Thursday, June 14, 2012

Your lighting expertise is desperately desired...

Loves! You know what today is?!?!? Thursday. That's all I got. It could be another special day, but I am not sure what that may be. I so need your help, like woah. Our dining room currently has a hanging light fixture that literally makes me cringe every time I pass it by. It is like a faux finished bronze tiered, frosted glass fixture. Ewww. Is. All. I. Can. Say. It has got to go. My vision for the space is a dark, mixed metal space. Glam all over. Blacks, greys, lacquer, metals, crystals, a major chandy and glammy bar cart. So the first item on the agenda for me, is the lighting. It must be done. So here are the requirements for the overall goal of the lighting: It must be chic. Glamourous. Unique. Showstopping. Jawdropping. Got it? I am prepared to spend maybe a little more on this piece as I see that it really is an investment in the space. It will be the focal point. All eyes on her. 

The plan. For those of you that do not know, the headquarters for Shades of Light is actually located 2 blocks from my house. Lucky, ducky me. Can we say problem keeping my paycheck, much? So I have decided, one of their lovely and glamorous fixtures will adorn this room in the near future. Here is where you all come in. I need your help deciding which one it will be. Ready?!?! 

Option 1:
I am in love with this piece because it has an old world glamour to it with the draping crystals and the high polished chrome metal adornment. I think it is unexpected in the space, and I can't get enough of unexpected.. 
Option 2:
Option 2 is a classic fluted shade pendant. I love the scalloped edge of this piece and it definitely brings in that refined classy look to the space. 
Option 3:
Ok. I hate to play favorites because after all, I am always equal opportunity. However, I am so partial to this piece. I have seen it in the flesh and it is even more marvelous in person. So my love for this pendant is partially because it has the appearance of silver and gold. Which again, we know I love mixed metals. Besides, it looks amazeballs in the space. 
Option 4:
A traditional oversized lantern. I cannot seem to get enough of these. They look great in any design, frankly. It appears a little gold in the image, but it is in fact chrome. 
Option 5: 
A very chic tiered chrome and crystal chandelier. This is a very modern take on a classic chandelier. I love all of the interesting angles, not to mention the multiple drum shade adornment. Holy. Shades. Of. Light. You stop my heart. Need a defibrillator. 
Option 6:
A very modern option, the pencil arm chandelier. Again, loving the drum shades on this piece. Adds something other than just straight out metal into the room. Kind of loving the look. 
Option 7:
A sheer screen chandy. The transparent look here is to die for. I must say. Very glam. 
Option 8:
And last, but certainly not least, this bamboo number. Is this not nutso? I have used this in other designs and I am heavily contemplating on using it in my own house. I love the 60's Hollywood Regency feel this piece adds to the room. Perfect juxtaposition with our cowhide rug. I love. 
So what is your vote? Cast your ballots please! I have to be honest here, I am really leaning towards #3 and #8. Option #9 would be keeping the existing atrocious piece, which is not an option, so do not write it in on the margins of your ballot. I cannot wait to see what you all think! Loves!

74 comments:

  1. Option 3, duh. However, option 8 is the jam. Perhaps on your closet? Or my entryway? Just thought I'd slip that in!

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    1. Oh totally. I couldn't agree more with your assessment.

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  2. Okay, I am in favor of #2 and #6 ... something about the simpleness of each ... but still knock dead glam! Can't wait to see your choice!

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    1. Me either! Loving all of your feedback!

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  3. Seriously Can.Not.Choose. But if you put a gun to my head I LOVE 8, 3, and 2 in that order. Happy Thursday pretty lady!

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    1. I totally agree. 8 and 3 are neck and neck for me.

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  4. I think option 3 is my vote love it and it looks great in the soace but I am dying over option 8. Love it in a major way. 3 or 8 you can't go wrong!

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  5. I kinda love option 2 for some reason. But, since you are leaning in another direction I am all about option 9. Love it! What a hard choice! And honestly none of them would be a terrible pick so I am having a hard time ruling one out...7 might be my least fave just for the space. Have fun! Can't wait to see the final choice!

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    1. I agree. 7 is my last pick. It is still lovely, but I love the others for the space!

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  6. For me personally its 2 or 3, they are all really great looking but those two are my faves.

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  7. I'd say #7 or #8 - but if I had to pick one then #8!!

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  8. I like the old glam one or the canopy lanturn. But how do you possibly choose! so many fun ones!

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  9. I like #1 and #8. The length on both fixtures is a perfect scale for your room and with the darker paint treatment on your upper walls and the dark-stained furniture, I think the crystals or gold bamboo would provide a great tonal contrast. Plus, they are both glam lighting- perfect with your current gold mirror and accessories.

