modular brass candlestick

Well, it didn't arrive in time for my bedroom reveal but it's here now and I love it! In fact, I'm torn between using it in the bedroom or in the dining room.

If you remember, I originally found this candelabra on 1st Dibs. It was listed as a 1960s, swivel brass panel candlestick from the United States. The asking price was around $300 if I remember correctly (the item is now sold). Luckily, one of my readers informed me that she had recently bought a very similar looking candlestick from an Etsy store called Housing Authority and they had another one for sale. Much to my delight, they were only asking $52 for it. I immediately added the candlestick to my cart and sent off a thank you email to my reader.

Since its arrival I've been trying to find out some more information about it. Interestingly, the Housing Authority site had it listed as a Danish folding candelabra. I've compared the two photographs and personally I can't see any difference between the two objects.

If anyone has any background on these holders I would love to learn more. I'm fascinated to know what their origin may be and who designed them. I'm curious if they were made by an American designer or a Danish designer.

In my quest to find more information, I did discover some other beautiful brass candelabras that I thought I would share with you. Two of them come from Lindsey Adelman who you probably know best for her stunning hand blown light fixtures. This brass candelabra known as the Agnes is also modular and can hold from 3 to 20 candles. It's available in satin brass, oil-rubbed bronze and wait for it.... 24k gold. The one pictured is listed at $4800.

I also came across this more modest but still stunning brass candlestick holder on her site.

It is called the Nick and the Candlestick and was inspired by a Sylvia Plath poem, of the same name, and antique brass weights and measures. It comes with its own walnut tray for $1200.

Finally, I found a few images of these modular candelabras from German designer Fritz Nagel.

Each are made up of multiple pieces that can be stacked and positioned in infinite combinations.

So what do you think, is this a bedroom item or better suited to the dining room? I'm going to keep my eyes peeled when I'm out vintage shopping for more modular candlesticks. If anyone has any leads let me know, it worked wonders last time!


diy light roundup

Last week when I asked for your advice about which chandelier to choose for our dining room I was reminded of all the amazing DIY light projects out there. Is it just me or is there a ton of really talented people coming up with some great and fairly simple ideas for pendant lights these days? I thought it would be interesting and maybe even helpful to round up all of the DIY projects I have seen to date. I'm sure there will be a few that I miss so please add to the list with your comments.

Without further ado.....the DIY light roundup!

1. Lindsey Adelman You Make It Chandelier - If an original Lindsey Adelman is out of your reach, than you can attempt this beauty which comes with detailed instructions, a parts list, and step by step photos. It has been successfully made by quite a few bloggers out there but probably most famously by Morgan of The Brick House. How stunning does this light over the dining room table?

2. Jean Pelle Bubble Chandelier - This chandelier was originally featured in ReadyMade magazine. It is made from 12 hand blown glass balls and 3 clear globe bulbs. The cords are elegantly disguised behind woven cotton twine.

3. Bookhou's Woven Pendant Light - This beautiful woven lamp made out of strips of wood veneer comes to us from the very talented Arounna Khounnoraj of Bookhou. She came up with this DIY project for Poppytalk. There are detailed photographs and instructions that take you step by step through the project making it seem very doable . I think it would make a great addition to a kitchen or nursery.

4. Nordic Light Pendant from Pickles - Speaking of woven...take a look at this light. It is simply a crocheted "sweater" over a rice paper lamp. I say, simply, but honestly I couldn't crochet to save my life so this would actually be impossible for me to do.

5. Branch Chandelier - I first saw this branch chandelier in Living Etc. and immediately fell in love with its simple shape and organic lines. It is from the Moormann Berge Hotel in Denmark. It looks like it would be very easy to replicate. I can even imagine a few variations with more light bulbs or a cluster of branches. Has anyone given something like this a try?

6. John Giacomazzi’s Globe Light for Area San Francisco - This is an alternate take on the globe/bubble light. Detailed instructions including links on where to buy the supplies is provided over at Remodelista.

