The search wasn't easy. We wanted something that was a bit fancy to work with our antique dining table, but we also wanted it to look natural to work with the bring-the-outside-in vibe we were going for in The Lodge. In the end, I just couldn't stop coming back to this chandelier from West Elm:
It is a nod to the traditional chandelier, yet the square lines give it a really modern feel. The capiz shells bring a sparkle to the room, but they also introduce a natural element. At $299 it was way more than I've ever spent on a light fixture, but as I said in the beginning, sometimes you save your pennies all along the way so that you can spend them on one big item that will make the room. We were certain that this fixture would be the wow factor that our little characterless Dining Room was looking for. It was a 10% off moving coupon that finally threw me over the edge. I nearly kissed the sales clerk when I bought it and skipped out of the store. Unfortunately, installing it didn't make me quite as happy.
|P.S.- Yes I do wear sundresses all the time when I do home improvement. It's not because I'm fancy like that, but because sun dresses are the next closest thing I know to pajamas, and nobody judges you when you where them to the grocery store.|
So the Hubs began what would be a half and hour process of freeing all these guys, and that's with both of us working furiously. We're
|Still working on that better camera with a wide angle lens. You get the idea though.|
I came across this guy on major clearance in Home Goods before the bank accepted our offer for The Lodge and I couldn't help but buy it as inspiration for the new home. I hope to introduce some textiles to the room in these silvery blue and burnt orange colors to soften up the room and give it more personality.
What about you guys? Anyone else splurge on a big item lately? Have a crush on West Elm like me? Do tell!