Friday, June 4, 2010

Dining Room Chandelier Adds a Touch of Elegance to the Decor

When we bought this old house several years ago, I loved the decorative woodwork around each doorway, the fairly large rooms,  the crystal doorknobs (that I've since discovered are very pricey to buy),  high ceilings, and pink fireplace. 

When entering the dining room, a really crummy looking brass "chandelier" hung from the ceiling. Not only was it ugly, it was crooked. 

     "Oh boy, " I thought. "That's going to have to go eventually."  With all the expenses acquiring a house entailed, it was not a top of the list priority.

After a couple of years, however, every time I looked at the old crooked chandelier, my heart hung heavy. 

Finally, I started the delightful task of looking for a replacement. Now I have always loved "fru fru "
chandeliers because I tend to have interior decorating tastes from the Victorian era.  Everything (well, almost everything) the Victorians used to decorate smacked of elegance, exquisite surroundings, and class.

Walking into Home Depot, I marched to the lighting department and almost flipped. There, hanging from the makeshift display ceiling, was the most gorgeous chandelier imaginable. It was love at first "light."

Best of all, the price was not over-the-top! We bought it on the spot.

Of course, it came dis-assembled. The sparkling pendants came completely wrapped in a spongy material and then paper. Somebody in China must have spent a LOT of time wrapping this baby.

My handy husband (God bless that man) got to work assembling the chandelier and trust me, it took him a long time to put it together.

It's got glass covered wavy brass candle holders, decor that looks like mini water fountains spouting into the air, and, of course, countless glass baubles and pendants. Very regal, it could definitely be a chandelier worthy of royalty.

When finally hung, my husband also added a dimmer switch so after dinner, the lights  can be turned way down low to make an elegant, peaceful atmosphere. 

Now I no longer have to look at a crooked, brass dinosaur light in the dining room. The chandelier makes me feel like I'm dining with the Queen of England!

Hmmmmm, wouldn't it be great to have a dazzling chandelier in the hallway, too? Come to think of it, one would add a lot to a bedroom. Uh oh. Better quit while I'm ahead.

Please go to Cindy's My Romantic Home to check out all the other entries for Friday's Show and Tell. Thanks, Cindy, for hosting this fun weekly event!



Allison said...

That chandelier is just stunning! A work of art. Looks beautiful in your home! I've been looking for one for awhile. Do you mind me asking which Home Depot you got it at? The one near where I live doesn't have anything like it. I'm in love with yours! I'm a new follower to your blog.

Dayle Allen Shockley said...

I love that!!!

Chatty Crone said...

Your chandelier is beautiful.

I have a gorgeous chandelier - it was my mothers. She loved nice things too. I'll have to take a picture.


Brenda-shabbycatsandroses said...

Oh WOW!! That is one drop-dead GORGEOUS Chandelier, and from Home Depot!! I love it!!

I think there should be a chandelier in every room of ones home!! :)

middle child said...

So beautiful!! I think a small chandelier in the bath would be nice. I was wondering,...does your husband have a brother? My electrician man is off at his friends farm doing stuff for him so I need someone to do stuff here.

JeMA said...

I think I am more of a simple lighting girl in the dining room. I love the antique chandeliers. I also like "fru fru"!

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Gorgeous chandelier! I love those sparkly chandys just dripping with pendants! I too have a ugly dining room chandelier that needs to be replaced....I'd love to have one like this!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just beautiful girl...and I love Chandy's even in bathrooms as they are so elegant and victorian looking ...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Vintage French Hen said...

I wish I had a beautiful chandelier like yours! We still have ceiling fans through-out our home. You must have a wonderful husband to be so patient! marcia

Debbie~ said...

I looove your new chandelier, it's perfect! I just found one for my dining room a couple of months ago, and I can't believe how much sparkle and beauty it adds to my small cottage! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

oh noooo.. that is one beautiful chandelier you have! love love love it and perfect for the room! now I really got to find one! thanks for sharing. Happy Friday

Susan said...

Hi Everybody! How wonderful to log on to my blog and find everyone who visited and commented. THANKS!

Allison, welcome as the newest Follower to Writing Straight from the Heart. Five more Followers and we will have to have a giveaway to commemorate 100! WOWSERS.

By the way, Allison, check Home Depot and Costco on line for "crystal chandeliers." I think you'll find some good ones. The one I went to was in Western Massachusetts. Write to me at

Hope you all have a WONDERFUL day. Sincerely, Susan

Our Back Porch said...

Your chandelier is simply gorgeous! It adds the perfect elegant touch to your dining room! Happy dining!

Back Porch Blessings,

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Oh, Susan, it's GORGEOUS. Fit for Queen Susan!

Leslie, the Home Maker said...

The work that your man out into this surely paid off!
I have several different chandeliers in my home, mine are more simple.
A fancy chandy in this house would be well, weird.
maybe in a cottage, my someday cottage :)
I loved seeing yours, though, it is wonderful, like YOU!
Hugs, and God save the Queen!

Victoria said...

That's gorgeous, and Home Depot? Who woulda thunk!!! We had a chandelier in a house we rented years ago and I loved it but hated cleaning it:(

Debbie said...

Oh, I'm without a doubt a chandelier woman. I LOVE yours. It is what I would like in mine some day. I am a current victim of the ugly brass, which I intend to at least update while I wait for one like yours.


Sherry said...

That is awesome! It looks perfect in your dining room. I like chandys but, this is an all male house, except for me, and I have tended to go a bit more Pottery Barn for their home not to be too fou-foued. But, I look at chady's online! Secret guilty pleasure. In fact; I have a giveaway going on at my blog, CSN is offering a $50 gift certificate. I went to their sites (over 200 of them) and I found a $65 chandy! Can you believe it. So with that gift certificate you could get one in your hall.
I was amazed they started out so affordable!

Romeo said...

Ah, so the old saying - "anything worthwhile is worth waiting for" certainly holds true, yes? This must certainly make you feel like a princess eating in your castle!!! The chandelier is beautifully over the top!!!!

Simple lighting or chandelier??? CHANDELIER!!!! without a doubt!!!!

Theresa said...

Exquisite and so sparkly! thanks for sharing:)

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I am so envious!

The Blackwood Cottage said...

Chandeliers, what would life be without them!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

I adore chandys and yours is so sparkly. Love it.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

BECKY said...

Hi Susan! It just depends on the decor of the dining room....if the shoe (uh, chandelier!) fits, then I say, Yes!

katty said...

I am trying to looking for a house which have a great dining room, once I saw a beautiful house through costa rica homes for sale
I think those houses are very wonderful. I am really interested now because they are very wide and beautiful.

Andrea said...

Oh, this is gorgeous Susan! The price is much better than what I was viewing before. I just don't know if my hubby could put it together and hang it. When we had a ceiling fan put up in last house, we had to hire somebody to install it. My husband's father was an electrician, but my hubby (bless his heart) can't do a whole lot around a house. He can clean the furnace filter and replace a doorknob!! But, he's a keeper in many more important ways!
thanks for directing me here.

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