7. Ashley Ann's Basket Light - This is another DIY project I found through Poppytalk. Apparently, Ashley Ann was rocking her little baby to sleep when she suddenly realized that she could easily make the light she coveted from Anthropologie by using a basket and some spray paint. Detailed instructions are posted on her blog Under the Sycamore.

8. Susan and William Brinson Light - I spotted this light over at design*sponge when I was looking for ideas for our office. It is made up of 100 bulbs but only 10 are active. Many readers asked for instructions on how to make this stunning light fixture but by the sounds of it, it is quite complicated. If anyone, gives it a try let me know.

9. Janell Beals Chalkboard Light - I love that this DIY project that could be done in an afternoon. It uses a standard issue white light from Ikea and some chalkboard paint. Isn't this room that Janell created for her son Max fantastic?

10. Felted Ikea Light - Finally, Kate from design*sponge used the same Ikea light as above to create these whimsical light fixture. The felt was simply cut into the desired shapes and then hot glue gunned onto the surface.Well, there you have it, my first Friday roundup. Anybody thinking of attempting one of these soon?

cast your vote: dining room light

For this installment of Cast Your Vote, I am asking you, dear readers, to help me once again. The Marion House is in need of a new dining room light fixture. The one presently installed is a large, cream drum shaped pendant that tends to obscure the view of the amazing painting we have on the opposite wall.

I am also embarrassed to say that it hangs crookedly. So much so that when Elana came by to do the house tour for HGTV she asked, "Is that light straight? Can we do anything to fix it?" Yikes! And no, believe me I have done everything in my power to try and make it hang evenly.

So, the search begins. Here is what I am thinking. I would like the fixture to be primarily black for two reasons. One, it will work well with the large chandelier we have in the living room (as seen below) and secondly it will work better with the large painting.

I also want the light to be dramatic but not so overwhelming that it takes away from the painting which is really the focal point of the room.

Below are a few things I have found. Please cast your vote and let me know which light you think would work best. Or send me another suggestion!

The Smoke Chandelier from Dutch designer Maarten Baas for Moooi. I think this light is brilliant. It is charred with fire and then sealed with an epoxy finish. It's smart and well designed.

This mesh light has a Moroccan feel and would probably cast beautiful shadows around the room. Unfortunately, I don't know where this light is from. Can anyone help? (via Living Etc.)

This light from Droog titled 85 Lamps is really stunning. My research indicates that it takes a very low watt bulb. Even so, I imagine I would want this one on a dimmer.

The Random Light by Moooi shown here in architect and designer Philippe Harden's living room would certainly be dramatic. However, I'm worried that it might be too overwhelming and obscure the view. On the other hand, the weave is quite fine so maybe it would work. (via Remodelista.)

Another light by Moooi this one is called The Emperor.

I could go traditional and install a beautiful crystal chandelier like this one in Dwell Studio creator, Christiane Lemieux's loft. I love this dining room - there is just something about the mix of antiques, teak chairs, and books that works so well.

This black and brass chandelier from British company Retrouvius is absolutely unique and a perfect example of how a more contemporary piece can work in a period era home. I think it would work so well in our dining room. It wouldn't obscure the painting and at the same time it would throw some light directly on it. Problem is, this is probably a vintage piece. Drat! (via Remodelista)

I find this retro looking light fixture quite interesting. I imagine it is from the 1950's or 60's. However, I'm not sure if it right for The Marion House but I could be wrong. (via Remodelista)

Finally, if money was no object I would definitely go with this Lindsey Adelman contemporary chandelier. Each fixture is made to order with hand blown glass globes and custom metal fittings.Unfortunately, at about $14 400, this 9 globe light is out of my price change. (via Oliver Yaphe)

Actually, this would be my number one choice hands down if money was no object. I love Serge Mouille lights and this would be the perfect fit. It definitely catches your attention but it is also subtle enough to let the painting shine. Absolute perfection.

Please cast your vote and help me choose a light for my dining room. Do you think I have a winner here or is there something I'm missing? I look forward to your comments!