Over the Christmas break, Jonathan hung our vintage chandeliers. Three of them are family heirlooms that previously hung in Joan’s house. When my mother decided to list the house in 2010, I begged her to take down the chandeliers. One of them dates to 1960 and originally hung at my great-grandmother’s house in Palos Verdes, and my grandparents bought the other two when they built the Cerritos house in 1973. Needless to say, the chandeliers came down, and two of them have been in storage ever since. The other hung in our living room, along with the other vintage chandelier that Jonathan and I found at Stars Antique Market in Hermosa Beach (walking distance from Palos Verdes) in 2008 for $150.
It was a very special moment when they came out of the boxes. I feel as though we’ve been especially close to my grandmother and great-grandmother this year, but having their chandeliers hanging in our home brings them even closer.
Joan’s chandelier now hangs in our dining room.
Elsie’s chandelier now hangs in our entry way.
Joan’s chandelier now hangs in our living room. This chandelier also hung in the living room of our old house. It plugs into the wall. The picture in the background is Elsie at 21, taken in 1921. It previously hung in the foyer of Joan’s house, along with the big chandelier that is now in our dining room.
The chandelier that Jonathan and I found in Hermosa Beach, California in 2009 now hangs in our guest bedroom.