Hideous, I know. I've found so many beautiful fixutres, but almost all of the ones I was interested in were either too large in scale, or hung too low for our eight foot high ceilings. I also love the drum shade trend--but again, all of the ones I liked were either too tall, too long, or too expensive :) Here's the look I was after--low profile and sophisticated:
This look is so simple, and I was convinced I could do it myself. Luckily I stumbled across two low profile, 6" high shades for only $10 a piece.
They sat around for a couple of weeks while I tossed around some ideas on how to install these properly. I pulled my husband in on the little project, and he had it figured out within an hour. We bought two inexpensive 2-light fixtures (also $10 each), and simply installed them without the glass globe.
Actually, Mr. CottageModern installed them while I was at work one day, and had the whole set up complete when I got home! I love when things just magically get done :)
Again, please excuse the awful wallpaper (its on its way out in about a month). Here are the quick and easy finished products. We added a longer threaded rod to allow for the height of the shade, but besides that, it was a very uncomplicated fix for about $20 per fixture. I still need to add a circular diffuser to the underside in order to cover up the bulbs, but overall, the finished product is just what this little entry needed.