What she doesn't like is the lighting:
The room itself doesn't get much natural light, and she is looking for fixtures that will throw enough light, will fit in the space, and won't break the bank.
There is an opening in one wall, above the sink that overlooks the living room. She specifically asked me to focus on brightening up that space:
I would describe Tracy's style as "Vintage Eclectic" (a budget DIY bloggers dream!) When she sent me the photos, she also included a few lighting styles that she considered her design esthetic:
As adorable as those lights are, I don't think they fit the style of the current kitchen, so the dilemma is finding a lighting style that would still suggest vintage, in a kitchen that screams "TRADITIONAL!"
When I saw her kitchen, the first thing that popped into my head was Christina's fantastic kitchen from Remodelando La Casa:
Swoon! Look closely, those are the SAME CABINETS and even the same style hood. A little paint and updated lighting could give this traditional kitchen a whole new look.
Although Christina's kitchen has an island and the lighting is centered, Tracy's kitchen could actually accommodate a fixture as large as that. She mocked up some pendants out of paper bags to show just how large the space actually is, and how it could handle a large fixture or multiple small ones:
I am not sure where Christina got her fantastic chandelier, but I found this version online for $200, which I think would be adorable in that opening above the kitchen sink or above the dining room table:
I like it because is is a more modern take on the vintage version of the same fixture (which is $165 for the single pendant):
Like Christina, Tracy could install can lights and remove the track light altogether (which is a very affordable update) and leave the emphasis on the chandelier, either over the sink or in the dining room:
So this is what my final lighting design would look like:
With the installation of the chandelier ($200), six can lights ($120), and one conversion kit ($60), plus the wiring for installation, these changes would come in around $500. Not bad for a lighter brighter space which comprises two rooms!
What do you think?
What would you do with this space?
Any suggestions are welcome!