Saturday, November 6, 2010

Holiday Project: chandelier cheer...

Being a voyeur of beautiful design, and pretty much dazzled by anything shiny, you have to know that I love the Christmas holidays. It's just about the only time of year I use the good china and silver, and for that matter, the formal dining room (since we generally entertain outside).

I'm really excited that this year I have bit more time for creative projects, like refreshing my holiday decor. I redecorated the dining room and living room this year in shades of taupe, charcoal and ivory (you may have guessed that I am a serial redecorator), so I need to tone down the red and green holiday ornamentation.

Thus far, I've tackled the dining room chandelier - bringing in a bit of glitz for the holidays (above). And the reflection in the mirror is a real plus.

Since my chandelier has no crystal teardrops or beaded swags, I decided to add my own. Along with new charcoal lamp shades, I added three strands of pearlized swags, 12 yards of 1/2" satin ribbon in a 'champagne' hue and six ornaments with their own shimmer in pearl, taupe and mercury glass.

I love the way the French decorate with mixing metallics and have no problem combining golds, silvers and other metals that are vestiges of the past. You'll see them all working together in most of my rooms, like this dining room with this platinum and nickel look draped from the antique bronze fixture.

Looking at holiday designs is really fun for me, and I thought you might find inspiration here too.

Whoever was the first to think of hanging ornaments from a chandelier is brilliant. Photo on left is via Blissfully Domestic, and the image on right comes from Bower Power.

The cheery, holiday color scheme above comes from Country Living magazine.

Both of these looks bring nature indoors with swags of greenery, berries and birds.
Images from Kirna Consulting (above left) and Southern Living (right).

Santa Clause would be wowed by the color scheme shown above and below! Nothing says Christmas like brilliant red trimmings. Photos from HGTV (above), Veranda (below left) and Martha Stewart (below right).

The style of the chandelier is no problem. Dressing these for the holidays works with every style, like the rustic wood fixture below left (photo from Lisa Sherry Interieurs) or the modern nickel finish light below right (image via The Design Slice).

Very clever! Why not string dessert from your dining room chandelier.  In the photo below (left) this party hostess strung holiday cookies with ribbon from her chandelier dressed in pine boughs. Photo via My Home Ideas.  On the right, it's clean, it's simple. Red on white is a striking statement from Stylish Stems.


1 comment:

Krystina said...

I love these ideas & will definitely be incorporating them into my holiday design in the home this year! This article rates as the best one of the year from your blog. Very innovative!

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