Dining Room Dilemma

As I sit in bed (STILL!) and listen to the construction workers downstairs banging away at our kitchen and dining room I am reminded that I have yet to pick a dining room fixture.  My dining “room” is really open to the kitchen so the fixture has to work with the Hicks pendants I’ve already purchased to go over the peninsula. Little did I know how hard this would be.  I’m feeling like the pendants are a statement so the chandelier can’t be a statement….yet I want it to be. ARGH.  I was SO glad to see on Million Dollar Decorators that Mary McDonald had just as hard of a time picking stuff for herself as I am!

Here are the fixtures I’ve been considering– help me decide. I know you don;t know the other items in the space yet- but let me share that my table is round and whitewashed/ grey washed oak and the walls are light grey grasscloth….

Love this Arteriors retro fixture SO MUCH, but I’m afraid it’s too much for the space and the style of my house. Or is it super fun?


A simple yet modern option also from Arteriors.

I’ve always loved the Visual Comfort Paris Flea Market chandelier but perhaps to trad and busy?

I think this Arteriors one is cool and modern yet simple but maybe too industrial?

A totally alternative option of an open modern lantern from Hudson Valley?

SUPER basic Visual Comfort Bryant? Too safe?


  1. Hi Erin…Crazy, but I have the hicks pendants over my island and the arteriors zanadoo over my breakfast area. I had the same concerns you do when I purchased them however I love the way it turned out. I will send you a picture if I can figure out the best way to send it..I guess I can email it to you from my iphone?? What is your email address? Best of luck with your space!

  2. Beautiful choices!!! Go with the second (speaks to the roundness of the hicks) or go with the last one. Something so elegant about it. Good luck!

  3. love the arteriors retro fixture. it is a lot, but your home is traditional in architecture, your aesthetic has a transitional twist and this fixture would make you smile and proud to show it off every time. you may grow out of it eventually but for where you’re at right now, i think it’s perfect. and the hicks pendants are dynamite

  4. The Hicks Pendants are so simple! Go with a statement!!!! I vote for the Hudson Valley or the Arteriors Urchin pendant…

    Can’t wait for the reveal!!

    xo Nicole

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