Thanks so much to everyone who weighed in on my keep the pine/don't keep the pine dilemma. There was near unanimous agreement for keeping the pine in its natural, un-painted state - especially considering my plan to keep the guesthouse very neutral, with Scandinavian-inspired touches. Given that it's technically a sauna building - and I'm half Finnish - it feels right! So now I'm slowly inching my way toward that vision but with cold temperatures approaching, I might have to settle for a good clean (it's pretty messy out there!), maybe address the lighting and window coverings, and save the floor painting/bathroom reno until next spring because we don't heat that space. I don't mind waiting because then I will have all winter to window shop! That's not a bad way to hibernate...
If you're feeling the Scandi vibe too, you might be interested in a new-to-me source for Scandinavian-inspired lighting! I was approached by Parrot Uncle (an online shop with a huge modern lighting inventory) to collaborate with them and I was immediately drawn to their wooden light fixtures.
This Nordic style ash wood flush mount is the first fixture that caught my eye. It's on sale right now for about $160 - which is so reasonable! I immediately envisioned using two of them in the guesthouse, but caught myself wondering if maybe that was too much wood...
glass and wood flush mount fixture would help create the mid-century mod feel I covet.
pine cone shaped pendant light.
huge pendant light is begging for a spot over a kitchen island in a pared back space with lots of white and maybe a dash of marble with light wood floors.
beaded wood pendant lights is so on-trend right now. Until now I've only seen these on their lonesome, but I do prefer a grouping like this because it makes more of an impact.
This rubber wood pair of pendants references atomic design, but the wood grain softens the space age influence. I also like that it isn't just a naked bulb.
wood slat pendant light, but it would be a great way to introduce mid-century inspired slatted designs on a small scale.
gorgeous hanging light fixtures, but this sculptural, spherical pendant light might take the cake. It's mesmerizing and I'm sure it casts beautiful shadows, perfect for a moody dining room.
modern style wooden hanging lights were obviously among my favorites.
If your interest has been piqued, I asked about discounts and here are some coupon codes to use:
Numberone5% for vintage industrial lights (already 20% off)
Numbertwo5% for wooden lights (already 20% off).
Plus, there are a few promotions on right now and great discounts already applied. You can even get a 10% discount on new products!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Parrot Uncle but I was not given any editorial direction. The content of this post and the products highlighted were all chosen by me. Parrot Uncle is new to me, but their prices seem incredibly reasonable and when I asked about coupon codes, I was thrilled when they offered a few additional discounts on items already on sale - sweet!