Glass chandeliers

Scott and I spent our first wedding anniversary in Venice, an amazingly romantic city known for it’s canals, opera and glass thanks to a small island off the shores of Venice called Murano. The blown Murano glass chandeliers made my mouth drop. It’s not the first time I’ve been wowed by lighting, but this is definitely a more feminine silhouette than I’m typically favor in a light fixture.
Murano glass chandelier

These fabulous glass chandeliers are delicate works of art that aren’t cheap. This white one is $1,326. But what they do for a room is amazing. Though traditional in shape, Murano glass chandeliers look modern done in colored glass, like white, red, turquoise and black and pair perfectly in almost any interior.

Lindsey Bickingham kitchen(The kitchen of rock star Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac from Elle Decor)

Novagratz kitchen(Novogratz kitchen)

cococozy wendy schwarz design kristi bender dining room chippendale chares saarinen white tulip table white murano glass chandelier  blue walls yellow drapery panels(Wendy Schwartz Design via Cococozy)

While a real Murano glass chandelier is exquisite, I could never spend more than a grand on a lighting fixture. Being a bargain hunter, I prefer to find a less expensive knockoff.

Murano chandelier knockoffs6 Light Modern Murano Chandelier

Calais Chandelier

Five-Light Polished Chrome Chandelier with White Lucite Jewel Drops

6-Light Chrome with Black Crystal Hand-Blown Chandelier

6-Light Blue Murano Blown Glass Craft Chandelier

1900s Murano Glass Chandelier

What do you think of Murano glass chandeliers?

Wine barrel lighting

You might not know this, but the Swiss drink a lot of wine–four times more than their U.S. counterparts. In fact, starting mid May, there’s at least one wine festival each weekend celebrating the opening of the caves. We went to one this past weekend and took my cousins with us. Do you like the glasses-round-the-neck souvenirs?

The McCues at the wine festival

When I got home from the festival, I became slightly obsessed with finding a light fixture for my dining room. I really want a vintage wine barrel chandelier. I love the rustic authenticity of this one, crafted from discarded French barrels.

Restoration Hardware

I like the price of this one better, but its faux aged finish lacks charm.

Shades of Light

And then I found this one on Craigslist. It’s not as massive as the others and it’s void of that curved teardrop shape, but I love the detail on the four wooden staves crafted from vintage European oak wine barrels and the price ($275 but likely negotiable) is great. Advertised as custom made, light fixtures may created on a made-to-order basis. Here’s hoping.

Craigslist chandelier

While this listing expired, this find reminded me to ALWAYS check Craigslist first when it comes to hunting down something I want. Use keywords like “wine barrel chandelier,” “crate chandelier,” even “wood lighting fixture.” If it’s an item you’ve been searching for, expand your search. I virtually searched as far as Santa Barbara for the wine barrel chandelier (I was thinking wine regions outside of Temecula but not as far north as Napa or Sonoma).

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