Smitten..

Thanks for your feedback on the capiz fixtures. I'm not worried about it being outdated as much as growing tired of it myself. And Im not concerned about getting it greasy because its pretty far away from the stove. But your comments revealed a dealbreaker: not enough light. Its the only fixture at this end of the kichen so no go.

In my search for alternatives I found this beauty.



I'm smitten! I think I'm slightly preferring the white version but look how amazing the blue one looks!


Photo credits: Toby Fairley found on Blu Label Bungalow

Sadly at $6900 its about as far away from my budget as I am from being a supermodel astronaut.

I've been wracking my brain for a way to DIY a version but I think even that is out of the cards. I'd need soooo many beads (Im estimating about 2500!) and those aren't exactly cheap. So the search continues.

46 comments:

  1. That one looks like it doesn't give off much light either...but to do it yourself;
    Buy an inexpensive fixture with the same basic skeletal structure (large ring at lower part, smaller ring at top; some doodads may need to be removed); Save money on beads by buying something that is already long strings of beads, say at Pier 1 or some such store; Long strands of beads intended for Christmas garlands or, are those bead doorway "curtains" still available? Cinatown is also a possibility for findind some ready-made bead thing that could be re-purposed.

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  2. Well I can DIY clothes but not so much household goodies, but as a first time reader congratulations!
    www.indramaticfashion.com

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  3. Thanks Shelia but I don't want it to look cheap. I think those doorway beads might look a bit chintzy.

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  4. I love that light, ever since I saw on house bueatiful :) I've seen a samller version on PB Teen! I'm not sure how large/small you want yours :)

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  5. Maybe you could use dyed wooden beads? I saw Martha Stewart do that for necklaces, and they looked pretty nice. You could customize the color you want with Rit Dye. I'm guessing plain wooden beads wouldn't be too expensive to buy, and you could use a thrift store chandelier for the skeleton. Here is the link for how to on the beads: http://www.marthastewart.com/how-to/dyed-wooden-bead-necklace.

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  6. Cari Skuse2:34 PM

    I was just going to say what Emu said. Martha had a recent episode about the beads and they were beautiful. The beads don't seem to be too expensive and I bet you can find the "shell" of the light online too.

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  7. what about this??

    http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2010/05/make-a-beaded-chandelier/

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  8. I bet you could make it with hangers and beads and fishing wire?

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  9. What about flea markets or antique shops? I remembered a post from YHL where they went to Savannah, GA. Sherry took a picture of an awesome light fixture made of calm shells...I believe. Here's the link if you are interested.
    http://www.younghouselove.com/2009/05/window-shopping-sweet-savannah/

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  10. I found the PERFECT DIY for you. I found this yesterday on L.Alden blog, it is not as big, but such a cool Chandelier DIY with mardigras beads from the dollar store that are spray painting.....amazing! I am sure you could make your own variations!

    http://lalden.blogspot.com/2010/06/chandelier-diy.html

    http://style-for-style.blogspot.com/2010/04/chandelier-before-after.html



    xoxo

    Shannon

    http://myboldandthebeautifulworld.blogspot.com/

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  11. love it!!! At our flea market there are always vendors selling beads... I bet you could find some wooden ones for much less than these... I am assuming that these are stone or coral. This is beautiful though, I can see why you love it!

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  12. I know what you mean on the DIY tip with trying to find beads, but it's not impossible if you have patience.

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  13. I'm cracking up about the grease. Why would someone think you'd get grease on your chandy? And, I'm with you...I think DIY is almost impossible on this lover.

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  14. I actually saw something (kind of similar) to this at the Dollar Store Crafts blog: http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2010/05/make-a-beaded-chandelier/.

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  15. Oh my goodness! I've seen that chandelier around the blogosphere and absolutely LOVE it! The green one is definitely my fav. Good luck in your search! :)

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  16. supermodel astronaut...snort. ; )

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  17. Personally, I hope it takes you awhile to find the perfect light fixture and that you continue to show us endless beautiful possibilities.

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  18. I agree with Janell, I hope it takes you a while to find one because I am enjoying everything that you are finding online:)

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  19. delilah9:24 PM

    I realize this is not a chandelier, but it's a similar look...maybe you could work it into your plans somehow.
    http://www.ballarddesigns.com/Lighting/Sconces/Isabelle-Beaded-Candle-Sconce/p/12343?path=1%2C2%2C1467%2C1533&iProductID=12343

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  20. I saw a reproduction of this chandelier at Scott Antiques a few months ago. It was a little smaller than these, but were only $300! I love them too!

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  21. Certainly not as impressive but this one from PB kind of has the same vibe to me. Not sure how you feel about coral.

    http://www.potterybarn.com/products/lafayette-coral-bead-chandelier/?pkey=cchandeliers

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  22. One of my favorites - the turquoise version makes me swoon. But the pricetag quickly slaps me back to reality :o)

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  23. it is a beauty..love this piece..

