November 18, 2010

decisions, decisions … and how to deal with delay

Whew!  Is it just me or is life moving in fast-forward these days?  I can’t believe it’s almost Thanksgiving … and the holiday season is in full swing.  I’m as busy as ever, trying to get everyone’s homes polished and pretty before their company comes to town.

One of my wonderful clients is working to update her dining room for the holidays.  We aren’t purchasing new furniture – she already has gorgeous furniture and art – but we will reupholster the chairs, paint the walls, add custom window treatments and change the chandelier.  Here are two of the chandelier options that we’ve been considering.

Currey & Company Large Crystal Lights Chandelier

Currey & Company’s Large Crystal Lights Chandelier

Visual Comfort Paris Flea Market Chandelier

Visual Comfort’s Paris Flea Market Chandelier

Aren’t they gorgeous?  We are leaning towards the Paris Flea Market Chandelier, but the gilded iron finish is not available until January.  It’s also difficult because none of our local Visual Comfort dealers have that fixture in stock, so my client isn’t able to see it in person.  But don’t worry that this decision is holding us up … because the particular dye lot of the cream linen fabric we chose for the window treatments is also looking significantly more yellow than the sample swatch.  You know what they say about the best laid plans, right?!  So much for having her dining room ready for Thanksgiving!

As I’ve told this client, and as I tell all of my clients when we are faced with a delay – it is better to be patient and wait for what it is that you truly want.   If you settle for something just so you can have it now, you will regret it.  Plus, the amount of time that you wait is just a fraction of the time during which you will live with the chandelier/sofa/coffee table or whatever it is you are waiting on.  Patience is a virtue … and one which will reward you with a room you truly love!

Photos from Currey & Company and Circa Lighting.


  • Chassity
    Nov. 19, 2010
    If only i'd had you around to remind me of this 2 years ago when i waited 6 months for my dining room table... But yes, so glad i hung in there and didn't settle for anything else! My table is one of my favorite pieces of furniture in my home!
  • Naomi@thirteenandsouth
    Nov. 19, 2010
    LOVE the paris flea market chandelier!! Unfortunately most of the homes in my area are old and the ceilings are too low for this beauty. Aren't delays the worst. I always feel so helpless AND guilty at the same time. Have a nice weekend, Traci!
  • velvet and linen
    Nov. 19, 2010
    I love both chandeliers. I have a small version of the Paris Flea Market chandelier in my bathroom. It's really beautiful and nicely priced :) Have a wonderful weekend, Traci! xo Brooke
  • Laura
    Nov. 20, 2010
    So true! I've had so many fabrics picked for jobs and then find out they are discontinued- so you have to start all over- such a pain! But in the end we always find something and most of the time it's always better than the first choice. It's great to have understanding clients.

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