I Am Shopping for Crystal Chandeliers on the Internet. I’m Not Sure Which Part of This is the Most Unsettling.

January 28, 2012

The words crystal and chandelier creep me out. Put them together and, I don’t know, weird. I get that this is overly irrational, but shopping for crystal chandeliers is unsettling.  It makes me think of bawdy Old (Mae) West brothels, or snobby Marie Antoinette, or the stranger parts of the 1970s.  But my MIL sent me this great photo of an entryway in a house, and it’s exactly what I want. And if I find the right one, I think it could bring some old fashioned 1915 Downton Abbey glam to the 1915 Central Texas house. The juxtaposition might be interesting.

In other words, I think I’m now in the market for a crystal chandelier. Or just a chandelier maybe. I don’t know.

From Adams Antiques Importers

From Alexander & Pearl


From Gallery 74

From Anthropologie 

Let There Be Flight hanging lamp from Mod Cloth

(Ok, I realize this is going in a completely different direction. But it’s kinda cute.)

From Amazon

From Lamps Plus

Also from Lamps Plus

From Bowery Lighting Company

And again with the Bowery Lighting Company

And one more from Bowery

For the most part, I tried to stay on the lower end of the price scale. Just because, whatever. But there are some amazing ones if you’re willing to spend $5K on ceiling crystal. I am not.

Anyone have any lighting tips? Like the most amazing vintage store to get 1915 chandeliers in my neighborhood for $500 or less? I feel like a grown up just talking about this. Next, I’m going to discuss politics and taxes. And have a bridge party. You’re all invited.


Pam pointed me CSN Lighting, where I found this one…which is the closest I’ve seen to the top photo online. It’s still way more than I want to spend (Of course I want to spend $25) and maybe smaller than I want, maybe. But yes. Closer.

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  • Reply Jennifer January 28, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    I felt exactly like this when I was inspired to purchase an oriental rug. Somewhat ridiculous with my obsession. In the end, I bought an Indian silk/wool hand-knotted rug on a ridiculous sale. And I love every inch of it.

    So, I say: go with it! Buy the one that makes your heart go “thump” and then enjoy the heck out of it.

  • Reply Carrie January 28, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    DO IT.

    The creepyish stuff will go away once it’s hanging and looking spectacular and everyone that sees it envies you.

    That funky looking one right above that birdcage one is it for me. Probably because it’s so funky…but still. Ridiculously love that thing.

  • Reply Pam January 28, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Also check CSN Lighting – I got a STUPID, SILLY, super squirrel secret deal on some chandeliers in my house (yes, plural – sparkle!) that people think are WAAAAY more pricey than they actually are.

    Huge selection. http://www.csnlighting.com/index.php?refid=EDA032111

    Also? I love that entryway picture. Run with it – run towards the light!

  • Laura Harrison Mayes
    Reply Laura January 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Oh! I love CSN lighting. Great suggestion. Thanks! They have a rad selection of Schonbek.

  • Reply elissa January 29, 2012 at 10:18 am

    great choices! i do not envy this search. there are so many options out there.

  • Reply Claire J January 29, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Nothing wrong with bawdy Mae West brothels, dodgy 70s fashion OR Downtown Abbey. I’d personally go with one of the old-school understated ones, especially if you’re experiencing Chandelier Worries (and hang on to the receipt!). Happy shopping!

  • Reply V January 29, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I know everyone says this about everything these days, but check etsy. I found a surprising number of semi-reasonable chandeliers on there once when I was looking from something completely unrelated. Check out this one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/89386609/1930s-vintage-chandelier-french-glass

    It looks pretty similar to the CSN one, it’s cheaper, and it’s in Austin.

  • Reply Lise January 30, 2012 at 8:10 am

    If you’re not in a hurry to buy one, check out estate sales or garage sales or huge barn auctions for one and enjoy the hunt!!

  • Reply Barchbo January 30, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Have you checked Lights Fantastic? They have a shop on Burnet Road in Austin, but also a website with an enormous selection. We got a lot of our lighting there, but our chandy is from Z Gallerie: http://www.zgallerie.com/p-1467-calais-chandelier-black.aspx

    That said, the Etsy one above is really cool.

  • Reply Laura J January 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Have you checked Z Gallerie? They have a smallish selection, but their chandeliers all have a classic shape with a modern twist. Also, there is one in turquoise! http://www.zgallerie.com/c-38-hanging-lamps.aspx

  • Reply Miss Britt January 30, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Aren’t you in Austin? This sounds crazy, but they had gorgeous chandeliers in Uncommon Goods when I was there last month.

  • Reply MIL January 31, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    What about the wallpaper? Isn’t it great? Capture the whole look, Laura. It’s perfect for your Texas “mansion”.

  • Reply christine April 16, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I kinda like the one from Gallery 74….the others not so much. x

  • Reply Karen Strickholm July 22, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Totally look on E-Bay. They can be scary, these crystal behemoths. Tipping over the edge into nouveau riche is easy to do. I saw a beautiful one-of-a-kind one on E-Bay once when I was looking, from Vienna, but it was $18,000 so I didn’t buy it. Good luck, babe!

  • Reply richard ingrasia December 11, 2013 at 9:10 am

    i have one of a kind 4 tier chandilier with 80+ 7 inch triangle shaped hand made bars. that hang down from each tier draping previous tier. very good condition few bars have hair line cracks in glass. but not noticeable at all. originally purchased in 1970. about eighteen light bulbs. it is magnificent over a dining room table. not gordy a real classy look if any intreast email me i will send photo. has not been on ceiling for 15 of the lat 33 years. not one of the above photo is even close to this gem.

  • Reply richard ingrassia December 11, 2013 at 9:34 am

    i have a wonderful 4 tier chandelier available. 7 inch crystal bars, triangle shape when you look at them sideways.each bar is hand made. each tier drapes the next from smaller to bigger diameter on the lower level. great shape. purchased in 1970 only hung up 16 of those years. blows all others away.very reasonable price would like to get 1500. just want to find a nice home for it as it was my parents . located in lehigh valley pa. richard.ingrassia@yahoo.com

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