Entryway Progress: New Chandelier and Rug

We have a side-entrance bungalow with a nice central entryway, opening into our kitchen on the right and our living room on the left. I suppose you could call it a foyer if you’re feeling fancy. It was far from fancy when we bought the house, though: it was super gross.

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I made it not-gross with cleaning and painting, and I made it functional with Flor carpet tiles and a peg rack (both leftover from our apartment). Otherwise, I didn’t spend much effort to make it look nice until recently.

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Here’s where we started. I can do better than just not-gross!

New Light Fixture

First up, I added a new ceiling medallion and light fixture: I bought the Mid-Century Long-Arm Chandelier from West Elm.


You guys, when I first start dating Jarrod (13 years ago!) this tiger blanket was his actual bedspread. Not in an ironic way, either. He’s had it since he was a kid, and now it’s an excellent moving blanket / project cushion.

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The chandelier is super heavy and was a challenge to install but, ultimately, nothing insurmountable. I’m really happy with it now that it’s up there.

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The adjustable arms work great here because the closet throws off the center of this space. I was able to arrange the arms to balance out that corner.

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New Rug

I also added a new rug: a Mazlaghan Persian rug found on eSaleRugs.com for $250.


It was the first time I’ve purchased from eSaleRugs. I appreciate that they post a lot of photos of each item, and their free shipping and free returns policy suits me well, too: I’m prone to buyer’s remorse, so it made it easier to pull the trigger. Thankfully, there was no need to make use of that return option – their photos are remarkably accurate.

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That’s all for now! I’ll return tomorrow with a post detailing the final change I made in this first batch of improvements: new(ly altered) closet doors.

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Update: see Adding Moulding to Inside Out Bi-Fold Doors

Deadly Pretty Things

I dropped by Ye Olde Lamp and Fixture Shoppe here in Chicago for a repair appraisal on my vintage chandelier.  The man who helped me was impressively knowledgeable.  The good news: it is an original Lightolier Sputnik.  An early one, in fact.  He has experience doing complete restorations of this type of chandelier.

Sputnik Chandelier

The bad news?  Those restoration jobs cost over $2,000.  Even if he tried to do a hack job it would still cost over $1,000.  And that wiring? Yeah, that’s asbestos.

Onto Plan B…

Swedes & Sputnik

Now this, this is a mailing list I want to be on.

IKEA 2013 Catalog

Look at that armchair: it’s only $9.99.

[Update: that was a joke, you guys. Thanks, though, for your diligent readership!]

As excited as I am about this catalog, I’m even more excited about what’s awaiting me in Jefferson City, Missouri. This vintage sputnik chandelier has been floating around our family for decades – my mom saved it from one of our many house renovations, knowing that one of her kids would like it some day. It’s traveled from basement to basement and I’m going home to claim it next week. And to, you know, see my family.

Sputnik Chandelier

It needs a bit of restoration work. If anyone has a recommendation for a lighting repair shop in Chicago, I would be very grateful.

Sputnik Chandelier

You will be mine, you will be mine, you will be mine all mine.