The bones are there, and now we are starting to plan new seating, but first we need a new light fixture. The current fixture only has three lights of 5 working. It was originally gold and I had refinished it black and added some crystal cut teardrops to distract from its ugliness. It has gotten me by a few years, until the thing sparked last week which prompted me to get shopping.
Of course I was instantly drawn to this beauty until I found its price tag. I would be in for a few thousand with this one. Pass. Painfully, pass.
Although I love the understated design of the drum shade, I didn't want it to suffocate the space, nor block the view to the outside.
Here is a fixture that is clean and simple. If you have higher ceilings, go big. If not, keep it proportionate to your room. Tip: the size of your chandelier over you table should be the same width in inches, your dining room is in feet. Typically the fixture is hung 30 inches over the table and 8 inches "inward" from the edge of your table so no one's head will hit is upon standing.
I love the lantern in this Windsor Smith Kitchen. Ooh a lantern, I thought.
So, at Sunday lunch, I presented photo options to the family, and we all secretly voted (even my three year old) and we unanimously chose this lantern. I was shocked that we were all in agreement. That never happens! It has the simple casual design yet with a dressy polished nickel finish which works with our hardware and other pendant lights.
I also thought it would go well with these. I bought these the second I saw them from One Kings Lane. On OKL's site it was noted that these candlesticks should be placed near a window; I knew they were perfect for our nook. The blue sparkle just draws you in, there's really no need for anything else on the table.
I am hoping with some end slip covered hostess chairs and practical yet comfortable side chairs, I can achieve something close to this inspiration shot I have had archived forever. I have a tendency to get bored of things, but I still go back to this look, so I know I love it.
I have my sights on two of these sloped arm host/hostess chairs from Restoration Hardware to flank the table. They come in 50+ fabrics including Perennial's outdoor fabric-outdoor fabric which is new for RH to offer. It's fantastic for families. Most spills wipe off with a wet sponge. This is my future blogging chair. My future everything chair.
I have been eyeing these Faxon chairs (from Safavieh Home) as good side chair contenders. I would be in for whipping up some tailored slip covers, made also of outdoor fabric, with our little ones.
And here I take them all for a "virtual" spin (including replaced white blinds with grass roman shades).
This is the everyday set up, however for large groups, we turn the table lengthwise, add more chairs, table leaves and we can seat up to 10, comfortably.
I love the bench for that is where the kiddos go (if only 8 total), all lined up in a row. No kiddie table here.
But all of this will have to wait, my dishwasher died the same week my roof started leaking-yet again. Our bathroom is desperate for a basic redo as a result. Sigh. But I do have my pictures and a new light fixture on it's way.