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Restoration Hardware chandeliers at a fraction of the price!

restoration hardware chandelier for less

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 spent last weekend shopping for the finishing touches for our upstairs renovation.  The nursery and bathroom are complete, but we need new light fixtures for the guest bedroom and landing.

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???

Crushing on velvet for cool weather

Green Chair, Courtesy Roses and Rust Blogger Okay, so the weather's not exactly "cool" yet in New Orleans.  We're still inching our way there.

As I dream of those cold temperatures, however, I've been crushing on the velvet that's popping up in all my favorite catalogs and blogs.

The new velvets are warm and welcoming, not gaudy, and add an extra layer of luxury to any space.

Picking the perfect marble

Picking the perfect marble Every time we complete a project, the dream of having a fully-renovated house inches a little closer.  Of course, I know we'll never be totally done, but I can say the upstairs is looking pretty fabulous so far.

Right now, we're tackling a small renovation in the upstairs bath.  We're leaving the shower and tub enclosure, but adding new tile, a new vanity, custom curtains, a stunning Restoration Hardware light fixture, a fresh coat of paint and some fun vintage accessories.

I went with a deep navy blue paint to add drama.  Now, we're deciding which marble tile and curtain fabric will work best with the eclectic look I hope to achieve...