{Dining Room} Let There Be Light

Hey, hey friends! Hope everyone had an amazing weekend! We had a fun date night, I started some Fall decorating, and our contractor hung the new Dining Room chandelier!


I’ll catch you up, in case you don’t have all my posts committed to memory. Here’s the Dining Room with a blast-from-the-past chandelier, courtesy of the previous owners.


I tried disguising it with a bunch of crappola, before finally spraying it black and making new sleeves.


And while that was better, I never loved it. So one day I got sick of it entirely and just had the darn thing taken down. Oh, and we added new chairs and changed up the lamps along the way. I stopped there because technically this room wasn’t getting a makeover yet. 

But turns out it’s difficult to use a room in the evening without much light. So I accidentally bought a chandelier on One Kings Lane, and then Rugs USA offered to send me a new rug. So all of a sudden my Dining Room was getting a makeover. (Here are the room boards I’m toying with, courtesy of Amanda Carol Interiors.)


I love the light and airiness of the Crystorama Solaris chandelier, and
the modern touch it brings to my traditional Dining Room.


It may be a bit high, I’m on the fence about the crystal hanging from the bottom, and don’t be shocked if I Rub ‘n’ Buff it, but really…..I’m crazy about it! As soon as it was up, I could literally see all the things I want to do to this room!

Why yes, that is a toy block holding up the broken leg of the piano. Not sure what to do about that. And yes, the piano is missing the front cover. Mr. Sugarplum likes to make sure the neighbors can hear him play.


And since the new rug is in route, it’s time to concede this room is
in full makeover mode. Along with the Breakfast Room, Den and Living Room. I’m not ready to make a full To-Do List yet, but adios drapes, wall color and lampshade! So who’s coming for dinner, now that you can actually see what I’m serving?

PS…Shelly at Crazy Wonderful has a similar chandy…and I know you can buy these orb lights at Z. Gallerie, Restoration Hardware and Ballard (but the OKL price was better).

***I shared this project with Sarah,
the best link party in town!*** 


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  1. Tippi Mace wrote:

    Love the chandy as is- beautiful!

    Posted 9.17.12 Reply
  2. mwimp wrote:

    i would totally leave it as is – seriously i think the crystal hanging off makes it perfect. you dont want it obstructing the view so i think the crystal addds the extra length. and the block and piano / well i totally luv that you captured and posted it, makes me feel normal with my crazy fix-its.

    Posted 9.17.12 Reply
  3. Lighting always makes such a huge impact. I love this style mixed with the other elements in the room – can't wait to see the new rug!!!

    Posted 9.17.12 Reply
  4. Amanda wrote:

    Im so excited to see the finished room! How bout when you get your dining room done I come to dinner and when I get mine done you come to my house mkay? I need some motivation to get mine finished. I did get it painted finally and a new rug- so progress! If I can just keep focused to finish it!

    Posted 9.17.12 Reply
  5. Love love love that light!!

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  6. Loving how it has already transformed! I didn't hate the old light at all, but I like the new one as well. My breakfast room chandy from zgallerie had the bottom crystal like that. I didn't use it. But, I could change my mind one day.

    Posted 9.17.12 Reply
  7. So cool, Cassie! The perfect updated touch for your dining room. Love the mix of modern and traditional that you are incorporating. As much as I love shiny and blingy things, I think I would remove the crystal. It seems like it was added on as an afterthought, not part of the original fixture. But, that's just my two cents! So excited to see this room come together after going back and looking at your design boards.

    Posted 9.17.12 Reply
  8. Looks so good!! I just purchased a similar chandelier for a client from Ballard Designs. It is funny because I have the same lamp in my kitchen that you spray painted and was thinking about doing that to mine, until I can spend some money a purchase a nicer chandelier. Check out the chandelier I used for my client http://www.idesignlove.com/2012/09/17/client-update/


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  9. LOVE it — it looks so perfect! I also am obsessed with the chairs!


