let there be a new light in the dining room

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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!

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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!

  1. Emily says:

    Hi Bethany! I might be interested in buying your old chandelier, and I live in the Twin Cities. Unfortunately, gmail seems to be down right now, so I can’t send you an email. Could you please send me an email with your asking price? Thanks!

  2. What a difference a light change can do! How does it look in the evening when its lit up? I’d love to see a pic.

  3. Emmary says:

    We just purchased all of the lights included in this set. When we first bought our house, the first ones we bought were the sconces and just last month Lowe’s had 40% online and we got the one you have for our dining area, the two tier round in our kitchen and the single round in our breakfast nook. LOVE THEM and I love that we have such similar taste!

  4. Emily Rae says:

    I second Amanda’s request for a lit-up picture — I assumed it WAS a candelabra until you said otherwise. It looks great!

  5. Emmary says:

    I see that you want to change the paint color to deep navy or gray. We found the color “it’s getting late” by Dutch Boy to be that perfect color and we got it at Wal-Mart.

  6. Bethany says:

    Thanks for the paint recommendation, Emmary!

    Amanda and Emily… stay tuned for a “lit up” photo of the new light. =)

  7. Holly says:

    Looks great! I can’t wait to see the new, darker color on the walls – I’m loving dark walls these days! Even though this may not be the color you’re going for, I love this darker dining room and thought I’d share!

    http://www.tenjuneblog.com/2011/02/giddy-with-rug-love.html

  8. I love the new and old chandelier! if I had a permanent home at the moment I would probably be interested in the old one. i would love to hang one like that over the master bed or somewhere unexpected like in the bathroom above a bearclaw tub! HA!

  9. Hi! I found your site through YoungHouseLove.com. This is the light fixture I’ve been planning on getting for our dining room also. Is it bright when lit? This is my main concern, that it won’t be bright enough in the room.
    xo
    Mindy

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