Dining Room Lighting Options

When we moved into our home three years ago, I immediately knew I wanted to replace the builder-grade light in the dining room. It works fine, it just isn't my cup of tea! ;) We spend a good amount of time around the dining room table and I'd love a fixture that better fits with the feel of the room. In addition to eating meals, this room also sees its fair share of late night law studies, fierce board game matches, craft projects, and is the center of lots of fun get togethers!

Here is the dining room in its current state:

Over the past few months, I've been on the hunt for a option that is both budget friendly and one that I am confident will stand the test of time. Since the light is in a prominent place, I definitely want to get it right! One thing I have noticed is that budget-friendly lighting is hard to find. I've narrowed down our choices and hope y’all might be able to shed some *light* on the situation! ;)

Here are a few inspiration photos I keep coming back to:

source: Pinterest

source: Dear Lillie

source: Pinterest 

Using these rooms as inspiration, I have narrowed down the list to a few options: 

Option A: Nataline Chandelier by Restoration Hardware

Option B: Mia Crystal Pendant by Pottery Barn

 Option C: Circlet Lantern by Shades of Light

 Option D: Je T'aime Chandelier by Shades of Light

Option E: French Empire Chandelier by Restoration Hardware

The favorite contender that I keep going back to is the Nataline Chandelier. I think it's classic and timeless yet I love the vintage inspired look. I also think it could fit in with different decor which is a plus! 

Any favorite lighting resources that you think I should check out? Would love to hear your thoughts!
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White & Gold Mail Center

In the age of going paperless, we still get a lot of mail at our house. When we moved into our home a few years ago, I placed a simple white tray on the kitchen bar to collect all the mail, but everything  tended to just piled up. We needed a better system to keep organized. We usually enter the house from the garage, which leads straight into the kitchen. There is a small little nook off the garage entry which I thought would be perfect for a mail center. Here is the nook after it got all dressed up and organized!

I am thrilled with how this little nook turned out. I also love how it helps to maximize every inch of space in our house! We've been using the organization system for a few months now, and it has helped to keep all the mail and loose papers simplified and organized.

I found the Nate Burkus file folders on clearance at Target. I think the gold adds a little touch of glam :)

Eddie added a second wooden shelf to give more storage space. After sanding and painting, he installed the shelves using strips of shoe molding underneath.

The white box from HomeGoods holds magazines waiting to be thumbed through. The black and white pad is for our grocery list and was found at the dollar section at Target. Every good grocery list needs some form of chocolate, right? ;)

My favorite part of the little mail nook is the framed print by Emily Ley. I love having these beautiful words serve as a daily reminder to try to choose a standard of grace in place of perfection (sometimes hard for this type A girl!)

So that's our little mail nook! Now we just have to stay with the system and keep organized :)

paint: behr ashes
wall filing system, mail divider, key ring: the container store
pens, pad, journal, folders: target
white box: homegoods
print: emily ley
frame: hobby lobby (a couple of years ago)

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