I'm a firm believer that lighting can make or break a space.
Because of this belief, for years I have opted out of birthday and Christmas gifts and have instead asked Hubby/family/Santa for pretty chandeliers instead.
If you're a lighting lover like me, then I totally suggest this tactic. Pretty lighting isn't a necessity for living in a home, BUT a pretty chandelier can act how jewelry does to an outfit. It takes a space to the next level of pretty and can give a space a feeling of sophistication and completeness.
The only problem with this tactic, I have found since moving three times in ten years, is that when you move, you typically leave your beloved lighting behind.
And so, here we are in the middle of an entire home renovation where we don't have a kitchen yet, and yet this accessory loving gal is over here dreaming about what light fixtures to ask Santa for this year. ;)
I know I can't be the only lighting lover can I??
When we first moved into our old home, I embraced bling, shine and chrome and then ended up changing out some of those pretty fixtures in our main living area for oil rubbed bronze.
Here is a quick look back at some of the phases and some lighting that remained the same.
Breakfast Nook Lighting (First Phase)
Breakfast Nook Lighting (Second phase)
Dining Room Lighting (First Phase)
In our new home though I am going for classic shapes and darker material from the beginning. I love how the depth of darker lighting can really ground a space and am embracing that this time around too.
My hubs is kind of over my pinning and endlessly searching the internet for the perfect pieces, while discussing the pros and cons with him, and I GET it. He is focusing on insulating our house for our harsh Canadian winters and Im all ready to decorate around the piles of tools. ;)
Be not dismayed thiugh, im not usualyl discouraged. ;) I have dwindled down my lighting list to four beauties and would love to know which you prefer. Each one was found on http://www.lampsplus.com/ and each is similar in pricing.
I've been a good girl this year so I'm hoping Santa thinks so too and remembers how I single handedly packed our entire house in 24 hours... with no sleep. ;)
So, tell me my lovely lighting lovers, which would you prefer over a long farmhouse style dining table? Which is your favorite? Which one is the prettiest? Also, keep in mind which will work with our modern farmhouse vibe and which one you think will seamlessly fit down the chimney too?
Thanks in advance friends!
PS: I couldn't make a post today without remembering and mentioning the reason why we live in a beautiful and free country. Thank you to the men and women who serve and who have served our country and given my families and yours the freedom to live and love and learn.
Lest we forget.
To see what we did last Remembrance Day you can check out this post.