Thursday, March 4, 2010

My Chandelier Obsession

I'm obsessed with chandeliers, and have quite a "collection."
So, let me introduce you to the chandeliers in my life!

Above is the crystal and tole chandelier in the dining room.
I know, it's a little over the top!
I bought it when I was in love with all things tole.

This is the French crystal chandelier in the entry. I found it at the Hillsborough Antique Show years ago. Love the crystal ball!

It's interesting that when we bought this house, there was only one chandelier--in the dining room. Everywhere else, there was a new flush mount fixture. In a 1906 house? Needless to say, it has been fun finding chandeliers and sconces to replace what we inherited.

I found this vintage Italian tole chandelier at an estate sale in San Francisco. It is perfect for the sunroom.

In the guest bedroom hangs this chandelier which I refinished myself.
It used to be brass until I spray painted it white!

My obsession with chandeliers also includes sconces. Especially ones dripping with crystals like this one in the living room.

In the kitchen, this tole basket chandelier hangs over the table.

And this little vintage fixture hangs over the kitchen sink, casting an amber glow.

This is the iron pot rack fixture over the kitchen island, dressed in little vintage provencal fabric shades.

In the upstairs hallway hangs this lantern that we found while antiquing in the wine country on New Year's Day. It replaced the existing fixture which now hangs in the new "reading room."

Speaking of the wine country: here is an over sized lantern that hangs in our living room in Asti. It came with the house, and I do like it. However, I feel there is another one that is waiting to be discovered.

The room is wired for an electric chandelier, but we opted for candlelight instead. Here is son-in-law Jason doing the honors of lighting the candles.

How romantic!

Even the sconces are candlelit.

This is what I'm really in love with now: This big burlap pendent hanging over the kitchen island. You can read about how we installed it here.

There are even more chandeliers in the garage! I bought them at flea markets, estate sales or junk stores for resell back in the day when I was an antique dealer. This one is a vintage tole piece that I hope to someday find a place for.

This funky little one was an Ebay find. I originally thought of putting this in a powder room. However, it needs rewiring so it sits in the garage waiting ....

This poor chandelier is French and used to hang over the kitchen table until I replaced it with the basket tole piece. It's now a reject!

Which brings us to this one: my header picture.
Yep, it's also boxed up in my garage waiting....
I think about hanging it in the dining room, creating a simpler look.

The best part about it is the crystals. They are acid washed to create the opaque look seen here. The body is a dark green. It needs to be rewired and there isn't any chain or cap.
It would be a project.

Can you see it in the dining room? With a white linen chain cover?

As I mentioned a few days ago, Kim at Savvy Southern Style gave me an award!
I was so flattered! She asked that I come up with seven facts about myself. So in the spirit of the award, here goes:
  1. I grew up in Oregon, living the first 28 years there until moving to California for the second 28 years.
  2. My husband and I have four grown children. Only one still in college. We also have two little granddaughters. And one dog!
  3. Gardening is one of my passions. I love creating gardens for my friends and clients that are easy to take care of and won't cost a fortune to do. I'm lucky to have a wonderful gardener friend, Martin who has helped me with my projects since 1985!
  4. I used to be an antique dealer. I had a space in an antique mall for years but retired a few years ago when Ebay got so big. It is in my blood though, and will eventually get another space or storefront so I can sell all that stuff in my garage!
  5. Flea marketing and antiquing are one of my favorite things to do. I'm lucky that Mr. A enjoys the thrill of the hunt too. I'm very excited that in a few weeks, I'm going to Roundtop, Texas with three of my dear friends.
  6. Travel is another passion of mine. My favorite place in the whole world is the South of France! Second is Italy.
  7. My biggest passion is Interior Design. I've always loved change, and enjoy the creative process of creating warm, inviting rooms for myself and others. Even when I was a child, I rearranged my bedroom and my parent's living room constantly! I was always painting something or sewing something. Or drawing house plans! What can I say?
Thank you again Kim for the Beautiful Blogger Award! I will be sure to pass it on!

I'm linking to Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday. She has a new look for her blog and it's beautiful! Stop by, have a look, and
read the other participants and what they have to share.


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