As I looked for light fixture inspiration, I realized that I didn't want a super traditional chandelier like I had in the old dining area (it had a drum shade around it) or in the old bathroom (oh, how I miss that bathroom), but I didn't want metal either. One fixture kept jumping out at me...
Even if it looked a little off, size-wise, in a picture, I loved it.
From DecorPad, unknown designer
It it me or does it look too small and off-center in the image just above and below?
I think it looks just right, size-wise, in this room:
It's the "George II" chandelier by Visual Comfort. I love it. It's crystal, traditional in shape, but a little non-traditional in that it doesn't have hanging crystals and swags.
Visual Comfort apparently makes a version for William Sonoma Home. It's slightly different...and more expensive.
The small George II retails for around $1500 (the large is around $2200). The Williams-Sonoma version is about $2000. I was a little crushed by the prices, so I looked for an alternative and found Crystorama's Harper chandelier. It retails for about $800.
When I put the George II and the Harper side-by-side, I can't help but fixate on how much more elegant the George II is. The bulbs are prettier, the curve of the arms is a little more gentle, the candle "cups" aren't as dramatic, and the bottom is more ornate. I also like that the candles are white, though I could obviously switch the silver ones out on the Harper. I even like the ceiling hardware on the George II better.
I noticed the two-tiered version of the George II on One Kings Lane over the weekend, so maybe I'll keep an eye out for the size we want and hold off on making a decision right now.
We're in no hurry. As I wrote before, the existing fixture works just fine.