When we bought the cottage, one of the first things we thought that we’d change was the ornate chandelier hanging in the dining room. It’s not that I am morally opposed to ornate chandeliers, it’s just that our style tends to be more classic and clean. Years have gone by, and up until this week, the chandelier was still gracing our dining room. However, all that changed on Tuesday! See, for Christmas, my in-laws “saw the light” and very generously gave us the resources to purchase a new one to replace that old chandelier.
It took us quite awhile to find the right light for the dining room. I wanted something that felt clean (nothing too crazy or ornate!), but also had some character (nothing too modern!). It had to provide good light (no eating dinner in the dark!), but I wanted it to feel cozy and subdued as well (no high-powered spotlight above our dinner table!). After searching high and low online and at specialty lighting stores throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul, we finally found this beauty at Lowe’s, of all places. It reminds me of a tray on candles. It’s bright, warm, inviting, clean and feels about a hundred times more like “us” than the previous fixture. Which, by the way, is in need of a new home! Do you like? Email me and I can hook you up with the old chandelier. It’s original to the cottage (1938) and really quite nice if you like bronze and crystal!
Anyways, now that the new light is in place, I’ve taken a critical look at the rest of the room, and have identified a few things I want to work on–because the office is about wrapped up, and I need a new project to tackle, and because no room in our home is ever above a little critiquing, rearranging and improving. In this case, I think a coat of new paint on the walls, some fresh trim paint, new shades and new art will bring things to a whole new level. So stay tuned, sometime in the next few months (or whenever the time and resources needed to complete this project come forth) the dining room will get a little refresh!