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For those of you who regularly follow Young House Love, you’ll know that they issued a ‘Pinterest Challenge‘ along with Katie from Bower Power, Lana from Making a House a Home, and Emily Henderson from Style by Emily Henderson (AND Secrets from a Stylist). The purpose of all this is encouraging people to get out there and start creating all of the things we love and pin on Pinterest.

I’ve been pinning pictures of these ‘orb’ chandeliers because they are unique and versatile.  I’ve seen photos with sleek silver orbs in a traditional home, rustic bronzed spheres which could be from medieval times, wood ones, white ones, and on and on.

 *above photos: first from Z Gallerie $499, forth from Currey&Company $1310, all other from Solaria $1035-$3355

I have been dragging my feet on what type of light fixture to put in my office and I felt this was the perfect opportunity. It is something that catches my eye, and it can work well in my all-white meets country modern space, which I have yet to debut on the blog… but I will soon enough! In the meantime, I’ll give you a sneak peek of the light fixture update!

The ‘before’ was a cheap ceiling fan painted the same wonderful (sarcasm) caramel color as all of the room’s wood trim (who would do that?)

I hit Lowes and picked up some three-foot strips of aluminum and got to work with a ruler, rivets, and drill!  I quite like how it turned out, what do you think?


It was much easier than originally anticipated (thanks to my husband’s super smarts) and I will be posting a full tutorial tomorrow!!  As with everything I create, I am planning to make a duplicate to sell on my etsy store and will be documenting that creation a bit more carefully than I documented this one.

In the meantime, give me your thoughts!  Love it? Hate it?

Have a FANTASTIC Monday!

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  • I have also been wanting one of these. Awesome job!!! Can’t wait to see your tutorial!

  • What a wonderful change, I love the industrial-ness of it! Great job!

  • WOWZA. Looks amazing- well done!

  • Wow, great job! This looks super chic and expensive!

  • I quite like your fixture, too! I made something similar using iron on wood veneer: I really like the simplicity of yours! Great work!

  • Love this! What a great project! I’m saving it in my inspiration folder

  • It’s awesome! It looks great, such a great idea to DIY it 🙂

  • Stopping by from the YHL link up… LOVE IT! Can’t wait for the full tutorial.

  • This looks just amazing! I love that you used an Edison bulb to add to the rustic look. I know cfl bulbs are better for the environment and bla bla bla, but nothing is quite like a beautiful clear light bulb.

  • Amazing! I’ve been coveting the one from Restoration Hardware and now just may give this a try! Great job!

    • Oh my goodness, I’ve been loving that one too… Maybe I’ll try it!

  • Love it! Love the edison bulb too.

  • Looks amazing – I like your version better than many of your inspiration pics!

  • LOVE IT! Love love love. Especially with that bulb. Well done!

  • Wow! Very cool! And a big improvement. That was an adventurous challenge – congrats!

  • OK, I’m going to total geek out now-so awesome atom looking orb! love it, want it, gotta try and make it (tutorial you say? 🙂

  • WOWZERS – I can’t believe you made it! I love it and the lightbulb you chose is fantastic!

  • This is amazing! You did such a great job … and I completely adore the lightbulb you chose 🙂

  • This is seriously awesome! I’m truly inspired! This really turned out beautifully 🙂

  • That looks awesome! So jealous. Really. Love.

  • LOVE IT! I have pinned quite a few too and we just moved into a major fixer upper and I think this would be great above my stairwell. I am waiting in anticipation for the tutorial! 🙂

  • This IS AMAZING!

  • Found you from Young House love….love this light!!