little homemade chandelier
When we bought our house, the kitchen was black and sleek and somewhat modern looking. Hanging over the sink was a pendant light fixture with a wide brimmed black metal shade. It was a bit too modern for my taste. So I decided to fix it up a bit. I got my inspiration from some homemade wire chandeliers I saw in ABC Carpet in Manhattan. (I'll have to try to post a picture of them one day; they are amazing.) To make my chandelier, I left the original light fixture, and simply removed the black shade. Then I made a wire structure with heavy gauge wire. I hung pretty little glass crystals that I ordered on-line.
I think the effect is much more to my liking than the austere black shade.