The Light Is Greener On The Other Side

January 19, 2012


Last night, our dining room got a facelift.


Say hello to our new green apple light!! After much debate between safe neutral colors and wacky patterns, we decided to go with a bold color in a safe solid pattern. My other light requirements were at least 2 bulbs 100 watts each and a diffuser on the bottom (since this is where most of my dinnertime photography takes place!!)

We settled on this green silk shade from Seascape Lamps. We’re very happy with the choice – and should we decide to go more neutral down the road, the company has TONS of shade colors that we could easily swap out with the same lighting kit.


Matt impressed me 1,000 percent by doing this project himself – from cutting the rod to fit our height requirements to doing the electrical work. Husband points!


We have yet to see it at night because we didn’t have the bulbs last night, but I love it during the day!


I put on my matching fleece and went for a 4 miler after writing all morning. It’s below freezing here but I was toasty in 3 layers, 2 hats and gloves!


Back at home I had leftover quinoa salad – with more goat cheese!


And an apple.


Debating one of my cookies for dessert!

Decision: yes!


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1 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I love your light Kath!! I am also a big fan of bright bold colours and have quite a lot of them splashed around my house. With the 2x100W bulbs and a diffuser, do you find your night time photos need much editing?


2 KathEats January 19, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Well I don’t know yet because we don’t have the bulbs yet to test it, but I’m guessing yes


3 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Sounds like you won the debate–cookies are always a good idea right after lunch–and you gotta celebrate that AWESome lamp!

I LOVE that color. Great choice :)


4 Janelle January 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm

WOW kath I LOVE that green and the shape it adds a POP to the room – it’s summery springy fall and for Christmas season ! Looks great :-)


5 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat January 19, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I really need to stock up on goat cheese! You have such an eye for color.


6 Kavi @ Lab to Fab! January 19, 2012 at 1:49 pm

LOVE the green light shade! Lime is one of my favorite colors. Also love that your outfit matched your lighting fixture 😉


7 Kerry January 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm

haha, my thoughts exactly! great colour for a jumper or a light shade


8 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm

i LOVE that lamp!! green is my favorite color, plus it truly does complement that room well! great choice.


9 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh January 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm

LOVE the light! It’s the perfect pop of color in there! Big time hubby points. :-)


10 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot January 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm

That light is fantastic! I love bold popping colors :)

And I am totally craving a cookie right now…maybe I’ll have to make some this weekend 😀


11 Eileen January 19, 2012 at 2:17 pm

wow ~ impressive work by Matt! looks great at that height :)


12 Casey @ OatsAndNanners January 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm

HAHA I love that you bundled up for a run! My coach always tells his runners to under-dress because your body will heat up naturally and all that gear will just weigh you down… and I’m like, hello it’s 20 degrees out! I’m wearing my layers!


13 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 19, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Great color shade! I also had leftover quinoa and a cookie for lunch! It definitely hit the spot.


14 Sarah January 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Since you are a goat cheese fan have you tried quark yet? I’ve just started finding it in our co-ops and whole foods here in MN. To me it tastes like the curds in cottage cheese but with a goat cheese texture. Can’t wait to try it on a bagel.


15 KathEats January 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Never heard of it!


16 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning January 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Good choices all around. :)
I’m about to bundle up to go for a hike after work. I sure hope the sun is out!


17 Life's a Bowl January 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Awesome lamp shade and workout attire- green and pink are my fave colors 😀 Mad props to the man for being so handy!


18 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats January 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm

I love the green, good choice! And that’s great that you can swap it out if you decide to changes things up!


19 Leslie January 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I love the lamp! You have such a tasteful dining area.


20 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm

that lamp is so you! I know you love the lime green family and it matches your blog text color, your fuzzy jacket and it looks great with the dark wood table and chairs. Pretty!


21 Kelsey January 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Love the light! I’m eating quinoa + beets + goat cheese right now!


22 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio January 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Great choice Kath!! That light looks wonderful in that room. It really makes the green on the plates pop!


23 Angel7 January 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I love the lamp shade! It makes a bold statement! Great job, Matt!

Would you ever turn down a sweet treat? :)


24 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious January 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm

The light looks fabulous. You will have to let us know about the night effect. I love shade pendents, but I seem to always opt for a non fashionable ceiling fan to get light and circulate heat/air.


25 Catherine January 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I love the light – green is my favorite for ANYTHING! So I like your shirt too – haha! I keep looking around my house noticing things we really need to update. But lack of extra money + non-handy hubby does not make for good combo when it’s just “cosmetic”.


26 Cait's Plate January 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I LOVE the pop of color with the green! And I definitely support the cookie for dessert :)


27 Emily @ The Swallow Flies January 19, 2012 at 3:11 pm

The dining room looks awesome! My best friend just got great dining room chairs in that same green color, and I love the retro look they give to the whole room. Super cute!


