Buying a Crystal Chandelier ~ What to Look for

WHY am I perched on top of a chair
and taking measurements in our
“Little Prairie Home”
you might ask??

I am finally going to add in a beautiful
crystal chandelier!!!

Here is the chandelier {above} that I decided to purchase
after looking at many and deciding on a number of pros and cons
for each one.
A sweet brass chandelier like we had at our last house painted a lovely creamy white and doctored up with lots of
hanging crystals.
When considering buying a chandelier, there are a number of things to think about in addition to style and whether you like a more modern or a traditional type of chandelier.

Eloquence’ Albertina chandelier shown here in a silver finish.

Here are just a few of the things to consider:

Size for your location

Will this particular size chandelier look too big for
the area you will be hanging it in or will it be dwarfed by
the size of the room?
There is a trend now towards oversize lights and I saw
plenty at High Point Market last month!

Width and Height

In the top photograph, I’m measuring how long the incoming
Saint Mossi five light chandelier will hang.
It will be a little big for the space as our
dining area is rather small here in the fifth wheel
from the Pinterest photograph
you can see that most of it is clear glass
with some silvery chrome parts which
hold the chandelier together.
With all that clear glass and crystals it looks light and airy
as opposed to how a darker bronze or black finished
chandelier would look in the same location.
I did look at those options, too.

Crystal, Glass, Acrylic or Metal?

Real crystal chandeliers are very heavy and need a lot of
hidden structural support to prevent
this type of chandelier’s weight from tearing itself out of its
ceiling mount.
Rock crystal chandeliers have the most sparkle and fire and
are quite expensive ~ Swarovski Schonbeck chandeliers
are a very lovely modern version
which you might like to have
in your home.
I was looking for some of their crystal’s fire
in whichever “chandy” I was
going to be putting up.
Cast glass chandeliers have cast crystals and parts which are
machine cut and faceted letting them sparkle
when sunlight hits their lights.
Less expensive than mined crystal cut by hand
they are a good alternative and a good buy giving off a
wonderful glow and sparkle
without the expense.

Acrylic chandeliers are sturdy plastic alternatives
which are highly economical and practical.
I looked at one version yesterday at a big box store
almost identical to a glass chandelier I was looking
to purchase online, except all of the parts
were acrylic plastic.

These chandeliers are fun to have at birthday parties
on the back patio and just to have hanging outside
If an acrylic chandelier falls and or gets damaged
replacing it is easier on the budget.

They are also a perfect alternative for children’s rooms, too,
as are many of the sweet metal chandeliers
available on the market today.

Metal chandeliers can be molded into all kinds of
shapes and often are fashioned with real-like
metal leaves and flowers.
Thin metal chandeliers can have small parts
easily broken off
so this is another thing to consider
as you are looking to purchase a “chandy.”

Why I chose the Saint Mossi chandelier (originally)

I decided on this glass crystal chandelier because it
is ethereal looking to me and would be mostly clear glass.
Also, it wouldn’t be overly heavy and would still have
the fire I love in its cut glass body, dangling crystal pendants
and in its hanging swags of .
There’s nothing wrong with the acrylic one I found and
I liked it for the weight.
{four pounds less than what I purchased}
I’ve could have picked it up yesterday and almost did.
Weight is certainly a concern in here as is movement
when the RV will be on the road in the future but for now
this place isn’t moving anywhere.

I could have rehung the acrylic one with cut glass crystals
myself as I have on both of our previous
dining room chandeliers but I decided for
almost the same price
I could get the more sparkly version
without having to spend more money later
adding more crystals.
Plus, the Saint Mossi is on sale now…

All the more reason!

I’ve linked it below for you
in case you’d like one of your own.
See my affiliate profile HERE.

Here’s a really good article on the Lamps Plus website
talking more indepth about what I’ve shared
today plus much much more.