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  10. Mel wrote:

    I've been following your blog for several months now for some decorating inspiration. I love your home and your new light fixture in your dining room. But I have to agree with Jennifer – I'd remove the crystal hanging from the bottom. It does look like it was added as an afterthought, plus I think it's distracting and takes away from the simple beauty of the chandelier. And again…just another reader's 2 cents worth! Your dining room is beautiful!

    Posted 9.17.12 Reply
  11. Looks great Cassie! I think I prefer it without the crystal though. You might want to check your hardware store for adjustable feet which you can screw into your piano, you know, in case someone wants their block back 😉

    Posted 9.17.12 Reply
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    Definitely axe the crystal.

    Posted 9.17.12 Reply
  13. Delaney wrote:

    So creative!

    Posted 9.17.12 Reply
  14. LOVE it!!! Haha, eight when I saw it i said to myself, "I wonder how long she'll wait to run b buff it." Lol! It looks great!

    Posted 9.17.12 Reply
  15. Hannah wrote:

    Loving this! My mom has a similar chandy in her dining room, (like the one you started out with) and I've been urging her to get one more like this! Looks great!

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

    Posted 9.17.12 Reply
  16. Simply LKJ wrote:

    I love the new chandy!!

    Posted 9.17.12 Reply
  17. cce wrote:

    Wondering if there's a statute of limitations on blaming the previous owner for design dilemmas?

    Posted 9.17.12 Reply
  18. Megan wrote:

    Oh, I really like it!! Can you believe I didn't even notice the piano leg. #slacking!

    Posted 9.17.12 Reply
  19. So pretty! I love it! And now I'm totally excited to see how you redo this room!

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  20. Looks great! I love the contemporary touch it adds to your space — I can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the room. -Heather

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  21. Fabulous!!! SOOO sooo fabulous! I love those lights!!!

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  22. Beautiful light! Can't wait to see your rug in the room!

    Posted 9.17.12 Reply
  23. Vel Criste wrote:

    Have a similar chandy but I put it in my stairwell – hmm, maybe I should move it to the dining too… 🙂 love the transformation! 🙂

    Posted 9.18.12 Reply
  24. Super love the new light! It's a great touch of modern in there. And I have to admit I noticed the piano leg. . .but I am a piano girl. Great idea from Jen at RR.

    Posted 9.18.12 Reply
  25. Such a burst of fresh air. Perfectly modern and classic.

    Posted 9.18.12 Reply
  26. Isn't it amazing how a new chandelier transforms a room? Really love the one you picked for your dining room. Love the new chairs also!

    Posted 9.18.12 Reply
  27. Mrs. W wrote:

    Where did you get your dinning room table? It is the exacty shape I have been searching for. Love it!


    Posted 9.18.12 Reply
  28. Hi Mrs. W — We actually found it at a quirky store in Dallas that specializes in global-type stuff….it weighs about a million pounds!
    I know that doesn't help you where you are, but might give you an idea of new places to check.

    Posted 9.18.12 Reply
  29. I am over the moon for that fixture! It is amazing in your space! I have been searching high and low for something similar and unique {ours is blah builder grade}. I will have to keep my eyes peeled on OKL.


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  30. It looks freaking amazing in there!!!!!! Do you walk by and stop to stare like a hundred times a day? I did! I'm now thinking I need to get my hands on some of those round light bulbs after seeing yours. It really looks killer, and I could TOTALLY see it rubbed 'n' buffed gold. And, how sweet are you for the shout out. Thank you 🙂

    Posted 9.19.12 Reply
  31. Amy wrote:

    Definitely leave the chandelier as it is, it looks perfect! Chairs are stunning also.

    Posted 9.19.12 Reply
  32. Brittany wrote:

    Late to the game but I love your table runner! Might I ask where you got it?

    Posted 3.29.13 Reply
  33. Brittany wrote:

    Late to the game but I love your table runner! Might I ask where you got it?

    Posted 3.29.13 Reply
    • Hi Brittany — I found that runner at Z. Gallerie last year! World Market is my other fave spot for finding cool runners!
      Hope this helps!
      xo. C

      Posted 3.30.13 Reply