Sunday, July 17, 2011

Title Story (Part 1)

I chose "Chandelier by the Sea" as my blog name because of 3 reasons:

1. It has something to do with 2 of the things I love most in the world: interior design & surfing.
2. It connotes something smooth & elegant in the middle of something rough, & that's appealing to me. In interiors, art, dance, people, stories....
3.  And because some time ago, one of my favorite design writers, Coco Kelley, wrote an entry titled "Chandelier by the Sea" featuring a beach house w/ a chandelier....and she says that "to me, a room is never complete unless it has a fabulous chandelier in it..." and I couldn't agree more!

Call it fate, or just call me an old soul.  My first job after college was as a design consultant in an Italian Murano art gallery, and basically I sold / sales-talked clients into buying beautiful (and sometimes reeeeeaaally gaudy & overpriced) handblown Venetian chandeliers, just like this:

Yes I know, it's not for everyone. Especially the ones done in the Rezzonico style. But different strokes for different folks, you know! *wink!wink!* ...and up to now, if you ask me to, I could take apart & assemble a Murano chandelier as fast as some people would with a big gun or, whatever. This was a typical sight in the backroom office: 

I had to describe to clients (w/ enthusiasm, of course) what makes them so beautiful & why it was so expensive, over & over again. I recited the process of hand-blowing these works of art so many times (over the course of 9 months, actually) 'til it sounded like I had actually been to Venice & was actually trained under the great masters of this craft.

Looking back, I remember all the glittery chandeliers, some w/ 18 or 24k gold flecks, hanging in the store...illuminating the jewelry & mosaic panels & other glassy things in the store. It was a good 1st job, I would say.  It was handcrafted & that was important to me.  Although I would probably sell more if I was pushing chandeliers that were more my taste, like this: the next entry, I'll share how these things found its way into my works today as an interior designer. For now I bid you goodnight.  It's an early day tomorrow & surf will be waiting outside  :-) 

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