I have good news and bad news about my quickie update to my Philadelphia condo.
The good news is that I have partnered again with Del Mar Fans to give a much needed update to the dining room chandelier. Thank you Del Mar- You rock my world.
The bad news is the rest of the project is totally stalled. My “small” renovation started to feel kinda big and I really had to step back and think about the money being spent. Adding to my stress is my complete uncertainty with the space. Do I want to rent it? Do I want to sell it? Do I want to use it for myself? We are just so busy right now with REAL work, that unfortunately the condo has taken a back seat. It is sitting, mostly torn apart and unfinished, like a big ole black cloud looming over me. I literally had to haul in furniture from my own house to stage around the chandelier like it wasn’t a disastrous job site. Note the pictures below are pretty tight… that was to avoid a massive table saw just off to the right.
While the place is a mess, I’m seriously thrilled and so thankful for the new light.
Let me back you up and show you the dining room before. It’s a open floor plan with just a small space carved out for the table and chairs.
Years ago (2009) I had DIY’d myself a capiz shell chandlier. It’s been hanging in the apartment ever since. While I’m still fairly happy with my little project, it wasn’t feeling fitting for what I wanted in the condo. I wanted something a little more modern, glamorous and appealing to several types of people.
Here is the space right after my tenants moved out in June.
And here it is again a couple of weeks ago. Heaven help me.
Choosing a chandelier for the condo was challenging because I didn’t know how I would be using the space. I knew most likely I would be trying to appeal to a renter or buyer, so it was important I choose something not too wacky or impractical. Also, since it’s a tight dining area, I wanted something smaller, but still felt visually commanding. Since I chose a brass fixture for the kitchen (which is open to the dining area) I thought it made sense to continue the brass theme in here. (You can see my previous Del Mar Kitchen Light post HERE.) Also, this is the only light in this general area, so a good wattage was important as well.
Here are various lights I considered for my kitchen table. I choose my kitchen light and dining light at the same time- so I considered all sorts of finishes before settling on brass.
I ended up selecting the Cadence 2-light Pendant from Murray Feiss. I just adore a mix of brass and black. And it’s not overwhelmingly brass in your face- just a touch of it. It has the feel of the popular Hicks pendant by Visual Comfort, but at a much better price! At 13″ wide, it is small, yet still feels substantial. And it has 150 watts, which was my minimum for lighting a table. I hung mine 30″ above the table top.
Seeing the light installed this week made me really happy. Will this be the inspiration we need to finally finish this space? Even though it’s still deceptively a construction site, now it is a stylish and well lit one!
One more piece of Good News. Del Mar Fans is doing a another giveway on their Facebook Page!! Free pendant light, people!!
It starts tomorrow and you have 7 days to enter. Please head over to their page for details.
This post is sponsored by Murray Feiss & Del Mar Fans & Lighting.