Our dining room light is, well, something else. People come in and they either love it or hate it. We think it has an old fashioned look but looks contemporary too. That makes it a perfect fit. When my husband first showed it to me in the Pottery Barn catalog, I wasn't sure. I wasn't even sure when I opened the box. But he was positive about it and he has great taste, so I went with it. Then we hung it up and turned on all the lights and it was amazing! It is alot of wattage (sorry, no fluoresent here) but those bare bulbs are just brilliant. Our kids call it Edison's Octopus. I call it "good call, Honey."
FYI: Our 13 yr. old son, Jonah, took the diagonal pic. He has quite an artful eye.