Thank you for the wonderful comments on my post about my dining room chandelier decision. If you have not read the comments, they are quite interesting and entertaining to read – click here to see them. I would also like to thank the many readers who sent me great “off the beaten track” antique chandeliers sources.
As always, I read each and every comment, and I also received dozens of emails from readers with more lengthy thoughts.
I have decided to go ahead and put ‘dining room chandelier’ high on the list of items that I will work on with my designer in early 2013, when we do phase II of the design work. Ultimately, knowing both myself and my husband, I am aware that whatever goes in my dining room will be there for a long time, so I have to select a fixture that I really love. And, as many of you suggested, such a key design element really needs to be found with my designer’s guidance, especially since she selected all of the other lighting fixtures in the house. We will get something that works with the style of the house, the room, and the budget. If that’s an antique, great. If that’s an amazing new lighting fixture, that would be great too. But I do think it is time to find a beautiful fixture to put in the dining room.
Many of my readers were shocked that I have a naked bulb in my dining room, after spending so much time and effort working on the design and build of the house. If you have ever built a house, or gone through a major renovation, you can understand the mental and financial fatigue that sets in at the end of a project. That’s why I still have my old beat up reproduction French country kitchen table and 1980s style barstools in my kitchen – which are definitely at odds with the architecture and style of the kitchen - and will be replaced next year.
But – rest assured – I do have some beautiful lighting in other areas of the house, and here are a few glimpses (taken with an iphone camera this weekend).
A simple bell jar lantern graces the front hall.
I love our kitchen light fixture – it is grand in scale, which works perfectly in my kitchen. The iron of the fixture works beautifully with the steel windows in the kitchen.
The library light fixture is alabaster and has a subtle Greek key pattern etched into the side. It has a lovely glow at night, and truly ‘makes’ the space. I never would have selected this fixture on my own, but my designer thought it was the perfect touch for the room – and that has proven to be the case.
The lantern in my stairs is also large in scale, and looks great from all angles, particularly important as it is often seen from below.
My favorite lantern – the Mizner by Niermann Weeks – I had my eye on this lantern for years (I would often go into the Atlanta showroom and visit it), and I love seeing it every day.
I do have one other bare bulb to show you – in my groin vault hall. My designer wanted something very special for this place, and she has never found just the right thing. We will find something when we do phase II.
And finally, my master bedroom. We put a cap on this one! We looked at a few options, but again didn’t find just the right thing. Maybe because it is capped, or maybe because I had a ceiling fan in my old master bedroom, but I don’t miss having a chandelier in my master bedroom. Right now the room is lit by lamps and a few small targeted recessed lights, and it works just fine – although it would be nice to find a pretty chandelier to finish off the room.
It’s interesting to see these fixtures in isolation, because I was not aware that we had so many iron fixtures in the house! They work well with the architecture and style of the house, and are spread throughout the house, so they are not seen at the same time. There are some key rooms that do not have fixtures at all because of the design of the space– like the living room, because centering a light fixture would not make sense for the furniture arrangement given the architecture of the space (and two chandeliers would not have worked either).
Writing this post brings back memories of all the time and effort that went into selecting light fixtures – not an easy task when building a house from scratch!
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