I am confounded.
con-found-ed – adjective
definition: bewildered; confused; perplexed.
Yup, that’s me. Don’t have a clue what to do. I have bewilderment, confusion and perplex-ion.
A vital decision must be made in regards to lighting…and I need some help.
On the one hand, I had decided that we would try to spend a very little bit of money on the lighting for the nursery. So I came up with this idea to strap branches ($0) to an old chandelier ($20 on craigslist) with a bit of wire ($3) and spraypaint ($10) the whole thing for a very inexpensive rustic looking light fixture.
Something a little like this:
I thought…heck, for around 35 bucks, I could get a totally appropriate solution for Will’s future room and replace that measly little fan.
And then I went online.
That’s when the confoundedment started. I blame West Elm. It’s their fault. I saw this:
And thought…oh boy…that’s hot.
The problem is this…I love the idea of the rustic light fixture…I really do…and I love the fact that it is a DIY option…and that it’s cheap. But the Drum Pendant is soooo chic. That simple design. The natural linen shade. The adjustable height. I feel faint just typing about it. And it would totally add that touch of modern charm to the space while allowing the accent wall & my secret over-the-crib-art-project to take center stage. And for $150…it could totally be worse. Plus I saved money on the chair I bought instead of the ikea one. Did I mention I bought a chair for the room? Yeah I did. For $30. So I saved a chunk of change there. More than the difference between light fixtures. And another pro for the West Elm option is that I could re-use this sucker. The branchy option probably wouldn’t be able to fit in anywhere else in the house…
So what would you do? Would you still opt for the cheaper option even if it might be a little too much for the space? Or would you splurge on a totally simple, modern, and reusable pendant? What’s the concensus out there – is cost most important or would the longevity of an item take precendence? HELP!