We are very slowly switching out the builder-grade light fixtures in our house, and we recently swapped out our entryway light for a brass Sputnik style chandelier. I had been on the hunt for one for a while, but I was having a hard time finding one for less than $1000, which needless to say was above our budget. As far as choosing a Sputnik for this space, I realize that our home is a 1980s traditional style house, so I wouldn’t outfit the entire place in retro, Mid-Century furnishings, but I think mixing styles in smaller doses is fun and can work just fine. In fact, I love doing it. It may not be for everyone, but it is for me!
So, as I was saying, I had been hunting for a Sputnik for quite a while. I posted a photo on Instagram a while back of my grandparents’ Sputnik chandelier (their home actually is authentically Mid-Century style, and they have one over their dining table that my grandpa picked out and my grandma hates), and many of you encouraged me to snatch it and run when my grandparents weren’t looking. Haha. I did consider that option, but I opted to buy our own instead.
I discovered Lucent Lightshop on Instagram and I was instantly hooked. Sarah and her team run an artisan light shop and hand make each light fixture to order, and can even do custom designs. I contacted Sarah and explained exactly what we wanted, and she concocted the perfect chandelier for our space. Our ceilings are only 8 feet tall, and she recommended that we allow it to only hang down 12″ to allow for 7′ of height underneath. She made our Sputnik to these specifications in a raw brass finish and I absolutely love it! Plus, her prices are better than any I’ve seen, and I have done a lot of searching.
Here is a shot of our entryway BEFORE:
And here it is NOW:
And here it is with the light on:
If you’re looking for Mid-Century style lighting, Sarah is definitely your girl. I added 40 watt round chandelier base bulbs and they provide plenty of light — our entryway is actually much brighter now than it was before.
I am very impressed with the craftsmanship, and the scale works well for the space. Plus the raw brass finish compliments the brass chandelier in our nearby dining room. It suits my husband’s modern taste while mixing well with our other decor. Win/win. You can check out Lucent Lightshop on Etsy or on Instagram for lots of inspiration.
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