When we started out on this journey, I remember saying to Mike - I don't know why people have such a hard time picking things out for their home, I already know every single thing I would pick. Now I get it. It is not just picking out one or two things, it is that you have to pick out so many things at once... and every decision effects the other. While I do for the most part know what I'm going for, there are areas that cause me to second guess myself. One of those areas is lighting. I'll walk you through each area of the house and let you know my dilemma. As always, I love hearing your thoughts and insights - as most of you seem to have already been through this or just have great taste ; )
I have always envisioned keeping this large "Concord" brass lantern from Cape Cod Lighting over our table (pictured here, which will move, but set up will be similar... table a bit larger). Then, I'd have two smaller versions of the same lantern above the island. Now I'm wondering if our 8ft ceilings can handle two big lanterns over the island without seeming too chunky? The large (pictured above) measures 24"H x 12"W and the smaller version is 19"H x 9"W. We would hang it 6" from the ceiling, so it would not hang lower than 6 ft.
Now I'm wondering if I should change up the style for the above the island from the Concord to the Southport (pictured below in the layout). It is a little less chunky and a little more curvy. I think less bulk would be nice, but I do love the simple and straight lines of the Concord. I think I'm over thinking this...
Here is the entire layout for your reference. We'll start (besides where we already started) with the exterior, where I know (pretty much) exactly what I want to do.
Above the garage we'll order two of the Vermont Barn Style lights from Cape Cod Lighting Co. On the back porch we'll have more barn lights on each side of the french doors and over the mudroom french doors. If I have money left (not likely!), I'll also do a small hanging Concord lantern in the center of porch.
To the left of the front door, we'll have the Concord Wall Lantern - which I'm completely in love with.
The foyer light is not set in stone, yet. I do love the square, utilitarian look of this one, but think there might be something a little more interesting out there... any ideas?
Now let's head upstairs. In the stairwell, I might hang another big lantern since the foyer light isn't very exciting... but this will be a budget thing, too. Since I am having trouble finding flush hung lights (like the foyer) I will probably avoid a light in the landing area and just do can lights... unless you all find something great for me : )
Laundry Room :
The laundry room will rather small (but not in the basement so it will be such a treat for me!) I would like something charming, but it will also need to be flush or semi-flush. We will have a paneled door with glass lites, so it will be visible from the landing all of the time. Maybe a little lantern?
For the Master, we have a little tiny foyer hall right when you enter with french doors so I'd like a little something here. Flush fixture? Tiny lantern? In the vaulted ceiling area in the middle of the room, I'd like to have another small Concord Lantern or Southport lantern.
In the bathroom we found these perfect shaded Sconces from Circa. I am 100% on these. They will be on each side of the mirror.
We'll need flush or semi-flush fixtures in all of the bedrooms. I could also do can lights and then have lamps in each room (that I'm already planning on). I'm not a huge fan of can lights, but they do serve a purpose. I'd love your recommendations. The problem is that the handmade brass fixtures I'm choosing for the big impact areas are a little pricey and I don't know if I want to spend that in all of the extra bedrooms. So, I'd like to find a great looking brass option that doesn't cost $350-500. Is that possible?
I'd love to have something a little special in her room - maybe a lantern, maybe a chandelier? Again, it has to be semi-flush because we have 8ft ceilings. This little one from Cape Cod Lighting is cute, but pretty simple. I'd like something a little more country... I think.
Thanks for taking some time to consider these choices. I'd love to know about any resources that you have and spots that I haven't checked. Really, I'm on the hunt for some great flush and semi-flush fixtures in an authentic brass finish.
This is such a fun process, and I'm so glad to have some time to hunt for new treasures - thanks for joining me on this journey of building our new home : )