And there were lights!- Kitchen Progress Update #3

Seems like a update on my kitchen remodel is long overdue to y’all. Last we talked I was contemplating the meaning of life and why countertops were made to exist. Not quite that existential but I was trying to find the right countertop solution for my kitchen island at the right price. And as to not leave you hanging on that one, nothing has been decided yet. Nothing except marble is out of the question. I saw a beautiful slab of marble in my friend Jennifer’s home and decided that I’m too anal about things looking clean and perfect to embrace the character that etching brings to marble. Whew, felt good to confess that! I think the two front runners are macuaba quartzite and London Gray Caesarstone. I need to get down to Denver to look at some slabs in person to see which one I utlimately want to go with.


Today’s post though is all about the new pendant lights that are hanging above the island. Previously we had some cheapo lights that we picked up at Lowe’s when we first moved into the house. They worked fine, looked OK (?), and didn’t make me want to throw up when I looked at them. But c’mon, you should feel a little more love for the lighting in your house than that! My search for the perfect lights above the island started and I shared this moodboard with y’all and asked for opinions on which one would be best in my kitchen and still coordinate with this light which hangs above the eat-in kitchen table.

kitchen island choices_edited-1

Many of you chimed in and voted for #8, the Hicks pendant. And I’ve loved that light for a long time. The price tag on that light comes in around $750 and I would need two of them so that’s a lot of money for new lights. I wasn’t completely opposed to spending that much because I knew that those lights are timeless and would be something I kept for a long time. Then a reader alerted me to these lights which look a lot like the Hicks pendant but have a more industrial shape to them:

cadence pendant


And the price? Way more affordable at $300 for the large version! I could get two of these lights for less than it would cost me for one of the Hicks lights. I did ask myself if I would be as happy with these lights, money aside. And the more I thought about it the more it made sense to give these Murray Feiss lights a try. The shape fit in better with my style of kitchen and the black and brass combo would be perfect for bringing in more gold accents to my kitchen. I took the leap and ordered two of these lights from The Lighting Connection. They arrived quickly and in perfect condition. And guess what, even I was able to install them by myself! The hardest part was getting the links on the chain open to shorten it to the correct length. Once they were up it was perfect! These guys look so much more expensive than the previous lights and each pendant houses two light bulbs so the kitchen is much brighter with these lights on. Ready to see them in place?

Cadence Pendant from The Lighting Collection | suburban bitches Cadence Pendant from The Lighting Collection | suburban bitches Cadence Pendant from The Lighting Collection | suburban bitches

Aren’t they gorgeous? I don’t think any of the other lights I was considering would have been any better in the space than these two. And if you are ready to update some lighting in your house, check out The Lighting Connection. I had a great experience with them and they have been so kind as to offer up a 15% discount off orders for our readers. Just simply  use discount code suburbanbitches at check out to receive the discount.

And some of you observant readers might have noticed a sneak peek of the painted cabinets in the first picture. The cabinets have been painted and I can’t wait to show you how they turned out! You’ll have to wait for a whole post dedicated to the major change that resulted by painting the cabinets!









**I was given a discount on my lighting from The Lighting Connection for writing this post. Discount aside, I love these lights and would have paid full price for them. The Lighting Connection was great to work with and my lights arrived in a timely fashion without any damage. All opinions are of my own.**

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15 Responses to And there were lights!- Kitchen Progress Update #3

  1. Gorgeous! I have wanted new pendant lights for a long time now, and need to dedicate some time to finding something I’ll love, but will also keep me happy for awhile. A tall order! Yours are perfect!

    • Erin says:

      I hear ya! I think the key is finding a balance between price and look. If you really love the light and it’s a classic shape and style then a higher price will pay off in long-term love with the light. These were perfect because the shape isn’t as classic as a Hicks light but the price was right if I end up wanting to change down the road.

  2. Every single detail is gorgeous! I absolutely LOVE the lights.

  3. Kim Macumber says:

    Looking Good! I love the lights and agree that their shape fit your space better than the David Hicks! Way to go … looking forward to seeing your painted cabinets … sneak peek has me saying YES!!

  4. Deb says:

    Love the lights, and the living area! Where are your stools from? Love those too!!

  5. Melissa says:

    I actually like the less expensive lights (a lot) more than the original. (that hardly ever happens in my life!) They look fantastic in your kitchen.

    • Erin says:

      Thanks Melissa! I too usually have an eye for expensive things but these don’t make me regret saving money at all!!

  6. Love them Erin. They look amazing in your space and i def like the shape of these better than the hicks for your kitchen. Plus the costs savings is pretty awesome too.

  7. Renee says:

    So happy to have found this. Have been considering buying these lights. Seeing them up in your kitchen helped me decide to take a gamble. If they don’t work in my kitchen I can always return them! But they look gorgeous!

    • Erin says:

      I have a feeling you will love them! They are great lights and I keep see them popping up in people’s spaces.

  8. Rachel says:

    I am in love with these pendants. We are considering these in our master bedroom where we’re thinking of going less conventional with the lighting. Is the brass finish more gold or brown. Every pic I see of them looks different. Thanks for your help. Love the kitchen!!!

    • Erin says:

      Hi Rachel,
      I would say the finish is definitely more brown than gold. It really is an aged brass finish, which sounds bad but believe me in real life these lights are really, really good.