Sunday, January 16, 2011

My Antique Chandelier





 
















I love all three of my ‘chandys’, but this petite one is my favorite
because it’s actually old and the original brass connecting wire is tarnished black.

I paid over $300 for it at an antique store in New Paltz, NY about five years ago
when I had a lot more disposable income than I do now.
The owners said they bought it in South America,
and were disappointed when I said I was going to paint it white
because "the Shabby Chic craze is over, isn't it?".

Never for me!

Until next time, stay shabby!



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65 comments:

AntiqueChase said...

Wow that is sooo pretty and I love the chubby candles you have inside it... I have a chandy that is waiting to be wired for U.S. specs... I think I will put some candles in it instead and call it a day!!

THanks for the inspiration!

NanaDiana said...

It is lovely...just lovely..and I can't imagine it anything other than white! Hugs- Diana

Mary Ellen said...

Oh it is so amazing! I would love to find a petite chandy like this to hang on a bird cage stand that I have. I am afraid I am in for a long wait as they are scarce to find and then so amazingly expensive!!

The sweet chandy that we have in the home we are trying to sell is going to be taken out and replaced with a more versatile light as many of the people how look at the house comment about they would replace it if they bought the house- I will just help them out and take it down so I can use it!!

I might even do the candle thing instead of wiring it back in to electric- love the look!

bee blessed
mary

Karen said...

It is so beautiful,gorgeous is never over.

Amanda said...

Oh So Lovely! I've had my eye on a petite chandelier...old, restored and already painted shabby white! My blog followers tell me I need it...and after reading your post, I want it even more! Now I just need to convince the hubby! Wish me luck ;)
Amanda
onegirlinpink.blogspot.com

Livsgledestedet said...

Oh, what a lovely chandelier, I like the whiteness, with these roses on, give more life to it.

Have a nice Sunday, greetings from Norway.

Kelly_Deal said...

Oh my! I salivating over that chandelier!

elinAnita (eddaskreativiteter ) said...

It is really beautifuel..I have one old to...but I have not paint it yet:)
I got the Feminine Home magazin now:)
But it really came expensiv:):)
But it is a wonderfuel litle book....
have a shabby sunday dearest you:)

Andi's English Attic said...

Shabby Chic days can't be over - I've only just started and haven't caught up yet!
Beautiful lights. Oh to have disposable income again. xx

Licho_Nie_Spi said...

I don't know how it looked before, but white is always better than gold or something like that!
But these wires are not so distinguish....I'm sure you will change it!
Hugs- Licho

ShabbyChicShaz said...

Beautiful 'chandy', so pretty :)

It's me said...

O Sandy.......they are so so so pretty.......i really love them.......happy sunday darling........love love love Ria...xxx....

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Your chandy is so pretty Sandy. I like how you tucked a few roses around it. I bought some new white ones and they have bright gold connectors on the crystal. Not nice! I have a sweet antique baby chandy in a box somewhere and I can't remember where I put it!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

The Shabby Chic "craze" is here to stay!! Your chandy is lovely!

Love the family photo of your family on the front porch... Beautiful!

Hugs, Sherry

Katie@Just Beacause Katie said...

I love the "Chandy," so pretty!!! Shabby Chic can never be over for me too... XoXo

Shabby soul said...

Darling Sandy, it's really gorgeous!
Your shabby white chandeliers have been an inspiration for me to paint and reclaim my old ones chandeliers! I will post them soon in my blog.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful images!
Have a nice day
Silvia

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hi Sandy :) That is just one GORGEOUS petite Chandy!! I hope to one day own my own little chandelier, and I'm with you, the Shabby Chic look will never be "out" ~ I will always love the soft pinks and whites of this style of decorating as it is just so soothing and comforting to me.

Have a lovely day & upcoming week :)

Warmest hugs, Brenda

à la parisienne said...

This chandelier is beautiful. I love the little rose details! Your photos are beautiful!
Have a great Sunday!

Mandy

Marion said...

I'm in love with that chandelier. I was hoping against hope that you'd purchased it at a big box store so I could go and snatch one up. LOL! It's gorgeous and just perfect for your little fairy tale house.

Blessings,
Marion

"A house that does not have one worn, comfy chair in it is soulless." ~May Sarton

La said...

LOVE IT!

Jeanine Burkhardt said...

Helloooo Sandy... LoVe The Bling!!! Whenever I paint my vintage chandeliers WHITE ~ they sell right away...
Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

Caroline said...

