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Making it Yours 14B: SAIC Together Pendant Light

Making it Yours follows one piece of furniture (or in this case, a light) through several different designs. I like to imagine a story behind each new iteration, and here we’re following along with Maxwell. When we last checked in with him, he was living alone again for the first time in a long time, and he had put his energy toward decorating his dining space. Since then, Maxwell has swapped out the dining room light for a lucite and brass chandelier and moved the Together Pendant into his bedroom.

The bedroom was functional with a bed and dresser, but it didn’t reflect Maxwell’s taste. You’ll see the same indigo accents and the same aesthetic — masculine, but with a softness to it, and lots of luxe through the materials and finishes. He likes leather, wood, brass, and organic elements, and you’ll see all of that at play in the upcoming third design too.

Making it Yours 14B: SAIC Together Pendant Light

  1. Storm Wall Hanging, Fine Little Day

  2. 34″ Antique Gold Round Mirror, Lamps Plus

  3. Aspel Ocean Table Lamp, Lulu & Georgia

  4. SAIC Together Pendant Light, CB2

  5. Rake Brass Chair, CB2

  6. Philodendron Floor Plant, Wayfair

  7. For Tears Screen Print, People I’ve Loved

  8. Mongolian Lamb Fur Pillow, Crate & Barrel

  9. Threshold Vintage Washed Sheets, Target

  10. Stockholm Bed, IKEA

  11. Canali Dresser, Home Decorators Collection

  12. Geo Tufted Wool Rug, West Elm

  13. Ceramic Moon Shapes, Jenifer Lake, Etsy

Look for Less: English Roll Arm Sofa

Let’s consider this a public service announcement, shall we? Questions about my sofa come up constantly, and now there’s a good way to get the look for less.

Teal Sofa, Black Walls, Blue Loloi Rug | Making it Lovely

I love our teal Winifred sofa from Anthropologie. The size and scale is great, the quality excellent (super sturdy, super comfortable), and it’s pretty darn cute… but it’s also the most expensive piece of furniture we’ve ever owned. It was listed at $3300, and I bought it when it went on sale for $2300. I feel like it was worth the price, but it was definitely a big chunk of change to put down.

Fast forward to a few years later, and it’s no longer available. If you love the look though (and not the price), IKEA now sells a reasonable facsimile: the Stocksund 3-1/2 seater sofa in ljungen blue.

Get the Look for Less: Blue English Roll Arm Sofa

Why the difference in price? The stores play a part, of course, but there are a few differences in quality too. The Anthro sofa is 98″ long with cotton/linen upholstery, a kiln-dried hardwood frame, down and polyfill cushions with eight-way hand-tied seat construction (and that cute button tufting), handcrafted in USA. IKEA’s sofa is 90″ long with a polyester cover, a frame made of particleboard, plywood, and fiberboard, with polyurethane foam cushions that have inner springs. The overall styling is slightly different as well, along with simpler turned legs and no castors on IKEA’s version.

I would expect my sofa to have a longer lifespan, perhaps needing reupholstering eventually rather than replacing, but the less expensive option is still a great choice! (We own an IKEA couch too — the Kivik — no complaints.) Throw a few pillows on there, style it up, and bam.

Teal Sofa, Black Walls, Blue Loloi Rug | Making it Lovely

Making it Yours 14A: SAIC Together Pendant Light

CB2, based here in Chicago, sometimes collaborates with local students from the School of the Art Institute (SAIC). One of their latest designs is the Together Pendant Light, and it is the basis for my next edition of Making it Yours.

SAIC Together Pendant Light

My Making it Yours series is all about how to make special pieces work for you over the years. Tastes change and living situations change, but the things you love and surround yourself with always find a way to stick around.

I like to imagine the owner of each piece that I feature — it’s more fun that way! For this edition, I’m thinking the owner is Maxwell. He’s in his mid-thirties and living by himself after getting out of a long relationship. His apartment is a decent size with white walls and a small dining area, but the lights that the apartment came with are terrible. After getting the go-ahead from his landlord, Maxwell swapped most of them out for simple schoolhouse fixtures. He wants something more special above his round dining table though, and he finds it in the Together Pendant. The blue of his leather chairs is picked up by the patterned curtains he has hung, and he has added an industrial display cabinet to store dishes and linens. It’s flanked by a pair of sconces, and a modern portrait finishes off the space.

Making it Yours 14A: SAIC Together Pendant Light | Making it Lovely

  1. Curio Display Cabinet, West Elm

  2. Tumbling Diamonds Curtains, Anthropologie

  3. SAIC Together Pendant Light, CB2

  4. Indigo Stripe Napkins, CB2

  5. The Beginning, Kai Samuels Davis

  6. Isle Sconce, Cedar & Moss

  7. Queen Anne Dinnerware, dbO Home

  8. Aero Black Flatware, Crate & Barrel

  9. Regency Leather Side Chair, Williams-Sonoma Home

  10. Asolo Worn Black Dining Table, Arhaus

  11. Raindrop White Paint, Glidden

 

Making it Yours 14A: SAIC Together Pendant Light

We’ll check in with Maxwell again soon for the next look. It will be a few years into the future, and we’ll see the light moved into his bedroom.

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