At a recent editorial team outing to Highland Park, a neighborhood in Northeast L.A. with countless under-the-radar design shops and restaurants, we stopped for lunch at Kitchen Mouse. As soon as we stepped inside the bright restaurant, we simultaneously honed in on the dramatic woven pendant lamps and, after a little digging, we were thrilled to discover they're available from IKEA for less than $60.
Since that lunch, we've seen the same lamp popping up in restaurants all over the city. And it's easy to understand why: large, statement piece chandeliers that happen to be neutral, blend in easily with any decor, and cost less that $60? Interior design slam dunk. And on a practical note (because a good designer cares about that, too), the lampshade's woven material (bamboo) makes it feel light and airy instead of heavy and ornate, and is easy to maintain since it isn't a precious material or fabric that catches dust easily. Here are some ways you can bring that cool L.A. restaurant aesthetic into your home (and adapt it to your own style):
One of the best things about this lamp is that it will work in any environment. Kitchen Mouse is a fun and colorful restaurant space but the lamp goes just as well in a completely neutral setting.
It's easy to see a row of identical pendants in a restaurant and dismiss the thought of trying to replicate that at home; after all, who has a 20-foot bench in their house? But a hallway, long kitchen counter, or dining room with a rectangular table in it are all good opportunities to arrange a series of pendants, for a dramatic effect.
There are different ways you can stylize the lamp itself, since it can be tiring to see the same product over and over again. Spray-painting or attaching adornments like tassels to your lamp is a quick DIY that will make your pendant unique and personal.
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