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Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Susan Lang, Designing Your Dream Home

You made some great points!

Lisa Albert

Great tips as always. Thank you, Kelly.

In the 2nd photo (island hood, no pendants) I noticed that the SS and glass hood is modern in feel and yet the chandelier over the kitchen table is definitely traditionally flavored (and a different metallic finish? hard to tell in the photo). I've been hesitant to consider an island hood, often so sleek and contemporary, because I thought mixing contemporary SS with traditional ORB was breaking the rules (whatever they are). Seems I was wrong.

I do wish, though, that there were more choices in styles of hoods, especially island hoods, and that those choices didn't cost an arm and a leg.


Thanks Susan and Lisa!

That was an interesting project, Lisa. The clients preferred to keep their nook chandelier for the moment and I have no idea whether they changed it or not. Their home was a real interesting mixture of new and old and I must say it worked for them and the architecture, but it was definitely not the norm!

The hoods used to be noisy lights; now they're pretty powerful. It makes a huge difference, but of course with the power comes the manufacturing costs. There are a lot of choices in hoods but most of them require some, er, level of investment. When you have to air a room quickly you really appreciate them. Honest. *grin*

Lisa Albert

Aha, so what you're saying is that they broke the rules and got away with it! Good for them. However, your answer confirms my belief - that mixing modern with traditional takes courage and the right mix. I'll have to think hard about whether we can pull it off. Unfortunately, wood seems to be the only option if one wants a traditional hood. I like wood but it's visually heavy looking, especially as an island hood.

You aren't kidding when you say that hoods require "some level of investment." I am shocked to see that often they cost more than the cooktop! Island hoods should come with sticker shock warnings.

This issue has become a matter of balancing aesthetics, cost and function - and then taking pendant fixtures into consideration, too. No wonder my head aches! On the plus side, so far I've been fortunate and haven't fallen for the really expensive lighting fixtures.


"...a matter of balancing aesthetics, cost and function - and then taking pendant fixtures into consideration, too. No wonder my head aches!"

Try it when you're working on multiple projects. I've woken myself up by the sound of my own voice, "...but the crown molding can't be coped by the intake!"

Best part though is that feeling of satisfaction at the end and when you have your first cup of coffee or that first meal or a friend walks in the room and her jaw drops.

You need some cheerleaders too; here you go! *\O/* *\O/* *\O/* *grin*

Lisa Albert

I can relate. I have 3am epiphanies and panics, too. I love it when I uncover the perfect way to write an article (and I've been known to get up and write it down right away for fear I'll forget) but I hate it when a problem occurs to me and then I stay awake the rest of the night trying to puzzle it out. I prefer the former but both are exhausting!

Thanks for the cheering! ;-)

Barbara Yanoshek

Do you have an equally informative post about track lighting (or the more modern name for these lights) that support pendants for use over a kitchen peninsula with seating? My contractor has already finished the ceiling and all I have is one fixture connection over the peninsula. I have not seen a multiple light single fixture pendant I liked.
Thanks for your input, Barb


Hi Barb,

I took the opportunity of using your question for "A Reader asks" post, which is here: http://bit.ly/c05suA

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