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Thursday, February 11, 2010

I see the light!

Finding a pair of small, vintage chandeliers isn't easy let me tell you! I've been looking for a pair, one for each of the guest bedrooms, for a while now. Currently this is what you see in both bedrooms! Lovely, yes?! Both bedrooms are rather small, so I wanted the continuity of having the same vintage fixture in each bedroom.

I found this pair of small (20 inch diameter) vintage chandeliers several months ago. I passed on them then because I didn't want to spend the money, but several weeks ago I went into the shop and they were marked down $100 each from the original price! All the sudden I saw them in a new "light"!

I realize that at first glance these chandeliers looks a bit over-the-top for small bedrooms in an antique farmhouse, but I plan on taking off all of the drop-crystals and crystal ropes and making them very simple, classic crystal-armed chandeliers. In this photo you can see how I've started to remove the crystals from the one on the left, showing the clean lines of the fixture. I wanted fixtures that would be a nice detail without making a big statement. I've been smitten with glass-armed chandeliers for a while now, so I think they will be perfect in each bedroom.

I first brought one chandelier home on approval, and even though they're small they are really heavy, so imagine Dan holding one up over a bed, and me asking him if he could also please "lift the crystal ropes," so I could get an idea of what they would look like! It ain't easy being Dan!! Dan's next project is to clean and wire and hang them!

I will then add real-wax candle sleeves from this wonderful company, Lumiere Candles. They have a wonderful product, great prices (I was paying double to triple this in Dallas for a mediocre product, and their charge to custom-cut is nominal), and their customer service is the best. I highly recommend this company. Ask for Paul!


  1. They are gorgeous and I love them just as they are. I don't think they are ott and will give the room such warmth and character. Great find, xv.

  2. Beautiful! A really excellent find. Would love to see the end result
    xoxo Pattie

  3. Gorgeous! Can't wait to see them finished and in place - photos please! Leigh

  4. Thanks so much for the link to the candle covers. I love them. MB

  5. I love them. Now don't take off too much:) I can't wait to see them up. Finding two of a fixture is a true challenge - spoken as someone still on a quest.


  6. Niiiiice find! And love those beeswax sleeves you directed us to!

    Get to work Coolio Dan!

  7. They will be perfect and finding them on sale makes them even more perfect! I hope you save all of the crystals you're taking off and do something wonderful with them, like put them in an old wooden bowl or apothocary jar.

    I can't wait to see them once they are cleaned and hanging in your wonderful rooms!

    Kat :)

  8. Good choices on the chandeliers, and thanks for the link to the candle sleeves.

  9. The chandeliers are beautiful, I like them!

    Lovely greetings, Ingrid

  10. I can't wait to see them hanging!!

  11. HI!!!! They're so beautiful Joan. I love them. They're like sisters! And I'm sure they're both so very delighted to have come home with you! And I did the same thing with Mike when we were hanging our dining room chandelier trying to figure out the right length for the chain. Sweet husbands. xoxo Trina

  12. Oh they are gorgeous Joan, they were meant to be yours. They waited for you to come back! A-M xx

  13. Hi Joan! I love love the idea of taking off the beads and showing the barebones of the chandy.

  14. Hi Joan,

    Great find! Can't wait to see what they look like after you put them up in the bedroom. Have missed you posting. Life does get busy doesn't it?!?!
    Take care.
    Tasmania, Australia

  15. Hi Baby, I cant´wat to return from Panama asd start hanging. Miss you, D

  16. Can't wait to see them hanging. BTW my first visit. I love Ella. I have a sweet pound puppy named Daisy. She ran and ran today in the rare snow!
    I will hang around awhile. I have enjoyed my visit her at for love of a house. I love your name.
    Have a Blessed, Cozy and Warm Friday.

  17. Hi Joan,

    Very, very pretty. Can't wait to check out the candle sleeve link. Talk to you soon.

  18. Loved the comment from a Dan person writing from Panama. Do you know him & if you don't, if he's offering to hang those gorgeous chandies then snap him up Joan!
    Millie ^_^
    P.S. I thought he was taking a liberty calling you Baby, do you think he's a Blog Stalker?!

  19. Joan, they're fantastic! And I love the idea of a elegant chandelier in a farmhouse. Opposites make a home interesting.

    And how cute that your sweetie chimed in with a post, what a guy!

  20. Beautiful find! I adore chandeliers in small intimate spaces...I suppose I am like a crow, always attracted to the shiny bits! I will look forward to seeing the finished effect!

  21. one word...3 syllables


    one smilley... :)

  22. Pretty, pretty, pretty! I have one very similiar to those in our "formal" living room. It had the rope cyrstals as well, but I took those off, too. I'm glad I did! If you're doing it, then it its a good idea! You guys always make things look beautiful. I'm going to email you a picture of mine. It needs to come down and be cleaned, but I'm embarassed to say I haven't done that yet. I'll have to check out your suggestion for the candlewax sleeves. xoxo, allison

  23. I think they'll be beautiful. So glad you updated...I missed your posts:)

  24. They will look perfect...I like them just as is :)

    Kathy :)

  25. I actually quite like them WITH the crystals, but I am sure they will be darling without.

    I finally put up a new post on my blog about the baby's room. Traveling for work is kicking my butt!

  26. Thanks for your visit! Where have you been? I have missed you!!


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