Last year, for Christmas, MK and I continued to work toward getting our home in order, making some decorating changes that were long overdue.
Years ago, MK had seen a chandelier that she found particularly attractive. It was way out of our reach for us, probably worth the purchase of a car in those days. She was sure she had seen it as a product of Holly Hunt and her company.
Since then, MK found something that was either almost exactly like what she had seen, or maybe just similar, at Pottery Barn. She began researching it and soon found that it often went on sale. Even going on sale, however, it was in the $500 range with shipping and handling.
There was a really good sale last Christmas. MK knew that it always went on sale, so we planned on giving it to each other as a Christmas gift. That never happened as the sale we wanted disappeared.
The other day, MK went online and found it on Overstock.com. She did some more research and found out that it was virtually the same as that of Pottery Barn. It was with free shipping. It cost us just over $200 for it. She did research about the down side of this chandelier and many people complained of its need to be assembled. Although it was time consuming, the info about its difficulty was unfounded. We did spend four hours (two people) putting the crystals on, but everything went without a hitch and we had all of the pieces we needed. The rest of the assembly was ‘cake.’
Saturday we assembled, Sunday it was installed. Christmas came late to us, in September. It looks great. Its predecessor is not all that old and will be repurposed in our family. It is a beautiful pewter chandelier from Germany, but we felt that it was too small for the room. Not having a huge dining room, we thought that perhaps we needed a smaller fixture. We were wrong, I felt it was beautiful; it just made the room look small. I found that to be a strange effect.
Needless to say, it looks beautiful and crowns the work we have done recently in the living room and dining room. We have repainted in a shade of tan, changed out lamps, fixtures, and outlet covers, and the metal color is now bronze. The white woodwork and fireplace mantel were repainted in an oil base enamel white.
Holly Hunt is an interesting part of all this. While at New Trier, I had adviser rooms and when one is an adviser, one makes home visits. Hunt, her son (with a different family name), was in my advisery for a year and thus I visited their home in Winnetka. It was delightful sitting down and talking to her.
…and now we have, what we think, is a Holly Hunt inspired chandelier…