Lighting up my life!

Thanks for all the anniversary and get well wishes. You make a girl feel good!

So today's post is back to business - home projects that is. Rewind a few months and you'll remember I was asking for ideas about the shore condo kitchen. There is a lot wrong with it but I really felt that a new light fixture would make a huge difference. (And you already know my penchant for dramatic light fixtures right?)

I've been looking for ages for just the right thing. Feel in love with this turquoise number but it was way out of the budget and DIY versions just look sloppy to me. Considered a Capiz fixture but I wasnt' sold on it and I don't think it was going to provide enough light. Nothing was right.

So then one day I was admiring the craftmanship of the very talented Jeremy of Pickett Furniture and a lightbulb went off over my head. Why not ask him if he can make something custom? His style is more modern than mine but sometimes those are the best kinds of collaborations.

We went back and forth on emails about style, materials, price, etc. I sent him some inspirational photos and he worked up some sketches for me. Thats when the real fun started! Check out some of the amazing designs he worked up.

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All pretty fabulous but not quite right for what I had in mind. So I sent him a some feedback on what I liked and didn't like about the designs and he came up with this version. I was instantly in love with it!
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This week Jeremy sent me this photo of the pieces coming together! After he works his magic, it has to go off to get wired so it will be a little while longer before I can hange it but I'm so excited!
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Now the only question that remains is the color. What color should it be painted? I want it to be a color that I would want to work in when/if we renovate the kitchen. But of course Im going to hang it as soon as its ready so it can't be totally random. Right now Im torn between navy blue, a charcoal gray or a bright sea blue. What do you think??

57 comments:

  1. I can't believe that is a light fixture, incredible! I simply cannot wait to see it finished! Swooning already at the possibilities!
    Hope you're feeling better today!
    Kate

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  2. ooh, i vote navy.

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  3. Wonderful! - that really is inspired.

    I'm wondering if it would give even more dimension to paint it navy but with sea blue along the leading edges, as if the light were refracting through each slice?

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  4. What a great idea to have a light made.I'm intrigued to see what the finished product will look like.

    I think I'd go for charcoal grey because of longevity. I'm guessing this is a bit of an investment piece so you'll want it still look good should you decide to change the colour scheme....?

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  5. I like the bright blue - it will always look special since it's your vacation home and not something you look at daily.

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  6. I'm kind of leaning toward the bright sea blue...that way it would be similar to the original beaded chandelier you had your eye on - a perfect beachy vibe. It's going to be AMAZING - so cool!!

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  7. Anonymous1:49 PM

    That is stunning! I always love gray, but I don't think you can go wrong.

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  8. I vote gray. You can always work gray in to any color scheme. Very cool piece!

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  9. Pretty! Reminds me of a gyroscope. I like all three choices, but I think navy and maybe even the bright blue are expected in a nautical/beacy environment (maybe not in a light fixture, but nonetheless). I like the gray option, as well. Tricia Rose had a great idea - I think you should talk to Jeremy about something that will really help play-up all the lines of the piece. Good luck!

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  10. Oooo, loving it. I would go for the bright sea blue. It's very appropriate for a home by the shore. Am I right?

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  11. It's gorgeous! Love how it's so modern, but reminds me of Moroccan design...
    Navy blur was the color that came to my mind the second I saw the picture.

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  12. It has to be in grey. It would look beautiful and timeless.

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  13. I think you should paint it a turquoise, like the original pendant you loved. And its one of the colors of your blog, so its meant to be used somewhere fun too! And turquoise would look great with those natural wood cabinets.

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  14. Brilliant! Whatever color you choose I think it should be high gloss.

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  15. Oh, it should be sea blue. How gforgeous.

    Um...will Jeremy be making and selling these to your ardent followers or is this a one off? Cause that fixture is PERFECT! Not too modern, and it would look great in so many rooms.

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  16. I am totally feeling the gray! How are you ever going to choose? No matter, the "bones" are so good I think it can carry any color. Is the light source a bare bulb or will it be in something?

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  17. The bulbs will be bare (but it will be more than one - this is the main lighting in the room so I need something more than a single bulb)

    Im assuming Jeremy could recreate this for others but best to ask him. I hope I haven't scared him off of dealing with crazy bloggers :)

    Tricia - The leading edge thing sounds pretty cool. Not sure if I feel comfortable freehanding that though. I wouldn't want to ruin it.

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  18. Anonymous3:52 PM

    Happy Anniversary Stephanie and I hope you feel better soon....

    I haven''t been by in awhile lots of catching up to do :)

    I vote for the bright blue....

    Kathy :)

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  19. that is so beautiful. love love love it!! i cant wait to see the final product. really amazing. would you mind sharing how much something custom like this would cost?

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  20. wow!!! that is going to look so beautiful! I say go for the bright sea blue!

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  21. Quinn4:40 PM

    Right now I'm thinking it looks great in its natural state. But if you want a color, the first thing I thought of was red. Or orange. Something bright and different from the other colors in the condo.

