Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Decorating Tips from Nina Part IV: Chandeliers


Words of a poem should be glass
But glass so simple-subtle its shape
Is nothing but the shape of what it holds.

A glass spun for itself is empty,
Brittle, at best Venetian trinket.
Embossed glass hides the poem of its absence.

Words should be looked through, should be windows.
The best word were invisible.
The poem is the thing the poet thinks.

If the impossible were not,
And if the glass, only the glass,
Could be removed, the poem would remain. 

It’s very hard to get a ‘shabby chic’ room without a chandelier.  As I said on The Nate Show, a room is a volume, not just four walls.  Think about filling the ceiling void with a double-duty item like a crystal chandelier, which gives light and intense beauty.  Up the romantic charm with a candlelight model. 

Can’t afford or find an antique chandelier?   Supplement the prisms on a new model with vintage crystal prisms hunted down at flea markets and ‘rust & dust’ antique centers.  Yard sale finds from the 1950s – 1970s can be tarnished to “Scandinavian black” with a treatment of Jax Pewter Black metal tarnish (sticker shock warning: hazmat delivery fee of $50).  Pictured above are just my old white chandys, updated by stripping, patinating, and adding $14 new glass ‘necks’ from online lamp suppliers for that ‘Nina Nordic’ look.

Until next time, stay shabby!

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NanaDiana said...

Beautiful, Sandy. The poem AND your chandy! Hope you are doing well. Are you still able to go to your studio with all that has happened in your life? Love to you, my sweet friend- xo Diana

Lilla Blanka said...

Sweetest Sandy,

You are truly an inspiration..! I love your photos, your tips how to make beautiful things...and I love your beautiful heart :))

Thanks for sharing!!!

Love and lots of sunshine to you <3

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Gorgeous Chandelier Sandy ~ we purchased a Vintage chandelier at an Antique Mall a few months ago, that hangs in the corner of our livingroom, and just love it ~ especially since it came with an extra long cord and chain for plugging it into any outlet; gotta love that! I hope to find a sweet little one to put in our kitchen above our sink :)

@nne said...

j'adore, love it! @nne

Wonen con Amore / Casa Shabby Chic con Amore said...

Ohhhh very beautiful,Ciao baci Barbara

Norma said...

Love the patina that you've worked into that chandy :)

very merry vintage style said...

Wow--it's gorgeous! Thanks for the tip on adding the patina. So, so pretty.

Rhonda said...

I have given up looking for a chandy with patina...given up. I'll take anything at the moment...you've inspired me to keep looking.

Thank you for sharing with us.
xo Rhonda

chateau chic said...

Always love the bling of a beautiful crystal chandelier!
Mary Alice

Heaven's Walk said...

An awesome chandelier truly makes a room a thing of beauty, Sandy. Yours is absolutely gorgeous! Love the patina on it. :) I don't think a gal can have too many chandys in the house.... :)

xoxo laurie

Something Special said...

Love that chandelier. wish I could find one like that for my studio. looks great being dark with the white.

Liz Thackeray said...

I love your blog. I'm so glad I found it. I love all your ideas for making rooms shabby chic :) The chandelier is gorgeous. I'll have to search one out on my next yardsaling adventure. And for any other fellow yardsalers. I LOVE this site: http://www.yardsalesearch.com. It lets you map out a yard sale route. It always saves me so much time.

Anonymous said...

Beyond beautiful:) your posts are full of so much inspiration and beauty.

have a great week dear:)

LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se

Zane Wooder said...

I found that my ceiling in my room was boring without a chandelier. A chandelier can make a boring room into a beautiful one. chandeliers are underrated part of home beauty.

-Zane of ontario honey

Layne Adams said...

I was inspired with those beautiful chandeliers. And if you want more,
chandeliers boston have them.


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