If you know me. . .if you have been in my home. . .you know bright bold colors make me smile. Here's a little peak of some of the color in our living room:
Two years ago I spied the below chandelier at Nofo.
Have you been to that eclectic, whimsical boutique in the former Piggly Wiggly in the Five Points neighborhood of Raleigh?
Two years ago, I taught a coupon class at Nofo and I could hardly teach because I was mesmerized by this chandelier that was dripping with colorful rainbows:
I was ready to make a major impulse buy. . . but there was one problem.
Nofo wanted $299 for the chandelier. That's 3 weeks of groceries for this coupon girl!
I came home and googled colorful chandeliers and found the exact same chandelier.
It is the large gypsy chandelier from Urban Outfitters for $159.
Better price, but when I read the reviews, many said it had to be rewired and adapted because it was an European fixture and many said the plastic came scratched. And $159 was a lot for that, especially when I did not even know where I was going to hang the chandelier.
And then I found this at a yard sale for 50 cents:
And ideas started brewing.
A little red spray paint.
A bunch of cheap colorful plastic crystal necklaces. I found these in the party favor section of Walmart, but you can order them online here.
Some plastic beads/crystals from Ebay
I went from $299 to $159 to $15.
And I got this:
And it may be a little over the top for some. Ok, a lot of over the top, and just wait til I find some bigger colorful plastic crystals (anyone know where I can find some like those on that Urban Outfitters chandelier?)
But I love it. . it makes me smile. And that is what creating an intentional home is all about. . . creating a place that serves you, a place that makes YOU smile, a place that nurtures you and your family. Do you know what nurtures you, what makes you smile?
I am sharing this project at some of my favorite linky parties. I usually just browse these parties for inspiration. But this time I am participating in: Thrifty Decor Chick's Spray Paint Party, Skip to My Lou's Made By You Monday, I (heart) Nap Time's Sundae Scoop, C.R.A.F.T's Making Mondays Marvelous, Ask Anna's Weekend Warrior, Keeping It Simple's Motivate Me Monday, Today's Creative Blog's Get Your Craft on Tuesdays, Beneath My Heart's Best DIY August Projects, Thrifty Decor Chick's Sept Before and After Party, Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday, and Tip Junkie's Tip Me Tuesday
And get this: