Hooked on Fridays: Martha Stewart’s Glass Chandelier

by hookedonhouses on January 8, 2009

Welcome to my first Hooked on Fridays blog party of 2009! One of my goals for the new year is to finish some of the hundreds of projects that I started around the house in 2008. I’m a good starter–not such a good finisher. I get bored or frustrated or just distracted by something else. So one of my resolutions is to try to FOCUS long enough to get at least a few rooms entirely done. Wouldn’t that be nice?

One of our ongoing projects has been a top-to-bottom remodel of our dining room. We replaced the carpet (yes, the builder put carpet in the dining room!) with hardwood floors, and Dave added a chair rail and crown molding. It’s coming along. Now, as I attempt to finish the room, I’m searching for a chandelier. When I came across this one from Martha Stewart’s Veneto Collection, I fell in love.

From the description on the Macy’s website:

Named for the celebrated Italian region that produces it, this set of chandeliers pays homage to the modern grandeur of Venetian glass. On each chandelier, sinuously curved arms of white Milk Glass or green Jadeite Glass surround a shapely body, and the chandelier is suspended from a matching glass canopy by a Polished Nickel chain.

Unfortunately, it also has a steep price tag: $1,048.50 (love how they tagged that 50 cents at the end). And this is the smallest size–it also comes in 8-light and 9-light versions, which are, as you might imagine, even more expensive. Here’s a photo of a larger one shown in a living room:

I’m also digging the jadeite version:

I found the five-armed chandelier on sale for $699 at this website, but that’s still more than I can justify spending after all we’ve put into the room already. It’s tempting but–back to those goals for 2009–we’re trying to be financially smart and cautious this year. I won’t be splurging on things like this when our washer and dryer are about to bite the dust, and our ancient fridge is making those weird noises.

*Sigh* In other words, as I focus on finishing all of my house projects, I need to find things that look like a million bucks, but cost a buck fifty. Good thing I’ve got all of my creative blog friends out there who will no doubt give me plenty of inspiration again this year!

What are you hooked on today?

If you have something to share with us on your blog, add your link below. Just please be sure to 1) add the permalink to the specific blog post, not your general blog address, and 2) link back to the party from your post so that your readers can come and see what everyone else is talking about today! Thanks!

(Melissa at The Inspired Room is having a blog party today, too. Everyone is sharing goals and ways they’re working toward having balanced lives in the new year. Check it out!)

P.S. Normally, links on Mister Linky lists don’t “count.” But I just upgraded my Mister Linky membership so that from now on, when you link to a party on my site, it will show up on Technorati, Google, and other blog-ranking sites. Just my way of saying thanks for playing along!

1. Kim @ Forever Wherever (Flip Flops)
2. Arleen@Seasons for All at Home (Winter Blues & Whites)
3. Mary Beth {Valentine Joy from Target}
4. Debbie (Reflections Of Debbie)
5. maya (hooked on nostalgia)
6. Pretty Organizer@ PrettyOrganizedPalace
7. Taya@Delightful
8. Neutral Dwelling
9. Troischats
10. sandra/tx
11. Maya@Completely Coastal (Octopus)
12. Gigi @ Lemonade House
13. Mia\’s Pearls
14. Liz@Violet Posy
15. Pat@Back Porch Musings
16. Pink and PolkaDot
17. Kimba @ A Soft Place to Land
18. Kristin@Pumpkin Cottage
19. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality
20. Lamp Tramp
21. Jane@Atticmag
22. Coco@ordinarymiracles
23. Jill (Red with Blue!)
24. Melissa
25. Jan @ Rose Haven
26. Bella Casa (Hooked on Real Estate)
27. Katie @ Making This Home
28. Angela @ PeonyPatch
29. Shannon
30. Deb@ribbonwood
31. Cindy~My Romantic Home
32. Susan Smith
33. Christy
34. Gayle
35. Jackie W. Buried in Legos
36. Cherry Blossom Photography
37. Cottage Style Homes
38. Holly@Homebody
39. Denise
40. Amy Jo
41. Tidymom
42. Wendy-Pink Slippers
43. Tamara
44. Jill@HomeintheCountry
45. Junk Mammas
46. Michelle
47. Our Family Attic
48. Charlie
49. Beth @ Blue Socks
50. Amy Cannon
51. The Deco Detective
52. Eric Strand “Ericdaplumber”
53. House Favorites
54. Rita@Quirky Cottage
55. Fifi Flowers Design Decor
56. Katherine @ Country Romantic
57. Sunflowers and Hydrangeas
58. Ally (A Walk in the Garden)
59. Sherry@creations From My Heart

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maya | springtree road January 8, 2009 at 11:04 pm

i forgot! bummer. i’ll catch you next time around.

i love that jadeite version. i have to say, it might actually be worth the money (half off price, that is – never full price!)

maya | springtree road’s last blog post..Coincidence

carrie : SpringsHomeBlog.com January 8, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Those chandeliers are really pretty… haven’t seen anything quite like that in glass! My husband would shudder at this suggestion, but is there any sort of paint finish you could replicate on a cheaper chandelier? Hmm, probably wouldn’t be quite the same. :)

Kim@ForeverWherever January 8, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Wow! The chandeliers are so pretty, and I do think the 50 cent part funny! Well, maybe if you wait a little longer someone will copy it and sell it for less! Thanks for hosting the party!

Kim@ForeverWherever’s last blog post..Flippin’ for Flip Flops!

mary beth January 8, 2009 at 11:19 pm

I love the Martha Stewart chandelier but agree with you that it would be much better if it were less expensive. I found a chandelier for my craft room at Ikea that I love and it was really cheap….(not suitable for a dining room, though). Thanks for the party and the opportunity to link up.

Arleen January 8, 2009 at 11:25 pm

Hi Julia. I love chandeliers! And, depending on the room, I love to add little lamp shades. What a great choice for your first Hooked on Fridays party! ~Arleen

Arleen’s last blog post..Inspiration ~ Winter Blues and White

Debbie January 8, 2009 at 11:27 pm

That Martha Stewart chandelier is so lovely and that jadeite version is to die for! Good luck finding your perfect match – I think yardsales are the way to go!

P.S. So sorry I entered twice. I thought I could go in to where the Debbie was and edit it to say (Reflections Of Debbie) next to it. Unfortunately I’m in there twice #4 and #5. I don’t know if you could delete #4 for me or not?

Blessings to you and your family this New Year and I look forward to returning.


Debbie’s last blog post..Hooked On Party

Susie Harris January 8, 2009 at 11:37 pm

What a pretty post. I can never get enough of your wonderful homes. I think that is a great idea about taking your husband with you. My husband thought about it after I asked my sister if she would be interested. Im sure yall will have a fun weekend. Blog friends…bliss… and a few dats away with your sweetie. Cant get any better than that!

Susie Harris’s last blog post..Wanting some Bliss..dom…

PrettyOrganizer January 9, 2009 at 12:26 am

I need one of those chandeliers! How elegant and SIMPLE. Great find. I’m hooked on kitchens right now. Hubby is going to head to his man cave when I start because I’m painting oak and there will be 6 kids running around the house being shewed out of the kitchen. Should be a memorable project. Spent last night at Barnes and Noble with a halo of inspiration floating over my head!

PrettyOrganizer’s last blog post..Planning the Kitchen

Taya January 9, 2009 at 12:28 am

Love that chandelier! Why does everything have to cost so much? It’s really hard on someone thrifty! Thanks for hosting!

Taya’s last blog post..Hooked on Faucets

Neutral Dwelling January 9, 2009 at 12:38 am

Those chandeliers are really pretty! I saw them at market and they looked really lovely – but of course everything in her showroom did. Hope you find something beautiful for your room.

