Upon closer inspection, we saw that the ceiling had been patched right in the middle, indicating electrical existed in that spot at one point in time. Jon went up in the attic and discovered a fully-functional junction box that had been covered up! After we installed a new/old push-button switch and plate, we were ready to rock with a fixture. However, choosing that fixture was proving a bit difficult. I found some good-looking sets on Craigslist, but even used they still cost several hundred dollars or more… a bit cost-prohibitive for us.
Finally, I found this beautiful item in a Craigslist ad for an estate sale that had already completed. I emailed the original poster, asking her whether the fixture was still available and whether I could purchase it. She was happy to meet us at a storage facility in Pasadena.
The story behind this fixture, she told us, was one of many old Pasadena homes being remodeled to a more contemporary design. The fixture consists of hand-blown glass from the 1920s in a brass setting with a chain. The bottom details of the glass look completely different when the light is on vs. off, and I was able to see the possibilities when I held the glass in the sun.
Although the piece was originally listed at $130, the estate dealer let us take it for $75! Because of the low price, we were also able to purchase another fixture meant for flush-mounting to the ceiling, which I ended up using in the living room (more on that later).
When we brought it home (wrapped in cardboard and blankets), we actually felt drawn to hang the large pendant in the hallway. However, we remembered that the hallway fixture isn’t awful and that we were most concerned with adding light to the wood-covered dining room. So the dining room it is! This fixture may not add a lot of light to the room, but it surely adds to the ambiance. We’ll need a few more lights around, but this is certainly a great start!