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    1. I like your thoughts here. 1 is really growing on me!

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  10. Hard to pick but my favorites are #3 and #7.

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  11. My favorites are #1 & #8, both are such unexpected statements and seem to fit all your requirements! :) However, if there is one you LOVE (#3) I'd go with that.

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    1. 1 is really starting to grow on me. Really, really is. So so glam.

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  12. 3 fo sho. I think 8 makes the room a little heavy on brass to be honest. But definitely get it for somewhere else in the house bc it is awesome!

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    1. I love 3 too! Dont know what it is about it. It is just special. :)

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  13. ok so I know this doesnt narrow it down to just one, but my faves are 3,7 and 8. All of them look fabulous!!! What a fun space!

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  14. In my opinion option 2 looks wonderful.

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  15. Oh my gosh I think I would cut someone in order to have option #8 ANYWHERE in my home. That being said, I also love #3 and #7. But really- they are all amazing options. Can't wait to see what you choose!

    xoxo, Emily
    www.mainstreetchic.blogspot.com

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    1. I would do terrible things for option 8 as well. Jonathan Adler is my man!

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  16. Because you are going for, Glam....I think you should go with either 1, 7 or 8. I am in love with #8, though. I think it is the perfect statement piece and will definitely keep all eyes on her...very unexpected and beautiful :)

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  17. 2 blocks away?! I don't think I could handle that - lucky! As for the chandys - I say go balls to the wall and pick #8. I really love #3 as well, but that could go a lot of places in the house. #8 screams sexy dining.

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    1. I know. What a life. Right?!?! I tend to agree with what you are saying. Sigh.

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    1. I know! I am totally leaning towards that.

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  19. oh oh oh, my faves are 6.7.8. But 8 being the first choice, second choice is 6, and third place is 7 :)

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    1. I adore 8. Adore. I cant stray from it either!

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  20. Make sure you check out the Shades of Light outlet (the Decorators Outlet) on Midlo Turnpike...

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    1. Oh gf. Been there done that! Actually they had option 3 there. I have my eye on it :)

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  21. You are right on with your choices, 3, 8, and 9 for sure!!! I REALLY love the bamboo one though.

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    1. Me too! Wait not 9! 9 is keeping the existing. That is a no no! :)

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  22. I can't believe you live 2 blocks away...you are SO lucky, well maybe not your bank account! I am right on board with you, I think # 3 and #8 are my favorites!! I can't wait to see what you pick!!

    XX,

    Dominique @ http://comfycozycouture.blogspot.com

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    1. I know! Can you believe it?!?! And they have an outlet store as well. Holy. Moly!

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  23. I like 3, 4 and 8...in that order. Good luck!

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  24. I actually have #3 in my dining room and love it! But for your room I'm reallocated in love with #8!!

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  25. it's got to be option 8. #3 was winning for a bit there, then i saw 8 and fell in love.

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  26. Nr 8 is fabulous.

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  27. Option #2 fits the style and type of dining room best.

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  28. #8 made my heart flutter! That would be my choice, hands down!!!!!

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  29. I thought I knew which one as I was scrolling and then I saw the bamboo rod chandelier and my brain screamed THAT ONE! It gave one of those reactions you hope for! I have always been completely smitten with that style. Do it! I'll be crazy jealous, but do it!

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    Kecia

    http://www.couturezooblog.com/

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  30. 2* 3 or 5

    They are all fab really..............

    Good Luck. When do we find out who the winner is?

    Cheers*

    janet white

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  31. I really like 1, 3 and 7. Probably 3 or 7 would be the most enduring in the space. Lovely room, btw. And yes, you are a lucky ducky!

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  32. Easy!! #3 fo sho! :)

    #7 is my runner-up.

    Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  33. #3 or 8, not really digging the polished silver on the others...
    Is the store you're talking about on Broad? Have you checked out the antique mall up the street? I'm looking for something unique for my dining room also! :)

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  34. hands down - without question #8. as I looked through each picture, I liked the room. when I got to #8 - I stopped and was totally happy. it is perfect. and I thought that even before reading that it was one of your top choices. seriously. #8 is it!

    tinathien@yahoo.com

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  35. Oh, now come on! You all know #2 is the best! :)

    Lots of pretty choices!

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  36. I just have to add this! I am an RVA interior design girl (worked here locally for 5 years), turned teacher, turned SAHM, however, the owner of Shades of Light came to my classroom for career day. It was too funny. My kids were like "whatever!" but I was drooling over the catalogs. I used to go there all the time for design work. LOVE!

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  37. too late to vote? options 3 and 8 fit the space best... I love 3

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  38. Any chandeliers in there are fit for my place. Wish to have that on the second photo. :)
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