Archives for February 2014

Visual Comfort Studio Star Lantern vs. Pottery Barn Talbot Lantern

I’m always on the search for a new light fixture over my kitchen table.  We didn’t love the chandelier that came with our house.  So a few years ago, we replaced it with a bargain chandy from Ikea.  It’s been a great place holder, but when we re-do the kitchen, I’d love an updated light fixture as well.

My favorite has been this beauty from Visual Comfort….


visual comfort

It retails for $1199 but is currently on sale for $839.

Much to my surprise, I recently opened up the Pottery Barn catalog to discover the Visual Comfort twin!


pottery barn

The Talbot Lantern retails for $349.  Quite a significant difference for the same exact look!

But before you rush off and purchase Pottery Barn’s Talbot, you must compare the dimensions between the two lanterns.  Visual Comfort’s Studio Star Lantern is significantly larger.

PB Talbot Lantern: 15″ square x 19 tall

Visual Comfort Studio Star Lantern: 18″ wide x 29″ tall

Maybe the Visual Comfort Studio Star would be better suited for a larger space, such as an entry….and the PB Talbot for over a kitchen table.

For now, I’ll just keep dreaming about an updated light fixture.  And hopefully one of these beauties will still be available when I’m ready to take the plunge!


My Favorite Valentine Downloads

I feel like I’m a fairly crafty mom.  But making valentines isn’t something I’ve put much {ahem, any!} effort into.

My kids really don’t mind the store bought, cheap pack of Valentine’s cards.  But this year, every time I went to Target, I forgot to buy them!  So I decided to browse Pinterest and see what others had created and were willing to share.

I was pleasantly surprised with the large selection of Valentine’s online.  Here is a look at the two selections made by my kiddo’s.

Jack is 10 so that eliminates a lot of cards that are too young for his class mates.  He has always loved origami.  So when I came across this cute paper airplane Valentine, I knew this folding project be right up his alley!



/// to download the paper airplane Valentine, click here \\\

And like most households of elementary school aged kids, we have been overcome with the Rainbow Loom craze.  So this next Valentine seemed like an obvious selection for Emmie. {And I secretly hope it helps us offload some of the many bracelets we have lying around the house!}



///to download the bracelet Valentine, click here\\\

It looks like a great deal of effort was put into our Valentine’s this year, but it was so simple!  It only took me a few minutes to print them out. And the kids took the project from there!

Are you using store bought Valentine’s, using a free download from online or making your own?



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