I received an email from Tessa (Nine and Sixteen, you all know) and she said, I think you should consider something more dramatic over the dining table - something that says, this is its own area. I thought about it - ok, maybe I would look around and see what I can find. Maybe an hour or two later, I receive a comment on the post from Caroline (thanks, Caroline!) that contained a couple of links, including this stunning TT Linear Branched 10-Light Chandelier. Done. In LOVE.
It is really similar to the scones I selected for our bathroom - which reconfirmed the choice.
My only hesitation is that it is a little more delicate than I had be looking at, but I love everything about it. I think it will add an elegant feel to that corner of our big room and make it feel special... and I can already see the garland dripping off it at Christmas.
By holding it where the island will be we decided to go with two of the smaller size there - so glad we had this one to check it out before we had them made... by hand.
Another hardware choice I've "decided" (I say that in quotes because I haven't actually ordered, so you never know if I might change my mind...) is doing porcelain door knobs on our interior doors with oil rubbed bronze. It is a little different than I had originally thought I would do, but I felt that everything was becoming a little too fancy, and these knobs say country house to me. I really want our house to feel charming and cozy, unpretentious and comfy. I feel like these knobs will make it feel like a little bit of a farmy cottage, which I love. So, painted cream doors, this knob hardware, oil rubbed hinges and brass lighting. I think it will be a great eclectic, but comfortable mix.
Another reader (thanks, Cristina!) shared a resource for these Sandwich Lanterns (also made on Cape Cod) that are made of solid copper. They are much less expensive than the ones I originally picked, and I love the copper on the back porch. So, these will be going the length of the porch.
I think I'll also have a couple of these flanking my mudroom french doors, too.
Thank you so much for your help - these picks have made all the difference in my choices! What an awesome community this is : ) Thank you!