The fixture was delivered in 2 days. It was packaged very well - no damage. The shade was a little darker than I expected. I thought it would be off-white, but it is definitely beige as advertised. The picture is a little deceptive. I almost returned it, but decided to give it a try. My son installed it with no problems at all. I am very glad I decided to keep it. It is a nice quality light. I love it and it looks great over my dining table.