Neutral Dwelling’s last blog post..Hooked On Fridays – Bocci Lighting

Troischats January 9, 2009 at 12:54 am

I love these Martha Stewart items … we can’t get them in Australia though, so reading your blog is a bit torturous – but I love it!

Troischats’s last blog post..Behold, the Bally poster

sandra/tx January 9, 2009 at 1:09 am

Couldn’t you paint a similar chandelier to get the same look for less? Just a thought.

Maya@Completely-Coastal January 9, 2009 at 1:43 am

This is fun Julia…, thanks for hosting! The chandelier is absolutely beautiful, it’s so smooth and elegant looking…, the price is, well, not so attractive but it is a timeless piece I think that you will enjoy for a long long time, all depends on your budget I guess.

Maya@Completely-Coastal’s last blog post..Delightful Octopus Figurine

Gigi January 9, 2009 at 2:05 am

That chandelier is gorgeous!

I’m with you on liking things that cost a million bucks, but want to pay a buck fifty. I keep hoping I’ll find some Le Creuset cookware at Goodwill :)

Gigi’s last blog post..Hooked On Fake Fruit

Mia's Pearls January 9, 2009 at 6:02 am

Understandably, it’s gorgeous! I think I like the jadeite best. I am very much into grey’s and greens at present. :)

I have also added a hooked on-post at my blog, welcome to visit me.

Mia’s Pearls’s last blog post..Hooked on: Lysekil – a Swedish Coastal Town

Liz@VioletPosy January 9, 2009 at 6:18 am

Oh those chandeliers are just beautiful. I really like the white one, they are very reminiscent of the kind of light you used to get in 1920′s art deco houses here.

Liz@VioletPosy’s last blog post..Emma Bridgewater New Goodies!

do it yourselfer January 9, 2009 at 7:36 am

whoa! those chandelier’s are fabulous! i’ll keep thrifting for mine. i have a macy’s taste, but a dollar tree budget! Beautiful though!

Blushing Hostess January 9, 2009 at 7:55 am

Love the jadeite. Still thinking about the white…
Hope you’re well!

Pat January 9, 2009 at 8:22 am

Busy morning here at the condo, Julia…getting ready for a quick trip home later today.

I love the things you’re hooked on. I added the ocndo post, because, in fact we are hooked on the condo…added a tablescape, so I guess that makes it a double hooked post! I’ll try to do a better one for next week. Sort of pressed for time, this week.

Pat’s last blog post..~Condo Kitchen Finish & Tablescape~

Rhoda January 9, 2009 at 8:42 am

Julia, I can see why you fell in love with that chandy…gorgeous! But, I’m sure you will be able to find one that fits the budget. I love the one I got about a year ago for my DR.

I’m playing along too with my Winter White post today! Happy Friday!

Rhoda’s last blog post..Beachy Guestroom in the Birmingham News

Kristin January 9, 2009 at 8:43 am

I love the jade one, but at that price it doesn’t look like I’ll get my hands on one anytime this century :) This friday linky is a great idea, I’ve already found some great inspiration!! Happy Friday

Kristin’s last blog post..I’m hooked on TARGET

Jane F January 9, 2009 at 8:49 am

So Julia, will you post a pic of the dining room so we can see what you’re going for? I’ve been hooked on light bulbs and the way the fluorescents are changing my paint colors!

Jane F’s last blog post..Galbraith & Paul Custom Rugs

Lamp Tramp January 9, 2009 at 8:49 am

What beautiful chandeliers. Who wouldn’t want one? Thanks, Julia for this lovely party. Looking forward to seeing what everyone is HOOKED on!

