Bright, Happy Dining Room

My house is dark. There are two HUGE elms in our front yard that make the natural light in our house less than abundant. And we can't paint the walls in our rental. Check out the sad before pictures of our dining room:


Since we will live here for only a year, I decided to go with a really bright and fun color scheme for the room.



I reupholstered the $50 Craig's list settee myself earlier this year.

Before:


After:



{And, yes, I am slightly embarrassed that Chiang Mai pops up so much around here...}

The table is a mid-century Drexel piece that seats 12 with all the leaves installed. I love it. It was purchased for $50 from a Craig's list seller who had "distressed" it to "look like a Pottery Barn table."



There were 10" long scratches in the surface and perfect phillips head "star" screwdriver gouges! A little bit of wood filler and some sanding helped a lot.



The table's been painted black for most of the time I've owned it, but I recently painted it this really moody ink blue color that I love, called "Umbrella" from Martha Stewart.

The chairs were purchased last fall at the Brimfield antique show. They were in really bad shape when I got my hands on them...


I blogged about them here. They are painted one of my favorite creamy white colors, Martha Stewart's 'Macaroni.'


I had planned on putting down a seagrass rug, but I actually really like the way the PB Collette rug looks in here. I like the muted tones layered with all the really bright colors.


I sewed the drapes myself using peacock blue linen fabric that I bought for $1 a yard at a local fabric store because it had been sun bleached. I simply dyed all the fabric with some RIT in the washing machine and fixed the discoloration. This saved me some serious cash.


I used cream twill tape trim from eBay for the box pleated accent on the leading edges. You can purchase a similar trim at M&J.

The tortoise shell-looking bamboo shades were on clearance at Home Depot (though they can be purchased full price here). There were only two shades left at the store and they were different widths, but you can't tell layered under the drapes.



Remember the clock?


I cut off the scalloped apron and added $5 worth of moulding to the sides.



The whole thing got a coat of Martha Stewart's 'Vintage Map' and then I trimmed out the moulding with glossy black paint. I'm still waiting for the brass ring pulls to come in for the bottom cabinet doors.



I bought nine IKEA Ribba frames for $7.99 each. I can't find the link online, but they were a natural wood color before I spray painted them the persimmon color.



I photoshopped some old family photos for the frames and I love getting to see images that remind me of our family heritage every day.



The tole chandelier was another Brimfield purchase ($40).



I bought a very pretty gold-leafed plein air frame for a client a few months ago and didn't end up using it, and I really wanted to incorporate in my own home. Rather than buying a painting to fit the frame, I scavenged my art supplies in the basement for an old 16x20 blank canvas and some oil paint to create a VERY rough version of this image from Lonny.


I don't love it, but I guess it's fine for now.



The server was a birthday gift a few years ago from my mom. It used to be an old dining table that was cut down and two new legs were added to the back to make it console table sized. I gave it a coat of chartreuse green paint for the dining room redo.



The Chinese stools were a total craigs list score and have a permanent home under the server table. The large sunburst mirror is from Home Goods. I bought it a few months ago.



That's it for part one. I've got lots of fun DIY projects from other parts of this room that I can't wait to share with you all!!

136 comments:

elizabeth said...

You kill me. Seriously, I die whenever I look at whatever amazing thing you have created, reupholstered, painted, sanded, fixed, looked at. I LOVE it.

Tracy @ Comfort and Luxury said...

Holy cow, there's a part two?!
Beautiful work.

Jenny said...

Holy crap! I have been in awe before at your amazing ideas, but I tell you, my jaw dropped when I saw the after picture. You are incredible! This is incredible. I absolutely love love LOVE it! I don't think I will ever be able to create like you do, but you really do inspire me. I mean, this is just...It's...I'm speechless. It's just....ah!

tricia said...

For having white walls your dining room is definitely NOT lacking in color! You are fantastic with color, I love the mixture of paint colors, fabrics, textures, everything! I always look forward to your room transformations, you NEVER disappoint! As a designer you really show that anyone can have high end design without spending a fortune.

Pat B. said...

You are amazing!! I can't get over all that you do!! I can't believe that there is a part 2 of this. I LOVE your DIYs,

Do you think that you might do a DIY on the reupholstery sometime?

Thanks so much for all you do. Keep those good ideas coming. (I'm doing a pelmet next weekend.

Thanks again,
Pat B.

Jesse said...

WOW WOW WOW! I would never in my life be able to put all of those things together and make them looks so fabulous! Fantastic job!

ashley said...

it's so lovely! i can't wait to have a home that i own so that i feel like investing in it... until them i save awesome rooms like this in my faves folder for future inspiration :-)

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Wow - you are truly inspiring. I am such a black, white and neutral person but seeing your rooms makes me think I need to add a little colour. You are so daring and brave.
You re-upholstered the settee? Do you have a tutorial somewhere in your blog? I have slip-covered but never upholstered.
I am also in a rental but was allowed to paint the walls - but still there is only so much you can do - wish I could tear out the carpet!

