Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My Clothes are Outdated and Threadbare, But I Have a New Chandelier!


That's right, I took the advice of my dear blog friends and spent the better portion of my Christmas money on that petite chandelier for the kitchen!  I really hadn't even considered a chandelier for the kitchen before I posted a photo last week and started blabbing about how something was missing!  The thing is, our adjacent breakfast nook has a creamy chandelier already...so I assumed that a chandelier in the kitchen would be too much.   What I hadn't thought about was a petite chandelier...one on such a small scale that it would create some balance and compliment the other rather than compete with it. 

This is the photo of our kitchen that I shared last week...when I had the chandelier epiphany!

So, I had spotted this adorable little thing at the antique store last week and stared at it wondering where I could possibly use it in our home.  It was not very expensive for an old, restored chandelier but I am not one to go out and purchase something on a whim when I can't justify it.  After days of thinking about it, dreaming about it, and reading all of your convincing comments, I went back to the shop yesterday to see if it was still there...and it was!  It was meant to be!  My sweet friend at the counter said, "Oh, you're buying the chandelier!  I know what you're going to do with it...I read your blog!"  Too funny!  I really, reeeeeallly wanted it hung up last night so that I could share it with you today, but as it turns out, it isn't as easy of an install as I had hoped.  It's going to require at the very least a trip to Home Depot and the advice of some electrical expert.   I had originally thought I would just hang it from a hook and plug it into an outlet on the top of the cupboards.  But, when hubby stood on the counter and held it up in different spots to see where it should go, the obvious place and where it looks the very best is where we already have a can light.  Have you ever replaced a can light with a hanging fixture?  I tried googling it but didn't find any helpful advice.    So because I could not wait to share this little beauty with you, I took pics of it sitting here on the counter!  I promise to share again once it's hanging in it's special spot.  Maybe I'll be inspired to redo the tops of the cupboards for that post as well!  We'll see.


I still have a little spending money leftover for clothing and if I'm thrifty, (which I am) I can stretch it and get a few new pieces to update and restore my wardrobe!  As much as I love having new clothes, I have always felt that something for the home is a better investment.  I guess it's all about where your priorities are.   For the amount I spent on my new little chandelier, I could have bought a sweater at Nordstrom.  In a year or two, the sweater would be fuzz-balled and out-dated but my chandelier will still be sparkling and making me smile.  That's how I see it!


If you are a follower of Sandy at My Shabby Streamside Studio, you know that she recently posted about her favorite petite chandelier.  I first read about Sandy in the NY Times and was elated to find that even with all of her new found fame, she still writes a blog and shares gorgeous photos and stories with her faithful followers.  If you haven't found Sandy's blog and you love all things shabby chic, ruffly, feminine, romantic and vintage, you must get to My Shabby Streamside Studio right away!  Not only does she have amazingly impeccable taste and talent, but she has an intriguing and charming story to tell as well!

This is the gorgeous petite antique chandelier that Sandy recently posted about!
Another one of my favorite bloggers wrote a post about her shabby kitchen not long ago.  She has a darling chandelier hanging over her kitchen sink...and we happen to have the same window treatment!  I love how she added the pink shutters to the window and sweet rosy plates to the side of her cupboard!  Olivia is a real sweetie and her blog, Olivia's Romantic Home is full of gorgeous shabby decorating ideas and projects.  If you're not familiar with her blog, you should definitely go check it out!  I guarantee you'll feel like you're a special guest at a dear friend's charming home!

Olivia's sweet petite chandelier and kitchen window.

Thank you for your visit today!  I so enjoy reading your comments!  I consider you all my dear friends and look forward to visiting you and seeing what decorating and crafting projects you've been working on!  So many sweet and talented ladies out there!

