Modern tropical dining room decor has been infused into my home and as usual I’ve done it with something vintage! I’ve been talking lots about decluttering and cleaning and by the state of our garage you would see that I mean serious business. As I write this, it’s the 28th anniversary of purchasing our home and it’s been a great home to decorate! With the kitchen renovation well on it’s way to completion, it certainly is looking clean and more modern here…and I love it. With the open concept of our kitchen to dining to family room my aim is the keep a consistent flow. I’ll be sharing more with a kitchen reveal hopefully later this week!
While my husband did electrical and finish work in the kitchen on Saturday I was shopping on-line for chandeliers. He just rolled his eyes as I kept him company and showed him some favorites. One thing that’s a hot debate is removing the ceiling fan in the kitchen. I’m all for it and don’t think that it does much good and want to put some pendant lighting over the island. I fell in love with a particular pendant and then once I saw this chandelier I became obsessed! It would work well with a modern tropical dining room decor.
That was quickly quelled when my husband informed me that the pendant version would not work over our island unless we remove the ceiling fan. Still debating and will see if the ‘happy wife, happy life’ mantra that he tries to embrace wins over. Then I found out that the chandelier (not the pendant) was sold out everywhere for two months. Bahhhh! Being the repurpose, reuse and budget decorator that I am, I started thinking of an alternative. We are trying to tone down the sparkle here…update and modernize. One of the first things that I do when restyling is in order is to look around my own home and shop it.
I had the chandelier above hanging swagged in a corner of our master bedroom for years. I recall purchasing this one at a vintage show and it is old French tole with the original chipped to perfection finish. The crystals are all the originals as well and honestly it did not a whole lot of good while living in our bedroom. When I asked my hubby about moving it…he immediately said NO. But I think that my good eye eventually wins out and I could envision it in the dining room. Below is what we had before and although I loved it for years, it looks dated and I’m going to sell it. See more from the photo below HERE.
Modern tropical dining room decor – the chandelier
The first thing that I did was to remove the beaded bulb covers that I plan on selling too. Then I stripped the chandelier of all embellishment crystal beads. I used a small pair of snips and cut the pins.
Old paint, but it looks like perhaps at one time it was gilded. The arms have sort of a leaf embellishment under each of them and to me that creates a nature look. Maybe a bit of stretch, but I think it looks…tropical!
With the heat of summer I switched out the more formal dining chairs for these X-Back Thonet Style Chairs. I sourced a set that I love if you are looking…and well priced HERE.
One of the reasons that we decided to buy this house was the view when you open the front door. This is what you see (I’ve zoomed in) and having a more plain chandelier makes the view stand out.
Pretty sure that the dining room is going to change soon too as I’m hunting for furniture, but a little bit at a time. I can’t wait to share and hopefully give you some inspiration for your home! You’ll see a peek of the new counters and backsplash below. Some fruit that is just yummy for summer eating is always around. Let me know what you think about this new modern tropical dining room decor direction.
One more thing is that I feel vintage gives a home individual character and I never want my home (s) looking like everyone else’s. Do you prefer a good vintage mix, or do you like all new?
The mangos are literally dropping like flies here from the trees and I love to use them in cooking. I have 2 MANGO recipes in THIS POST that you might want to check out.
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