I love a little bling…
oodles of sparkly glass drops, lots of beads and facet cut crystals…
I love it.
To me, a chandelier brings a sense of romance and elegance
to an otherwise ordinary space.
When we started out in our cottage-
Our kitchen is large enough to allow a dining space
if we decided to keep one there but I craved something more dedicated
Our cottage was built as a vacation home in the 1940’s for a pretty well known family…
We purchased the property after years of it sitting… and sitting… and renovated just about
inch of it
and I knew I wanted a little more ooomph and pizazz
than the relaxed and informal style that the cottage lent itself to.
Here’s where we started with this space:
Yes, that would be the lovely unfinished ceiling
(with a lightbulb dangling from it’s wiring for the light)
no crown moulding, dark orangey stained knotty pine walls and a very very small window.
I almost forgot about that old air conditioner – it was also on the back wall.
Well I had a lot of plans in mind… and a lot of PAINT in mind too.
Our knotty pine walls are now creamy white
and a perfect backdrop for the farmhouse table and french style chairs.
french doors leading to the back yard
refinished hardwood and oh yes, that light bulb was replaced with…
a little bling.
maybe a lot of bling.
Originally we had one large chandelier in here- but when
we brought the over 8′ long farmhouse table in- that one chandelier just didn’t fit
the whole table very well- and so I decided to go with two smaller ones.
I am loving them.
We also recently added the huge chalkboard on the wall
It was such a simple project and I love the versatility of writing a message,
a favorite quote, the menu, etc.
Right now, it is set up for a wine tasting party listing the different wines available to taste
One of the things I tell people I am working with decorating and designing a space
or looking for an element for a room is that you should find what you love
and what makes you happy and go with it-
whether it fits the so called ‘rules’ or not.
A lot of people think that chandeliers loaded with crystals
just don’t belong in a little old vacation cottage in the country with knotty pine walls…
I think I told you before that I am kind of a rebel when it comes to decorating
(and maybe a couple other things too 😉 )
Chandeliers make me happy when I see them
and I just like what I like and so that’s what I go with.
I am actually loving.