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Allison Berger crystal sphere sconce--need 6 sconces & can't afford even one--what to do?
January 7, 2013 in Design Dilemma
So before anyone says, "I told you so" I already fell deeply in love with Allison Berger's crystal sphere sconces. They would be perfect for our master bedroom. Unfortunately, I've been told they are around $3500 each--and we need 5. We gutted our bedroom to install insulation prior to having our second child (our room was freezing) and added five sconces since we have tongue and groove above. We currently have no sconces and it's almost a year after the drywall went up!

Any ideas on what we could use instead? I've been searching and searching online now for over a year. Nothing comes close to the look of Allison Bergers sconces. Ylighting sells the Chelsea sconce that shares some elements (glass, black backplate) but just not sure if this will do the trick.

Price is a huge consideration as we need five, so nothing outrageously expensive (I can dream though right?). Thanks!
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Interiors International, Inc.
It sounds to me you have answered your own question. If the ones you found have similar elements and materials I would use them. I would not spend that kind of money on a light fixture unless you have a thousand times that much laying around and collecting dust somewhere. I have clients who can afford these things I can't. God bless them that they can. It keeps a roof over my head but nor $3500 sconces on my walls. ;-)
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Yes, your alternate choice looks similar for a fraction of the cost! Good find. : )
0 Likes   January 7, 2013 at 3:38PM
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According to this listing on eBay, they are actually over $5000 each. But you can get two of them for $5300 and this guy has four.

If it makes you feel any better, he says they're really heavy, require professional installation, and probably need to have the wall reinforced to hold them.

I think the Chelsea sconces look great.
0 Likes   January 7, 2013 at 3:47PM
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In all seriousness, could you get less expensive black sconces, and then have someone take lead crystal vases or glasses and drill them to use as shades?

These are Waterford, and $100 for a set of 4.
0 Likes   January 7, 2013 at 4:07PM
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orangecamera you are a canny decorator :)
Why pay a ridiculous price when you have such good ideas:)
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2dogs, I'm glad you like my suggestion. :)
0 Likes   January 7, 2013 at 6:18PM
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groveraxle--nice find. I've been combing Craigslist hoping someone would post a spectacular deal like that, although unfortunately still way out of my price range. And yes, I did not know about the weight...so on that note alone, they wouldn't work for us (it does make me feel slightly better).

orange camera--I've been toying around with that idea for quite some time. I actually found a chandelier at west elm which I was considering hacking apart, then rewelding to a new backplate to create 5 sconces. I don't know how to weld, but I like the challenge and have friends who do....so might still explore this idea!

Thanks to everyone else for their thoughts on the sconces and the Chelsea one as a substitute. Much appreciated :-)
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Arlen Dau
I think Restoration Hardware also has globes this style too.
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