Good lighting is like jewelry for the room
Have you heard the saying that good ighting is like the jewelry in the room? Just like we accessorize our outfit with a pretty necklace or earrings to finish our look, good lighting does that for a space. It pulls everything together and says, VOILA! I’m FAB-U-LOUS. Just like choosing appropriate jewelry for your outfit, you want to do the same thing for a room. Lighting can sometimes be a little tricky but here’s how I picked the Summerland outdoor bell pendant for our dining room.
This post is sponsored by Serena and Lily but all thoughts, opinions, and styling are my own.
We installed this gorgeous outdoor pendant lighting last year for our dining room. There are two sizes and three colors and I chose the large in Harbor Grey. Do you remember what our room used to look like before I painted it black? I have zero regrets going all black from trim to ceiling. Since I designed the space with light table and chairs, the room doesn’t feel too dark. It’s still one of my favorite rooms and since we don’t use the dining room often, I have seriously been contemplating turning it into my home office.
The particular light is an outdoor one and I chose it because I really loved the size and shape. It is both light and airy and has a neat open-weave design. It’s weather-friendly so it can definitely be used outdoors.
I thought it would look great over the round table. There is something about using oversized lights that can make a statement for any space.
Here’s a better view of our dining space. The light is simple yet grand and makes a beautiful impact. When you’re thinking about lighting, you also want to take into consideration how bright you need the light to be. This light uses a type A bulb and can go up to 60W. To clean it, just use a soft cloth over the all-weather resin.
This light has one lightbulb but it is sufficient for the dining room since we don’t need it to be too bright in here. I chose a soft warm light to cast a nice ambiance. If your light uses only one lightbulb and you need it to be brighter, try a higher watt daylight bulb.
You can check out the gallery wall in our dining room that I recently put together with a bunch of thrifted and antique frames.
I think a pair of these pendants would look awesome over a large kitchen island or over your outdoor dining table in the patio. The huge beachside wooden bowl is also from Serena and Lily and comes in three different sizes. I thought it was an oversized salad bowl but when I got it, it said it wasn’t intended for food. Can you tell I’m really good at reading directions?! Ha! It would be pretty on a large island full of fruit and veggies but I just have it here for now.
I almost forgot to mention that the installation was pretty clear and simple. My special handyman aka Jimmy replaced the light. Make sure to measure the exact height you want so you know where to cut the cord. It’s always better to be conservative and cut less than you think you’ll need! A general rule of thumb is to hang your pendant light about 30-36 inches above your dining table.
I’ve shared about my favorite tumblers many times on the blog and on Instagram. These are our everyday glasses. I love that the seagrass can be removed so you can stick the cups in the dishwasher. We love them so much I ordered a second set. I also ordered a second seagrass-wrapped pitcher so I could use it to hold a yummy drink or as a vase for flowers. I use one of them in the kitchen to hold a bunch of my wooden spoons that I cook with everyday.
The seagrass is a like a built-in coaster for your tumblers. They are seriously gorgeous and really elevate your everyday glassware. Just me or is there something about a pretty cup that makes your drink taste even better? It also comes in the old-fashioned size which are equally as darling.
I have grown a collection of products from Serena and Lily and I have to say their quality is really really wonderful. If you’re thinking about adding a similar light and you try this one, I hope you’ll share it with me! It’s stylish, unfussy, and just great for comfortable living which is what we’re all about.
Thanks for checking out our dining space and this blog post. You can find more details on our dining room journey below. Thanks to my kind friends at Serena and Lily for sponsoring this post!
- Dark and Moody Dining Room (When I painted everything black and shared a bunch of sources)
- Starting to go dark in the dining room but not quite all the way
- Evolution of our dining room (this one is really old but fun!)
Let all that you do be done in Love. 1 Corinthians 16:14
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