Kitchen and Breakfast Nook (and Tom Dixon Copper Chandelier)

Moving is so hard.  (Can I get an amen?!)  When you are finally in your new place, you wonder if the boxes of your stuff literally multiplied and replenished your house.  Boxes. For. Days.  And then, your stuff comes out of the boxes, and what once fit in your old house, doesn’t quite fit right in your new house.  Aw, the moving game.

It took some time for the boxes to clear out, but I’m FINALLY starting to feel like our house is more of a home, and a livable home at that!

This post is more of a “state of affairs” of the house.  Obviously nothing is on the walls or really decorated.  But it’s semi-put-together, so I felt confident enough to share.

I love this view of the breakfast nook when you first walk into the house.  The copper chandelier is the first thing everyone notices and comments on when they walk in.


We kept our Restoration Hardware table, but the chairs were all wrong all of a sudden.  I knew the breakfast nook was screaming for a set of Eames chairs.


We had a builder-grade chandelier over the table, and I hated it.


I knew a long time ago that I wanted a Tom Dixon copper chandelier.  Fun fact, I couldn’t find one for less than around $700.  And that was discouraging, because that was NOT in the budget.  It would be a very empty dinner table (with a very pretty light) if I would have paid full price.

HOWEVER.  I found a very (seemingly) sketchy Chinese wholesale website, that sold this light fixture for a fraction of the cost!  (Here’s the link.) Right after I ordered it, I got a call from my bank verifying I indeed made the purchase.  To be transparent, I was terrified I had made a huge mistake.  But then, 2 weeks later, to my delight, the chandelier showed up!  It was as brilliant as I expected.



Forgive me, because I TOTALLY forgot to take the baby-lock off the cabinet before shooting this… and by the time I realized it, the kitchen was already messy, and the sun was down.  So, you get a lovely baby-lock in this photo.


Aaron picked this granite because he liked the way it tied with the copper light.  (We had the light picked before we even started building!)  We still have many things we want to do to the kitchen.  We have plans for a backsplash, and for making the cabinets less builder-grade and more custom.

The bar stools are the same from our old kitchen.  I’m not really sold on them being cohesive with the design plan we have going on.  But for now, they are staying (until I find new stools that I absolutely cannot live without haha).


I’m really pleased with the way the kitchen and breakfast nook are coming together.  I was REALLY skeptical of the dark espresso stain on the cabinets.  That was Aaron’s decision.  It’s very far out of my white kitchen comfort zone.  But it’s really growing on me.  I guess it’s a good thing to trust your husband every now and then!



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  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    did you get the same chairs as me? they are fabulous!! we’ve been loving them.

    • Kenz

      I think we might have! I got ours on overstock!

  • Sketchy Chinese imports to the rescue! It looks amazing!

    • Kenz

      Gotta love those chinese 🙂 I suppose we should have celebrated with chow mein or something

  • I love it all! and can I just say again how Happy I am that you are back?!

    • Kenz

      🙂 Thanks my friend!

  • oh my goodness!!!!! it’s amazing!!!! worth the scare. 😉

    • Kenz

      haha thank you! I guess it’s true what they say… “if it doesn’t scare you, it’s not worth it.” Do they even say that? I think I just made that up.

  • Rita

    I love your dark cabinets, especially with that light. Can’t wait to see more.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Rita! I was really really nervous about the dark cabinets. Normally that is NOT my jam. Aaron really wanted them though, so I caved. But I’m really liking them now. I’d like to get some glass doors eventually, but that would mean getting cute dishes too… haha. The struggle is real.

  • What a beautiful kitchen and breakfast nook Kens. I love the new chairs and that light fixture is so amazing. What a beauty. Gorgeous new kitchen too!!

    • Kenz

      Thank you! I’m very much enjoying it 🙂

  • Heidi

    I love everything about your kitchen and the breakfast nook! It’s so open but cozy! I can’t wait to see how you customize it!

    • Kenz

      I really need to get some art up on the walls over there. One of these days…

  • Wow, what a great sketchy Chinese import find! I love how your home is coming together so far 🙂

    • Kenz

      Thank you! It’s a slow process, but baby steps 🙂

  • mmmmm….. I’m loving where this is going. Love the cabinetry. The light. The chairs. Love it all.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Kim! I’m starting to get more inspiration as we continue to live here and use that area.

  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    You so had me at Tom Dixon cooper chandelier. So gorgeous!

    • Kenz

      Thank you! Isn’t that copper so dishy?!

  • Ha, no way! That site looks shady as all get out but the copper light is amazing! It looks so great with your dark cabinetry & those Eames chairs!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Brynne! And that site really was super sketch. Even the bank wasn’t sure about it. They called me on two different occasions to verify that I actually made the purchase, then again to make sure I’d actually received the product.

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    Love that light. Glad it arrived and was gorgeous!! I’m loving the layout of the kitchen area! It’s so open!

    • Kenz

      Thank you! We still have our 2nd Tom Dixon light in a box that I have no idea what to do with. We were going to hang it in our stairwell, but I don’t think it’s bright enough.

  • Tara @ Surburble

    It’s gorgeous, Kenzie! And yes, moving is SO hard. I’m still trying to find stuff and we’ve lived here for 2 months now!

    That light is gorgeous! Great choice!

    • Kenz

      It’s so true! Trying to find stuff is the hardest part. I’ll be looking for something, and know exactly where it would have been in the old house… haha. I’ve heard it been said that it takes a solid year to really get settled. I feel like that was the case with our last house.

  • Anu

    Love how this little nook is coming together. The light is gorgeous! The Tom Dixon is one of the lights I’m still considering for our kitchen.

    • Kenz

      I really love most of Tom Dixon’s collection. There’s some really good stuff there!

  • Mindy

    Um, that light is amazeballs.

    • Kenz

      Thank you! I’m basically in the most love with it.

  • Tracie

    I love the light fixture. SO worth dealing with dodgy Chinese wholesalers. 🙂

    • Kenz

      Thanks Tracie! I still really love the light fixture. It’s not super bright, so I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re really dependent on a chandelier as a light source. But since we have so many can lights all over the place, it works out nicely.

  • Rick

    Great job on your decorating decisions. Glad I stumbled upon your site. I’ve been considering ordering a couple of Tom Dixon Fin mini pendants and a Moooi Raimond pendant from a similar Chinese site. How did the customs fees etc turn out? And how faithful a reproduction is your light, or is it genuine Tom Dixon?

    • kenz

      You know, this is going to sound terrible, but I actually can’t tell if it’s an original or a reproduction. Obviously the chinese site says it’s original. And it looks like it to me. We still love ours. I’m glad we were able to find a great deal, because I would never have justified the original cost. Good luck!

  • Lacey

    Kenz. Late to the game but glad I found you. Must have the scoop on your beauuuutiful kitchen floors. Do tell!