Happy Tuesday, Friends! It’s a beautiful day and today I’m pleased to share with you some sparkly goodness my sister-in-law, Shana, recently found on Craigslist! Hoorah!!!
My family shares with me a love of crystal chandeliers. Even my husband has come over to the dark side when it comes to chandeliers. Case in point he bought me this massive ceiling medallion for Christmas this past year despite the fact we won’t hang it in this house since we are moving soon. He knew how much I loved it. Isn’t it dreamy?
It’s made of tin like the old ceiling tin tiles of yesteryear. There is a hole in the middle for a chandelier chain. The piece is about 3 feet in diameter. It really makes my heart sing!
Up close. Those details! Ahhh….
I digress. A few months ago my sister in law, Shana sent me an urgent text message about a chandelier she’d just found on Craigslist. It was a vintage brass and crystal chandelier from the 1940’s. The seller was redecorating her dining room and going with a different look. (Why?) So, she listed this gorgeous chandelier for $150 because she merely wanted it out of the house to make room for the new one. Shana spotted it and wondered if I thought it was a good deal? I believe my response was “OMG, buy it NOW!” My husband saw it and even he said if she doesn’t buy it, we should. (See? Dark side!)
Long story short, Shana quickly snatched up the chandelier. And what a great buy! She bought it and hired an electrician to hang the fixture the very next day. Time for musical chandeliers!
Shana already had a gorgeous vintage chandelier in her dining room but after a quick discussion, we both agreed the larger new chandelier would look better in the dining room and the “Old” fixture would go in the kitchen over the table. This is the original chandelier in the dining room. Here it is decorated with pearls and paper flowers for my daughter in law’s bridal shower, which Shana hosted at her house along with my sisters. Gorgeous, right? So, this beauty moved to the kitchen. (I should mention my brother likes this chandelier better than the new one, so we pointed out now he gets to see it more often in the kitchen!)
And this is the new, vintage 1940’s beauty in her new spot! Can there be anything prettier than a crystal chandelier? This fixture has 8 arms and gobs of crystals. Luckily all of the crystals and glass spires were original and intact! What a find!I love the beautiful shape of the light fixture. Every curve and bobeche offers loads of crystal opportunities. I’m pretty certain there is not a spot left un-crystaled! (crystalized?)
I also love there are different sizes and shapes of crystals on this fixture. Personally, when I am making over a chandelier I like to mix the shapes too, just to make it more unique and interesting.
Notice the glass spires? Gorgeous! I wonder if this was a trend 70 years ago? Hmmm. Must research!
The chandelier is even beautiful when it’s not lit. Wisely, Shana had the electrician put the light on a dimmer switch making it easy to adjust the lighting and the mood!
Shana and my brother hosted our parent’s 60th wedding anniversary celebration recently and they had the chandelier hung just in the nick of time! It looked gorgeous along with the table setting and the greenery. (You can read more about where to buy bulk flowers here.)
The original dining room chandelier now graces their kitchen table area. Years ago, when Edward and Shana built their house, Edward surprised her with this chandelier for Christmas. Maybe that’s why it’s his favorite? (The table has the extra leaf in it for the party, and extra chairs, which is why it’s off center. I know Shana would want me to mention that. She shares my OCD.)
He also surprised her with another chandelier that now hangs in their powder room. Another beauty, right? I think my brother has joined my husband on the dark side. (of chandeliers anyway. 😉 ) Well, more on the powder room later, but isn’t this petite chandelier stunning? And it just goes to show, there is a place in every room, closet and powder room for some beautiful crystal goodness to light the way! (also on a dimmer, of course!)
Well, a huge thank you to my sweet SIL, Shana for allowing me to share some of their beautiful home with us and taking these amazing photos. And thank you to my favorite brother, Edward, for coming over to the dark side! Chandeliers can be manly when it makes your wife happy! xoxo Dell