Help Me Pull the Trigger

On a dining room lighting choice.

So, this is going to be a decorating post. I know. Very out of character. Bear with me. . .

My tastes veer toward antique, junk, found objects, metal, rust, peeling paint. This fit in pretty fine when Todd and I were in our first house in EAV.
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I loved that house.

Then we got knocked up and had to move to a bigger house.
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Furniture still worked. Schools didn’t.

And now we are in a great school, but in something i never thought i would own. A split-level. And my furniture? It still works, but I am finding that I need to mix it with more modern elements to keep it from looking incongruous with its surroundings.

So, I am getting a new piece of furniture, an old pie safe, from my in-laws. It is beautiful, and I will post a photo when it moves in, and give the whole scoop on its history. (I know. You are just riveted now, aren’t you?) It will go in the dining room. My dining room, with its farm table, beat up junk store chairs, and weird Pop objects: old iron, churn, huge antique crocks. Old photos on the walls.

I decided I wanted to repaint the den and dining room, to brighten the area. I love the color that we picked, but it is turning out to be too dark in those rooms (the den and dining area are connected). The dining room only has one window. I figured while I repainted, I would also use that as an excuse to get rid of the dining room light. It is the exact same fixture my grandparents had in THEIR house in Warner Robins. Need I say more? That bitch needs to go.

I started looking at fixtures. Realized the more traditional fixtures were going to make my dining room look like a Cracker Barrel. Decided what I really wanted was something more funky. Lighter, airier, brighter, less heavy.

This is new for me. I found myself looking at fixtures I would never have looked at before. I got Todd on board. We are in agreement. And now I’ve narrowed them down to a few I like.

I always have trouble pulling the trigger on decisions like this, though. I have a favorite. Todd has a favorite.

Which is your favorite?
Update: Added photos of dining room and adjoining living room.

  20 comments for “Help Me Pull the Trigger

  1. July 13, 2010 at 11:33 am

    When I saw the title of this post the first thing I thought was that you had a funny story about difficulty with the trigger pull on some kind of firearm and would go on to talk about gender roles, the homoeroticism of machismo, and the sweet sense of satisfaction when firing a fully automatic rifle. But then it was about chandeliers, so I like the top row, middle, the one on black.

  2. July 13, 2010 at 11:51 am

    LOL! Jason, that woulda probably been more my style. And perhaps a bit more interesting.

    Thanks for the vote.

  3. July 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Yeah, I had you pegged for the antique-y chandelier. I would have liked the one like your grandparents had, though.

    My choice is top left.

    If that is too girly for Todd, I vote for the one at bottom left (with the silver bands).

  4. July 13, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I vote for the middle one in the third row down. It’s clean, classic, modern, yet slightly retro.

  5. July 13, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Todd doesn’t care about the girlie-ness. Steph, you want me to keep the fixture for you?

    And I do like antiquey stuff, but the house is not that style at all, so I am trying to bridge the gap, kwim?

    Thanks, Becky!

  6. July 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    So, there are 11 choices. . . so far, I have:

    1 = 1
    2 = 3
    3 = 4
    4 = 2
    5 = 3
    6 = 11
    7 = 1
    8 = 5
    9 = 2
    10 = 7
    11 = 2

    Funny that someone voted for every one. . . keep’em coming. This is fun.

  7. Shannon
    July 13, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I like 3, 4, 6, and 10- not 11. Erin did 11, and it just didn’t look great.
    that’s my choices.

  8. July 14, 2010 at 9:32 am

    I am thinking 3. Is it a globe? I would like it better if it was a globe of sticks with a light inside. Really, a stick chandelier with tiny led lights would be best. Find one of those.

  9. July 14, 2010 at 10:17 am

    No, Nat, it is a half-dome. Are you serious about the stick chandelier with the led lights? They have those.

  10. leelee
    July 14, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    I like 3 and 6. 3 and 6!

  11. Kjerstin
    July 14, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    I like #8 – classic with a little whimsy

    If it were me, I would seriously take into consideration how easy it is to clean after the dust collects on it.

    Also, I LOVED our screen porch in Atlanta. It was worth every penny. I made them paint all the wood work white to keep it bright inside. If you want to see some pictures, I can post a link.

    Oh, all is well in Alaska, where we now own a split-level. Ugh. But, we are slowly, very slowly, settling in.

  12. July 14, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Can I see the stick/twig? Depends. I take back my vote though. I am not getting a feel for any of these. But I think it is because I can’t imagine the dimensions. I am worried they aren’t big enough.

  13. July 14, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Idk, I just like the rustic but rustic elegant. Not country cheez. I have a hard time with modern. I like the more natural/organic stuff or it has to be old and kitchy, make sense?

  14. July 15, 2010 at 9:55 am

    No, makes perfect sense, Nat. About the dimensions – you are worried the space isn’t big enough for those fixtures, or the fixtures are too small for the space??

  15. slp
    July 15, 2010 at 10:06 am

    i like 5 and 9. i have one thats close to 11 but the light it puts off is weird so wwe don’t use it much.

  16. July 15, 2010 at 10:30 am

    What about A href=”http://www.yourfunnystuff.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/penis-chandelier.jpg”>this one?

  17. July 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Funny, zach.

  18. July 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Thanks, Scottie. Good to have some more male perspective. . .

    Send me a pic of yours if you get a chance.

  19. Mandy
    July 17, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    What fun – love the things you’re doing. I love your house too. I too go for antique and junk-store things. Who knew!?
    I like #5 the best- reminds me of the lighting that wasin the dining room of our old bungalow in NC. Have you ever visited deepfriedkudzu.com? Great blog re: southern cooking and dining, retro and junk finds, etc. I love it – got the reccommendation from my aunt. Great recipes – sorry to jack your thread. ;)

  20. Brandy
    July 21, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    I like #5, 6, 9 and 10. I’m also thinking for the purpose of resale. There are some cool, funky ones (such as #2) but in 2 yrs, wil you still like? Can any of these have different shades replaced in case you wnat to change up the look. there are some wickedly cool papers and fabric out there.

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