Have you ever casually walked through a store when something literally made you stop in your tracks, gasp, and put your hand to your chest like a swooning Jane Austen character? I did that last week, and I felt a little ridiculous. I was walking through Hermitage Lighting Gallery, looking for a lampshade, when I saw a showstopping chandelier from Maxim's Chantilly line. I'd never seen anything else like it, and my reaction was involuntary: I froze, audibly gasped, and clutched my heart. I felt a bit foolish, but it was love at first sight.
|Maxim Chantilly 10 Light Chandelier on sale for $1,350 at Light Trends|
The entire fixture is comprised of thin chains that are softly draped to filter the light. When I first laid eyes on it, I thought It's a chain mail chandelier, and that's the most badass thing I've ever seen. A closer look revealed that each chain is delicate, like a piece of jewelry. I like the dichotomy: It's tough like armor but pretty like a necklace. It's perfect.
The smaller pieces in this line would be gorgeous in a powder room, dressing area, or a really girly bedroom. I'm especially drawn to the vaguely Art Deco shape of these sconces. But sconces are best in pairs, and a pair (on sale!) would cost $320. Ouch! It's a very pricey line, but it's nice to have things to dream about for someday, right?