I have two chandy's that I spray painted white and waiting for hubby to hang up...I think yours is beautiful. I am still on the hunt for a very small one to hang above my kitchen sink.

Jojo said...

So beautiful Sandy!

sylvia said...

so beautiful.
love it.
hug from sylvia

High Street Cottage said...

I think that white has never ever been out. It's like a faded pair of jeans. Trends come and go, white is always going to be "in". It's why you always see the basic, white appliances. Think about it, we don't see avocado green or harvest gold anymore, but still the appliance stores keep to white. ;) Love what you did with it, Sandy. You inspire me, xoxo tami

Sharon Wengel said...

I don't think Shabby Chic is a craze , for us , it is a state of mind. Love your chandy !
Sharon

Madelief said...

What a beautiful chandelier this is!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Marie Arden said...

Just lovely and of course the SC phase is not over they are way wrong!
Keep pursuing your dream every post is so beautiful I know you will find a publisher. My friend kept at it and is being published in spring.
Love to Zuzu from "my girls"

" SHABBY JUNK" said...

Who said Shabby Chic is over? I sell lots still. I still love the whites. judy

Cindy said...

Lovely chandelier and I really like the candles!
Cindy

Raffaella said...

Your shabby versions is wonderful!

Sweet Repose-Junk Revival said...

Just sold two shabby white vanities and am painting a darling sideboard white today...hell no shabby ain't dead, white is still queen and I paint all my chandeliers white too and they always sell...yippee!!!

This is crazy to be selling furniture in January, us antiquers will keep the economy going just buying white furniture and stuff...ha, it's a crazy world out there!

Hugs a bunch,
sharon

Mande said...

Gorgeous! I cannot imagine it any color other than white. Shabby chic is always in style!

Shandy said...

So gorgeous and lovely! I think it looks beautiful painted white. Love all the pretty details, too!

linnea-maria said...

Beautiful chrystals! /Therese

Bohemian said...

That's what I love about just following your Heart in decorating and being true to yourself... you never have to be concerned about what is a craze or is allegedly 'in' or 'out'... it's our Nests, we should always feather them to delight ourselves and feel absolute contentment in the space. Loving your little Treasure and I think it looks fab painted White!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Sandy,
It is beautiful girl! It is so funny when we come across a deal and we yelp! out to the seller that we are painting it white. Sometimes they so get it, and other times they gasp as if we tore out a page in the bible :)

I always tell them that the antique value is to the owner and what they make of it. Antiques have always been painted in the 1700's 1800's to hide the imperfection and the multi woods used in one piece. This was a way to use what woods were available to them, primitive, farmhouse was the start of all our love of painted piece's.

I see a tresured find and you can assure yourself that it will be painted or stripped down to a natural french driftwood gray!!

I love all your passion over here for all things white :)

Have a great week Sandy!
xx
Dore

Victoria Sayer said...

Sandy, your photos are wonderful. Lovely and full of close-up detail.
How do you find the candles go with leaving dark sooty marks on the white ceiling? I have had to repaint my white ceiling, after a few years of extensive candle use.
I love your whimsical place, and could never tire of seeing it. It's like a lovely dream.
That chandelier looks so beautiful with just a tiny touch of pale pink in those flowers.

I am having my very first 'giveaway', so if you can get the chance, do drop by my 'green and white garden' to check it out.

Vicki said...

Not for me either, Sandy. Long live Shabby!

Love those glass crystals, all liquidy much like your sparkling stream once snow melts, no? A whole lot of elegance and well worth a $300+ investment; no guilt, not ever! Isn't it the gorgeous Nigella Lawson (a champion of indulgence and also an unapologetic, sugar-loving Brit-cook) who has said something to the effect, "I don't have any guilty pleasures because I don't think pleasure is something you should ever feel guilty about." We're not supposed to put such love into material objects (says who?) but if they give us joy and feed our senses, good purpose is served. JMHO, of course. Gets us through the tough times and the rough spots of hard days.

It's fun to see your studio draped with such fine jewels! (And white makes everything and anything new and clean, like a bright, fresh start; I love white! So does Rachel Ashwell, of course. She's the goddess of white. I bet she'd love your chandy accent of little pink flowers; perfect.)

Girly girls...some of us have the common love of the color pink; soft velvet, tulle and satin; porcelains and lovely glass; billowy white curtains, old lace and a cup of tea. Ah, it's so much of what is good in this world!

