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November 29, 2012

Cape Cod Co. Lantern & Dining Room Update

Finally, there is light in the dining room!  

More specifically, a light.  Or should I say, a lantern.  The lantern. 

After chatting with Mike's mom, Joy, about my vision for the fixture, I told her that I wanted something that felt authentic for a "Cape Cod" style house.  Being Joy and an expert in all things unique and special, "Have you looked at Cape Cod Lantern Company?  They are in Chatham.  I believe they make all of the lanterns at Chatham Bars Inn."  Only Joy would know great things like that sitting in KC!

  Do you remember my post about our stay at the Chatham Bars Inn?  I oogled over the authentic fixtures and lanterns that hung seemingly everywhere on the property.  The photo above (no, that is not my family room...) is of the sitting room at the Inn.

So, I immediately searched their site and found the "5652 Concord" Lantern.  Not only did I love the style but I loved that this particular style was a nod to our New England home, Concord.  Perfect.

I love it.  It is simple, yet very striking.  The scale is lovely, which I was a little concerned about before it arrived... would it be too big?  Not big enough?  But, alas, it is just right.

I love that it is an authentic, handmade representation of our time in New England that hangs in the center of our home.  I imagine that we will take it with us to all of our future homes.  As Mike and I drove through Mission Hills on our way to dinner last weekend, I noticed all of the graceful lanterns that hung in front of the front doors of the large stately homes... maybe someday...

I'm not big on souveneirs, I mostly rely on photos instead of sweatshirts, but I have to say... This is one great souvenir!

I had it made (all of their fixtures are handmade to order) in Antique Brass finish with clear glass to compliment the original brass fixtures in our house.   The un-laqured finish will weather and age with time. 

 You may also notice a peek at our Christmas decorations that are beginning to take their places.  In our windows, I've hung fresh bay leaf wreaths.  They smell soooo good.

Here is another look at the room - a couple of stacks of plates, compote of tangerines, etc., piled in the center of the table from my holiday header shoot for the blog.

Another "authentic" decision for the room was to feature photos from our travels.  As I was getting ready to order some random prints of botanicals and birds, I decided to take a more authentic approach to the artwork that hung in our home.  I decided to have 11x14 photos from our favorite experiences displayed in the room.  

They are framed in frames that are painted the same color as our trim, Navajo White in Satin.  The walls are painted navajo white in flat.

Above : Stowe, Vermont and Martha's Vineyard

I included a caption of the place and date of each photo.

We plan to keep adding to our collection... maybe someday we'll have an entire wall gallery devoted to it... I imagine it in a long hallway - in the same stately home in which the lantern hangs in our entryway. 


  1. Anonymous12:21 PM

    The lantern is absolutely beautiful - very striking.

  2. This is amazing. I love the photos!

  3. Love the artwork! So unique and beautiful!

  4. I soo want to do a lantern in my Prairie Village cape cod. This is great - and at a reasonable price point. May have to jump on this one.

  5. Anonymous11:00 PM

    All of it so incredibly beautiful!! I love the un-lacquered brass...gorgeous and warm. Brass is making a comeback! Oh, and where is that fabulous wreath from, and how long will it stay lovely and fragrant and green? Thanks, Jenny!


    1. Anonymous11:39 PM

      I got the wreath from a floral wholesaler I go to. It should last for a long while - dries beautifully!


    2. Anonymous12:29 AM

      Awww shoot! Thank you so much though. So excited I happened upon your blog, your design aesthetic is beautiful and your recipes look delicious! Can't wait to look through past posts. And, miss Emma is a total doll ;)


  6. Oh Jenny you are putting it all together in such a special way ..... I love it how everything has a meaning. That's the way all homes should be. The pictures are beautiful and may that light, overlook many wonderful meals your friends and family have at your table. Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. Beautiful! My in-laws got all their lighting from Cape Cod. So beautiful, and of course, so is the Bars.

  8. The lantern looks fabulous, I have been looking at lighting recently as I want to change my lighting over my breakfast bar. I had thought of using two of these but have decided to remove a chandelier from my mums house. I only wish I had a larger house to be able to use one, possibly if I extend next year the new room will feature such lights.

    Lee :)

  9. Your lantern looks good. William sonoma has the fresh bay leaf wreaths as well. I've always wanted to try one.

  10. Any chance you would share your wall and trim color? It is so fresh and clean looking!


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