The Collective Collector’s… Chandeliers

Apr 7, 2010 | Parisienne Farmhouse Design, The Collective Collectors | 20 comments

I am going down with the ship…
This “Collective Collectors” thing has not taken off as I would have hoped.  I was so looking forward to enjoying everyone’s “stuff” – but I know us girls are busy… I have even felt a little boxed in knowing I “had” to blog about a such and such on a given day… but nonetheless I am going to keep at it… at least for a few more weeks… I mean come on, I have not even shown you my Strawberry Shortcake collection yet!
As usual, if you would like to show the world one of your collections use Mr. Linky down below and grab the Collective Collectors button on my sidebar.  Tell us all about your Collection, how you began, what you pay… how addicted you are, etc.  And for heavens sake – do it guilt free.  Yes, you’re American – that makes you materialistic by default.   Just because you collect things does not make you a hoarder, it doesn’t mean you waste your money, it doesn’t mean you don’t care about other people.  People that act holier than thou cause they don’t collect anything bug me.
I don’t know about you but I get sick of looking at the same stuff in blogland homes all the time and I do feel like after all my “Design on a Centime” posts that you are probably sick if seeing the same shots of our home… but I do collect “Chandies” so to make a just a bit more interesting these photographs are taken at night… and then, I swear, I won’t bore you with my lighting again… until I get a new one that is!

The first one.  Years ago desperate for a cool light in our old townhouse we went to a ladies home who sells chandeliers and choose from the few we could afford.  $100 for this silver plated, circa 1930 beauty.  I love the shape of the crystals… I have only seen that shape a few times since.

This one -affectionately known as the “big mammer jammer”.  It’s brass with gorgeous rosettes and verdigris patina here and there.  My contribution to our painting business is faux finishes and murals.  A few years ago I was painting a mural in a teens room; a palm tree.  Nothing amazing but the mom and I got to talking about the style of our home and she mentioned she had a huge chandelier in a box in her garage.  She did not want it but it was her aunts and she wanted it to go to a “good home.”  I offered to take $50 off her bill… et voila.  I am so over the blue crystals that I made but I have to find some to replace them.

This little gold leafed wonder was hanging at a local, horrible resale shop.  I cleaned like crazy and added the shades.  It’s one of my favs.  $75.

This one, though without crystals is super cool.  It’s “original” to the house.  We are the fourth owners of this 160 year old home – I would guess 1920’s for this light – it looks a little art deco to me.  What do you think?  The second owner of the home, now my friend took it with her and I bought it back from her for $50.

Bought this brassy babe at my Mom’s old shop.  The cute shades are from Hobby Lobby.  It now hangs dramatically in our Moulin Rouge inspired powder room.  $150.

Les Jumeaux.  It’s amazing how things work out.  I was dreaming out twin chandie’s for our kitchen.  During a visit at my BIL’s home he took us down to the basement to view his “getting rid of it” pile.  These two were laying there.  Filthy, crystals in a pile and in need of professional re-wiring.  FREE!

Aidan was about 3 months old and we were out garage saleing a mile or so from here.  Low and behold there on the ground was this dirty, lonely chandelier.  I offered the owner $40 and she bit.  It’s missing roping and cups but you will see I patterned them to every other arm et voila… it looks gorgeous in our hallway.  FORTY DOLLARS!  This would have been $300 at our local antique mall!

When your hubby is a working man he brings home goodies from the job every great once and awhile.  This mini chandie was one of those goodies.  I added the Parisian shades and painted the crystals teal to go with our bedroom.  FREE.

Another one from my BIL’s basement.  I spent hours cleaning it and $180 to have have this one and the twins from the kitchen re-wired.  That is still a great deal.  This one would have been $500 at least at the antique mall.

OK so not a chandelier but I could not resist… the shades I got in Paris and the light was part of a barter with a friend.

Bought this from my Mom who was selling it for someone else.  It’s little, patinaed and darling… it dramatically hangs in my CLOSET!  $50.

So cool but I think I am done with it and may be selling it at the Farmhouse or on the Farm Sale very soon.  Should I keep it black or paint it Robbins Egg Blue with gold leaf highlights?… I can’t decide.

Amélie’s room.  PINK!  Part of a barter with a friend who had a shop – I fauxed her kitchen cabs and got to choose from stuff in her closing shop.

Another shot of the “mammer jammer” reflecting in a perfectly distressed mirror…

Almost all of our chandeliers are on a dimmer… there is something so delightful about putting them all to a romantic setting after sunset.  You can see our lights from about every window in the house… I feel a “moral obligation” to have them gently lit at night for those driving by… I know if I saw such cozy lighting in a home as I drove by… it would make me feel good and think, “Oh, that’s nice.”  Corny I know.

Your turn!


  1. My Yellow House

    I’ll have to figure out how to do the linky thing for this because I’d love to join it but I have to first say, WOW! Your chandeliers are all GORGEOUS!!! I can’t believe you have so many, I would practically do anything to have just one! (yes, materialistic 🙂
    The last picture of your home is stunning – you have a beautiful home.

