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I learned so much about lighting during our 'whole house' remodel I forgot half of it. But this is what I really learned...after all said, but not done:

Do Not be matchy-matchy, finish-wise. It's the easy way out. But not interesting, even for a CPA like me.

If you have Traditional-looking, gorgeous cabinets (I know, bragging) then go for the Industrial-looking pendant lights.

Make a statement with your pulls. I wanted "sweet little knobs, etc." My husband made the smart decision (altho at the time I thought, he's crazy.) You've heard it b4, Go Big, or Go Home.

Take a picture in B&W, reverse it, make copies & then sketch in various choices. (Also good advice for the Garden.)

Lastly, despite what my friends who are currently buying $5+ million houses or scraping & rebuilding, subway tile backsplash(s) of one material or another are still "in fashion." Countertops are another discussion, grin. The jury is equally divided between quartzite, marble, soapstone & of coarse, granite.

Just my two cents.

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Sounds like an overall great experience, thanks for sharing!
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I want to use a Tiffany pool table set of 4 lamps fixture over the kitchen island in my new white kitchen. I don't see anybody doing this. Anyone out there with pictures?
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