Seems like we're always pushing projects for the master bedroom until the rest of the house is done up. As we near the end of winter (hopefully) and putting its darkness behind us, I guess it's only fitting that it's about time we bring back some light for our master bedroom. What happened to our light? Read on...
It all began with an unplanned trip to a lighting store, with no expectations in mind, just to check out some lighting styles and prices. And you know how it is, you always end up walking out with something when you weren't looking to make any purchases.
We walked to the chandeliers section of the store, and how can you not be drawn in by all that bling? Mind over matter, mind over… wow, that looks gorgeous! Is that a red tag? Matter won.
Out of the hundreds of lights and chandeliers at the store, this Schonbek (and the red tag) won us over. Its intricate crystals trimmings are absolutely stunning. Each piece of crystal dangling off of it is carefully positioned for maximum oomph factor. We both knew we've found THE ONE... cue heavenly angels "ah~~~".
Here's a photo of it without the silk shade.
The grandeur of its style and size is exactly what I wished for as the focal point of our master bedroom as we walk through that long alley that separates the dressing nook and the ensuite. At about 2-ft all around, it's the perfect size and proportion for our bedroom (see design board).
I just checked my Instagram photo of this chandelier, and it was 45 weeks ago that we bought this light. It's been sitting in its box for that long. We've moved in for more than 5 months now, but as you know, the Mr. has been busy with building our dressing room.
It's not that he hasn't attempted to put this chandelier up. One day while installing other lights around our new house, he thought he "might as well" put up this Schonbek. He removed the builder's boob light in our room, wires hanging out from the light box and all. He opened the Schonbek, shuffled around the box, cursed, and closed it.
I looked at him "what the?!" as he put the wire nuts on the wires and shoved them back up in the light box. He said the arms of the Schonbek are not wired to the body. Being busy with the closet and the side projects (this and this) I've thrown at him, he didn't want to deal with this yet. Totally understandable...
And that was how we've had no ceiling fixture in our bedroom ever since (thank goodness for our bedside table lamps).
But that was until this past weekend, when the spring-like temperature reminded me of the longer days, and my mind jumps like it does, I (ie. The Mr.) NEED TO PUT UP THAT SCHONBEK!
I opened up that box that was collecting dust, shuffled around, cursed… AND then checked the almighty YouTube in the hopes to find some kind of assembly instructions.
Found it! I was entrusted by the Mr. to wire each arm of the chandelier to the centre column. We've never had to do this with the other chandeliers in our house, so it was a first for us, and for me! But it wasn't hard at all, I followed the video to a T.
And here it is, in all its naked glory. My photos don't do it justice, it's hard to capture the spectral colours reflected by the crystals. Our eyes just naturally get drawn to its beauty and spectrum of light.
This is the view as you walk in to the bedroom area from the alley. The right side of the room will eventually be the seating area.
The opulence of the chandelier also complements our sumptuous tufted headboard like they belong together. Those side tables were the ones the Mr. refinished with love while we were still waiting at our rental to move into this house.
We also got the silk shade for the chandelier to visually increase the size. Its soft oyster colour can complement any decor or future wall colour we may use, and it doesn't cover too much of the crystal trimmings at the bottom of the chandelier.
The drapes are an integral part of this whole package. They're gathered like ball gowns to act as a dramatic backdrop for the chandelier as seen from down the hall.
We'll eventually give this room a fresh coat of paint (and maybe some wainscoting) and set up the seating area on the opposite wall. Until then, we'll be happily mesmerized by our newly installed chandelier, straight from the fairytales.