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Tuesday’s Top Ten: Sparkly Island Lighting

Last week I wrote the first of a regular series of posts called “Monday Must Haves”. I decided I didn’t like the connotations of the title as there is very little in this life that we really “must have” and pretty interior decor items certainly aren’t one of them. However, I do like alliteration so I’m moving on to “Tuesday’s Top Ten”.

Given the weekend I had I was considering calling this “Potty Talk” and listing my top ten toilets. I would defiantly give first prize to any toilet which could follow my vomiting children around and open automatically as soon as it heard gagging (hey, I heard of a singing, glow in the dark toilet so why not?).  However, toilets don’t really get me that revved up so I thought I would go for something far prettier: kitchen island lighting. These lights range from traditional to very modern and each was chosen for its’ unique beauty and ability to bring the bling to your kitchen. Enjoy!

Perfect for a traditional kitchen that needs some jewellery.

1. Perfect for a traditional kitchen that needs some jewellery. From Lee Broom.

Great for a traditional or modern setting.

2. Great for a traditional or modern setting. Kitchens have so many hard angles, something round like this adds some softness. From Horchow.

A more modern option with warm gold tones.

3. A more modern option with warm gold tones. From Archi Products.


4. Massie Pendant from Joss and Main.


5. Made to look like slices of agite from Odd Matters Studio.


6. Crystal pendant with bronze finish from Tiger moth lighting

Mercury glass is such a classy way to add some sparkle to a space.

7. Mercury glass is such a classy way to add some sparkle to a space. From Lamps Plus.


8. This Joss and Main chandelier works just as well over an island to bring in some bling.


9. An affordable option from Lamps Plus.

A very modern chandelier with sparkle from Archi Tonic

10. A very modern chandelier with sparkle from Architonic.















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Monday Must Haves: Kettles

I got married five days past my 22nd birthday. The only kitcheny object I had to my name was a wok with which I could cook a barely edible stir fry (just ask my hubby). When we went shopping for our gift registry my mind was mostly fixated on picking items which were not too expensive because I didn’t want to seem “greedy”. If I could go back in time I would tell myself that people are generous and it is okay to pick beautiful, even expensive items for your registry. However, if I had picked a fancy kettle at that point in time I would have regretted my choice since it only took a couple months of marriage for me to melt it on a hot stove.

Eight years later I still have the same melted kettle. Guess what is on my birthday wish list 🙂 A new kettle to go with my new kitchen. Here are ten of my favorite:


Black Morphy Richards kettle. This might be my favorite. I didn’t know a kettle could be sexy.


Krups Stainless Steel Kettle


Bella Kettle from Walmart


Smeg kettle. So Sleek and it comes in a variety of colours! This one is high on my list.


This super classy design looks more like a stove top kettle. Perfect for a more traditional style kitchen. By Dunelm


I’m a sucker for Asian influence in design. By GForce sold on Wayfair.


Russell Hobs kettle and matching toaster.


This Kitchen Aid kettle gives of a sweet retro feel.


Purple Presige kettle.


Another kettle with a vintage vibe by Delonghi.







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Accessorizing Your Kitchen with Etsy

My kitchen reno is now complete (yay!) and it looks phenomenal. However, it needs some accessorizing to bring in the warmth that the other parts of my home exude. I read this fantastic post on Jennifer’s Blog about accessorizing kitchens. Some take away tips from it include:

1.) Don’t over-accessorize, crowded counters are never good design

2.) Lean some artwork against your back splash (don’t forget it needs to be something you can wipe down)

3.) Buy objects that are both beautiful and functional

4.) Use accessories that fit with the style of your kitchen (see below for tips!)

5.) Add pops of colour which coordinate with the colour scheme in the rest of your house

I love shopping on Etsy, partly to support artisans, and partly because it is too crazy going to the store with three children. I went searching for kitchen accessories and was able to find everything from soap pumps to lighting. I have put together three idea boards for kitchen accessories, one country, one modern, and one traditional. Don’t be surprised if you see some of the modern accessories brightening up my kitchen in an upcoming post on my kitchen (okay, might be a few weeks since I have to buy and ship them etc.).


Country Kitchen Accessories

Pendant lights, Hang Out Lighting; Art prints, Benton Park Prints; Cookie Jar, Art Extraction; Cutting board, Something in the Box; Paper towel holder, Locust and Plum; Kettle, Hobbit House; Soap pump, Pretty Simply Studio; Dish towel, Modern Vintage Market.


Modern Kitchen Accessories

Art Prints, Beach House Gallery; Pendant light, SAwanunion; Salt and Pepper Shakers, Club 88 Inc; Kettle,; Cutting board, Dominik Woods; Soap Pump, Rail 19; Dish towel, Hearth and Harrow.


Traditional Country Accessories

Art prints, Beach House Gallery; Pendant lights, Lamp Goods; Emroidered dish towel, Starting Stitches; Cookie jar,; Marble cutting board, Modern Geometry 101; Soap dispenser, Southern Home Supply; Salt and Pepper Shakers, Revive 58.

Bon appetite!

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