Tuesday, December 20, 2011

One Chandelier at a Time


As much as I am enjoying our new house, I vowed from the first day that I would change out a majority of the builder-grade light fixtures that most new construction houses come with.  I may not have an adorable farmhouse cottage or stately home with rich old character, but my intent is to slowly infuse as much vintage charm as I can into our suburbian home.  The first change out was in the dining room last month...

I purchased this chandelier from Ballard Designs through their "Bring Home Ballard" sale and saved about a $100 doing so.  This was my first Ballard purchase.  As much as I love their stuff, I can't afford it most of the time.  This was also the first "new" chandelier I've ever bought.  I usually scrounge around flea markets, yard sales, etc for vintage chandeliers, but I've always loved the branch-style chandeliers, so I splurged a bit...
Since I've been focusing on completing the dining room and adjoining formal living room, the next light fixture I wanted to tackle was this basic ceiling mount fixture...
This may sound a bit crazy, but I've literally been collecting vintage chandeliers for several years.  I've just been waiting until our family finally landed after moving twice in the past year!  I literally have been lugging these things across the country, so I finally spent a couple of hours on Sunday scrubbing and re-habbing my favorite glass chandelier.
This was a very dirty chandelier, but after taking every strand of crystals off and washing them in mild dish soap and rinsing them in a mixture of warm water and windex, I finally got it shining to it's former glory again.
My husband and I hung it up afterwards and all that washing was worth it!
Much better than that old fixture, huh?
And the best part is that it's just in time for Christmas...

33 comments:

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your vintage chandy! It shines as if it is brand new! I am so impressed. Five years ago when we built our house, you couldn't have given me chandies, now I am dying to replace my fixtures, but they are so costly! Great job you did!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Its beautiful... good for you getting what you wanted.

Pattie said...

LOVE.... I'm crazy for Chandeliers too I have one in every room.. some of my friends make fun of me But I really don't care.. your are beautiful.. keep on hang'in... Merry Christmas to you and your family

Pattie

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Your home is beautiful, and you've given it some wonderful vintage touches. Love the chandies.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I LOVE your new chandy from Ballards!! Your home is beautiful!!

Chasity said...

Your home is beautiful & I love love ur chandeliers!!!

Erin of Salvaged Whimsy said...

LOVE both chandeliers - but I think the crystal one is my fave. I know I've said it before, but I just love your blog and look forward to your new posts! Your home is gorgeous!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I love and adore them both!! Two absolutely gorgeous chandeliers! They add such beauty and character to the rooms!

Tracy said...

Your chandy looks just FABULOUS there, I love it and am jealous because I'm so dying to have one and don't have an overhead light fixture in my dining room. :(

I love the twiggy one too, it's just beautiful and I've been eyeing up one just like it. All I need is a cheap electrician to run the wiring for me, ha!

Thanks for your nice comment on my blog. Take care and have a very Merry Christmas!

thistlewoodfarm said...

All I can say is you are fabulous and I will leave it at that! I am adding you my google reader so I won't miss anything!

blessings,

karianne

At The Picket Fence said...

SOOOOO gorgeous!! My jaw drops open a little bit every time I come over here as I take in all of the loveliness of your home! :-)
Vanessa
P.S. We are going to be featuring your DIY wrapping paper tomorrow at Inspiration Friday so be sure to stop by!

Terry said...

Your decor is so lovely and your choice in chandy's is exciting to see. I love them too. Great job and so pretty.

Lakeshore Cottage Living said...

Hey there Kristen! I am so glad you clicked on the FOLLOW button on my blog so that I could find YOU!! I featured you this week on my blog...I hope that is ok! I love all that you are doing and your decorations are so beautiful. Merry Christmas. I hope you have a very blessed week!

Kristine

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Gorgeous vintage chandy Kristen, you did a great job leaving her looking sparkly! I have a daughter who's name is Sophia, came to visit you because I saw the name and you have a terrific blog, so I have become your newest follower, this way we'll get to know each other better. I love your gorgeous tree and your home is looking fabulous for the Holidays. Hope you visit my post. Merry Christmas!
FABBY

time worn interiors said...

I'm loving the additon of all your chandeliers! Funny you are putting them up and I am taking them down. I've had chandeliers for so many years now (14 in all) and I've grown tired of them. Not sure what I'm putting in their place (right now just a bulb hanging) but I will figure it out!

Have a Merry Christmas, maybe Santa will bring you another chandelier.


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dee dee said...

I am visiting from Lakeshore Cottage Living and am your nesest follower! Your home is so beautiful... you have a talented eye! Love your homemade wrapping paper! Dee Dee

Heaven's Walk said...

Wowzers....that is one amazing chandy! I LUV it! And oh, yes....MUCH better than the other one. What a huge difference it made! :)

xoxo laurie

Bronwyn said...

This was well worth the hard work - your chandelier glistens! Your home is beautiful- I can't wait to explore your blog further. I'm a new follower!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Looks so pretty--I love your tree too!

Katie said...

That is the most beautiful chandelier! The mantel is lovely too!

--Katie
www.blah2beautiful.blogspot.com
Creatively Living

Katie said...

I absolutely love your tree and that chandelier is stunning. I am trying to switch out builder grade light fixtures as well, slowly but surely! I am a new follower, love your blog.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Gorgeous!!! Love it! Thanks for linking up at FNF! :)

Ron @ TOGBlog.com said...

Greetings from Southern California.

I am your Newest Follower.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! :-)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Kristen, Your home is GORGEOUS and so beautifully decorated for Christmas. Your chandys are fabulous and I don't think it is strange at all to collect them. I have two in my attic now waiting for our next house. Thanks for linking to the Open House party and Happy Holidays!
Sherry
ps: Now following

Tattered & Timeless said...

It looks beautiful Kristen..I adore it. I bet that was a job cleaning all those crystals.
Headed to the flea market tomorrow with kids and hubby in tow. Figured it would be something different to do on Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
tammy

AJ @ Happy Misadventures said...

Wow, what a gorgeous chandelier! I can definitely see why you've been lugging it across the country! ;)

xoxo!

Sherry said...

Your chandy is gorgeous! Thanks for linking it to HSH.
Sherry

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hi Kristin, this chandy is just fabulous, great job. It totally transforms your living room! Thanks so much for joining in for VIF, I'll be featuring this post Thursday, xo

Tammy said...

Hi Kristen -
This is my first time visiting your blog. IT IS FABULOUS!! So love the new chandy and those blue, it it dupioni silk drapes? BEAUTIFUL!!
Happy New YEar!
Tammy

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

I love your vintage chandy! This is an amazing transformation! Your blog is lovely, as is your home! I'm coming over from Debra's Common Ground. I'm a new follower! I love your blog!

mississippi artist said...

I think your chandelier is almost the same as mine. You are so right about being a pain to wash.

cityfarmer said...

it's beautiful!!
and an improvement



did I mention it's beautiful
thanks for linking

Becca said...

I've been poking through you archives- there are so many gorgeous posts. I love your "new" home and how you've decorated it!
I was wondering where you got your dining room table from? The one under your new chandy?
Thanks so much!
xo Becca

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