Best Wishes and Many Blessings,
Amanda

I am linking up with the following fun parties today:
White Wednesday at Faded Charm Cottage
Vintage Inspiration at Common Ground
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors

24 comments:

  1. I love your Petite Chandelier!...Don't you just hate it when you have to wait for a trip to Home Depot! I too, would much rather spend my money on a vintage treasure for my home than on clothes any day...I am also in need of an updated wordrobe but at least we are surrounded with the things that bring a smile to our faces! I can't wait to see it hanging in it's specail spot!
    Hugs,
    Amanda

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  2. Your little chandy is gorgeous, I can't wait to see it hanging! Your kitchen is lovely also, so white and crisp and clean:)

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  3. Your chandelier is darling, Amanda! Thanks for your sweet visit to my blog. Your blog is just lovely in pink. Best of luck hanging your new chandy!
    - Susan

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  4. Don't us girlz do just the craziest things...and isn't it fun!!!

    sharon

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  5. Dear Amanada ~ Aren't you so glad you listened to your peeps? The chandy looks fabulous!

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  6. Now I think "I need one too." LOL Come by and see me at my blog too.

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  7. That is such vintage sweetness! Just found your blog on WW. I am going to take a peek around!
    Happy White Wednesday.
    Roselle

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  8. I love it!! I can't wait to have one in my house. Im so glad you bought it! Can't wait to see it up :)

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  9. I thought I would swing by and see if you had posted anything new, thinking maybe you would have one new blog, but it turns out you have four! Way to go, Amanda! Your pictures look wonderful too! Congrats on the chandelier! It's really beautiful!

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  10. Amanda, thank you for visiting. I'm still reading your old posts and enjoying very minute of it. I do the same thing, if it is between clothing or home decor I always choose the stuff for the house. I have so many light fixtures that need to be hang in the new house. I got stuck for now with ugly , cheap fans. I even have ceiling medallions to go with those. Some day...hopefully soon. I love both of the blogs you mention. I don't know if you do this but when i feel empty in my inspiration department I resort to read as many blogs as I can and I immediately feel like decorating and crafting, not that I'm as good as many of you are. Hope to hear from you again and many blessings, Marta.

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  11. I love it!! you sound like me. Forget the clothes, get the girly stuff!! ;o

    xoxo,
    Ellen

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  12. I do like your chandelier! Thanks for sharing it with us. I have been looking for light fixtures for a while now and can't find what I want at a reasonable price.

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  13. Oh Amanda, this will be absolutely perfect. I agree about clothing. Something that will make you smile each and every day is money better spent!!! So glad you were able to find it. Can't wait to see it installed.
    xo,
    Debra

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  14. Amanda, I love it and it is perfect for your kitchen. You got bling! Btw a large part of my wardrobe comes from nice thrift stores, brands like JJill and JCrew and no one can tell. It is kind of another thrill of the hunt thing. ♥olive

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  15. It's stunning!!! I love it...I've always liked chandeliers.


    A CONVERSATION WITH HUSBAND

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  16. Hi Amanda, your chandelier is just gorgeous and your kitchen looks so cozy and inviting!... xoxo Julie Marie

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  17. Clothes, Smothes! You did the absolute right thing with your money. This chandelier is a find and you may have never found another you were as drawn to. Looking forward to the unveiling!
    (I am now thinking about the petite brassish chandelier in the dining room when we bought our house now in the attic as we replaced it with the original chandelier found in an old box in the basement!)

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  18. Amanda,
    I agree wholeheartedly with you about being thrifty, and home before clothes!!
    The chandy is beautiful. Stunning. Love it!

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  19. Oh my sweetness! Thank you for the shoutout on my chandy! Yours is just fabulous too! I can't wait to see it all hung up and shabbified! Thank you for giving me props you are a treasure to me!
    Hugs,
    Olivia

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  20. Hello dear....
    Loving your words once again!
    Would the "friend at the counter", possibly be me? LOL! Too cute! Thank you for your sweet comments on my post.
    Hope to see you again soon!
    Hugs,
    Raylene

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  21. I can totally relate to the threadbare and out of date clothes to have something I know will be there long after the new clothes are gone! My daddy used to say I would spend my lunch money on a piece of pretty jewelry and just go hungry! Well, I'm a lot older now and still doing the same thing!! Love your new 'pretty' and can't wait to see it in your kitchen! Also your new follower. Have a great week!

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  22. what a lovely chandy --- mmmm I'm so jealous!

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Thank you so much for your sweet notes! I love hearing from you!