Thursday, October 17, 2013

Serendipity!

Am I fickle or what?  I bought my Montgolfier Hot Air Balloon chandelier because I thought it was the most awesome chandelier ever known to mankind!
Of course, I found it on Craigslist.
Alas!  It really does not work in the area I placed it!  You see, I originally wanted it for Gracie's play room but the ceilings are eight feet tall and the chandelier is four feet tall.
I wish I could find a spot for it.  Just looking at it makes me happy!  
Any ideas?

I hung it in the Breakfast Room.  However, it doesn't complement the grisaille panels I am installing in the adjacent secretary.  Well, if I ever finish that particular project!


Along came Craigslist and all my problems are solved!

Enter the Manoir Chandelier  from Canopy Designs!

Here it is in its original habitat:
People actually live like this!
When I googled the address before I went to pick this up on Craigslist I saw the real estate listing.  This home is in Chicago's Lincoln Park area.  It had a price tag of $3,000,000.  Yessir.  Three million dollars.  American currency.
As I was driving to pick up the chandelier I did the math in my head.  This gentleman could buy a substantial number of homes in my neighborhood and still have money left over!
I digress...as usual.

I am waiting for the electrician to come and hang this!
I will post a photo the very second he does!

xo

Andie




18 comments:

  1. This is why your house will never be done -always something 'better'! This is a great buy -did you get a tour of the house too? haha

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  2. I just love, love, the chandelier!!

    Kathy

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  3. Your new chandelier is gorgeous...I love chandys! I love the elegant dining room in the 3mill home...but it is not something you can reproduce; look how you got the amazing chandy, Andie..(it rhymes too)I'm also smitten with your hot air balloon one too, it's really elegant and it's got so much carácter and personality! Hugs,
    FABBY

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  4. I meant something you CAN reproduce, not can't!

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  5. YOU. ARE. KILLING. ME. SOFTLY. (with your craigslist finds) !!!!!! I adore this chandy and have coveted this style for over a year. I have searched and searched for a great bargain and have yet to find one. I so hope it was a great price!!!
    I still adore the hot air balloon chandy and am confident if you do not find a room for it you can re-sell it for a wonderful profit considering the amount of work you put into it.
    Fondly-Lisa

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  6. Love the look of your new chandy. You find the most amazing buys! I hope you can find another spot for the hot air balloon chandy.

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  7. Andie I loved the hot air balloon...but this is going to look stunning in that space!! Can't wait to see it up!

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  8. PLEASE give us a tutorial...how do you find all these things????? Why when I look all I see are old rusty bikes and gross mildewy velvet brocade chairs that would make Liberace blush? You find the BEST things, the balloon light fixture is to die for!!!!!!

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  9. I love your new chandy! I cannot believe you found one on .CL. THAT STYLE IS FEATURED ON MANY DECOR MAGS. AND IT LOOKS LIKE YOU COMPLETED YOUR. SECRETARY. LOVE THE NEW CHANDY . MARY OLD ELF.

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  10. You are out of your tiny mind, but then.....you and I already knew that.....
    If your daughter is shorter than 4 feet, what's da problemo?

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  11. You may not like me for saying this, but I was just CRAZY about that Montgolfier Hot-Air Balloon chandelier, and thought it looked wonderful above the breakfast room table -- it all seemed so appropriately "French," even if it wasn't quite. This replacement, while elegant and all that, seems much more prosaic to me -- something you'd EXPECT to find, whereas the Balloon added a charming, offbeat touch of whimsy that stopped the area from looking too formal and pretentious.

    Sorry to provide a dissonant note amidst all the adulation, but if I were to change anything about the breakfast room, it would be to scrap those rather garish looking faux-grisaille panels, and use something with muted, antiqued pastel coloring made to look like old oil paintings -- OR -- gold stenciling with a gray wash.

    Of course, it's your home, my dear, and you must follow your heart and do what pleases you most -- you're certainly not doing it for me -- but I really LOVED the breakfast room as you presented it just three days ago.

    My two cents.

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  12. Every smart woman has a handy man to call over, pronto.

    XO T

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  13. OMG I am so totally jealous !!! I saw that chandy in Sally Wheat's dining room and fell in love! You lucky girl!!! I cannot believe the things you find
    unbelievable!! That hot air balloon number is pretty amazing as well!
    Can't wait to see it in place Andie!

    Pamela xo

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  14. I like them both very much but the new one you got is my fave...........as far as the 4' chandy, can you put it sort of in a corner in your daughter's room? as a piece of art more than a lamp?... a corner where you could put a little table under it or something? It's a shame not to hang that beauty!

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  15. How about weatherized and placed outside atop a lampost.

    Okay... I don't suppose that you could add a weathervane? ;)

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  16. If you have a dramatic stairwell at least two storeys high, you might want to hang Montgolfier so it may be seen and enjoyed at all levels as you walk up and down. I think it may be large and imposing enough to fill such a space,providing you have one. Do you?

    I still like it over the breakfast table, however. I thought it made a unique statement of whimsy tinged with elegance -- or maybe it was elegance tinged with whimsy? ;-)

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  17. Hello Andie. :) I saw your recent response on My French Country Home about what your therapy is, had to come over to say hi, read your story, saw how amazing you are and am now signing up to be your newest reader.
    With my very Best from Provence,
    Heather

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  18. Ahhhh, your hot air balloon chandy is wonderful... good luck finding the just right spot for it. I love the new chandy ! I can't believe you found that on Craigslist!

    Cindy

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