In "nesting: it's a Chick Thing," by Ame Mahler Beanland and Emily Miles Terry (I love this little book a lot), it says (borrowing from a larger paragraph), "Some say retreat is a state of mind. That's fine in theory, but when a chick needs to get away, there's nothing like the right space and a few props to jump-start your self-imposed time-out...treat yourself to a quiet space all your own to which you can escape and recharge when you need to...stake your claim...personalize your haven with colors, fabrics, furniture, candles, and objects that are chosen with only one chick in mind--YOU...fill your retreat with things that help you to relax and restore...your retreat time is sacred."

I'd say your tiny, converted studio in the woods fits some of their descriptions of the quintessential "Room of One's Own" ("a hammock...an outgrown playhouse or a tree house--all make fabulous getaways for busy chicks"). I have a neighbor who has sectioned off half the garage as a "Do Not Disturb" space. For me, well, I'm lucky to hug one small bedroom in our already-small house, so thanks for some awesome inspiration! Itching to get started...

Vicki said...

Not for me either, Sandy. Long live Shabby!

Love those glass crystals, all liquidy much like your sparkling stream once snow melts, no? A whole lot of elegance and well worth a $300+ investment; no guilt, not ever! Isn't it the gorgeous Nigella Lawson (a champion of indulgence and also an unapologetic, sugar-loving Brit-cook) who has said something to the effect, "I don't have any guilty pleasures because I don't think pleasure is something you should ever feel guilty about." We're not supposed to put such love into material objects (says who?) but if they give us joy and feed our senses, good purpose is served. JMHO, of course. Gets us through the tough times and the rough spots of hard days.

It's fun to see your studio draped with such fine jewels! (And white makes everything and anything new and clean, like a bright, fresh start; I love white! So does Rachel Ashwell, of course. She's the goddess of white. I bet she'd love your chandy accent of little pink flowers; perfect.)

Girly girls...some of us have the common love of the color pink; soft velvet, tulle and satin; porcelains and lovely glass; billowy white curtains, old lace and a cup of tea. Ah, it's so much of what is good in this world!

In "nesting: it's a Chick Thing," by Ame Mahler Beanland and Emily Miles Terry (I love this little book a lot), it says (borrowing from a larger paragraph), "Some say retreat is a state of mind. That's fine in theory, but when a chick needs to get away, there's nothing like the right space and a few props to jump-start your self-imposed time-out...treat yourself to a quiet space all your own to which you can escape and recharge when you need to...stake your claim...personalize your haven with colors, fabrics, furniture, candles, and objects that are chosen with only one chick in mind--YOU...fill your retreat with things that help you to relax and restore...your retreat time is sacred."

I'd say your tiny, converted studio in the woods fits some of their descriptions of the quintessential "Room of One's Own" ("a hammock...an outgrown playhouse or a tree house--all make fabulous getaways for busy chicks"). I have a neighbor who has sectioned off half the garage as a "Do Not Disturb" space. For me, well, I'm lucky to hug one small bedroom in our already-small house, so thanks for some awesome inspiration! Itching to get started...

Vicki said...

Not for me either, Sandy. Long live Shabby!

Love those glass crystals, all liquidy much like your sparkling stream once snow melts, no? A whole lot of elegance and well worth a $300+ investment; no guilt, not ever! Isn't it the gorgeous Nigella Lawson (a champion of indulgence and also an unapologetic, sugar-loving Brit-cook) who has said something to the effect, "I don't have any guilty pleasures because I don't think pleasure is something you should ever feel guilty about." We're not supposed to put such love into material objects (says who?) but if they give us joy and feed our senses, good purpose is served. JMHO, of course. Gets us through the tough times and the rough spots of hard days.

It's fun to see your studio draped with such fine jewels! (And white makes everything and anything new and clean, like a bright, fresh start; I love white! So does Rachel Ashwell, of course. She's the goddess of white. I bet she'd love your chandy accent of little pink flowers; perfect.)

Girly girls...some of us have the common love of the color pink; soft velvet, tulle and satin; porcelains and lovely glass; billowy white curtains, old lace and a cup of tea. Ah, it's so much of what is good in this world!

In "nesting: it's a Chick Thing," by Ame Mahler Beanland and Emily Miles Terry (I love this little book a lot), it says (borrowing from a larger paragraph), "Some say retreat is a state of mind. That's fine in theory, but when a chick needs to get away, there's nothing like the right space and a few props to jump-start your self-imposed time-out...treat yourself to a quiet space all your own to which you can escape and recharge when you need to...stake your claim...personalize your haven with colors, fabrics, furniture, candles, and objects that are chosen with only one chick in mind--YOU...fill your retreat with things that help you to relax and restore...your retreat time is sacred."

