Gothic Chandeliers: Castles, Dragons, Romance

With Halloween just around the corner, we’ve been admiring the Gothic chandeliers and other spooky light fixtures in our gallery. They would make great talking points at a Halloween party, but of course vintage Gothic chandeliers add character and Old World atmosphere to a home at any time of year. Here are some of our favorite Gothic chandeliers from all the lighting in our gallery right now and others that give a sense of Gothic novel romance. Which is your favorite?

Game of Thrones Gothic ChandelierGame of Thrones fans will love the fantasy castle carved on this vintage 1930 French Brittany style chandelier. The four castle turrets rise up to create magical, mysterious drama and the castle even boasts drawbridges to support the five copper lamps. It hangs from chunky chains that look like they’ve been dragged straight from the castle dungeons!

Dragon Gothic ChandelierThere be dragons! Six carved dragons “breathe fire” into the electric candles of this fabulous 1950 French Gothic chandelier. The dragons with ornate wings suspend from metal chains from the oak ceiling cap. The dark oak wood and metal chains add to the medieval fantasy flavor, but we’ve found that the dragons are quite tame!

Eagle Gothic ChandelierFrom dragons to eagles! Six fabulous Gothic carved eagles perch atop this awesome chandelier, holding the glass shades in their beaks. The six lights cast a moody glow on the wise and powerful eagles as they watch over the world below. The 1950 French Gothic chandelier is carved in oak and the dark wood truly accents the striking silhouette of the eagles for maximum drama.

Boho style Mission chandelierHere’s a rather more romantic chandelier for Lords and Ladies of mystery. You can imagine it starring in a Gothic novel, lighting the ballroom in a mansion on the misty moors! Six decoratively wrought arms and sensuously designed curlicues and serpenting s-shapes create the thrilling allure of this quite sexy 1950 French black metal chandelier. Flowing velvet gowns are optional.

Heavy French Gothic Chandlier 1950The classic appeal of this large and heavy 1950 French Gothic chandelier is enhanced by the coachlight-style body. It summons up images of a ghostly horse-drawn coach racing through the night, driven by a shadowy black-cowled figure cracking his whip! The frosted glass lamps and spiky finials on the aged brass-tone metal all add to the cool Gothic chandelier vibe.

Don’t be a phantom! Tell us in the comments box below: Which one of these spooky, dramatic, or just plain Gothic novel romantic chandeliers gives you thrills? For more information on chandeliers and chandelier styles, check out our guide here.

Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Upcycled Chandelier for New Restaurant

Follow the honey! A new restaurant called Tupelo Honey Cafe opened last month in Greenville, SC, and we helped them out with an unusual addition to their interior decor: an upcycled chandelier!

Tupelo Honey Cafe started out in Asheville, NC, and it has a couple of locations in Tennessee, but the Downtown Greenville restaurant is the first South Carolina location.  The restaurant already has some awesome reviews for their food on Yelp, but we haven’t eaten there – yet! The menu offers a fresh twist on Southern food, or as they say: “Fluent Flavor Spoken Here.” Sounds like the perfect date night for me and Greg.

TupeloHoney-Cafe-upcycled-chandelierWe helped the restaurant with a custom-made upcycled chandelier created out of a vintage tea service in time for their grand opening. They included the above photo of it on the Tupelo Honey Greenville website. You can’t see the detail very well from below, but it is very similar to the one in this photo:

Upcycled chandelier with vintage tea cups. EuroLuxAntiques.com

The upcycled chandeliers at EuroLuxAntiques.com are part of the whole upcycling trend and are custom-made by an artist for us. Upcycling just means taking something old and repurposing it into a new and beautiful object. Each item carries its vintage history into its newly crafted incarnation and, of course, each piece is unique.

Here are some of the other wonderful upcycled chandeliers we have in the gallery. They are all hand-crafted by a very talented artist and can be custom-designed to order.

