Look at my swag!

Unless you wish to end up looking like Wile E. Coyote at the end of an episode, you better make sure your stairs are well lit.
I love how pendants and chandeliers make a statement when used to illuminate stairwells. In our old home we used a grand, but modern chandelier. Here there is really not the space to do it, instead we opted for an inexpensive, but cool-looking pendant (I love the organic, random texture). We snagged this one for a song on eBay.
The only problem was that where we needed the light was not where the electric outlet was placed (silly builders!). We hired an electrician to install the pendant (and other fixtures), but we found out when opening the box that the pendant did not include any hardware to swag it over. 
I dug up in the tool box and came up with something.

I found an old wire, long enough for what we needed. But now we were stuck on how to tie the pendant at the end.

I found a steel hook and a steel washer left over from installing the TV. The washer covers the plastic plug that holds the hook, and makes it look like it’s all one piece.

Before installing the pendant (which was the last step, the electrician tied a knot around the hook to keep the pendant in place and the cord slack on the other side.

I love how the pendant is almost invisible during the day, and has a nice, warm golden glow at night. It goes perfect with the tropical, but understated look we are working on in this room.

In the end what was a mistake on the part of the builder we turned into a statement. The pendant fits there like it was always meant to be. Cool swag, huh?
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  • Clara in Paradise October 5, 2010, 5:08 PM

    The answer is yes, perhaps, no. Not necessarily in that order.Some things are not worth shipping here because the shipping is prohibitive. For a lot of them, even with shipping it still is a lot cheaper.I would love to buy only local, but I live in the booni… ahem, paradise. There are not many outlet here, and they don't have much of a selection of anything. It's not a frugal-friendly place, unless you are willing to put some hard work, patience and discipline into it.

  • Anonymous October 5, 2010, 5:36 PM

    That is some seriously cool bling.~ Sunny ~

  • Little Treasures October 5, 2010, 5:55 PM

    I must say you did a fantastic job!

  • Anji* October 5, 2010, 7:47 PM

    I like the look you got with the pendant, very clever :)

  • Iraida October 5, 2010, 4:59 PM

    Hello!I must ask… You are always finding good deals on eBay, amazon, etc.. But doesn't the shipping to DR make it just as expensive as it would have been if bought locally at any store???

  • Iraida October 5, 2010, 6:06 PM

    Oooooh-Tay!!! Understood,…. Lol, the booni, haha..My dad is always shipping stuff to DR and I just didn't get it- but now it all makes sense..Although he doesn't live in the booni, he's in Santiago. So I'm going to guess things are much easier for him ;)thank for the reply!!!

  • Clara in Paradise October 6, 2010, 12:41 AM

    @ Iraida:Santiago is decidedly-not the boonies. Your dad has all the modern conveniences of living in the city, and the headaches that come with it. But even when we lived in Santo Domingo I still bought tons of stuff online, now it's even more because of the isolation. Things are changing here, and there are more and more places to shop, but it still is an outpost.