Oh, and just a corner of something hanging up
in the window next to me as merry and bright begins…

A spring chandy update:

After all that  the crystal chandelier came in and…
Inside the little instruction papers that came with
said that the area to hold it must be able to hold
100 pounds {of force}…
Here in our Prairie Home in this particular spot
that just isn’t an option
that chandelier had to go back.
Our final chandelier ~ an acrylic version from Home Depot!
Happy ending
After much thought I knew the answer to the burning
chandelier question: go back and pick up
the 6 pound acrylic chandelier from
Home Depot.
It is a lovely alternative and for the price and the weight
it certainly is a good option for our little home.
With the addition of a few real crystals from my
collection I’ve picked up over the years at
Christmas time
this chandelier turned out to be the
perfect addition to our little rv home
on the prairie.
Sharing with
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Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage
Happy decorating,

Barb 🙂


Beauty and the Beast ~ A Fairy Ta{b}le

Beauty and the Beast
And a table setting inspired by
a potential prince and his beautiful 
and smart princess-to-be…

Belle was just a girl dreaming
of something more.
The Beast?
Well, he needed to learn
a few life lessons…

Today’s storybook tableau tale features 
indigo ‘Liberty Blue’ plates 
found while thrift-shopping.
With swirls of flowers
as lovely as 
those encircling
18th century French castles,
this table setting
is worthy of bringing
two people together.

a delicate bouquet
or two,
glasses for toasting,
and the delicate 
clinking of silver…

{Could that be Lumiére?}

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Flash forward… Furniture comes to life and 
Mrs. Potts and her son Chip
the teacup
along with a 
host of other fun characters
the Beast and Belle
find true love.

Chip: Mama, there’s a girl in the castle!

Mrs. Potts: Now, Chip, I won’t have you making up such stories. Now into the tub.

Chip: But mama!

Featherduster: Madame! There is a girl in the castle!

Chip: See! I told you.

  — Beauty and the Beast, 1991 animated movie*

Tow little fairies visited our tableau offering good wishes and prayers.
 Did the Beast learn the lessons he
needed to know?
Compassion and selfless love ~ made a beast
into a man.
Did Belle get something more
out of life?
The chance of happiness in love and 
life’s shared adventures 
sometimes is 
just around the corner.

And where would this be if
all good fairy tales didn’t have 
happy endings?…

As the music drifts in:
A tale as old as time, a table as strong
as thine… {apologies to Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve}
Beauty and the Beast…

Later this week:
this “little beast” will be making his
premiere performance
in an upcoming article about alpacas.
{Isn’t he a cutie??!}

Will be sharing with
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Create Link Inspire

Welcome Home Wednesdays ~ Five Kids, a Dog and a Blog

Happy Monday
Happy First Day of Spring
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Playing with Light ~ a Fall Placesetting

Playing with light last evening
I was having fun setting the table with lovely baby boo pumpkins in whites and creams,
my teal Ball glass jars (a new favorite for vases!),
and my favorite white china purchased from 
TJ Maxx
 about a year ago.  

The light coming in the front window was fantastic!
quickly I whipped out one of my most favorite tablecloths 
(bad grammar, I know!)
tossing it into the dryer to unwrinkled it a bit.
I set the table as fast as I could, 
grabbing this and that, 
mixing silver flatware as I went. 

What teacups to put out???
I love pink and I had seen some cute fall displays on 
friends’ blogs with using the color pink with white pumpkins,
that’s what I went for!!!

Not much editing here, just a little enhancing the photo and tinting a bit more to the pink.

I am loving this tablescape!!!
(Did I mention this already?)
We just had pizza for dinner, but so what??!
Even pizza can be elevated to a party
with a little decor thrown in!

I am sure my journalism son would say,

“Mom, your photos are over and under-exposed,”
I’m okay with that.
(My daughter loved these photos, btw!)

Don’t you sometimes like the contrast between

lights and darks
 in your photographs?
Me, too.

Updating July 2017 ~ Funny to look back on these
early posts now… I was writing in “mice type”
and didn’t realize that it was hard for you all to read.
We’ve since changed for you!

Happy you are here!