Without fail, I walk into any store and gravitate toward the most expensive thing in there. The old adage couldn't be more true... I've got champagne taste on a beer budget.
I checked out Home Depot and Lowe's for something cheap, but wasn't happy with anything I saw. Next, we visited Lighting Inc., but had the opposite problem. Everything I liked was outside our thrifty budget. We stopped by Dop Antiques. It's my go-to... a hot and sweaty warehouse, filled with European antiques and reproductions. Again, it was more than we wanted to spend. I hopped online and picked a couple mediocre options from Lamps Plus. They'd work in a pinch, but I wasn't thrilled.
Suddenly a light bulb turned on. It was the most brilliant interior decorating idea I can't believe I've never had before! Children's stores!
I adore almost everything at Restoration Hardware, but who really wants to spend $2,000 on a chandelier? So tried Restoration Hardware Baby and Child instead. It was a GOLD MINE! Their styles are so classic, you'd never know they're intended for children and the prices are a fraction of the "adult" store.
For $500, I got not one, but TWO stunning rustic, French country chandeliers. And that included shipping!
Take a look for yourself, would you ever know the difference???