Thrilling tales of chandelier shopping… on the edge of your seat kind of stuff.

 

Remember when i was like, ‘I’m thinking about getting the random hanging light from DWR’? as if, ‘Oh, if i have the time i’ll swing by and grab it’,  or, ‘Perfect, i happen to have $1200 extra dollars in my piggy jar (is that the right word, piggy jar? hmmm), or, ‘Sure, since i’m in the neighborhood i’ll give it a whirl’.  Well, reality has set in, (I hate you reality, take a f-ing hike). So while Mr. amex is tempting me and Mrs. I-can-rationalize-anything is whispering in my ear all the reasons why i deserve it, Sir. Reason has now won.  Yes, Sir Reason, you are quite correct, I can not afford this light right now.  La di da. Way to ruin the party.  This is the blessing and the curse of being raised by super practical high school teacher parents.

string-chandelier
i won’t be buying today.

 

But I still need something.  My dining room is the main source of light in my apartment, wall to wall windows, so i don’t want something too obtrusive.  I want something that is a huge statement, but quiet and not too distracting. I love the random light so much because it is organic (the string is totally random and different on each one) while still being graphic (a perfect sphere); and it’s a huge statement while being super quiet and not needing a lot of attention – one of my favorite combinations in things and people, bt-dubs, take note.  But I need to get over it.  It’s in the past.   It didn’t work out, it wasn’t meant to be, it is a sad parting, but both of us will move on.  So, I went to Ikea to look at this one, the Ikea Maskros:

ikea-maskros-chandelier ikea-maskros-chandelier
It’s great in a huge space where you don’t actually get too close to it. But it is uh-normous – like over 2 1/2 feet in diameter.  I love the pattern that it reflects on the walls though.  And it’s only a hundy, which is a lot of bang for your buck.  But it’s too big for my space.
So back to the drawing board.  A reader (I heart you Natalie, from Ban-do) reminded me of the diy version on Etsy which looks like this:

Unfortunately I can’t do it, not for such a big moment over the dining table, it’s too diy for a serious room. Although it is only $15.00.  I think it could be cute like in a kids room or somewhere where the DIY-ness of it will be embraced.
So here is my newest idea:

modern-industrial-chandelier
It’s from Clayton Gray Home.  Not exactly the first time we’ve seen this, I know. But here are the plusses – it has some drama, but it’s not distracting at all – the sunlight will filter through easily.  It is modern, kind of has the industrial thing going on, but there is a looseness about it that works for me.  And lastly, its $280. Not nothing, but certainly not $1200.  And lastly I just found this on-line, a diy blog called Small notebook, which i think is super pretty, although I would use white chord/bulb thingys instead of black.  might be worth trying, they give the step by step, and it under $50.

What do you think Sir. Reason? oh and by the way how did you get knighted? by being the biggest buzz kill in all of England?
But seriously, is the Clayton Gray chandy too played out?  is saying the word ‘chandy’ super douchey?  is the word ‘douchey’ played out?  do i ask too many stupid questions?

 

  1. Shana

    That last one is kind of pretty – it reminds me of a bunch of balloons upside down.

  2. Amy

    Okay another nice option is from west elm – glass wire chandelier I think it is called. I commented twice today – but my last one about the pottery barn Edison chandelier was on the wrong post. Oops! West elm has an orb for $150 – called coconut something. I'm not too into the sphere personally.

  3. Anonymous

    I like it. And I have it in my library. In black. 31 inch. Stunning. Go for it.

  4. I almost got that light too for our stairwell….I soooo wanted it. I think I even found a slightly cheaper version from Moomba but honestly the size I needed would have been $1700…almost the lighting budget for the whole house and no one seemed to get the beauty of this pendant as much as I . So I did the ikea thing and got the huge white wicker bell like shade and it works great. Later I found a vintage nylon string shade at the back of a junk yard and got it for $4…it's no wired, I keep it on a shelf as it's quite small but still cool.

    I do like the Dandilion Ikea light too but I heard it takes so long to put together.

    k

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