I believe you should surround yourself with beautiful things. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. With that in mind, the pendant lights over our kitchen island had to be replaced. Why? Because they were not beautiful to us. The textured amber shades only gathered dust and cast dim light.
We wanted something a little more crisp and modern. A while ago I fell in love with the globe pendant from West Elm, but at $129 each I thought they were out of reach. Then the stars aligned, West Elm had a sale, and we had some extra money in the bank. We ended up getting a set of 3 globe pendants for $269…less than $90 each!
Then our perfect, beautiful, style-transforming lights sat in their boxes for over a week! It is hard to find just the right time to do house work with little ones around. Finally, the stars aligned again and both boys took a nap at the same time. We seized the opportunity to put up the lights, but when we cracked the first box we discovered each pendant had a 9 ft cord! And no instructions on how to properly shorten it. Who has ceilings that high!? We realized the job was bigger than one nap time could bear, so we waited…
Luckliy in the meantime I found this secret to shortening the cords without hiring an electrician. It also gave me comfort that we were not alone! Later we found time to shorten the cords and the Chic and Charming’s tip worked like a charm. I love it when bloggers share lessons learned to help the rest of us.
Finally, one night after bedtime we endured the almost 3 hour ordeal to hang the lights. Besides being interrupted several times by the boys waking up, the lights proved tricky to assemble. It was hard to keep those gorgeous globes fingerprint free. We discovered leaving them in the plastic packaging was a good idea during assembly. It was also handy to use the styrofoam base to put the globes in while hanging the lights. I held the styrofoam with the globe in it while my husband wired. The styrofoam was also a great for holding all the tiny screws…just poke them right in the styrofoam to keep them at arms reach.
Crisp, airy, and fun…these lights transformed the entire feeling of our kitchen. They are magical…like giant floating bubbles! The transparency is wonderful, leaving an almost unobstructed view. I love them when the lights are on or off. The only thing we need to do now is order the classy Edison bulbs to complete the look.
UPDATE: We switched out the bulbs for Edison-style bulbs. Love the complete look!