i hid it under the bed in Chrislyn's old room the guest room.
i didn't tell Mr. D for over a year! i was waiting until we remodeled
the dining room. he was working so much overtime, that i didn't
want to add stress to his already busy schedule with another project.
when i first saw "it" in the Fall 2009 Pottery Barn Catalog, i cut it out and
"old school...pinned " it inside the cover flap of my favorite little French
decorating book, which also doubles as a decorating idea journal!
was it too trendy?
a little to edgy for 34th street?
$385.00 for this bit of whimsy!
way too steep!
it was March of 2010...
...i was on line, ordering a pretty chandelier, similar to this one. (a wedding
gift for the daughter and soon to be son in law of some dear friends.)
as i scrolled down through the fixtures, i saw that my secret chandelier was...
there were only two left in stock!
it was quick decision making time.
Mr D was not in the house.
i had my 150.00 Christmas bonus tucked away for a rainy day. ...and it was raining!
in May of 20ll, Mr D made a comment that we needed to look for
a new chandelier for the dining room. it was time for my confession. me: "i bought a chandelier." him: "what?" "when?" "where is it?"
i told him the story as i took him up to the guest room, and showed him
the HUGE box under the bed. he shook his head. we carried it down to the
dining room. he asked me to grab his tools from the garage while he unpacked
and assembled it. all the while, his reaction was not too favorable to my choice.
while he installed it, i realized that he may have been a little bit disappointed that i
did not include him when making this decorating decision...especially since
he is the resident expert on illumination! (remember, Mr D is an electrician.)
there could have been wattage issues!
since the installation was near our wedding anniversary, i chose some
of our old love letters to display! i love the look of old letters.
ours are the epitome of 70's...very groovy!
that day was the beginning of an ever changing collage
of little pieces of love and whimsical style.
it's like my own little personal Pinterest for the heart of our home.
here, i pinned French postcards and Maria's lavender during the
dining room remodel.
this funky fixture o' mine of ours has held everything from, baseballs to
kindergarten angels to French wine labels and vintage zinc stencils.
( yes, that's upholstery webbing in frame six!)
my favorite thus far, with the exception of the love letters,
was a recent display of vintage French menus.
i must admit that i am digging the burlap "organic drum shade " transition!
happy new week!
i'll be wrapping Mother's Day gifts on Wednesday!