A Spoondelier! Upcycled chandelier crafted with 360 vintage silverplate spoons This is a custom art spoondelier. It’s crafted from 360 vintage silverplate spoons into four tiers in the same style as a classic crystal chandelier. It’s a great whimsical touch for a dining room or kitchen, and a sweet addition to shabby vintage decor. It’s large too. At 40 inches high you can’t miss it and the artisan chandelier will certainly break the ice on conversation at a dinner party. I definitely want a spoondelier for our vintage 1920s bungalow, whenever we finally finish renovations!
Upcycled chandelier with vintage door platesOr does this colorful pendant lamp have the key to my heart? Look closely and you’ll see it’s made of vintage door plates, complete with keyholes and brass hardware. Once upon a time door plates like these would be consigned to landfill. Thanks to the creativity and vision of the artist they get a new lease on life. I can’t help but wonder about the doors these plates originally came from. It opens the door on my imagination!

Upcycled Chandelier made from vintage electrical insulatorsCan you guess what this bar-style light fixture is made from? I had to think twice when I first saw it. It’s made from 9 vintage electrical insulators… proving that just about anything can be upcycled deliciously if the artist is clever enough! It’s 5 feet long and designed to cast a subtle light over a dining table, bar or even a pool table. This one is shown in Morse blue, but a clear insulator option is also available.

Thanks to our client Tupelo Honey Cafe for inspiring this post… if their food is as good as their taste in decor, we’re bound to become loyal customers! For more information on chandeliers and chandelier styles, check out our guide here.

What everyday items would you like to see used to create an upcycled chandelier?

Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Lighten Up! Summer Solstice and Chandelier Lighting

At the summer solstice, we’re all enjoying the light for the longest day of the year! Different cultures and countries celebrate the solstice in different ways. In England, crowds gather to watch the sun rise over Stonehenge. In France, they light bonfires for Feux de la Saint-Jean celebrations. But whatever the party, it’s all about the light!

As we’ve just received our latest container with more than 150 vintage French chandeliers (enough to light up the Eiffel Tower!) we’re thinking how lucky we are that we can sparkle up even the darkest days with decorative  chandelier lighting.

I don’t recommend hanging any of our EuroLux Antiques vintage chandeliers outside for a long period of time, but this gorgeous array of chandelier lighting for a vintage-themed wedding took my breath away. (My post on vintage weddings gave more wedding decor and gift ideas.)

Greg hanging our latest vintage chandelier lighting from France. EuroLuxAntiques.comHere’s my hunky husband Greg hanging up chandeliers in the gallery. We always check the wiring on all our vintage lighting, and rewire any that are a little frayed or worn, before putting them out for sale. The new container from Europe kept him busy!

 

Vintage French Chandelier Lighting, 1950 with 12 arms, glass pendants. EuroLuxAntiques.com
Vintage 1950 French Chandelier

A stylish chandelier always adds character to a room, but people sometimes wonder about the best size to buy. They don’t want a chandelier that swamps the room, but a too small chandelier can look a bit lost in a space.

Summery Vintage French Chandelier Lighting
Pretty vintage 1950 French Chandelier – Very summery!

 

 

My advice is to take the size of your room, for example 15 feet by 21 feet, and add the two together. The sum here is 36. Translate that to inches (in this case 36 inches) and you’ve got a good guideline for the approximate diameter of chandelier to choose. If in doubt, veer towards a larger size chandelier. When suspending the chandelier lighting over a dining table, it usually looks best if the chandelier is 50% or more of the table width. Allow for it to hang with at least 30 to 33 inches clearance above the table top. See my other tips to light your home beautifully, with chandeliers, wall sconces, and pendant fixtures.

How are you celebrating the summer solstice? Tell us in the comments box below!

Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Antiques Buying Trip Day 6: Chandeliers!

If you’ve been following our Antiques Buying Trip video series, you’ll know that we’ve been on the hunt for interesting and unusual vintage lighting.  On the 6th day of the trip, we find vintage chandeliers aplenty!  Some of the warehouses we visit are so full of antiques and vintage pieces that we literally have to crawl our way through like a rat in a maze, and this is one of them.  This particular antiques dealer in Belgium clears houses when someone dies and the family doesn’t want or need their possessions, so we never know what we’ll find there.

By the end of our Antiques Buying Trip in Europe, we found 135 wonderful antique and vintage chandeliers!  It will take us some time to get them all checked out to make sure they are working properly, photograph them, and then upload them to our website.  In the meantime, check out our collection of vintage chandeliers

 Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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