Since our housewarming party 3 years ago when mounds of bumblebees were invading our lunch buffet, and someone pointed out that St Rita is often represented by bumblebees, we knew it was only fitting to name our dining room The Rita Room - in its very early stages of renovation, it was vibrantly dark shade of red, with a gold ceiling, and bumblebee curtain valences.
As we get closer to its final stages of renovation, here's a sneak peak at where it's headed:
The Rita Room
We just re-painted the ceiling with a new color gold, because the last one was much too "is this a Victorian dining room, or McDonald's??" Once re-painted, we did this... look closely...
Can't see it, can you?
We removed the moulding (it wasn't crown moulding, but just a ledge with white painted above it to give the illusion of crown moulding) and I also moved the curtains up on that window to the left. It bugged me to have the windowsill showing above the curtains, even though at the time I hung them I was hell-bent on having floor-length curtains, which unfortunately Country Curtains doesn't make in this pattern :( Anyway, now the windowsill is covered, AND both sets of curtains go to the baseboard, so it's a good compromise.
And to finish the room, I need only 2 things. One, a wallpaper border for the top of the wall (where the gold paint is messily showing right now, but will eventually be covered up. I found this gem at Walmart, of all places!
I ordered one to see if the red will clash or not, first. I really hope it works, this will be perfect!
Then, for a chandelier. These are the two I've got my eye on:
But, then reading some reviews online, some people were saying they wished it had more crystals, that the crystals it did have were a little underwhelming... and I'm not sure if what I love about this picture is the way the crystals hang or the overall shape and color...
So, I also found this one:
Me also loves.
But, obviously these are two very different chandeliers. So the question becomes, what kind of feeling do I want in the room? With 8' windows and 10' ceilings, I definitely want the light fixture to make a statement... but I'm not sure what statement I want to make? I can always do crystal chandeliers elsewhere, small ones in hallways, bathrooms, bedrooms, whatever (not all of those places, I'm not a Swarovsky hoarder), if I choose not to do crystal in the dining room. But I don't want to regret not getting crystal. Interestingly, the top picture is the (much) more expensive chandelier.
I also need a 32-36" width, ideally.
Can I put this to a vote? Which chandelier to finish the Rita Room? OR, if you feel so inclined, go ahead and find me something EVEN BETTER than these two options! I'd love you forever!
And, Happy Feast Day of St Rita, everyone :)