Once we sold the dining room chandelier I started searching for bungalow-appropriate ceiling fixtures. It was much harder than I thought!
For one, authentic vintage light fixtures were super expensive everywhere I looked, either locally or online, and reproductions really weren’t any cheaper. This was in late October and I was hoping to find something before we hosted Thanksgiving dinner.
After visiting various shops who specialized in antique lighting and getting sticker shock, I ended up buying a brand new, simple drum shade, but quickly decided it was too stark/too new looking and returned it without even taking it out of the box. Finally, I went to The Bellows Shoppe in Winnetka. The guy who waited on us was very helpful and I loved how he talked about each light fixture, referring to each as “she”.
They had a nice 3-light option which was in a Deco style and appropriate for the age and style of our house. On the down side, it was a little smaller than I hoped — I was looking for a 4- or 5-light fixture. BUT the price was right on this one and I didn’t want something too big either. I had had enough of too big. Plus I wanted something that would be more of a ceiling fixture instead of a chandelier because we wouldn’t have the table centered under it and I don’t like the look of “swagging” a light fixture off to one side with a long chain.
We were afraid it might not be bright enough for the room, but the three LED bulbs we bought give off plenty of light even with the dimmer on low. I also like how the painted glass shades look with our ceiling color.
It’s a huge difference from the chandelier as you can see in comparison to the photo below, but at least no one has to duck their head as they pass through the room anymore!
I’m happy with it for the most part, however I may keep my eyes open for slightly bigger options at flea markets, antique stores or auctions, especially something that we could get inexpensively that might need a little restoration and re-wiring.