We left without either, BUT I found the perfect chandelier for our dining room for only....wait for it....$25.00!
Also, we bought an ottoman for our living room that I plan on slip-covering once I find the fabric I want. More on that to come!
Here are some before and after photos of the dining room after my hunky husband wired the new light fixture. We went from a 2-bulb fixture to a 9-bulb fixture...imagine the transformation! Now look at it!
Before, this is how dark the room was in the middle of the day. It probably doesn't help to have a tree blocking some of the natural light, but that is seasonal and really didn't make much difference to the amount of light.
After! It's much brighter now, even though it's later in the day. The bad news is now you can see how undecorated it is...better get on that!
P.S. Can you see the crown molding that Kennedy hung in that tray ceiling? He's so talented. This is what the dining room looked like when we bought the house:
Here it is currently (again):
It's coming along!