Yesterday I went to lunch at ABC Kitchen, a delicious restaurant at ABC Carpet & Home. When Gwyneth and I started to decorate our apartment, I spent hours climbing the ten stories of this home furnishings mecca. For those not in NYC and love decorating, we recommend adding this to the “must-see” list of attractions on your next trip.
They have everything from shower curtains to serving ware, but what stands out more than anything is their collection of unique chandeliers. If you can imagine a color, style or size, they have it.
The only downside is that ABC’s chandeliers don’t come at the most accessible price points. So while we knew one of their beauties wouldn’t be an option for us, Gwyneth and I were determined to find small-space and small-budget friendly options to light up our lives.
Turns out, there are several options out there, and wanted to share them with you. We found budget-friendly chandeliers that work great in small spaces, alternatives for rooms with a quirky feel and a few you can even DIY! None are as grand as the ones from ABC, but these options are easy ways to make a rental feel more like home.
Here’s how it looks hanging in our entryway. (And here’s the before and after.)
Pottery Barn Kids has several other styles to choose from. While they’re intended for nursery’s, we think they are ideal for grown-ups with limited square footage. We also love this Alyssa Chandelier:
and the Goldleaf Chandelier:
Comb through the full collection of Pottery Barn Kids chandeliers here, and you’ll see there are a few others that don’t have to read nursery.
For those of you like us who like a little quirk at home and love to DIY, here’s a DIY Cardboard Chandelier option that we think is pretty genius!
Gwyneth and I also DIY’d a mini chandelier when we gave our closet a makeover, and it couldn’t have been any easier. We used a crystal pendant votive we had on hand and a pendant light kit from the hardware store for ours, but search “DIY pendant light” on Pinterest, and you’ll see how many other possibilities there are!
It’s actually not a mini chandelier, but another pendant votive holder. It’s from a store back in Raleigh that’s no longer open, but we found a few tiny pendant light options that we think would give any tiny bathroom a similar effect.
and this Raindrop Crystal Pendant, also from Shades of Light:
We hope those of you light on space and budget saw something here that would make your space feel more like home! And for those of you with space in your homes and budgets for one from ABC, we’re just plain jealous!
mk & Gwynnie