  2. BonjourRomance

    Bonjour Angela,
    What a fabulous collection of chandeliers – and yes dimmer switches are the best. Sorry I have not been a good blogger friend and not joining in the fun. We’re in the process of moving re-decorating and I’m having trouble keeping track of everything just now.
    I also need to send you over an email…take care!

  3. Old Centennial Farmhouse

    I love all your beautiful chandeliers…a wonderful and useful collection: which to me is a double blessing. It looks like half the fun was acquiring them, and now all these years of enjoyment, too!

    Now I think I should have looked UP more in my little visit to your house that day. I noticed some but not all of these. And the one you wanted to take down and paint and sell? I think once you get it down and painted, you’re going to want to keep it! It’s beautiful…

    Thanks for doing the COLLECTIVE COLLECTORS posts…I haven’t been able to participate, but not because I don’t WANT TO. I’m trying to think of a way we could keep it going without it all being on YOU. There might be a way, because truly, it’s a wonderful idea!

  4. Amy

    you have a gorgeous way:) I think I would be a peeping tom if I happened upon your darling home at night:)x

  5. Jenny

    Oh, Angela, what gorgeous, fun, and elegant touches all your “Chandies” are. You are on fire woman. Three “chickens”, your online shop, patisserie, blog, and dedicated family doings and the Collective Collector’s series…whew…I am tired. But it is all well inspired, I know. I know I have not joined because it takes so gosh darned long for me to load pictures. And honestly, I don’t feel any of my collections are cool enough. Yeah, they are pretty cheesy. But I have loved what you have shared and never tire of seeing your inspirational abode. Do what you may, but I am certainly a fan. I know I would still love to hear and see some more stories of your visits to Paris. I am sure that is all you need though, something else to put on the load. Happy blogging dear woman of the Lord.

  6. Bonjour Madame

    You have the best chandelier collection. This post is inspiring!

  7. Pamela

    Your chandeliers and your home is just gorgerous and stunning!
    I love how at night you have all that lighting going on for everyone to see! I always love going through strolls in the neighbourhood for this reason!! See there are people out there who appreciate this.

  8. Berlin Deluxxe

    Ok, I’m speechless. I want to do the can-can all throughout your home. I LOVE IT!
    And please don’t cancel your collector and design posts… I promise to join next week and honestly one can never tire of your lovely home 🙂
    (I too have all my S.Shortcake dolls, near mint condition and accessories- near complete collection including the baby size dolls that puff out scents when hugged! I was a tomboy so I collected them but rarely touched them, hence the awesome condition of everything even my dinner tray!)

  9. Deanna

    Hi there!
    I’ll be back to join your party.
    The word will get out and this feature will take off.
    I’m gathering some pics right now.
    God Bless,

    from HomeHaven that’s in the middle of the Kansas Flinthills


    Awesome photos and great blog Angela!
    I’ll be back!
    Feel free to visit my site too.
    Have a beautiful week,

  11. Faith

    I didn’t realize you have so many!! They are absolutely lovely!!

  12. Anne Marie

    I can just hear you now, looking at my pathetic linen shade with shabby rose….you are saying “na na na bo bo”


  13. Shelia

    Oh, what gorgeous chandys you have! I’m overwhelmed at the number you have and they are all so different and beautiful.
    I learned about your party from D at Home Haven and since I was showing a collection of mine today she asked me to come and see you. So I’ve hooked up with you.
    Thank you for hosting. I just love parties!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  14. Mrs. B.

    Ohhh, I love this collection! So beautiful!

  15. xinex

    Wow! Amazing collection! Gorgeous chandeliers!….Christine

  16. Molly @ Star Cottage

    They are all so gorgeous. We thought about putting some in our cottage but I am tall and the rooms are small and the ceilings are so low we would be clunking our heads on them all the time. ;( First on my list if we move is High ceilings so I can have chandeliers and ceiling fans.

  17. Ticking and Toile

    Holy cow woman!! I cannot believe how fabulous all those chandeliers are!! LOve them ALL ~ love love love the one in your closet! I need to set my sights a little higher! What am I thinking having a rotten ol’ light fixture in our closet???:) I’ve got a total of 3 chandy’s & 2 chandy sconces but clearly I need to step it up! lol 😉

    Beautiful!!! 🙂


  18. Joy

    Well, I love all of your ‘chands’. And I love the idea of having a light on inside for ‘outsiders’ to enjoy. Makes ya feel kinda meloncholy.

  19. Joy

    And… your photos are inspiring me to go paint a room in a dramatic color.

  20. Carissa

    Hello Angela,
    I just recieved a surprise gift from my Aunt from your parisienne farmhouse!!!! I collect vintage sheep, not a huge collection, just enough to make a statement~and adding yours made it PERFECT! 🙂
    I LOVE the samples of your soap!!! They smell SO good!

    DELIGHTED to have something from the Parisienne Farmhouse~They were lovely!


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