Black Pendant Lighting

By Kate Riley April 17, 2018

I’m halfway done updating my laundry room. I swapped out the old window shade for woven wood and also the old round chrome pulls for matte brass (the same I used in this kitchen remodel). Soon I’ll be building some new wood shelves, repainting, and redoing the floor too.

The newest upgrade is this matte black and brass pendant light fixture, I love it. This 15” wide Hinkley pendant adds a more modern vibe to the space where an older traditional chandelier used to hang.


I’ve replaced a lot of the light fixtures in my home with brass, but in this space I just love the touch of black. Just like hardware, black finishes add necessary contrast. I love the openness and modern shape of this pendant with its concentric frame in a rounded rectangular shapes instead of more frequently seen circles or oval shapes in orb fixtures. The brass candle tubes are a nice accent too!

The 15” version I chose for my laundry room, it retails for $249 but I picked it up on sale a month ago for $199, so I’m really pleased with that. If you like this style, note it’s also available in three other shapes, including the elongated which I think is perfect for a dining space or the skinnier versions which would look great in a bedroom or office, right?

Black pendant lights make a striking statement, especially in light and bright spaces, they’re the perfect punctuation mark.



Note how twin pendants are suspended in these dining rooms, a chic way to drop smaller scale lighting over a rectangular table.




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I always keep my eye out for good looking affordable light fixtures. You know me, I’m budget conscious, so here’s a grouping of cool and classy black pendants all under $300, with the exception of one so technically, under $400.


elisiosavoy laporte  / dainolite 

archer / craftmade / piastre

pinwheel / eglo matte

jessika / nuevo rebecca / black geo

Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley April 15, 2018

Hello and happy Sunday! Thank you all for your comments on the recent post about France and dreams of living abroad, I loved reading about your personal experiences and stories!

I spent yesterday out at the coast in Bodega at the annual fisherman’s festival, eating seafood and enjoying the sunshine, it was a great time! Today I’m doing a little touch up painting around my house and getting ready for my trip to Austin, Texas next weekend. If anyone has any tips on what to do or what to eat or what to see while I’m in Austin, please share!

Favorite links from the past week below!


I love every detail of this cottage bungalow kitchen renovation.

Cassandra’s kitchen remodel was also beautifully done.

Nate and Jeremiah’s tips for stretching your decorating dollar.

Thanks Cristin for sharing this beach house tour! More images here.

Carmel explains in detail how works.

7 bad habits wealthy people don’t have.

Do you always feel tired? 14 reasons why.