Tom and I bought our house almost four years ago now..well actually technically Tom bought it. We had been together for about a year and a half at this point, although we had already been living together for a year of that. I guess it was too soon to do something as big as buying a house together, plus owning a house had never been part of any dream or aspirations I had where as it was a strong desire of Tom's.
I've not grown up in a culture where owning a house was a thing you did or a goal to achieve. My parents don't own their home and growing up I must have moved house a good 15 times before leaving home at 18. I've always been of the notion that a house was a temporary thing that you lived in before you moved on to something else, a new part of town, a new city or a new country even. When you rent you can live in some fantastic houses or areas that you (we) simply could never afford to buy. My folks have lived in self built eco homes and houses that gardens led onto beaches, some gardens that seemed to stretch on forever and farmhouses with stone flooring and AGAs. Although the downsides of renting of course can be unstability, (my dad has actually created this petition to end evictions where there are no grounds). My parents have a love of traveling that I guess they thought I would inherit but surprisingly I discovered there was nothing more I liked than being a homebody.
I love having 'our home' a place of our own to raise our family.
Our first year in our new home was pretty depressing to be quite honest. There was lots and lots of work to be done and with a very limited budget it was a bit tough at times (especially ripping out and redoing a kitchen two weeks before having a baby, obviously I wasn't involved in any of the actual work but still rather stressful). As with most home renovations the big jobs had to take priority which mean at times that the little bits are still hanging around somewhere midway down our 'to-do' list. Tom and our friend Rog did a fantastic job re-doing our whole kitchen and I couldn't be more pleased (and grateful) there are always the extra details that really help finish off the job though and one of these was our kitchen lighting.
For the past four years we have been using the spot lighting that came with the house. In all honestly it wasn't our style and being the lazy people we are when one bulb went we would rarely replace them until we were down to our last spot light. In one way this was a blessing as a dimly lit kitchen hides a lot of mess ;) but being such a small space anyway and it being winter it's felt very dark and cold.
We were contacted by Litecraft a little while ago to see if we fancied trying out any pieces from their range so we of course headed straight for the kitchen department. I'm guessing you can all tell by now we are fan of the vintage vibe so we picked out the Dylan Restoration Diner Pendant which is priced at £69.99. If we had a kitchen that was roomy enough for a dining table we would totally have placed this above a table however we thought it would still look great as our main kitchen light. I'd been after a pendant light like this for a good while so it was the perfect fit for us!
The only problem is its nice and bright now to see all the mess….
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