One Room Challenge Family Room Redux Week Three

4.16.2015

I'm participating in the Thursday group One Room Challenge created by Linda at Calling It Home, and am working on the family room in our house. To catch up, see Weeks One and TwoOf the many times I've shared this space, I've purposefully omitted a rather large and unfortunate element.  It came with the house, and I should have done something about it years ago.  


I've never pointed the camera up toward the ceiling.  Why would I? I'm not worried about stepping on toes here.  I know I'm not the only one with this ceiling fan, but I'm confident that anyone reading an interior design blog who also has one of these is aware that it's not pretty.



I've kept it because it's hot here in Dallas during the summer, and there are times that we use it.  However, I've recently come to the long overdue conclusion that the amount of time we don't use it is significantly greater than the amount of time we do.  Why should this be part of the room all year long when it's so rarely used?  I'm having it removed and replaced it with a chandelier.  For those unbearably hot days, I'll have a tower fan I can pull out of a closet and then put back away again easily. I haven't chosen one yet. If you have one you like, please let me know.

This one gets great reviews and looks far more attractive than most.


This one gets good reviews, is less good looking, but is about a fifth of the other's price.


Never have I participated in an ORC where I've procrastinated as much as this.  I don't know what will replace the fan, but I'd better decide something very soon.  Please tell me your thoughts on the following.


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Or, I already have something very similar to this brass Williamsburg chandelier that could be lacquered in white and save tons of money.  What would you do?  After this past fall's One Room Challenge where Coleen Rider from Coleen & Company made a custom pagoda lantern for my entry, none of these feel nearly as exciting.  



When I worked in this room three years ago, much of it was easy. Choosing fabric for the windows, furniture, and pillows didn't make me a bit nervous. Neither did finding accessories or window hardware. What intimidates me is the styling.  I asked a talented lady come to help me with the bookcases the last time.  I should have asked her to style the coffee table, too.  


This time around, I feel exactly the same.  I've pulled so many things out of the bookcases, but lack the confidence to start arranging.  I may just wing it and hope for the best, or bring in help again.  You can see in this photo that the coffee table is a little uninspired.  What should happen instead though, is beyond me. I know this amazingly incredible coffee table book (which is also my pick for the absolute most perfect Mother's Day gift) will be prominently displayed. 

There's so much more going on in this room and I'll be sharing more next week. Now, go to Calling It Home to see the unbelievable number of other interior projects taking place all over the country as a part of The One Room Challenge.  






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23 comments :

sarah sofia knepp said...

Jennifer I love your style and that 3rd light fixture is calling your name! However, if budget is an issue keep what you have on hand. Isn't great to have a talented resource on hand to help with the styling? I also use my interior design friends to shoot ideas off of or gain their approval. :) Loving the progress! Sarah, Sarah Sofia Productions

Kim said...

Jennifer, any of these chandeliers would be beautiful in your space! Thanks for sharing your Fan Reality!

Iris Watts said...

Such gorgeous chandelier options! I can't wait to see what you pick!

Krista @ Goodwill Glam said...

Those are some beautiful lighting options! I'm leaning towards the pagoda style one, myself. Of course, any of them would be gorgeous in your space!! Can't wait to see what you choose! I'm still in the throws of decision making here in week three, I would love if you could pop by the blog and give me your thoughts!

XO,
Krista
www.goodwillglam.com

Erin @ the-organized-life said...

You have a lot of beautiful lighting options. Can't wait to see which one you decide to go with! They all have a style of their own, so I think you need to figure which you prefer and which one you think will work best in the room. And, obviously, if money is a factor, you could always go with what you've got.

A Toile Tale said...

I keep that second tower fan in the closet of the guest bedroom, because we have one rather frequent guest who needs a droning noise to sleep and he uses it every time he comes. But, to my surprise, others do too. I didn't know how many have the same story! Winter or summer, it's often in use. And, BTW, I'm all about that second light fixture!
Linda @ A Toile Tale

Leah Anderson-Wimberly said...

Such a pretty room! I think all of the chandeliers are beautiful, but I like the idea of going with something that is more sculptural and modern. I think it would look good with the painting too! Of course, any of them would look great :).

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

You woke up early this morning to be so high up in the Linking party!! I love it! I really adore some of those chandeliers.....very much! I love 1,3 , 6....somehow feel like 3 is very you. But maybe you are wanting something different? I just love this room and will so much prettier without the fan I bet.

tara // by design co. said...

so many great lights to choose from...i think any of them would look great in your space! the capiz shell one is to die for though! i hear you on the procrastinating....i feel the exact same way this time around! good luck.

rajnialexdesign said...

Love the first chandelier! It's beautiful! But so are the others! Good luck making the choice :)

Reagan said...

I love number 3 the best for you (and me:))... but I also like 1 and 6. Looks like Albertina does too! Good luck it will be gorgeous!!

Stephen Andrew said...

I vote for the Williamsburg chandelier but lacquered in like 75 year old lady palm beach manicure coral.
My usually body temp is about 300 degrees so I have to get used to fans :)

Vel Criste said...

All the light fixtures are gorgeous but I absolutely love 1, 3 and the cadiz one the most! Good luck on a very tough decision to make Jennifer!

Anonymous said...

Lacquer the old one but not white. Add drum shades to update it. Save money and use what you have with imagination especially if it is a quality fixture.

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Ah, I'm such an indecisive person so I feel your pain but all of the lights are gorgeous. I guess it depends on if you want something that will be around for awhile and test the time of trends that come and go. Good luck!

Anna said...

I like the 7th chandelier, but if you already have one (and not using it) why not to upcycle it and see how it will look in your room.

home before dark said...

I like the 6th one, which is a variation of Chapman's Mykonos. It is simple and elegant with clean lines that are a wink to the Greek key without being forced or trendy.

I say my husband evolved from a St. Bernard! I've banned ceiling fans from the first floor, but we have some sort of fan in every room upstairs. Our house faces west and is tall enough to grab that monster Kansas sun. Thanks for the reminder about the Dyson. I'm working on my husband's office upstairs and that may be the magical compromise for the 6'5" fella and no room for a table to warn him Warning Will Robinson!

Burgos Bunch said...

I'm dying for #1!! Yes!!

Karena Albert said...

The light fixtures are all fabulous of course. I CAN picture a drum shade on your brass lighting. Lets face it, there are some rooms that really need a fan in the summer! It would be hard for me to cut loose for the really good looking AND expensive one!

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Karena
The Arts by Karena
Designer Matthew Patrick Smyth

Kevin | Thou Swell said...

Taking out the ceiling fan is definitely a big decision for us Southerners! The Dyson Multiplier is supposed to be fantastic though... And I LOVE the first chandelier option!

kate@willowinteriors said...

If I lived in Texas I would need a fan attached to my head. :) I adore every chandelier choice you have there! Good luck!

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

I love the idea of getting rid of your ceiling fan. I'm going to have to incorporate that into my own home! Also, I had a capiz shell chandy on my sitting porch and while it was beautiful it was such a pain to clean. The shells were so fragile and I had to wipe each one individually, I'd say it's more tedious than crystal. I'm sure it won't get as dirty in your living room as on my porch but I just wanted to pass that tid-bit along. I would look into doing a beaded chandy with the same design. I also absolutely love #1, the way it branches out would add a lot of interest to the space.

Sorry for the novel, Good luck choosing!! xo

Christina Baker said...

So so excited to see what you do! The lighting options are killing me though the thought of painting your chandelier white is also very intriguing!

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