We’ve come a long way in just two short weeks. This past weekend, we had a bunch of friends and family over (around 45) to celebrate Faye after she was blessed at our church and we have been working overtime to get our place a little more presentable and welcoming. There are always projects to be done (baseboards!)–and our friends all know this–but it has been fun to push ourselves to see how much we could get done. Chris climbing up into the ceiling, centering the light box and installing our new dining room fixture in the eleventh hour was the icing on the cake. Here’s how things were looking 2 weeks ago:
And here’s how our great room is looking today–new chandelier included!
The evolution includes removing our microwave and surrounding cabinets, rearranging some furniture, painting our cabinets and getting new barstools and installing this new light we got from Lamps Plus. In this post, we talked about a bunch of chandeliers we were considering and we were surprised not one person guessed this one! Surprised in a good way, though. We kind of like being a little unpredictable and against the norm. In the end we chose this one for a few reasons. Since the dining room space is in the center of the great room, we thought a fixture that was not heavy visually and didn’t block the view of the kitchen would be best. And as much as I loved (loved!) the idea of two pendants over the table, we’re excited to implement something similar over an island one day.
If you don’t recognize this option from our round-up (it was “C”), it could be because we decided not to put the shades that came with it over the bulbs–a decision we made before ordering it after seeing the same fixture we loved without a shade in the Curbly house. These 2″ round bulbs we picked up at a local lighting shop for a little more than $1 each, felt a lot more modern and clean to us than the fixture with the shades. When we flipped the switch, we fell even more in love. Very dramatic. Very modern-candelabra-esque.
The arms are all adjustable and after playing with them for a little, we like the longest stem going the length of the table and the other two forming an “x.”
We really can’t stop looking at it. It changed the whole room for the better. We wanted something eye-catching and unique, without blocking any visual space and this light was just the ticket. Are you surprised?
Special thanks to Lamps Plus for partnering with us on this project.