The lighting section of the DIY store is one of my favourite sections. The children love it too. All those bright bulbs, disco balls, fairy lights and remote control flashing leds keep them occupied while I browse the pretty fittings and the nifty sensor gadgets.
The only thing is, I am not great at visualising what a light fitting will look like in a different setting. That’s part of the reason why we have spent the last six years with a light fitting in the kitchen which I find quite old-fashioned and ugly.
I’ve had an eye out for a replacement for years. Years. Any time I have found something I thought might work well in our kitchen, I haven’t been able to work up the conviction to buy it and fit it. When I saw a gorgeous pale blue metal pendant light on the Wayfair site last year, I was very tempted but was afraid I would get fed up of the colour. When I spotted this selection of pendant lighting in a local boutique, I was overwhelmed and couldn’t settle on one.
It seems though, like love and inspiration, the right light fitting turns up when you least expect it. A couple of weeks ago I was shopping for children’s pyjamas on the Tchibo website. On a whim I decided to browse their furniture section. And lo and behold what should I see but the ideal lighting for our kitchen at a bargain price. With a simple shape, matt black metal, textile cable, glass and a retro LED bulb, they seemed ideal Before I could reconsider, I added two to my basket and clicked buy.
If you follow me on Instagram (follow me here) you might have seen my stories the day the parcel arrived. Excited is not the word! When I opened the parcel and saw that the pendant lighting was every bit as good as I had hoped they’d be, I was all set to get them hung and switched on.
My knowledge of electricity is not great, but I know enough not to fiddle about with it myself. The Bavarian has come on a lot in the handyman department since we moved into our house: After a little thinking (and a lot of encouragement from me to get a move on) he headed off to the DIY store and bought the few extra bits we needed to hang both lamps from the one outlet.
We spent last Sunday afternoon hanging the lighting and I am thrilled with the end result. Ideally I’d like them to hang an inch or two lower over the table, but with a toddler who likes to stand on the table as soon as my back is turned, it seemed sensible to have the lights at a height where he wouldn’t smash them immediately.
The lights have been up a week now and no harm has come to them so far. They have modernised the look of the kitchen no end and give a lovely warm light to the dining area.