The lamp was there when we moved in, and I actually like it a lot. It's copper (copper-colored, at least; I have no idea what it's actually made of) and looks old in a charming, expensive, antique sort of way as opposed to a dirty, falling apart, electrically unsafe sort of way. And I will definitely keep it and see if the perfect place presents itself, and I have a feeling it will. But the eating area of the kitchen is not it.
For one, it doesn't really fit my vision for the room, if you know what I mean. And let me tell you, if something doesn't fit my vision for a room, that shit is gone! And second, it's not actually that great a light, in that it doesn't provide much. I mean, light shines down, so the table and chairs are relatively well-illuminated:
But that's kind of it. The rest of the alcove is dim at best, and "dark" is probably more accurate:
See what I mean? It's not the well-lit, airy, open-feeling are that I see in my "vision." But I have a solution, albeit one that costs money (sorry, Ted). But not that much money! I can solve this problem for less than $200, which is practically nothing compared to the cost of most of my "solutions."
Here's what I want to do. Take down the copper lamp and put it in the attic. Hang a new lamp in its place. I even have the perfect lamp. Or rather, three of the perfect lamps. I am going to present you with the options (all three are from Shades of Light) and you can tell me which one I should try and convince Ted to pony up for:
I know what you're thinking! Zebra??? But it's subtle, in a grey/taupe-y color, and animal prints are cool, and the whole kitchen is pretty traditional and this might be a nice kick. But it also might be stupid and ridiculous. I'm not sure.
This is a grey ikat print that's more of a true grey, which might go better with the walls, and ikat is almost as on trend as animal prints right now...
A trellis pattern in the same grey/taupe-y color as the first one, and I love love love the pattern. It's also a little more expensive than the other two but maybe it's worth it?
All three will give off more light than the current lamp, as they are not solid metal so light will be diffused in all directions. I don't really know which one I like best; I am wavering between the ikat and the trellis patterns. Help! Tell me what to do!