Yes, you do, you light up my life! Being a mom of 4 and having a part-time job, means quite a lot of my time is spent on what could be called drudgery! School lifts, homework, grocery shopping, laundry, school lunches etc, etc. Day in and day out, it can take it's toll. That is where you come in. In the midst of a big, grocery shop, trolley piled high, battling the crowds and feeling somewhat disgruntled with life, my cellphone beeps and there I see an email from a reader commenting on a recent post, how they found looking at the beautiful pictures uplifting, food for the soul, or something along those lines....and suddenly the world is a brighter place. So for my readers and fellow bloggers.... an illuminating post... especially for you.
There are so many beautiful chandeliers, light fittings and lanterns available, it was hard to limit this post to just a few. Here are some of my favourites.
I love delicate, feminine crystal chandeliers, but not too ostentatious or blingy, if you know what I mean.
I really lust after one of these French antique or reproduction wooden chandeliers.
I really wanted to include these South African made chandeliers (above and below). From aaart (Abundant African Art), these striking chandeliers are finely crafted by traditional wire and bead artists using the distinctive infibinga seeds with their creamy/grey colours which add an earthy tone when mixed with cut glass crystals. At the same time, opportunities are provided for talented African artists and crafters to earn livings by making practical and unique homeware. You can visit their website to see other examples of their work.
I am also a big fan of lanterns in their various guises - simple, or more decorative - and great for indoors and out.
Bell jar lanterns are another favourite.
I think I will have to stop there else this post will be far too long and I have probably bored you already. I will save pendants, sconces and other favourites for another time.
Till next time
Image source: 1,2, Tumblr, 3 Inspired Design, 4,5, Tumblr, 6 Dying of Cute, 7 Chandelabra.com, 8 Squidoo, 9 Pinterest, 10 JJ Locations, 11 In the Gray House Blog, 12, 13 Cote de Texas 14, 15 AAART, 16, 17 Tumblr, 18 Dying of Cute, 19 Unknown, 20 Simply Pix, 21 Providence Design, 22 Pam Pierece, 23 Christopher Knight via ELLE Decor, 24 This Ivy House, 25 Georgiana Design, 26 Houzz, 27 Pinterest, 28 Elements of Style