So you know how we just (almost) finished our kitchen a year ago? Well the official "call to the bullpen" has been made with regards to a light that was installed less than one year ago. Let me break it down for ya. So a couple years ago, I spotted this pendant in the Pottery Barn catalog and fell in love.
Long story short, I bought one at the PB outlet for like $20. I finally had my dream pendant! But then there was a problem: I started seeing MY dream pendant on other blogs and I didn't like it.one.bit. I like to think that I have my own unique style--I didn't appreciate the fact that just anybody could order this light out of a catalog and replicate my style (I know--dumb. Call it my Phoebe-istic ways.) So while I thought it looked nice, I just wasn't 100% happy with my decision to hang it in a prominent location over my sink.
Fast forward to yesterday: the best things come when you're not looking for them, don't they? That's why I'm a big proponent of buying what you love when you see it. (Within reason, of course) It doesn't really matter (to me) that you don't have a specific use for the item or spot to put it right that second, just get it--and if you love it, you'll find a use for it someday. Well as I was walking around the thrift store yesterday, I came across this light.
It was love at first sight. Vintage, industrial looking heat lamp. Yeah, I guess this light used to keep chickens warm?? Who knows. But one thing I DO know is that it's now in my kitchen.
I love the inside almost as much as the outside. That rust and those labels...perfect. Plus, I'm reminded not to put in a bulb over 275 degrees...who needs a warming oven when you have one of these? (I have a 60 watter in there now, don't worry)
So much more character. And I love the soft light cascading down. I must give a shout out to my father-in-law who hardwired this bad boy for me and rigged it into a pendant all within hours of my purchasing it. Thanks, Jimbo. So for $5 and a little bit of tweaking, I've added that uniqueness that I'm all about.