Dining Room: Chair Updates

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I am turning my attentions back to the dining room, which is looking much fuller with the corner cabinet. But, that's not all that's new in the dining room. We also received two new head chairs from my parents, another casualty of the downsize.

The head chairs were formerly found in my parents' breakfast room and were a standard fixture to our nightly family dinners throughout my childhood. I love having them as part of our family dining traditions now, too. 

They are beautiful chairs with great details, but there is one clear problem: the fabric has got to go. I just banned the last of our tapestry fabric from the den, so I definitely don't want it in here either. 
Armed with a sample of the fabric from our recently recovered dining chairs (for a refresher, check them out here) and headed to my favorite fabric store in Gastonia, Mary Jo's Cloth Store, to see what I could find.

I had a vague idea in mind that I wanted something velvety in either grey (safe), teal (fun) or chartreuse (bold)...

Option 1: animal inspired grey.

Option 2: animal inspired chartreuse and teal.
Boom. This one is bold.

Option 3: grey basket weave.
The basket weave trumps the animal print, option 1 is out.

Option 4: dark teal basket weave.
The teal works perfectly with my existing fabric and the basket weave is super fun, but might be really dark in an already dark and moody dining room. hmmm….

Option 5: light teal velvet.
This is exactly what I was looking for, but it's 2x the price of the others, special order, and now I am worried about stains. The lack of pattern won't be very forgiving when it comes to stains. 

Option 4 is the clear winner from this grouping, but is it a strong enough lead to actually make the purchase? 
I'd love your thoughts. 

until next time, 
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The Hot Pink Room is DONE

We moved in to this house a little over a year ago and the first room I started working on was the hot pink bedroom for our oldest daughter. I can't believe it's been that long! Even more crazy? I am finally ready to call this room done. 

The biggest change in the last several months was the addition of my childhood desk and the teal stool (you can read more about it here). It adds a bit more function to the space and gives me a little perch for story time. Plus, it's nice to break up all the white furniture in here. Bonus.

The monogramed DIY lampshade and spray painted owl lamp are still taking center stage, some 3+ years after I made them for her first big girl room in Chicago. The owl did get a new sparkly necklace this summer - you know, to fancy her up a bit.

One thing I have definitely learned over the years, don't mess with her stuff! I try to organize and, heaven forbid, decorate her dresser and all you-know-what breaks loose. So, it is what it is. 

But, I do love this little tray that so encompasses her. Born in London, loves her froggie, everything pink and sparkly, and snow globes.

The reading nook is used more by her sister, but it serves it's purpose as a catch all and fashion runway for her many mix and match outfits.
Still love the low profile book storage from Pottery Barn Kids. You can read more about that here

And, of course, our most recent addition - the purse infused gallery wall

With only a handful of minor changes in the last year, I think it's safe to say this room works for our big girl and I can officially call it done. Until she decides pink isn't her favorite color anymore :)

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Dining Room: old and new

Jumping right into it on this fine Monday morning (Monday + bad weather doesn't = a happy camper), I'm just going to tell you straight out…when my parents recently sold their house and mentioned they were going to be "handing down" some of their furniture, the one item I desperately truly wanted was the corner cabinet from their dining room.

Not because my dining room is fairly barren, or because it went so well with my other furniture, or because the interior was already painted in the perfect tone to coordinate with our dark emerald walls … it was simply because I loved the piece. Always had, always will. 

So, when my Mom was in town last weekend, we set about coordinating a little display for the shelves. Ok, well, she started it while John and I were out at a movie - but details, details - we finished it together and that's the important part. I must also give credit where credit is due and tell you that she put the disco ball in there. Can you believe it?!?! I certainly couldn't. I actually thought she was joking, but I love it and so it stays :)
It's the perfect unexpected twist in a pretty traditionally formal room.

It's so nice to see my fine china, usually stored away, on display. Along with several other meaningful items like the silver rimmed goblets that a friend gave us many years ago. Each shelf is a combination of seldom used pieces from my everyday blue and while collection like the tea cups and some serving pieces, with salad and dinner plates from my fine china collection, and cut crystal glasses, candlesticks and bowls.

We even managed to sneak in some of my parents hand-me-down old fashioned champagne coupes and red wine glasses. Just like in room design, I love to mix the old with the new to create a unique look that tells a beautiful story.
Thanks, Mom, for all your help.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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