Last week I shared some updates regarding vintage in the kitchen. We didn’t stop at the furniture and accessories but took it to the lighting too.
The funnel-like object over the dining table started the recycled lighting movement in the kitchen. This piece has been lighting our meals for over a year now. I still love its quirk and charm. And we still have no idea as to what it could have possibly been in a former life. We assume it belonged on a farm but have no idea. The mystery continues. I love to hear guesses.
Ryan installed a new light where one didn’t exist. This is essentially a foyer area where the door opens into the room. We needed lighting to define the space. We found this galvanized piece at an antique store and both instantly thought “light”. I know, it’s as if a light went off! Anyway, it appears to be the top of a cupola and that’s exactly how it was found. Ryan wired it to serve as a pendant in this space.
Across the room, we replaced the light above the sink. I love this beautiful rusty structure. This is a wind turbine/air vent that more than likely came from a barn or commercial building. It is large and in charge. Light peeks out of all of the openings casting pretty shadows on the ceiling at night.
Just for fun, the before pictures…
There are still a number of updates and DIY projects to go in this room like making use of the pesky space above the cabinets and replacing the hood. In the meantime, we’re enjoying the vintage aspects so much more than the dated builder grade choices. It is fun to push the envelope. Why not?
More out of the ordinary kitchen projects:
Finally Cape May county got hit with a snowstorm! Usually we just get rain or a dusting when winter storms move through the region. This storm was all ours though, dumping a manageable half-foot Monday night. The snow quietly enveloped the region – from coast to farmland. Very exciting. The tide seemed to slow down just enough to allow the water to freeze under the frigid temperatures. It is almost unbelievable to see the beach in this state, isn’t it? Ryan was on feeding duty at the local alpaca farm. I tagged along to visit the animals who seemed less than impressed with the snow. Just look at their expressions!
One of the things I love most about living in Cape May is all of the natural beauty around us. Sure, we have the beach and ocean and, of course, the most fantastic sunsets. That is a given. But what many visitors don’t always see is the vast farmland that Cape May possesses. Many of the farms are on preserved acres of land. There are vineyards, alpacas, flower farms, vegetables and hens. Lots of hens.
Ryan and I joined the Egg CSA at Beach Plum Farm this year. It is a 20 week Community Supported Agriculture program where we pick up a dozen fresh eggs straight from the farm. I look forward to visiting the farm every week and subsequently the hens. These ladies run a tight ship – looking for snacks and checking out the visitors. I suppose the hen does rule the roost after all.
After a short visit with the girls, they typically lead me right to the piglets. It’s fun to see the personalities of the animals. The hens anxiously peck along keeping everyone in check while the pigs are much more laid back. They’re so darn cute with their muddy snouts and squeaky snorts. I can’t help but to think of Babe, one of my favorite movies as a kid. “That’ll do pig, that’ll do.”
Have you visited Cape May’s farmland lately?