Before we delve into today’s topic, let’s chat about chrome versus brass/gold.There’s definitely a premium on all things brass/gold right now. Well, unless it’s that tacky shiny gold stuff from 1993…that stuff is still really cheap.I wrote a few weeks ago about my dilemma with choosing to go with either chrome or brass finishes for the kitchen in the new house, and the majority of you all agreed that chrome was the way to go. I agree. And seriously, you all are awesome for chiming in even if you disagree. I puffy heart you all. The two deciding factors in my chrome or brass debate boiled down to timeless and price. I feel chrome is timeless and easy to live with forevermore no matter my current taste (chinoiserie, black and white, roosters…kidding, I’ll never like that rooster stuff!) and brass/gold may be a trend I hate in five years. But, at the end of the day, brass/gold stuff is just way too expensive. Plus it’s hard to get all those gold finishes to jive together cohesively, meanwhile chrome is chrome. But how much more would I have to pay if I chose gold, exactly? Here’s a general look at chrome versus brass/gold hardware, lighting, and faucets.
Cabinet Hardware: $3.20×20= $64
Light Fixture: $440
Chrome Faucet: $265
Cabinet Hardware: $46×20= $920
Light Fixture: $1210
Gold Faucet: $384
The difference is over $1,500, and I haven’t even factored in hinges, barstools, backsplash tile and those sorts of things. Are there cheaper light fixtures/pendants that would work in a gold finish? Yes, absolutely. But I was trying to compare apples to apples in terms of 48″ chandeliers.
But back to the main point of today’s post.
Daniel and I have been struggling with whether to go with the one linear crystal chandelier, like so (excuse the poor Photoshop job…)
Or, go for glam and do two separate chandeliers.
I put this out for opinions on my personal Facebook page, and let me tell ya…my Facebook friends HATE the idea of chandeliers over a kitchen island because chandeliers don’t belong in a kitchen and it’s overkill. Meh. I disagree and think chandeliers are a great way to add glam to a space, and my style definitely skews glam.
I mainly want chandeliers over my kitchen island to decorate them for Christmas like this:
Source: Rusty Hinge
But then again, Julia’s linear chandelier looks fabulous decked out for the holidays.
Source: Cuckoo 4 Design
Finding stylish counter height stools is difficult. The four Ashley barstools in my mock-ups above will come out to be less than the cost of ONE barstool we wanted from ZGallerie. We were willing to splurge on ZGallerie barstools until we saw they would charge $100 a barstool for shipping. Yeah, no. But they sure do look great.
And sadly, Frontgate doesn’t make this gorgeous lucite barstool below in a counter height size or else I’d be all over that…seriously, Frontgate, take all my money and make a counter height version. Look at how AWESOME they would look. But I can’t have 30” barstools at a 36” counter…right? Sigh.
Soon I can move on to the living room, which I am stoked about decorating for the holidays. I’m skipping straight over fall and going full Christmas in October mode, sorry not sorry. However, I am not stoked about finding a new sofa for the long haul. I’m tired of 5 year sofas (or 2 year sofas like our last Ashley sofa) from discount retailers and want a more grown up, sophisticated, quality piece. But more on that later.Drop any suggestions or ideas or things I may have missed in my kitchen planning. xo.