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Featured Customer | Jadite Pendants Bring Fresh Look to Post-Sandy Renovations

In just a few short hours, Hurricane Sandy did $68 billion worth of damage to the New York/New Jersey shoreline. In the nine months since the disaster, residents have been slowly picking up the pieces. Today’s Featured Customer owns a vacation home in Ship Bottom, New Jersey, on Long Beach Island which saw 16″ of water in the interior during the height of the storm.

“Everything had to go after the storm because the water went throughout the entire downstairs ruining everything in its path,” Erica explains. “Appliances, carpets, walls, sheet rock, electronics, furniture, and mattresses all had to go.” Erica and her husband Justin, co-owners of The Whiskey Brooklyn, decided to change the style of their decor with the clean slate they now had.


“In the dining and kitchen spaces, we wanted it to be bright and clean and as functional as possible,” Erica explains. “We loved the idea of a big island where everyone could hang out while we prepared food. We also added the window from the kitchen to the dining room to get more light into the kitchen.” Erica chose a classic vintage pendant to highlight her new space — the Primary Schoolhouse Stem Mount Light. She customized this fixture with a galvanized stem and canopy plus a single Jadite band.


“We were really drawn to the color which ties into some tile work in our bathroom nearby,” Erica says. “We thought the fixtures were classic and fresh.” For the dining room table, the couple chose a Benjamin® Fortified 3-Light Porcelain Stem Mount Pendant in a matching Jadite finish. This rugged, American made fixture features three 16″ shades mounted on two 18″ brushed aluminum arms. Erica added antique bulbs in the barn chandelier and installed a dimmer for a finishing touch.


“I love how they light the table when we’re sitting for a meal,” she notes. “I usually keep them on afterwards too because they make the room look so warm and cozy.” She also put the kitchen pendants on a dimmer and often leaves those on at night as well.


“I like that both are interesting accents in the room but neither overpower it as a focal point,” Erica says. “We get lots of compliments on them!”

Photos courtesy of the homeowner

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