a couple of weeks ago, we had a pretty intense home appointment with an electrical contractor. in the short time that we've lived in our home, we'd managed to screw up our living room light by attempting to install a dimmer that rendered the light useless. ooops. we also wanted to install fans in two of our guest rooms and it just so happened that I strongly disliked our dining room fixture.
the dining room fixture that came with the house was fine, but it was really just that... fine. if you know me, I am not a fan of "fine." if you use that word near me about something that I'm asking for your opinion on, it's like sudden death. hatred is a better emotion than "fine." the chandelier had to go. we ended up falling in love with a chandelier on a weekend trip to home depot. with the traditional aspects of our home including the farmhouse-esque table and ginger jar accent wall, I wanted something to break it up and add a bit of an edge. this gilded, industrial piece did just the trick.
a before photo on the left and after on the right. the perspective is a little off but I think you can get the picture - the new chandelier fills the space much better and helps balance the traditional ginger jars and table with a bit of rustic and industrial edge. the thick, gilded edges also mimic the floating shelves better the the thin, circular arms of the previous piece.
the chandelier came with retro bulbs that emit a yellow-ish light, a lot of the reviews online mention that people purchased the same bulbs that emit white light instead. I actually love the yellow, it's soft and unique and definitely more industrial.
one more before picture - adios old chandelier!
chandelier: progress lighting, home depot