More about the dining room details...
Here's a look at the chandelier over the table. We had a list of a few criteria when choosing a light fixture for this area:
No exposed bulbs. Since the light hangs at about eye height, and we
have to walk through this room to get to our kitchen, we didn't want to
be blinded by exposed bulbs like we were with the previous light fixture
that hung here. This ruled out a lot of the really beautiful fixtures
we liked, but it was necessary.
2. An 'open' sight
line. Again, because it's at eye level, we thought having an enclosed
shade (like a drum shade or a long rectangular fabric shade) would block
the light from the front windows and make the room feel smaller since you wouldn't be able to see it all.
So with those two 'rules' we started looking for the right fixture. I love Restoration Hardware light fixtures and we put several of them in our house throughout the renovation (in the kitchen and kids' bathroom). Before we moved out I had fallen in love with a candle looking chandelier from there...but cha-ching...it's almost $900.
While we were living in our rental and in the midst of renovations, I went to a baby shower at a house in Minnesota. It was an old house that the family had gutted and fixed up. She had a gorgeous light fixture over her kitchen table that I became a bit obsessed with. I have a picture of her house, but it's on a currently broken hard drive, so here's a picture from the lighting company (Rejuvenation):
went to visit it in Seattle? They thought we were crazy fans. And Williams Sonoma's purchase of the brand made me buy stock in them. Good move!
This fixture was cheaper than the Restoration Hardware one (it's $510-ish) but I wanted to put in TWO over the dining table. That sadly wasn't going to happen. I actually have another spot in my house in mind for this light if we ever get around to finishing everything else (I'm not holding my breath). But it wasn't meant to be for the dining room.
After much research, we settled on a light from Overstock and we like it. I don't remember the exact cost but it was under $200 and it met our list of requirements. No exposed bulbs, check. Open feeling, check.
Lately we have been talking about a diy change-a-roo for this light fixture so when I get up the gumption to switch things around, we'll give this light a makeover. Why can't we leave anything alone? :)