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Thursday, May 13, 2010


fav_thngs_cmbnd_thumb[1][1] Let me shed a little light on the meaning of the title of this post.  Some of my favorite things are hanging from the ceilings in our home.  I love chandeliers, but have you ever tried to photograph them?  I was willing to risk life and limb to photograph some chandeliers in our home.  I climbed on a ladder and clicked at eye level.  The lights from the chandelier blinded me, so I had to climb down the ladder without being able to see anything but a bright light.  (I’m not very graceful even when I can see).  Since it was hard to decide whether the lights should be on or off for the photos, I went up  the ladder to snap with the lights on; down the ladder to turn the lights off….You get the picture.  I can make the easiest job complicated!
guest room
drsng room

fmly rm
front entry mos  

 back entry btr.
Gas light mstr bdrm
Since our master bedroom used to be the formal living room, this chandelier matches the one in our study (which used to be the dining room).  I told you I could complicate things.  When I hung my mother’s, my grandmother’s, and my  mother-in-law’s pearls (real and faux) from the chandelier, my husband wanted to know if it was already time to celebrate Mardi Gras.  He’s either grown accustomed to them, or he’s decided to give up trying to persuade me that this looks wild, because the pearls have been there for years, and I have not heard anything else about our bedroom looking like a Mardi Gras celebration.
I hope that these pearls (which were worn around the neck in a prior life) will count as my submission to the Prior Lives event.  Don’t forget to go to Prior on Sunday to find links to see the clever ways bloggers re-use all kinds of things.
I appreciate your visit to my blog, and I hope you’ll go visit the other bloggers who have linked up for Favorite Things Saturday.  You’ll be glad you did.  laurie



Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Whoa! Look at me! Strutting around because I was first to the party! Oh, wait, the first always has to help the hostess do all those last minute things. Okay, so what I really am doing is just dropping off my post but, now I have to race home and get dressed for the party. Yeah, that's it!

I just adore all your chandys Laurie (I swear, when I type out the word "adore", I feel like I should be looking out a penthouse view.......very Green Acre-ish"). all the same I really do think they are all just beautiful!

Helen said...

Your entire home is just YOU ~ unique, quirky, creative, lovely.

The Charm of Home said...

You have the most beautiful lighting. I love it all. I loved the first one. I am so glad you climbed up on that ladder for that picture.;)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You have some pretty chandeliers. Tues. I spent a lot of time staring at light fixtures at L's and came out empty handed. I need 2 and I am tired of looking. I hope to get a post up for tomorrow, but don't know for sure.
Have a great weekend.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Laurie, I love all of your chandeliers. They are all stunning. I feel kind of like a pauper. I only have one. lol I love all of the pearls too. They are just wonderful and I think they look fabulous on the chandelier. Hope you are having a super day. Hugs, Marty

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

My goodness those chandeliers are gorgeous - and clean! I would have to do a lot of dusting before I could photograph mine :)) Sounds like you got a really good workout, too. Thanks for hosting Laurie - I have wanted to do this event for a long time, and I'm finally here!

bj said...

I love your chandies...they are every one pretty.
I hope linking my roses to you is ok...they really are A FAVORITE THING...:))
xo bj

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Ohhh dear - now I want to go out and start buying chandeliers. Yours are just lovely - and I'm so glad you didn't injur yourself climbing up and down that ladder with light blinded eyes.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good day Laurie, now girl you know I L♥ve me some chandy's and you my friend have some beautiful ones...I would love to see your home in real life...I bet I could shop your house with my BIG purse ha ha!! good grief that's sounds like RMS days ha ha!! the midnight bandits and all...Hope you have a GREAT weekend my dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Sarah said...

Love the family jewels, but really love the fact that your husband hasn't commented again in all these years. Sometimes my husband doesn't even notice such things. Love all your wonderful light fixtures. Light fixtures and jewelry are consider the jewelry of a home. I do think yours qualify.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What gorgeous chandeliers! Girl your house is awesome!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love all your chandeliers, Laurie. You've given me all sorts of inspiration, for adding more to our home.

I've never heard of Prior. I'm going to check it out! Sounds like fun.

Happy Weekend!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Laurie, what nice chandys. I only have 3. I love yours. I especially love the family room one. That is gorgeous.

Needles Everywhere said...

Wow, as I look around my house we have ceiling fans. Your chandeliers are just fantastic.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

My goodness woman, how many chandies do you have? I have 2...and lots of ceiling fans..but then again, I do live in the desert!!

Debra@CommonGround said...

Simply Gorgeous, now where are my sunglasses?

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Laurie, All of your chandeliers are beautiful but the family room one I am in love with! Hubby refuses to give up the ceiling fan in our bedroom but oh how I want a chandy. I guess I shouldn't complain because he is a good sport about sleeping in a girly, toile bedroom!

Blondie's Journal said...

All of your chandeliers are so pretty, Laurie. I'm so glad you didn't hurt yourself climbing around like that!!


Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

First time here. I loved looking at all your light fixtures. Very nice. Thanks for hosting the party.

Lady Katherine said...

Laurie, They all are so lovely! Oh, I love to just have one! Love that you added your family Pearls! You have a wonderful collection of chandys! Love them all!

xinex said...

So elegant, Laurie! Gorgeous!...Christine

Natasha, Stacey and Holly. said...

I am so glad that you didn't injure yourself while taking these gorgeous pictures! You have certainly got some beautiful lights. Thanks for risking life and limb to share them!

Best wishes,

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Laurie,
You are such a trooper! What great lengths ( I mean heights) you will go to for your fellow bloggers! Of course, I love all of your gorgeous chandeliers!
Happy Weekend,

Unknown said...

What beautiful chandeliers. I can only imagine how fabulous they look in your beautifully decorated rooms. I really love the one in your family room. I love sketching chandeliers.


Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie! Oh, I love 'em! Every single one of 'em! Did I tell you I love 'em? :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Susan Freeman said...

Hi Laurie! Your chandeliers are stunning!! As I was reading your post I was thinking is that what you need is to have them motorized. Push a switch and you can raise and lower them for cleaning and for photo taking too. Not sure how to do that, but wouldn't it be handy?? Aside from the chandeliers, I also love your shades.

Thanks for being a gracious hostess and inviting us to attend your Favorite Things Saturday!!

Susan and Bentley

Cindy said...

I love love love your lighting pieces. Oh my goodness, I want one!

susan said...

You have some serious bling going on from the ceilings :) I love the family room one!!! The pearls are nice touch--as long as they are not green and purple beads :) Glad you made it up and down safely !

Ginny said...

Oh Laurie, I love all the chandys in your home! I have Two, yes, two in my home and they are not pretty at all. Yours have a story to them, mine don't.
Oh well, I like to see all the treasures in your home.

Nancy's Daily Dish said...


First let me say I love your new header. Breathtaking!

Next I have to tell you I chuckled reading about you taking pics with the lights on and off, going up an down the ladder (blinded by the light) and then your comment about grace. I got such a laugh. I'd do something like that myself...and have!

Thirdly, I love this post...great idea, unique and clever. It was fun touring the lights around your home but now I'm really wanted to see more of the family room and ceiling!

Have a great day, and thanks for hosting,


Jessa said...

Beautiful! Over from Prior's party and I will have to keep this one in mind as well.

Prior said...

Who knew the life of a home decorator could be a dangerous sport! Love your light and thanks for joining my party! Lezlee

Kathleen said...

How de LIGHT FUL! I wonder who cleans all those durn cobwebs from them..??
I only have 2 but I will live vicariously through yours!
Hope you are having a good weekend!

Decor To Adore said...

Hi Miss Laurie,

My favorite thing this week is a bit unorthodox~perserverance.

Thank you for being one of the sweet bloggers on my team that helped me to reach the finish line.

Be blessed dear one.

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Pretty Lights!
Bling-bling for every room.

I think the pearls are a nice touch.

found you at Prior Lives

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Oh Laurie...what great lengths you've gone through to show your Chandys in the most perfect light.
We girl's can never have to much bling.

Sweet wishes,

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Laurie, your chandys are beautiful. I can appreciate all the effort you went to in order to get those! Be careful! Linda

Kristi said...

Hi there, I JUST posted about some of my favorite things last night so I saw your post today and linked up!
I LOVE chandeliers as well! And love seeing all of them in your home! Your home is beautiful and I really like your blog :)

Terry said...

Howdy Laurie
Oh my goodness you are one dedicated blogger climbing up and down on that ladder.
Thank you for doing so and I am so glad you were able to avoid any mishaps .Each chandelier is truly gorgeous and unique like you and simply divine !!!!!
Loved your post today .
Fabulous photos :)
Thank you so much
for sharing with us .
Big Hugs sweetie .
God bless you with a wonderful day and awesome weekend.
Love with hugs
Until next time
Happy Trails

Stacey said...

Laurie, I can't believe you've been hiding those beauties! I love them all but the one in your family room needs to come my way. All of the crystals you have are gorgeous!

SmilingSally said...

Oh Laurie, I am so jealous! Your chandeliers are each more beautiful than the next!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laurie, I just love this! LOVE it! And I wish that Kari and Kija's shop was still open. Didn't they have the cutest things? And those candles! LOVE them. I saw them on Debbie's blog, but I am so uncrafty that I would probably make a giant mess if I tried to replicate them. Glad to know a source.

Love your boudoir!


Sheila :-)

Sonny G said...

wow, lookie at all those pretty fixtures.. You always show the prettiest things.


Unknown said...

Chandi’s Classic chandeliers are reminiscent of the old world tradition of lighting. The shapes themselves are reproductions of vintage chandeliers and Meredith’s original designs based on certain elements, particular to this style of Contemporary Lighting, that have inspired her.