Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Thinking About This Chandelier

My almost 14-year-old's room has been undergoing some gradual redecorating for the past year or so. I had shared some ideas for it here last year. This chandelier, purchased about 8 years ago from The Bombay Company, has stayed in this room and was perfect for the little girls' room - both girls shared it for some time - which was painted in Benjamin Moore's Cotton Candy. Now it is in Behr's Harmonious.

Clearly this fixture, as it looks right now with the pink crystals, does now quite fit the room. I had decided that this would be replaced with something more suitable, teen-appropriate, updated.

The original shades were a cotton candy pink and I replaced them a couple of years ago with these ivory ones.

Over the past few months I have come across some very interesting DIY light fixtures which I would love to attempt to create. These I have pinned on Pinterest.

I love the texture of these hemp pendants.

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Book page chandelier.

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Orb Chandelier.

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And this fun and colorful piece created with crayons and wax paper.

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Due to time constraints and because I want to finally create the absolutely perfect piece for her and because I am yet undecided, the original chandelier is still here.

So I have been looking at it with a different eye. The mini shades are a little crooked because I kept taking them off and putting them back on as I determined the look of the fixture without the shades on.

I will keep you posted on my decision.

Meanwhile, I received this flyer in the mail along with my recent Con Ed bill. It has outlined some important points  - Electric Safety: What You Need To Know - some of which I were not aware of. I thought I would share just a few with you here:
  • Don't use appliances during an electric storm. Unless it is an emergency, do not use phones with cords. (I knew only to switch off the central air system during a storm - if lighting strikes the outdoor unit when it is on, that could potentially blow the entire system causing major damage and $$ in repairs).
  • Don't place electric cords under carpets or furniture.
  • Never staple or nail cords to walls or baseboards.
  • A tear-drop shaped darkening by an outlet or wall plate may indicate heat build-up.
  • Unplug unused appliances. (This one I am aware of and I always unplug the toaster and electric kettle when not in use. I know someone whose hairdryer caught fire because it was left plugged in - she was at work - this caused a fire in the apartment).
Additional information available at
Con Ed,
Electric Safety Foundation,
Consumer Products Safety Commission

Sometimes in an emergency or when we are in hurry or even in the name of good decorating and design - like wires under carpeting -  little things can be overlooked and can lead to potentially dangerous situations. Be safe.

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  1. I say repaint it a fun bright color, add lots of crystals & new shades!

  2. I think you can work your magic on that chandelier. I have an almost 14-year old, too. I painted her chandelier shades (obviously not fabric) hot pink, and rolled them in matching glitter. By the way, that conEd info is scary. I leave my blow-dryer plugged in all day, everyday. Thanks for the info.

  3. No doubt you will come up with the perfect solution for your daughter's light! Teen "clients" are such fun. Some great tips too, like you I had heard some of those, but definitely some new ones!

  4. You always do such a wonderful job with everything Lisa so I can't wait to see what you do with this chandelier. I personally like the colorful one made with caryons and wax unique.

    As for storms and lighting I have another tip...dont' shower or run your hands under water. I got a little jolt during a storm with my hands under the kitchen faucet, I won't be doing that again!!

    Enjoy your day!

  5. After seeing chandeliers just like that in Pottery Barn, but without shades, I took mine off and it felt so updated! Your diy inspiration photos are so fun for a teen room!

  6. Lisa,

    I like your chandelier a lot. Perhaps, it would be nice in a walking closet or bedroom. The pendants are stunning.

  7. I think with a little update your chandelier will still be fantastic. I'm working on a similar project right now, too! Anxious to see what you come up with.

  8. Why don't you remove the crystals and spray paint it silver, the put the crystals back on. you could cover the shades in a co-ordinating fabric or better yet buy a new one, i ilke this one.....from overstock...

  9. I like the chandelier you have. With a little update to fit your daughters growing style it should be perfect.

  10. I can't wait to see what you decide Lisa. I love them all :)

  11. I've admired those hemp globe fixtures myself and wondered how I could use them in my house ... I just think it's amazing how light fixtures can be updated in many cases. I know you'll come up with something perfect for your girl's style preference and can't wait to see it.

    Thanks so much for also sharing the safety info ... I never heard of the tear-drop shaped stain by outlets before and you can be certain I will check each of ours as soon as I click "publish"!


  12. Awsome lamps:) hope everything is ok with in Sweden it has been a very sunny day of spring...if you want some Paris mood you can check out my new post:)
    Have a awsome weekend

    LOVE Maria

  13. Nice light fixtures, can't wait to see what you decided on. Thanks for sharing the safety info, it's very helpful. :)

    Have a good day, Lisa!