Kitchen Lighting Design Dilemma: Abridged Version

At the risk of sounding like a whiner with my first world problems I’m going to share the following design dilemma with you:

Design Dilemma

Design Dilemma: These Murphy pendants I selected have been on back order for months and won’t arrive in time for installation.

Those lights? Yes, those. I ordered 2 of those (13″) for over the island and 3 (9″) for over the peninsula. When? December 4, 2015. Every month since then I’ve called to ask, “Where are my Murphy Pendant Lights from Troy Lighting?”

Every month I’m told,

“Their arrival date is unconfirmed, however, they should be distributed from our warehouse by the end of next month.” The last time I called, I was told the end of April. These lights aren’t even in North America yet. I’m finished waiting. It’s time to take matters into my own hands.

I cancelled the order.

I think it’s important to remind you, dear reader, that one of my rules for The Ashland House is:

If I don’t love it, I’m not putting it in this house. 

The morning after the order was cancelled I awoke at 3 am to Mr. OPRFLife returning home from work. I couldn’t get back to sleep. I was in an irrational semi-wakeful state. I dragged myself out of bed and spent the next 2 1/2 hours scouring every website I could think of to find an alternative.

Shortly before 6 am Mr. OPRFLife (Why hadn’t he gone to bed yet?!) sat down next to me and started shopping over my shoulder. I think it’s important to note that at this point he had been awake for 24 consecutive hours. He pointed to the lights below and said, “Those are okay. You can swap them out later. They’re a good price too.”

That’s all I needed to hear. I was weary. I was on the precipice of giving up completely. Here’s what I ordered:

pottery barn mason jar pendant light

You were thinking I was going to put up a picture of some ugly lights, didn’t you? Nope. I was just being dramatic. (Photo curtesy of Pottery Barn/Google Images)

They were on sale for 1/3 off. For a limited time. I had to act fast!

I ordered 5. That means there would be 25 mason jars hanging from our ceiling. Overkill? I could always cut a few of the ropes off so things would be to scale, right? I like them. They don’t offend. They’re just temporary. I can change them later. Mr. OPRFLife likes them. He’s okay with it. He might be experiencing a severe sleep deficit but he seems to approve.

Reality sinks in.

I didn’t follow my gut.


Ultimately, The House and I decided they were just OK. Great for another house but just OK for us.

So what happened?

I found these:

Capital Lighting Pendant CAP-009482-635x635

Three of these will go over the peninsula.  They’re 8″ in diameter.  I should probably Scotch Guard the shade since it’s going in the kitchen.  (Photo Credit:  Capital Lighting)

Capital Lighting Pendant CAP-009665-635x635

What is this magic?!  Two of these will go over the island.  They’re 12.5″ in diameter.  Trust me.  I’m creative.  (Photo Credit:  Capital Lighting)

Both fixtures are described as Winter Gold. They arrived yesterday and in person they appear to be mostly satin nickel with a soft gold undertone. The result is a versatile metallic finish. Both finishes on the two different styles match. I’m a fan. I’m happy to make changes to the other fixtures in our kitchen for permanent lights that I love.

Here’s the hardware we’re having installed on the cabinets next week:


Amerock Lattice Appliance Pull Satin Nickel – much better in person.  (Photo Credit:  Google Images)

The recurring lesson I still haven’t mastered but am slowly learning:

Be patient and go with your gut.

The Ashland House is my Yoda.

Thanks for reading and have a Joyful Day!

xo Whitney

P.S.  Here’s a post about our kitchen cabinets if you’re curious.

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    1. Mauri

      MRS OPRF, I’m so glad you didn’t go with the mason jars! Like your original choice but like even more your last choice. Glad MR. OPRF was able to contribute – just tell him this is what he chose in his sleep deprivation state of mind. xxoomm

    2. Valerie

      I’m with Mauri…love the new choices. (Your gut was right…25 hanging mason jars would have been overkill!)

    3. Rebecca Matthews

      I would have to wait. The first ones are the best!!
      You were grasping with the Mason jars;))!

      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        The first ones are fantastic but alas they aren’t meant to be this time around. To say I was grasping with the Mason jars is a very polite understatement. 😉 xo

      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        Thanks Cheryl! As much as I still like the first ones I think the last choice was the best choice (especially in the context of the house). I think sometimes when there’s a bit of struggle along the way you are forced to look at things from a new perspective. I believe that is true in design and in life! Thanks for reading and commenting (and I’m very pleased you love the last choice). xo Whitney

    4. Dr Meg Sorick

      Love, love, love the ones you originally chose! Nevertheless the backup plan looks pretty sweet, too! Glad you didn’t go with the mason jars. 😉

      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        Thanks Dr. Meg! This first lights had me at hello but (like a handsome man with commitment issues) I just couldn’t keep waiting around for them. I’m happy with the back-up plan. I’m also glad I didn’t go with the mason jars! 😀 xo

    5. Juli Hoffman

      I like what you picked! Yeah…I’ve learned the hard way, don’t settle. Sometimes you’ve got to be flexible, but if you’re using the phrase, “These will work, for now…” keep on looking! More options are out there. 🙂