Going To The Chapel: Freebie Winner!

It was really fun to read about all of the smitten betrothed people on this week’s wedding-themed giveaway from sister sites Two Paperdolls and Louella Press. We hope you all love being engaged and adore your big day. And hopefully, at least for one of you, this week’s prize (a free set of custom letterpress invitations) will be a beautiful part of making that dream wedding come true.

The great news is that even if your name didn’t float to the top this week, Louella Press is offering all YHL readers 20% off any wedding invitation order of $750 or more for the entire month of July. Just mention Young House Love when calling or emailing to snag the discount. By our math, that means you can save at least $150. Score!

But since it’s not ever a wise move to make a bride wait, I guess I should get on to naming a winner. After asking random.org who the lucky lad or lady is (on bended knee of course) we learned that our big winner is… Pippin (who’s getting married at a Colorado destination wedding next summer). Congrats! And best wishes to you and your soon-to-be-spouse.

Oh and don’t worry if you didn’t snag the big prize this week, on Monday we’re back to non-wedding themed loot, and let’s just say there’s some pretty cool booty to be had (and yes, there’s a clue in there somewhere). Stay tuned…

See more info on our Giveaway FAQs page. Pics courtesy of Two Paperdolls & Louella Press.



Reader Redesign: A Contemporized Chandelier

Sometimes the simplest changes can make a big statement, especially when it comes to updating an already-existing accessory in your home. In fact Allison proves just that with her simple and chic chandelier update. Here’s her letter:

My chandelier makeover was really easy to accomplish once I found the perfect modern shade to update my 1950s crystal chandelier.

I was lucky enough to locate a fabulous shade for $10 at a warehouse sale here in Dallas. Then I spray painted the ugly brass chain white (along with the “ceiling donut”) to match the already glossy white ceiling medallion. The open ring at the top of the shade made it easy to slip onto the chain, which I then re-hung from the ceiling. I think it makes my dining room look SO much better. I first saw this look in a Neiman Marcus home catalog, and of course had to try to copy it. I hope you enjoy my simple ceiling makeover as much as I do. – Allison

Of course we’re all over that nice clean-linen drum shade. And we love how it totally upgraded that already lovely crystal chandelier. Plus the fact that people spend a pretty penny on light fixtures just like it (check out this one for $718!) is the icing on the cake. Amazing work Allison! What do you guys think? Is anyone else looking for the perfect drum shade to layer over an existing fixture for a polished and modern vibe? Has anyone else taken on a similarly easy and affordable light fixture overhaul? Do tell.