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Monday, March 12, 2018

Wayfair Chandelier // The Home Series

Ever since I can remember, I've wanted a chandelier. When I was a kid, I'd be dragged to Home Depot with my parents and nearly always wander off to the lighting section to stare longingly at the sparkliest chandeliers I could find. I went through a serious collage phase in my pre-teens (I guess they call this a mood board now?) and nearly all of my designs included fancy chandeliers carefully cut out of magazine. 

But, alas, due to wiring limitations, low ceilings, and general ridiculousness, my dream remained just that. 

And then I bought a house with 9-foot ceilings and with it came a realization that I can do whatever I want. 

So I did. 

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I ordered this a little while ago and just this past weekend got around to installing it. I had been looking for the perfect light fixture for my living room, and thought a chandelier would be an unexpected cool look, especially since chandeliers tend to be seen more in the dining room. My friend Natalie sent me a link to this one from Wayfair, and I was immediately obsessed -- so I took a chance! This is the Grisella 9 Light Crystal Chandelier by Willa Arlo Interiors

The price on this was certainly right (under $200!) and because the hanging bits are actually plastic, it's not super heavy or fragile. The only issue I came across when installing was that the instructions are pretty vague, which ultimately led to the wires being cut too short (oops!). After some advice from a lighting store, my dad and I re-wired the fixture ourselves.

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I must say, there's something very satisfying about taking something apart, fixing it, and putting it back together again. Of course, it was very stressful as well, but everything all worked out, and I learned how to re-wire a light! Once it was fixed, I went back up the ladder and fiddled around some more (vague instructions, remember) and finally got it mounted. Then, I had to attach all 72 pieces of plastic by hand... 

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wayfair willa arlo grisella chandelier xochloegordon ottawa light decor how to home improvement

So while the installation process was not without drama, I'm absolutely obsessed with the result. I finally have a chandelier, and it's perfect.... and maybe I feel a stronger sense of attachment to it now because of what it took to get it up on the ceiling! I mean, it's not every day you sit on the floor of your living room and re-wire a lamp by yourself! I still have quite a few other lights to replace - I've already installed new pendant lights in my kitchen, and have been collecting an assortment of glass light fixtures to put up around the house. A purposeful mismatch, but the glass keeping a common thread throughout... and of course, nothing in competition with my piece de resistance!   

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So this is the final look -- don't mind the rest of my living room, it's still a work in progress (that I will also be sharing on here!), but I'm loving the vibe the chandelier brings. So chic, so cool, but unexpected. 




  1. It's gorgeous! Would have never guessed it's plastic. I haven't been on Instagram or anything but congrats on the house! V

    1. Thanks Victoria! It still feels super surreal to be a homeowner!


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