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  22. I think you may tire of bright blue and it could look cheap....I say NAVY!!

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  23. I LOVE GRAY~ but I think bright sea blue might be a nice pop of color;) Can't wait to see it all come together and what color you choose!

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  24. OK..... I'm sort of for the obvious; I like white.

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  25. OH MY WORD! I love it!

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  26. This is gorgeous. I vote for the bright sea blue, but love navy too. Honestly don't think you can go wrong with any of your choices.

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  27. If you want it to be a focal point in the room then it should be a contrasting color to the main colors you want in the room. Maybe yellow or orange or bright green? Ok, green is not a real contrast but you know what I mean :) That is so fun though! Cannot wait to see the final product.

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  28. That is amazing!

    I love the idea of it being bright blue, but I wouldn't blame you if you went for gray since it's more neutral. :)

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  29. When you tweeted this photo, it took my breath away. That light will be gorgeous. I think with something that stunning you want to accent its lines which means high contrast with the surroundings. I think the gray would blend in too much. You could go navy blue but I think it might dampen the luminosity of the light and make it not as bright. So I'd go with a bright sea blue, maybe not so turquiose, but more of a fresh cerulean blue.

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  30. I just adore it, and how very resourceful of you! Definitely gray - can't wait to see the result!!

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  31. I CAN'T WAIT to see this finished and in your house!!!

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  32. Great design. I would do a bright pop of color, maybe coral, so it stands out & is a focal point.

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  33. Of the colors you mentioned, I choose navy. BUT I do think that it is so special that it might be better to do a pop of color, like chartreuse green.

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  34. If you look at my notting hill, she has a post with a wonderful table with a coral edge. I think perhaps what ever color, turk, coral, navy, carry it out in details. I would love to see shades of sand, oyster, sea glass - soft and tranquil. A little color can go a long way. As my Mother always said, you can put on too much make-up and then you have to take it off...a little goes a long way.
    Bet you are glad I chimed in.
    pve

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  35. Anonymous8:06 AM

    I am crazy about it! Wow! My colour choice would be turquoise, or the bright sea blue you suggested - making it a real statement.
    Janice

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  36. Love it! I think navy or the bright sea blue. Charcoal grey is gorgeous but something safe and something you would use in your home - since a weekend getaway I think you should go fun.

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  37. It is JUST BEAUTIFUL! I am amazed! I would go for a turquoise.... Or grey if you're not feeling a bold colour. Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  38. PhillyLass10:24 AM

    Amazing!!! I'd go for turquoise or sea blue.

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  39. Just beautiful - what a wonderful collaboration! You couldn't go wrong with any of the choices because you have such a strong piece to start with! Grey would be lovely, but safe. I say you go with the turquoise that was in your inspiration lighting. Can't wait to see it finished!

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  40. Bright sea blue all the way!!! LOVE his designs...thanks for the introduction to him!

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  41. Red! It looks great, and would love it in red. I'm off to look at his website.

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  42. How about a peacock color -sort of a mix between the navy and bright blue. Great ocean color, but not as obvious or expected as the bright blue. You can go brighter or darker with accent colors and it gives such a deep pop of color. (And i'm obsessed with the color this season- so a little biased)

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  43. You guys are not making this any easier! I thought there would be a clear color winner but I guess not.

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  44. So cool! I can't wait to see the finished product. I am always partial to blue, and think sea blue would look so pretty!

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  45. While I love the gray in the Shore's family room, I'd say go for blue with this beauty. Navy or sea blue sound great but I'd love to see them mocked up.

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  46. Wowza! That is absolutely breathtaking, I have no idea about a paint color, I'm the type that will pick a color and then second guess myself! It would look great in an understated color so the design could speak for itself and would remain a bit more classic or you could go nuts with a red, yellow or turquoise and go big! I can't wait to see what you do!!

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  47. Looking at the kitchen as it is, and without reading any of the comments above, I say either royal blue or a modern bright orange.

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  48. This is INCREDIBLE!! LOVE IT! Best, Connie

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  49. Gorgeous, wow. I'm in awe. You guys need to partner up and mass-market this! ;) I second the Peacock blue, but that's my latest color obsession lately!

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  50. Love it! I vote for bright sea blue, keeping it light and airy.

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  51. That is amazing!! He should sell that and name it the Mrs. Limestone. seriously. I would totally use that fixture! I vote for charcoal gray. Keep it classic and flexible.

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  52. Ohhh gorgeous!! I wouldn't do a neutral - something like this needs to be noticed, not fade in the background! With your paint color, I like navy best. Have fun!

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  53. Wow, love it! I hope he is ready to start mass-producing them--because we are all going to want one! I vote for turquoise.

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  54. I was thinking charcoal gray before I even read it was an option...go for it! Totally gorgeous!

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  55. Love the light fixture! I'm sure this is already painted by now, but I sure hope you went with a turquoise or blue!!

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  56. Monica B.5:32 PM

    Love it! :-)

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