Friday, February 01, 2013

Favourite Things Friday




Well...last Friday came and went and the hostess didn't make it to her own linky party. How rude! There’s nothing like being on holidays to make you forget your usual routine. I swear I fully intended to do a post but somehow it just slipped my mind and by the time I remembered again it was Monday. Oops !

This week’s favourite has been a long time coming.  I get decorating ideas stuck in my head and then find it impossible to deviate from my original idea, no matter how difficult it is to find the thing I want. Is anyone else like that?

Confession: My dining room has never had a light shade .Ever. In the twelve years I've lived here.  Yep... I'm from the bare bulb hanging out of a batten camp . Classy.

But when we did the kitchen and dining room renovations I decided I wanted a chandelier for the dining room. And since I'm as fussy and hard to please as  Goldilocks, it couldn't be too big or too small ....and it couldn't have too much or too little bling ...and it couldn't look cheap and nasty or be too expensive ...and it couldn't look pretentious or ostentatious...it had to be just right. So Mr. P settled in for the long haul of me dragging him round to every light shop in town and constantly surfing the net until I found just what I wanted. And from past experience he knew that might take a very long time. I think I blitzed my personal best on waiting time for this light fitting because we did the kitchen /dining room reno in August 2010 so I’ve been waiting almost 2 and half years for the perfect light fitting to find its way into my life. 

Let me just say there is some really hideous and ugly shit out there in the chandelier department  people. I've seen ALL of them.  But  when my waxer announced she was closing her shop last August my first response was to ask  what she was going to do with the chandelier in her ante room (before I even had the good grace to say "I'm sorry you’re closing") and she and I came to a mutually agreeable (read- very cheap) price for a slightly used but oh so pretty French Provincial looking chandelier .

It sat on the pool table getting dusty until Christmas when it got packed away so we could use the pool table as a serving table for Christmas day. And this week we finally got around to calling in an electrician to do some work around the house that's needed doing for about a year (you cant rush these things) and this morning my chandelier finally saw the light of day once more. 





So that's my favourite thing this week. Finally being able to cross having a light fitting in my dining room.. I think it looks so pretty and sets off the rest of that space perfectly. And it's Mr. P's job to keep it clean. Double win!

If you'd like to share a favourite  this week feel free to link up. And don't forget to visit the other participants to see all their favourites for the week as well!



28 comments:

Kate said...

Ooh pretty Shay and very classy! It was worth the wait.

Karen said...

Um..your waxer...you mean floor waxer? :D. Light is perfection!

Jackie said...

I love your chandelier! I need to replace mine but unlike you, I'm not finding the one that seems like it would be right. And it's so true - there are some really ugly ones out there!

P. said...

Wait, you have a waxer? I feel so inferior with my disposable razor and tube of Nair. Of course, it's the middle of winter here, so that means worrying about such things takes a vacation to the sunny southern hemisphere.

(Unless waxer is code for something else. Then I'm just embarrassed.)

Okay, so the lamp is dee-vine! I mean, does it not tie the room together? Walter Sobchak would agree, Dude.

Sooli said...

That was so worth the wait - its perfect! Besides 2 years isn't long. I've been missing a door in my lounge room for so long I don't know how long but lets just suggest 10 years is a likely number! In winter I hang a sheet up to keep the warm air in - sad isn't it? The problem is my hubby is handyman challenged with anything as complex as a door and then we really don't know the style of door we want. So in limbo we sit! So 2 years - not worth stressing over!

Tazzie said...

It's perfect Shay, just perfect. I'm with you - I'd rather have nothing and wait for the exact thing I want, otherwise temporary fixes have an annoying habit of becoming permanent.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Elizabeth said...

That really is the perfect fit! I'm so glad you finally found the exact right thing!

xo -E

Mistea said...

Gorgeous! Perfect cleaning arrangement too.
Enjoy your pretty new light.

Canadian Abroad said...

I'm still stuck on the bit about you having a waxer too! Lovely chandelier but, really more importantly - have you found a new waxer yet?!

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Your fav is my fav too!!!

V classy

Linda

Amanda said...

Love the pretty light.

Amanda said...

Love the pretty light.

Sarah said...

Great chandelier. I agree with your sentiments about cheap and nasty crap and overpriced trash too. We renovate on your timeline I think!

Kris said...

Oh I love it! Actually I love the whole room. It's a dream room. I feel privileged to have eaten there!

Marg said...

Brazilian?

I'm on the look out for a very large suitcase to bring down with me.

Heather said...

Very pretty. I am obsessed with having the right lights fixtures in my house but I hated the ones in this new house so much that we just hung some "almost good enough" ones until I can find the perfect ones. The ones that were here were just too dreadful to bear! Sure wish I could score a great deal like you did.

Jennifer said...

Tres chic.....definitely a touch of class!

Marie said...

well done Shay ... it's pretty fabulous! well worth the wait!

Terri said...

Love it! It goes so well with the other furnishings, too. You looked and waited just the right amount!
Hugs

Patchwork and Play said...

Love that you have everyone in a tizz about your waxer!

Sue SA said...

Was worth the wait, now need special party to celebrate!

Katy Cameron said...

Not bad for a 12 year build up ;o)

AnnieO said...

Well, last Friday you were a bit under the influence, right? No wonder you forgot.

Congrats on finding just the best option for your dining room. I agree, there are a lot of cheap and horrible looking light fixtures out there.

thea said...

Thought I had commented already .. sorry to be so late to the party. You chandelier is great - perfect. Well worth the wait I would say. you have such patience -- I probably would have caved and gotten something just to have something. Nice favorite.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Gorgeous! Definitely worth the wait.

Leanne said...

Perfect. Chandeliers always remind me of the book Pollyanna.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Now that is The Perfect Chandelier!! Your dining room looks like a magazine photo.

Shevvy said...

The room looks wonderful now. It was worth waiting to get the perfect piece.