28 Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 19, 2012 at 3:16 pm

oooh I love the new light! Although I am completely biased as green is my favourite colour :)


29 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl January 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Love the lamp! Nice job. And the matching outfit. 😉


30 kathleen @ the daily crumb January 19, 2012 at 3:25 pm

i love that green!

and a cookie is always the right decision :)


31 Roxanne January 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I like the lamp choice, and I certainly will say you can’t get lost in a snowstorm in that outfit! Love the bright colors, I HATE it when at night the joggers, pedestrians, bicyclists all wear black… If I see something, I will put my high beams on, it makes them look around. I always think, it’s your life, please don’t wear black at night!


32 Jen January 19, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Good decision :) I’m so jealous that’s all you have to wear outside! I like the green shade – you can get the best of both worlds – something that’s bold but still not too flashy because it’s solid print.


33 Mary Catherine January 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm

LOVE that lamp! The color is perfect against the walls.

Do you still recommend a 50mm f/1.8 lens to beginner photographers not ready to invest a bunch of money on lenses yet?


34 KathEats January 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Yes, it’s a wonderful lens for the price. My only complaint was that 50 mm is so cropped that food was hard to photograph. People too. My 35mm is so much more versatile


35 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm

That shade is gorgeous! Love the shape and color. I think it goes well in your dining room. :)


36 [email protected] January 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm

What a cool light! We are debating transforming our kitchen from the dark/and brown to white cabinets with that color green glass tile backsplash. That light would work perfectly in my dream kitchen 😉


37 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles January 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm

When you think of it, green could be thought of as a neutral colour…nature is full of green to compliment all the beautirul colours nature provides. In your case, the green acts as the colour to give your dining room the added ‘je ne sais quoi’ it needed. Beautiful!


38 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth January 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I like the light but am loving the colour of your fleece and gilet and particularly like them together :-)


39 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs January 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Husband points indeed — what a guy :)

I love the bright color — it’s a nice pop against the neutral walls!


40 Kathy W. January 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Gorgeous shade! Really lights up that room, even in the daytime!


41 Kelly January 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm

It’s a testament to your personable writing style to say that I actually wondered just last weekend “I wonder what lamp Kath decided to go with?”


42 KathEats January 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm
43 Kris January 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm

LOL. When we got married, I thought my MIL’s house was so dated — all green 60’s furnishings. Now I’m seeing it all again. Not my taste, and thankfully I didn’t fall for the late 80’s/early 90’s blue/mauve either. What matters is that you love it. Enjoy your new shade!


44 Ana January 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm

I love your green apple light, it is beautiful! Great choice, it looks great on your room! :-)


45 Rebecca January 19, 2012 at 5:35 pm

You look so stinking adorable in your bundled up running outfit. Love hot pink and lime green :) The shade looks so YOU too!


46 Mom January 19, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Love the light! Good work, Husband!


47 Karen January 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I was wondering when the well-considered lamp shade would make an appearance…it sure provides a pop of color!

No offense, but your running attire is making me giggle…not sure I could get away with it, but it looks adorable on you :)

Oh, and don’t feel bad re. your drop in temp – consider that Chicagoans are suffering with temps in the single digits!


48 Kristen @ Change of Pace January 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I love the green. I think it was an excellent choice! :)


49 deva at deva by definition January 19, 2012 at 6:20 pm

You look very bundled up for your run!


50 kelsey January 19, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I love your decorating style! I would have never thought to put in that green of a lamp, but it looks amazing!


51 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) January 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Love the green shade. Nice choice.

I cannot imagine below freezing weather. It was in the mid 60’s today and I think the forecast is set for low 70’s tomorrow. Yes that is Houston “winter” weather for you. Ha!


52 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous January 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I love the lamp! It looks so fresh and light!


53 TeenyLittleSuperChef January 19, 2012 at 7:11 pm

What a bada** looking light fixture! It’s so cool how a simple change can make things go from so-so to awesome. I dig it! And I also dig that quinoa salad. Although I think anything with goat cheese added to it is delicious. I’d probably eat a dirty gym sock if someone covered it with goat cheese. Probably wouldn’t change the smell too much, huh?


54 Michelle (Better with Berries) January 19, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Love that light!! Such a fun burst of color in the room!


55 Aileen January 19, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Love that shade of green…very refreshing to the eyes. Looks good in your dining room. :-)


56 Khushboo January 19, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Love the green shade- brightens up the room!


57 Kelly January 20, 2012 at 9:04 am

LOVE the lamp!!! Great choice!


58 robin January 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm

What kind of shoes do you wear in the winter when you exercise outdoors. I have been staying in because mine are so clunky to walk in. Our weather is worse then yours and I dont want to break my neck. Also do you think you burn more calories in the cold?


59 KathEats January 20, 2012 at 2:28 pm

It’s not so cold or snowy here that I can’t just wear my regular tennis shoes. I wore big boots in Montana last year


60 robin January 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Oh and I LOVE the new light!


61 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie January 21, 2012 at 12:31 am

Goat cheese goes so well on everything :)


62 Anna January 21, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Oh wow, it’s perfect!!! I love the contrast with the furniture and how it pulls in the patterns on the plates.


63 ~Christy January 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Perfect temps for a run!


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