Friday, March 8, 2013

Jean de Merry for the Rest of Us

I, like so many others of you, fell in love with Jean de Merry's urchin/satellite-style chandelier when I first spied one in Ashley Stark's arresting dining room . . .


Since then, I've seen them all over the place . . . 



Then, most recently, I saw one in a showhouse designed by Canadian designer Nam Dang-Mitchell featured in House & Home magazine . . . 
So, why am I bringing up this extremely expensive chandelier (I don't even know how expensive it actually is, but I'm imagining it's way out of my price range)? Well, at the end of the same article about the showhouse, they did one of those "get this look" features and they showcased this chandelier available at Anthropologie . . . 

This sucker is still $1,898. 

Then, just the other day weirdly/coincidentally enough, I get several notices that I'm now being followed on Pinterest by a company called Stimulight. I was somewhat intrigued. So, is this the new form of the press release? Not a bad idea as it caught my attention. They sell what look to be similar yet smaller versions of the urchin chandelier for either $399 or $499 . . . 
Source: etsy.com via Stimulight on Pinterest

Source: etsy.com via Stimulight on Pinterest

Of course, they don't look as large or as "spiny" as the de Merry or even the Antropologie chandelier, but for several hundreds (or thousands) less, you can get a similar look. Hmm.

What do you think? Worth the considerably smaller price tag? Or would you rather drain the savings account for the real deal?

11 comments:

charmaine said...

Oooh. That's a good deal and I don't mind the size too. Pinnng this! Thanks for the intro!

therelishedroost said...

LOVE it, so sharp and cool!! I was going to say check out Etsy and then saw you did!! that light makes a room!!
xo Karolyn

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Pinterest, the source of all good things. That's a great deal, thanks for sharing!

bluehydrangea said...

I've always loved that sea urchin chandelier and have been looking for a reasonable subsitute..many thanks!! You rock!!

Interior Design Musings said...

It's fun, but I think I would tire of it - so no draining of the account on this one. I'd go for the knock off and then when I was ready to move on, I wouldn't feel so bad about it! M.

Kim said...

I struggle with this in many different design aspects. So I continually try to balance the hi and low in my home. Makes me justify things easier. This one, I think I might go Low! xo

Melissa Crochet said...

I think the less is expensive one is great! Can't wait to check out that website.

modishetcetera said...

I love that fixture! Thanks for the afforable find!

Kim @ See Kim Decorate said...

I actually prefer the cheaper ones! For some reason I like that it's a little horizontal. It's not often that I say I prefer the less expensive version of something!

Kay Konecna said...

I love the chandelier! Paying nearly $2000 for a lamp is a lot but on the other hand it's a life-time investment (This is my excuse for buying expensive decor :)) Do you have any idea where I can find the table in the first photo from reblogged from Elle Decor? It's amazing but none of the designer furniture stores I visited sell such tables.

Ashley said...

Even though I could NOT afford the more $$ version, I feel like chandeliers can function like art and can be a center point of a room. So, if money was no object (and only if), then I'd go for the original.