Remember when we were all, we’re thinking of hanging a pair of these 14″ West Elm lights above our accidental dining table? Or maybe just one of these 16″ Rejuvenation lights? You all chimed in with your input, and you nudged us in the same direction as our guts, the former. We had actually already ordered the WE globe lights, but then our gut had second thoughts, and so they remained in the box because we just could not decide.
And then on the last day we were in Portland, we stopped into Rejuvenation on our way to the airport (with just 15 minutes to browse). Our mission was to check out the latter light – the Sfera – in person to see if we loved it in real life as much as did online. And would the 2″ size difference matter all that much?
A helpful employee pointed us in the right direction, and to be honest, we were underwhelmed. The white finish felt cold, and we weren’t convinced that the larger size was necessary. And so just as we were about to leave and make our mad dash to the airport, I pointed out the gorgeous Hood light to Scott, and the same employee told us that oh yes! The Hood! It comes in all these finishes you see here. (She points to a wall of metal finishes.) As you can imagine, we both ogled the “old brass” at which point, Helpful Lady says ah! The old brass! I just added an old brass Hood to our clearance this morning – a customer return. Oh, and our clearance is 50% off right now!
Well, you can imagine the happy ending to this story, because we came home with the Hood light!
Okay, technically, we had them ship it to us because we were on our way to San Francisco, but what are the chances? Not only did they have the fixture in clearance, they had the 14″ opal globe we liked, too! At first, my only concern was that the overall 38″ length wouldn’t be tall enough for our almost 10′ ceilings, but for $175 (normally $450 – what!) we took a chance. There was definitely an adrenaline rush coursing through my veins (that’s normal, right?), as we had to make a decision right that second and a plane to catch in an hour.
To show off the entire fixture, I needed to use my wide angle lens (above), which I really don’t think does this light any justice! It appears smaller in these photos, and although it’s technically not as low as a chandelier should be, we think it works. In person, it carries much more weight in the space; it’s thick and large and really, really hefty. Because our dining room is only 15′ wide, and because the fixture has more presence than a single down rod, it feels so good in the space. Plus, look at how pretty it pairs with our brassy curtain rod!
The light was put on a dimmer (we put all our lights on dimmers – worth it), and it gives the softest glow in the evening. And while we definitely toyed with the idea of hanging two pendants, we’ve no regrets on taking that spur-of-the-moment chance. We’re kicking ourselves for not catching the name of Helpful Lady (we were literally running to the car after our purchase), but HL, if you’re reading this, you’re awesome.
PS… We also finally added sills to the two dining room windows! They still needed to be painted when I took these photos, but hallelujah! Trim!