Until I moved into The House of Brass. Every opportunity they had, these people threw up a shiny brass fixture. It was blinding. So...I went to the local home improvement store and looked for a reasonably priced (under $50), reasonable stylish light fixture. What I found was this:
Ok. I do truly love this one, even though it appears a bit exteriorish. And a bit pricey, as its from the Pottery Barn. Maybe on sale?
Downton Abbey-ish for our little brown ranch-in-the-woods, but what can I say...I'm a sucker for sparkle. And, oddly enough, I don't mind the brass. It doesn't appear too 1986-shiny in this picture. I still have the visible bulb issue, though.
This is similar to what we have now. Functional, no lady parts, no visible bulbs. Utilitarian. Boring. Ugh.
sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,