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  24. Delilah12:03 AM

    Here is another...
    http://cottageandbungalow.com/ah-89288.html

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  25. I certainly wouldn't want it to look cheap in my house either; but with a discerning eye and a creative mind set loose in the New York metropolitan area with all the resources available there, I think something fabulous could be born. It wouldn't have to be the doorway beads. It was just a suggestion to get the neurons zapping. I just bought a beautiful necklace at Macy's marked down, down, down, to $7.00 and it looks like something from Anthro. Twenty of those, gathered from all the local Macy's...oh well, I'll stop now.

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  26. I think the capiz is just right for your beach place, so beachy cool it chimes in the slightest breeze, mine has two light bulbs in it so it can throw a good amount of light . But wow is that a gorgeous light too, I sure hope you do make one , we would all love to see it done.

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  27. I'm still stunned by the price because for $6900 you could get a sea glass chandy.

    You will find something eventually as you always do.

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  28. I feel the same way about the Effervescent Chandelier from Anthropologie! Too expensive for me, and I THINK I could DYI it.

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  29. Here's another pic. I had chance to see it at a showhouse here in Atlanta. Gorgeous...See link...

    http://www.blulabelbungalow.com/2010/04/how-to-tour-decorator-showhouse.html

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  30. Love this! I saw a DIY on Ada and Darcy for this. It turned out amazing! Glad I found your blog!

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  31. I saw the turquoise one in a shop in Charlottesville and it is amazing! The one I saw was pretty big, hanging in a 2-story loft-like foyer. Very dramatic. I have thought about it many times since...

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  32. I just found your blog via Young House Love and I gotta say, I love it. Looking forward to seeing more to do about your jersey shore dwelling! I agree, its not all snookie and fake tans!

    I also found this similar light fixture from PB Teen.
    http://www.pbteen.com/products/glass-bead-chandelier/?catalogId=78&bnrid=6730701&cm_ven=GoogleProdAds&cm_cat=ProductAds&cm_pla=DataFeed&cm_ite=General

    I'm guilty of shopping for stuff thru them. It's cheaper than PB and they usually have more mod fun colors and designs.

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  33. Anonymous4:55 PM

    This has a similar shape to your inspiration too.

    http://www.shadesoflight.com/product.php?productid=415629&cat=189&page=1

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  34. That would be one HEFTY DIY project for sure....I have loved that light fixture as well, but the price is for superstars....ha!
    Have a great weekend!

    madebygirl.blogspot.com

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  35. Instead of beads, use stings of really cheap imitation pearls. The kinda that come from the $2 shop (or the US equivalent). I'd guess you'd need 20 or so strings, maybe more depending on the size, so NZ$40-80, then find some old hoops and a bulb holder.

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  36. oh my!! i was going to bookmark those until i saw the price tag - no way those will ever be in my price range, but they sure are divine...

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  37. Oooh those lamps are HOTNESS, but that price tag, is not. lol. Doesn't IKEA have something that resembles it?

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  38. ohhh my...absolutely gorgeous! I'm smitten, too! I would love to try to make one, but it would probably take me forever to collect the beads and I would make a total mess out of spray painting beads...hmmm, I've got to think about this! :)

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  39. hi. i'm a fellow brooklynite who also has been thinking of ways to DIY this chandelier. There is an iron shop near my apt in cobble hill that will consider making the frame and i was going to purchase the beads from the internet. i think that's the only way to go to make this really standout. feel free to em me if you want to collaborate further.

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  40. This just posted on Madebygirl, you might be interested to read the DIY.

    http://madebygirl.blogspot.com/2010/06/blue-hand-home-lghting-some-diy-ones.html

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  41. Here's a DIY I just saw on Made by girl

    http://madebygirl.blogspot.com/2010/06/blue-hand-home-lghting-some-diy-ones.html

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  42. Who knew - maybe I should add PB Teen to my list of websites to frequent. These may be small in scale to the room and not sure with your condo rules, but could you add another electrical box and double up?

    http://www.pbteen.com/products/capiz-chandelier/?pkey=cchandeliers-pendant-lighting

    http://www.pbteen.com/products/coconut-shell-chandelier/?pkey=cchandeliers-pendant-lighting

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  43. You know, I ran across a VERY similar chandy to the blue one @ the Pottery Barn outlet here in Texas. Same silhouette, same turquoise beads, but the scale was considerably smaller, I think, so I don't know if it would work for you. Still, it's something you might check out...
    Okay, so I just saw the above pbteen post, and that's definitely the one I was thinking of. It says it's no longer available online, but I guess you now know you could find it at an outlet.

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  44. I like the one you are making soooo much better.
    These already look sort of overly trendy and dated.
    pve

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  45. Marie1:47 PM

    I realize this is way late, but Emily Henderson from Secrets from a Stylist on HGTV had a similar chandelier on last week's episode. You can see it here on her blog: http://www.stylebyemilyhenderson.com/. She said it's from HD Buttercup for $900. Maybe closer to your price range if you're still looking for one?

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