Lamp Tramp’s last blog post..Hooked on TURQUOISE, slipcovers…

jill January 9, 2009 at 9:01 am

The lamp is just gorgeous… just watch the sales, you never know if it may become more affordable!

jill’s last blog post..I’m Hooked on…

hookedonhouses January 9, 2009 at 9:03 am

Jane F–
Yes, I will hopefully make enough progress with the dining room this year to finally show you all how it’s coming along. It’s been quite a transformation, but we’ve got a ways to go with lighting, artwork, window treatments, etc. Right now it’s a pretty bare room with just a table and chairs. -Julia

Jan January 9, 2009 at 9:49 am

Oh my Julia…how I love the glass chandeliers, too! I really LOVE the Jadite one! But, unless I won the lottery (and I don’t play it) or experienced a windfall of $$$$, it would be outta my price range, too! I love “thrifting”…and being frugal.

I’m trying to convince myself to spend $$$ on a much-needed new area rug for our Dining Room. The one that’s there is GREAT, not worn or even dirty…just NOT the right color for our NEW MAKE-OVER!

Jan’s last blog post..The IMPORTANCE of WALKING…

Bella Casa January 9, 2009 at 9:50 am

I love pretty lighting, too…but I can always find something at Lowe’s or The Home Depot that will work for me. They even have catalogs you can order from if you don’t see what you like on the floor. Sometimes you can get 10% off or for some reason Lowe’s periodically sends me $10/$50 coupons, so those come in handy, too. I think if you sign up for their catalogs online, they start to send you the coupons.

I hope you find something you love, Julia…for a buck fifty ;)

Bella Casa’s last blog post..Hooked on Houses: Real Estate

Katie @ makingthishome.com January 9, 2009 at 10:37 am

How exciting to be redoing so much of your house. I agree that it’s very frustrating to find the things that you want. For me, in addition to price, I can never find the same styles in Germany as we have in the US. It forces me to branch out, which I’m not always good at. Enjoy your remodel process!

Katie @ makingthishome.com’s last blog post..I Want to Be Bubble Bath Soap – A Relaxing Children’s Poem

Shannon January 9, 2009 at 11:02 am

I agree, I bet you could replicate the look for a lot less. Keep looking, you’ll find it!

Shannon’s last blog post..I Think I Have Settled

frenchgardenhouse January 9, 2009 at 11:14 am

sigh. THAT is a fabulous chandelier, isn’t it? Loving it. {I can’t afford it, either}
xo Lidy

frenchgardenhouse’s last blog post..Green Fried Tomatoes

christy January 9, 2009 at 11:30 am

I LOVE chandeliers and think this one would look fabulous in my house too. But just like, I need to be fiscally responsible so I will be admiring this one from afar. Sigh. Thanks for showcasing though – I love looking at beautiful things.

christy’s last blog post..Exciting times in the life of a baby!

Kim January 9, 2009 at 11:34 am

what about finding a similar version and finding that shade of green and then using a glossy poly spray kinda faux jadeite!!! lol

Gayle January 9, 2009 at 11:38 am

Hi! I found you through a Springtree Road tweet! This is so great. I can’t wait to go and check out everyone’s posts! Right now I am hooked on taking photos of ice, which is very abundant in our neighborhood. I think it is so beautiful! Hope I did the Mr. Linky right. It’s my first time!

Gayle’s last blog post..Ice Ice Baby!

Jeanette Donaher January 9, 2009 at 12:48 pm

I am a little overwhelmed by all the searching, mending, sanding, painting, blogging but love the inspiration from everyone & the friendships. I will continue yard sales, flea mkts,dumpster diving since I probably would not spend the money on some things even if I had it. Love creating something out of nothing I guess. What’s Mr. Linky? hmmm will take a look.

Jeanette Donaher’s last blog post..Annabelle

Holly January 9, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Hi Julia! I’m recycling yesterday’s post for your party as it fits the theme perfectly!

Holly’s last blog post..I Heart Pottery Barn

Karen January 9, 2009 at 2:20 pm

They are so beautiful but look as though you could create something very similar using a more reasonably priced chandelier and white paint. You could still have ‘sinuously curved arms’ and ‘a shapely body’, just no milk glass!

Good luck with the dining room. It will no doubt be lovely!

