Another Accidental Dining Room Update

Remember when we were all, we’re thinking of hanging a pair of these 14″ West Elm lights above our accidental dining table? Or maybe just one of these 16″ Rejuvenation lights? You all chimed in with your input, and you nudged us in the same direction as our guts, the former. We had actually already ordered the WE globe lights, but then our gut had second thoughts, and so they remained in the box because we just could not decide.

And then on the last day we were in Portland, we stopped into Rejuvenation on our way to the airport (with just 15 minutes to browse). Our mission was to check out the latter light – the Sfera – in person to see if we loved it in real life as much as did online. And would the 2″ size difference matter all that much?

A helpful employee pointed us in the right direction, and to be honest, we were underwhelmed. The white finish felt cold, and we weren’t convinced that the larger size was necessary. And so just as we were about to leave and make our mad dash to the airport, I pointed out the gorgeous Hood light to Scott, and the same employee told us that oh yes! The Hood! It comes in all these finishes you see here. (She points to a wall of metal finishes.) As you can imagine, we both ogled the “old brass” at which point, Helpful Lady says ah! The old brass! I just added an old brass Hood to our clearance this morning – a customer return. Oh, and our clearance is 50% off right now!


Well, you can imagine the happy ending to this story, because we came home with the Hood light!

Okay, technically, we had them ship it to us because we were on our way to San Francisco, but what are the chances? Not only did they have the fixture in clearance, they had the 14″ opal globe we liked, too! At first, my only concern was that the overall 38″ length wouldn’t be tall enough for our almost 10′ ceilings, but for $175 (normally $450 – what!) we took a chance. There was definitely an adrenaline rush coursing through my veins (that’s normal, right?), as we had to make a decision right that second and a plane to catch in an hour.


To show off the entire fixture, I needed to use my wide angle lens (above), which I really don’t think does this light any justice! It appears smaller in these photos, and although it’s technically not as low as a chandelier should be, we think it works. In person, it carries much more weight in the space; it’s thick and large and really, really hefty. Because our dining room is only 15′ wide, and because the fixture has more presence than a single down rod, it feels so good in the space. Plus, look at how pretty it pairs with our brassy curtain rod!


The light was put on a dimmer (we put all our lights on dimmers – worth it), and it gives the softest glow in the evening. And while we definitely toyed with the idea of hanging two pendants, we’ve no regrets on taking that spur-of-the-moment chance. We’re kicking ourselves for not catching the name of Helpful Lady (we were literally running to the car after our purchase), but HL, if you’re reading this, you’re awesome.

PS… We also finally added sills to the two dining room windows! They still needed to be painted when I took these photos, but hallelujah! Trim!

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  • Laura @ Rather Square10.6.14 - 7:28 AM

    I love the idea of a large single fixture. And your story of how it can to be yours is the best part. :)ReplyCancel

  • Meredith10.6.14 - 8:55 AM

    Very pretty. Plus the shortness of the fixture just means you can put extra tall flowers or a centerpiece for festive occasions on the table. :) The best part of all this is Jack’s face peeking over the new chairs. I love how you do that.ReplyCancel

  • Joelle10.6.14 - 10:47 AM

    Love this light!! BUT now you have me doubting the light the i picked for over our kitchen table. the handyman is supposed to come tomorrow to install it…and i’m considering running out at lunch today to get this light in nickel. my husband is going to kill me! :)ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn10.6.14 - 10:55 AM

    Sometimes the universe just screws up your plans in amazing ways. That fixture is gorgeous and seems like it a perfect fit for your place.ReplyCancel

  • Staci10.6.14 - 12:16 PM

    This looks so good! The pulled back shot really helps show the large scale of the fixture. The style is really nice for your older home as well!
    What kind of wide-angle lens are you using? I’m in the market for one. (Also, are you canon or nikon people?)ReplyCancel

    • Kim10.6.14 - 1:31 PM

      I use Nikon, and this was a 20mm lens :)ReplyCancel

  • julie10.6.14 - 12:17 PM

    Super choice — it’s a total statement fixture without being a STATEMENT fixture. It fits in perfectly. Well done.ReplyCancel

  • Lucy10.6.14 - 12:20 PM

    Hi! I love the light but what I really love is the color of your living room? What is it… if you don’t mind sharing. It’s so fresh, calm, and clean. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Kim10.6.14 - 1:30 PM

      Thanks! Funny enough, I’m not sure I’m quite sold on it now that we’ve lived in it for a while, although it is calm. Just a bit too blue, maybe? It’s called Pensive Sky by Behr.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica@CapeofDreams10.6.14 - 1:57 PM

    Is there such a thing as too perfect? This is stunning and for such a great price. Way to go!ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design10.6.14 - 7:27 PM

    So pretty and you just made me remember to get my cat pillow out too.ReplyCancel

  • Cait10.7.14 - 9:38 AM

    What a great light! It looks fantastic with your table & chairs, and like you said, it’s a nice nod to the curtain rod (and the entry light).

    I’m trying to figure out what light I want to put over our new dining table (the Parker from West Elm, although now they just call it the Mid-Century Dining Table). I keep leaning towards something like the School House Electric Factory Satellite 3 (in brass, with aqua shades), but how would that look with our DIY globe light in the next room? Decisions, decisions.ReplyCancel

    • Kim10.8.14 - 9:56 AM

      Ooh, we love the Satellite 6, and I wonder if you should lean more towards the 6 than the 3? It might have better visual weight for above a dining room table. I promise you won’t regret it!ReplyCancel

      • Cait10.9.14 - 10:20 AM

        I really love the Satellite 6 in your entry, and I like the idea of more visual weight over the table, but I worry about overwhelming our narrow, pass-through style dining room and making it feel cramped. Especially since our ceilings are only 8 feet high.

        I was wavering between the Factory Satellite 3 (since we’re using similar metal shades for the lights over the bookshelves in the next room) or something linear, kind of like the Pottery Barn Veranda or a less expensive version of this one.

        I think for now I’m going to update the current light with three of these glass shades, sort of in a nod to the West Elm Mid-Century Glass Pendant, and see how I feel after that?ReplyCancel

        • Kim10.9.14 - 10:34 AM

          Okay, makes sense! I like the 3 glass shades idea, and then if you’re still feeling the urge, the Satellite 3.ReplyCancel

  • Trude10.7.14 - 11:14 AM

    I just love seeing how everything is coming together. It helps me to take a deep breath and remember that (unless you’re Emily Henderson) homes do not come together in a week. Half the fun is the growth and the pleasure of finding long-lasting things you really love!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly10.7.14 - 8:21 PM

    Maybe send an e-mail or call the store you were in and ask to talk to the manager and brag about helpful lady and what she looked like. Random, out of the blue compliments are always great surprises!ReplyCancel

  • […] toward a pair of Hood Pendants because I had seen and admired them in person at Yearbook. I knew Kim had one in her dining room too, so I asked her opinion about size since my space was similar in scale to hers. She said that […]ReplyCancel


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