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Be a HeRO: Lighting Plan Feedback Wanted!

You know what I like about the blogosphere?  That there are so many people out there, with so many great ideas and constructive criticism.  I know that I wouldn't be able to come up with half my ideas without at least a little inspiration from other bloggers or Pinterest.   Nobody is an island, and there is rarely a design dilemma that someone else hasn't already faced.  If you are stuck, you shouldn't be afraid to ask for help!  I have done it myself.. 
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I was so happy with everyone's suggestions on my post asking for help deciding on a kitchen color scheme.  I took all that feedback into account, and even used some specific suggestions left in the comment section (including picking a tan cabinet color, as well as opening up some of the cabinetry).
I have had quite a few readers email me and/or send me photos of their space asking for my opinion about what to do with their design dilemma.  I am really flattered that anyone would ask me what I thought, and as much as I LOVE sharing just my opinion I think sometimes collective feedback is just what someone needs.    
So today I decided I was going to give back to one of my readers.  I'm calling it:
 Be a HeRO (Helping Readers Out)

Tracy* just moved into a new house up in the frozen tundra of Canada.  She is trying to figure out what kind of lighting she should put in her new kitchen.  She sent me a few pictures of her space as well as a list of her specific wants/needs.

She has a cute little galley style kitchen with updated cabinets and stainless/brushed nickel accents.  The hood and cabinet color, along with the tile backsplash, are very traditional:

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:
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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):
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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:
If she were to use it over the dining room table (since it does hang quite low) she could install a single glass globe pendant directly over the sink, centered in that opening.  

I love the option of installing a can light above the sink (since you are doing cans in the rest of the ceiling and it makes the wiring simple) and then using a conversion kit (for only $59) to turn it into a pendant.  This also offers flexibility if you want to take your chandelier with you if you move (something Tracy originally mentioned possibly wanting to do.)  

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! 

* Today's reader just happens to also be my sister.  If you are interested in having your design problem featured here (or just want my feedback), please email me at kim (at) themoney-pit.com.   
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