I did a bad thing.
This morning, I awoke to an email from Fab.com, one of the throngs of homewares sale sites, listing Trubridge lighting among its offerings for the day.
Backstory: I have had a huge crush on the Coral Pendant made by David Trubridge, ever since I saw it in Domino years ago. When we first bought our condo, Mark bought me the pendant from Design (Not) Within Reach as a very sweet house-warming present, but then we decided it was just too big and looming for our little dining nook here (it's 31" in diameter). So we returned it to DWR, and they charged him a $35 "restocking" fee, on top of shipping, even though we'd never so much as opened the package. And they gave him the run-around. So no more DWR for us ever. Not like I'd ever be able to stomach spending their prices on furniture anyway.
But my love for the Coral Pendant went on.
And then, lo and behold, I click to Fab and see this:
You know where this is going, of course.
I bought it. A HUGE discount and the lowest price I've ever seen for the Coral. But still $300 with shipping, which takes a bite out of our initial furnishing budget on the new house.
When I told Mark what I'd just done, he immediately responded, "Are you sure it will look good in the space? Did you mood board it?" (Wow. Look at him, dropping "mood board" as a verb! Well you know I did, but you have to wait til the end of the post to see. Or you can just skip my rambling and scroll down.)
Despite the dent it's making in the budget, the Coral Pendant is going to look amazing in the space, and I'm super excited to see it there. Combined with a big, modern rustic farmhouse table and my other crush -- the Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair -- it will be a perfect mountain modern dining space.
Don't know the Wishbone Chair? Here are some inspiration shots from Pinterest:
A real, licensed Wishbone Chair is a small fortune, but there are a lot of knock-offs out there, including this one from Overstock. I know the issue of knock-offs is contentious, but I have a different view if the creator is alive (no knock-offs) vs. deceased (they aren't profiting, so knock-offs are okay)... a convenient view, I'm sure. Mr. Wegner passed away in 2007, so I have no moral trouble buying an unlicensed reproduction, and I plan to purchase four of them for our new dining room at some point in the future.
Here's my vision for the new dining room, with modern wood pieces and some nature-inspired green accents.
Table: Crate and Barrel Pacifica
Birch tree tray: Marimekko at Crate and Barrel
Paint: Benjamin Moore Halo
What do you think? Would you find it too boring to spend time in a home with a similar, subdued color scheme throughout? Or would you find it relaxing, like a getaway home should be?
And how about knock-offs? Are you against them? In favor of them for budget purposes but morally conflicted? Never thought about it? I'd love to hear!
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