favorite light fixtures {the look-for-less version!}

We’re on the tail end of finishing up our kitchen redo, which means I get to turn my attention to choosing some of the finishing elements, my favorite being light fixtures! Not being up on some of the current lighting trends, I was amazed at some of the options out there now. From glam to retro to classic, I had the hardest time narrowing down my picks from the many choices out there. AND, best of all, I found inexpensive versions of some of my favorite high-end looks! I wanted to share some of them with you today!

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Okay, there’s really no contest here. There’s OVER $3000 difference between these two fixtures, and, while I love Restoration Hardware for many things, I think this World Market fixture is clearly the best buy of the two.

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I don’t mean to pick on Restoration Hardware here, but, really, this driftwood World Market fixture (though a few inches smaller), is such a better buy (and looks almost exactly the same as it’s pricier counterpart).

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Now let me say, I love Pottery Barn (in fact, two of my new kitchen fixtures came from there), but while I was looking for new hallway lights, I couldn’t help but notice how the Lowes version of this flushmount light looks crazy-similar to the high-end version from Pottery Barn.

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The picture doesn’t do the Lowes nickel pendant justice, but we purchased it and the color is much lighter and closer to the Shades of Light image than it appears. The Lowes shade is $15, then you purchase the light kit for $20. A great bargain for a very similar fixture!

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I saved my favorite for last! I love this Home Depot wood chandelier, and at $200 less than the Shades of Light version, it’s a definite winner in my book!

So, I’ve shared my favorite look-alike finds, what’s yours?

My Pottery Barn Handprint Ornament {and why you need one, too}

One of the realities of parenthood is that the days may seem long, but the years are short. I love creating and gifting keepsakes around the holidays that are meaningful, beautiful, and that we’ll cherish for years to come. I recently purchased the Baby Handprint Ornament (currently on sale!) from Pottery Barn Kids, and it’ll definitely be one of those keepsakes that we’ll love for a lifetime.

After purchasing the ornament kit, my 3 year old couldn’t wait to open it up and get to work. Everything you need is in the kit, and it probably took all of 5 minutes to put it together (not counting drying time, of course).

See how much fun we’re having? It really is easy, quick and foolproof! The safe and non-toxic air dry clay requires no mixing or baking.

We used it as part of our holiday decor, but this product would also make a great baby gift and keepsake-what a perfect, thoughtful present for baby showers, baptisms, birthdays, or any occasion for that matter!

See how nicely it fits in with my aqua and red holiday decor? I also tried it out on our Christmas tree…

My 3 year old loves pointing it out to visitors, letting them know exactly whose hand it is. If I didn’t love it so much myself, I think it would make a fabulous gift topper for grandparent gifts! They’re currently on sale, with free shipping, so I may need to pick up a couple extra!

So tell me, what’s your most treasured holiday keepsake?

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love for a rug

 There are certain things that can transform a room from blah to beautiful with minimal effort. Paint and pillows are near the top of that list, but a great rug is pretty transformational as well….

I really wanted to jump on the jute rug bandwagon; I love neutral colors and wanted the texture that a jute rug provides. But I definitely didn’t want something too rough or that would be uncomfortable to sit on. After checking out a few local places, I realized that I’d have to go online to find what I wanted. Enter a well-timed post by Thrifty Decor Chick on her new rug purchase, and I had my answer…


I ordered Pottery Barn’s Two Tone Diamond Jute Rug, and love how it adds texture and warmth to our living room.

Tell me about your latest favorite purchase?