Monday, August 17, 2009

Day 779: big difference


Our dining room with the original brass Colonial-style chandelier -- which really didn't offend me as much as my mom thought it would. If it had been shiny, it would have been a different story. It was fine, but it didn't add much to the room, you know?


But this is what I'm talkin' about! It's just the perfect size, so I'm glad we didn't splurge on the gas one which would have looked over-size and probably a little silly. I like over-size, but I don't think it would work in our little house.


I also hung some white platters on either side of the mirror. They were each under $5. I've found hanging plates to be a very effective tool for not much money. What "big bang for the buck" tricks do you rely on in your house?

*Sorry these are so crooked! I snapped them quickly this morning while still wearing my glasses ...

21 comments:

laurelstreet said...

That looks stellar. Loving it!

Katie and Matt said...

love, Love, LOVE it!! :)

LindsB said...

it looks awesome!! Such a big difference and it looks like it was always there- love it!!

Amy said...

looks great!!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Love it! It looks amazing! Plus I love getting little sneak peeks into your home.

Beautiful!

Jenny said...

Jennifer! I am SO jealous! The lantern looks amazing! Great find!!

Anonymous said...

It looks great!
Plus I love those upholstered chairs in your dining room, they look great with the blue piece!
~Dina from Atl

megan said...

Perfection!!!

Blueprint Bliss said...

Jennifer-
It looks so great. I am a big fan of lanterns... and love yours!

bluehydrangea said...

the lantern adds so much personality! I love it!

Sarah said...

Eeek! I'm so jealous!!! I've been wanting a hanging lantern somewhere in my house...good for you, girl! It looks gorgeous!! That and the new plates totally take the room up a notch. Did I mention I'm jealous?!

The Southern Lady said...

It's gorgeous! You've made such strides in your dining room. Could you tell me where you found that wonderful carriage lantern? I've been looking for one for the bebe boy's room.

Thanks!

paula said...

jennifer it looks great! so beautiful.

so.chic said...

I have an awful shiny brass chandelier above my dining room table and I am DYING to get rid of it!! There is always a project, right? I love your lantern...it looks fabulous! Where did you find it??

Jennifer said...

thanks, everyone!

we found the lantern at a local antiques/salvage shop and had it rewired.

Kari said...

came across your blog and wanted to say hello! i'm also a newlywed ~ working on turning our first house into a home, on a budget of course! i love the lantern, completely changes the room! i'm also a big fan of handing plates and platters on the wall, tj maxx has some great ones.

Yansy said...

I just found your blog and I'm really enjoying it. I love the mini transformation. It looks amazing!

erika said...

love it!!!! looks really awesome! love the platters too! great job!!

sarah @ realestatestyle said...

I think the lantern looks great. New light fixtures can really make a difference!

Laura said...

This is so fabulous! It looks even more beautiful than I had imagined. The perfect fit. I know you're loving it!!!

Haven and Home said...

Looks fabulous!