I'd say your tiny, converted studio in the woods fits some of their descriptions of the quintessential "Room of One's Own" ("a hammock...an outgrown playhouse or a tree house--all make fabulous getaways for busy chicks"). I have a neighbor who has sectioned off half the garage as a "Do Not Disturb" space. For me, well, I'm lucky to hug one small bedroom in our already-small house, so thanks for some awesome inspiration! Itching to get started...

Vicki said...

Oops, had trouble with my keyboard and I got posted three times. Sorry!

Tamar said...

I love it

Thanks for the beautiful pictures and the inspiration

Hugs from the Netherlands

Tamar

Alice said...

I'd love to find one of these little gems, but it would be too frilly for my husband. Maybe I can sneek one into the 'white' bathroom--the one he never uses....

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Pretty, Sandy, like everything you touch.

Happy week!

Fixing My Thoughts said...

Really pretty chandelier! And to this day, whenever I see crystal prisms I think of Haley Mills in the movie Pollyanna. Bess

d. reyné said...

I love vintage Chrystal chandies too!
They are just so elegant
Have a wonderful week!
Donna

jade said...

Oooooooh Sandy, how i love your chandelier - it looks soooooooo romantic!!!! Have a wonderful week,

Hugs Jade

Tracey said...

Oh Sandy your chandeliers are GORGEOUS!!! Love them!

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Hugs ~

:) T

Mariette said...

Dearest Sandy,

Lovely 'chandy' as you so affectionately say!
But I missed your blog as my monitor broke down and now I am reading some blogs and came across this one in Italy that posted YOUR photos (a guest blog actually) but only under the last photo they wrote a tiny hyperlink 'credits' which leads to the New York Times. Most people will overlook that...
I left Francesca a comment stating that the photos are about your blog, with name and link and where you live and that you worked hard on it.
Hope some people will see it. Kind of plagiarism... Sorry but I had to speak up for you as you're too dear a friend for not defending you!

Lots of love and stay warm in your state!

Mariette

Tania - Grange de Charme said...

Hi Sandy ! your chandlier is so cute ! lovely ! it's much better in white !Xoxo

Caroline Fricker said...

What a beautiful chandelier! x

carolinefricker.blogspot.com

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Sandy,
You have a real beauty here...thanks for sharing it.

Blessings,
Linda

Fishtail Cottage said...

Thanks Sandy for visiting my blog last week! Would love to have come and see who's linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's today! In a cottage garden there is always something to see for us that love that look! Feel free to link up an old photo or post too...looking forward to seeing your garden this summer! I have lot's of seeds to share if you are interested!
~xoox, Tracie

Vintage Precious said...

Oh my goodness it's just lovely! So pretty in white frosted with pink roses.

Debra@Common Ground said...

I've decided that "white" isn't a craze or trend, but a way of thinking and life. I'd like to do more! Love the chandy, it's a gorgeous piece. And thanks for linking up to VIF, I always love it when you come to the party!
XO,
Debra

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

That is so adorable...love it!

Candylei said...

So cute! I had to laugh about the shabby chic craze is over? It's growing day by day! I keep looking for really nice (but inexpensive) chandeliers. I want one for our potting shed even though I would have to run an extension cord out there and hook up the chandelier so one end plugged in to an outlet. In the meantime I'll dream a bit.

Miss Sandy said...

Glorious photos! I adore your darling cottage!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Sandy~
This chandelier is GORGEOUS!! I love it! Love the flowers, love the bling and love the white!! I don't even tell people I might paint something anymore when I buy it... they can get cranky! lol! Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful inspiration at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Debbie~ said...

I looove your small chandy and I really like the beauty of the dark patina showing the age of the wire! I can't imagine your chandelier any other color than white!

Walking into White is the only way for me after a hectic day at work (...and I don't even work in the city) White is calming, peaceful, serene, simplicity and elegant! My happy place! Your studio always makes me smile! Hugs, Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

meandering pearl said...

oh its perfect & your photos are divine!!! love, love, LOVE

Lisa said...

Your chandie's are breath takingly beautiful.

Cheers,
Lisa x

Anonymous said...

I am extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it's rare to see a nice blog like this one these days.. :)

Inessa Stewart said...

Hi there!Your blog is a treat to the eyes, and so are the chandeliers.So pretty You seem to have a thing with photography too:)Thanks and good luck!

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