Denise January 9, 2009 at 2:23 pm

I have enjoyed your “Hooked on” posts for a long time! Thought I would join in today. Thanks for the fun!

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Amy Jo January 9, 2009 at 2:38 pm

How fun! Thanks for hosting.

Tidymom January 9, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Love that chandelier! but OUCH on the price!!
Thanks for hosting another great party!!
What fun Julia!!


Tidymom’s last blog post..Hooked on Fridays – Twilight

Robyn January 9, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Oh I’m lovin’ that jadite version. I’ve always had a “thing” for jadite! ~ Robyn

Robyn’s last blog post..Blue Monday!

Angela January 9, 2009 at 3:28 pm

LOVE the chandelier! Thanks for hosting!

Angela’s last blog post..Hooked on Fridays: 24

Amy January 9, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Oh.my.goodness! I love that chandelier soooo much. The price tag is way too steep for me too though. Crossing my fingers that you find something- and share it with us :) Something like that would look sweet in my eating area of the kitchen.

Amy’s last blog post..A Really Bad Habit and Some Good Memories

Tamara January 9, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Oh, what fun! I LOVE chandeliers but they are so expensive. I built one myself for my daughter’s wedding and it turned out great. Hope you enjoy checking it out :)

Tamara’s last blog post..Hooked On……..Chandeliers!

Denise January 9, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Yes. I have lived in Elkahrt my whole life! What area do they live in?

Denise’s last blog post..Woodpeckers and other cold weather friends

the pleasures of homemaking January 9, 2009 at 9:02 pm

That chandy is delicious! The price is a bit much and I’m sure you’ll be able to find something you love just as much that fits the budget!


the pleasures of homemaking’s last blog post..What To Do With an Old Sweater

Michelle January 9, 2009 at 10:24 pm

beautiful kitchens, love the one with 2 different color cabinets

Michelle’s last blog post..Curtains or No Curtains?

Sue January 10, 2009 at 12:02 am

Love that jadeite version….that would look very lovely in my kitchen…..

Sue’s last blog post..SOPHIE PICK’S A WINNER!!!!!!

Melissa (Missy) January 10, 2009 at 12:13 am

I really like both of those chandis. But, I think they are a little pricey. ;-) I say, find one very close to one of those on sale at.. any where and if it’s not the right color, spray paint it! Oh, and BTW, you need Fussion paint for the electrical cord part. Regular spray paint gets really sticky on it and never dries. Just thought I would throw that bit of info in just in case you happen to be out shopping and fixture perfect in every way but color just jumps off the shelf into your shopping cart.

Melissa (Missy)’s last blog post..Hooked on Chandi’s

Charlie January 10, 2009 at 4:08 am

I love the the color of the five arm chandelier! Plus I cannot believe the price. I’ve been looking for months and I think I might have found mine! Thanks you! I am so Happy I followed Neutral Dwelling’s link to your blog:-)

Charlie’s last blog post..The Loveliest Girl in the World

Dream Mom January 10, 2009 at 9:30 am

I found your blog from the, “My Romantic Home” blog. I love houses too!

I love the chandelier and the milk glass sounds VERY pretty! Martha has such a pretty and modern looking style that is quite appealing.

If I might make a suggestion…there are a lot of similar looking brass chandeliers out there, new and used. In fact, I saw one at Goodwill for only $4.99. Spray paint it white. No, it won’t be milk glass but until you can spring for the real thing. Vern Yip of Deserving Design painted a brass one black as did the Atlanta designer on one of their other shows.

Dream Mom’s last blog post..Organization Friday-“Getting Organized” for the New Year

Beth January 10, 2009 at 11:21 am

Thanks for hosting; this was really fun.

I agree with the spray painting thing – you can go to Lowes or Home Depot or even a lighting store and find globes you love. Buy just one of your favorite style(s) and take it with you when you go fixture hunting. You’ll have you use your imagination as far as color but you should be able to see how the new globes will look in the fixture before you purchase it. Once you have a perfect match and you know everything will fit you can buy the rest of the globes (then you’ll know if it’s a 4 or 6 or some other light fixture) and begin the rehab work. A good scrubbing with strong TSP solution (wear gloves!) followed by a nice eggshell or satin finish spray paint should work nicely.

