen island pendants (odds are always better than evens). The first and last should hang 18-inches from either end of the island. Split the difference in the middle for the third. As for diameter, we laid out different size plates at each interval on my own island to get a sense of what felt right. Of course, it will also depend on the shape and material of the light. As for how hight off the island they should hang, we didn’t get there yet.

Jessica Helgerson

Powell Street Pendants by Tech Lighting

Photographer Lincoln Barbour

FC Studio

Architect Alwill Design

Photographer Jordi Canosa

Steven Gambrel

Steven Gambrel

Natural Home & Garden via Apartment Therapy

Amy Lau Design

Skona Hem

Jessica Helgerson

Light Locations

Light Locations

Sunset Magazine

Light Locations

Marie Claire Maison

Studio Ina Matt

Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects

Living Etc.

Maison Couturier Hotel 

Living Etc.

Coastal Living

Living Etc.

Dry Design Architecture

 Coastal Living

Mae Brunken Designs

Photographer Mark Williams

Sarah Delaney Design

Steven Gambrel

Photographer Patric Johansson


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