Thanks again, loved taking a few minutes to dream a little and think about what’s got me hooked right now.

Beth’s last blog post..Winter Candle Party – January 09

The Deco Detective January 10, 2009 at 12:26 pm

I’m hooked on wall displays! There are so many great ones around, and for these, you don’t have to buy expensive art, just take what you have and make it a bit bohemian!
Btw: I totally recognize what you say about being a good starter…

The Deco Detective’s last blog post..WALL DISPLAYS

Eric Strand "EricdaPlumber" January 10, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Hi Julia, Thanks for the party. You see we’ve ‘discovered’ you so we’ve got you in several links over at http://ShopDPOblog.com. I have outlet prices for any designer plumbing needs for renovation or upgrades so I thought you and your readers would enjoy.

Thanks again. The party is great.

Eric Strand “EricdaPlumber”’s last blog post..Do You Love Before and After Renovations?

Eric Strand "EricdaPlumber" January 10, 2009 at 12:44 pm

My comment is not posting. I have links to Hooked On Houses in three posts – great discovery. : ) Thanks for the party. I have great designer plumbing outlet prices for renovations and upgrades.

Eric Strand “EricdaPlumber”’s last blog post..Do You Love Before and After Renovations?

House Favorites January 10, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Julia, Just had to enter my House Favorites Designer Lighting Post for your party especially since you are looking for that perfect lighting. :) Best! and Thanks for the party.

Lynne January 10, 2009 at 3:16 pm

I love this chandelier – it’s so simple. I have a brass fitting which I’m hoping to take down and spray it – maybe in yellow! I saw one in Drew Barrymore’s house and I loved it.

Fifi Flowers January 10, 2009 at 5:23 pm

LOVE chandeliers! These are LOVELY! I just joined your linky… Friday I was hooked on Dorothy Draper! I linked it to your site! Are you going to be doing this every Friday?

Fifi Flowers’s last blog post..Day Trip to Lovely Giverny, France

laura @ the shorehouse. January 10, 2009 at 8:23 pm

I’ve been hooked on work. And my boss. And my coworkers. :-( Boo…hiss…

So, I couldn’t play your game. Don’t they know…I have blogging to do? :-)

I’m hooked on mercury glass…it’s now pretty easy to find (will I hate it now because everyone has it? Probably!) especially with good after holiday sales at places like Pottery Barn. I smell a collection coming on…

laura @ the shorehouse.’s last blog post..Shore House Before and Afters

LuLu January 11, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Oh I agree the chandeler is wonderful… tad expensive… my goal is to find things for my home on a major budget. I really think I am going to feel even more thrilled about decorating when I know it was done thinking about the money.Can’t wait to see your finished dining room.

Alice January 14, 2009 at 8:18 am

Found your site through Mary Beth’s and I love it! Great ideas and one of my resolutions for this year is to tackle some of the areas in my house that are starting to look a bit tired. I’ll be back!

Alice’s last blog post..Get ready for over two weeks of fun from Karen Foster Design!

Trixi January 15, 2009 at 10:04 am

Those chandeliers are beautiful but like you we are tying to be budget conscious this year.

Trixi’s last blog post..Wow, it’s Jan. 12th and this is my first post of the year……

Rick February 27, 2009 at 4:12 pm

You might try lightingshowroom.com for white 5 arm one price was $699.00 (no .50) I’ll try to include link

thanks for your great site


Lesli pendergraft March 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I can’t find the white milk glass chandelier anywhere…help…it’s not on Martha Stewarts web site or at Macy’s…

hookedonhouses March 10, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Oh, wow, I saw that two years ago, so I guess they may not carry it anymore. Sorry! I loved that chandelier.

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