Claire Watkins, ASID allied said...

Ridiculous. Just ridiculous.
I swear I have this theory that you are not real, Jenny. Sometimes I imagine you are instead the amalgamation of a bunch of designers and internet scavengers, alike. However, assuming that you are actually a one woman band, please do write a book!

Your creativity, not just in design but also in your repeated evidence that beauty and possibility DO exist everywhere that the eye dares to look-is divine.
Thanks for sharing your spirit and inspiration (assuming, of course, that you are real)!

Best,
Claire

Hirondelle Rustique said...

This is absolutely fantastic! Looks like magazine photos!

My25Cents said...

Just found you two days ago -- and now I'm convinced that you a)don't sleep at all, b) own a magic wand, and c)are commander of a small army of designer elves who live in the attic and do the grunt work for you. You take the pictures.

Seriously. Where in one human brain can all of these fabulous ideas fit? I'm in awe. Jaw-dropping awe.

Dayka said...

Um, hello? The painting is great, and the room as a whole is too! i lovw what you've done here--so bright without the use of any paint. I love the color on the console table, and style of the dining table and chairs is perfect. Did you say you reupholstered the couch YOURSELF? Wow. I love it all, great job.

Christine said...

Wait a sec, you painted that picture?! I know you are an artist, I mean look what you can do visually to any space, but I didn't know you were like, able to pump out paintings! One time Brigham came home from your place ( I think he was helping Michael move something?) and he was like "Jennica can do amazing stuff, Michael showed me, she's like, an artist." If Brigham notices, you know you're good. :)

Rosie said...

It looks so awesome!

Lavender and Lilies said...

I love the console and settee. They are so eye catching!

Heather said...

Thanks for all the great ideas! What's your spray paint of choice? I tried spray painting a metal bed with Ace Hardware brand, it was a drippy goopy mess. Ended up just painting them and it worked great. I'm convinced I just went with the wrong kind...

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Seriously superb. Really, you leave me speechless... I'm in complete and utter awe over the settee in the Chiang Mai - is there really ever too much of a great thing?

Thank you for sharing!!

Anonymous said...

You are true genius! Keep going girl, you really inspired me.

pve design said...

Bright, Happy spot you have! I love it. What time is dinner, I will bring the pigs in a blanket!
I do not even miss that you cannot paint the walls with all the great things you have done!
pve

Ginger said...

You are amazing, Jenny! It's gorgeous and I'm sure your family appreciates all the money you save while making your home beautiful. Way to go!! And thanks for sharing all of your ideas/sources/inspiration!!

Francoise said...

Fantastic. You are the bomb! How do you do it? Aren't you in your third trimester? You have an incredible amount of creativity and I am so fortunate to have found your blog. Truly inspiring. Thank you, again.

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

Such inspiration! I have the same issue with a dark family room and have been blogging about my updates. Just yesterday I featured your skirted console table as a possibility for my dated dining room buffet. This post is bookmarked. So much to see.

Thanks for sharing all these terrific, achievable ideas.

Mary Catherine said...

Amazing!!!!! Would you ever be willing to share your knowledge on how to reupholster furniture? Or do you have a good tutorial online you know of that you could share? I've been looking unsuccessfully for one for a while now and your work on the settee is beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

Smitten Design said...

you are amazing. I am loving the upholstered settee. Beautiful, beautiful job.

Tanya and Colin said...

You rock! It looks stunning!

I have two chairs that I bought from a hotel liquidation a few weeks ago and I have been trying to decide if I should reupholster them or slip cover. Which do you think would be the easiet route?

SF said...

You are seriously gifted! Thanks for sharing your ideas, they truly inspire me.

Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

Wow, you really are such a talent with color! Really LOVE what you've done, very inspirational!!
xoxo
dagny

mkelton24 said...

Looks beautiful- I am a DIYer trying to decorate a new(old) home- help a girl out! Teach us about the upholstering of the setee. I have a couple of pieces to recover- but with cost of fabric and paying someone-sometimes it is cheaper to go new! Not very sustainable!

Julie said...

If I could pick my chin up off of the floor I'd tell you how utterly amazing that room looks. You make me want to stalk craig's list and buy gallons of paint!

Chris said...

What a happy makeover , amazing , I am going to share this on my blog , everyone needs to see this .
Chris
Just Beachy

Carolyn said...

You might be the craftiest person/blogger I have EVER seen. It looks magnificent! Love that you are not afraid to have a lot of color and your stuff is never matchy matchy or cataloggy.

paula said...

jenny! this is fabulous. I really can't get over that you did the settee your self. this room is stunning.

Proper Prim said...

What a wonderful mix of colours... it looks amazing... great job... can't wait for part 2...

Popped in from SITS... have a great day.

Southern Aspirations said...

WOW! Totally amazing. You are a phenomenal DIYer. Turned out great!

I'm curious- did you swap the sunburst mirror and family portraits from one side to the other?

Meredith said...

Jenny, this is so beautiful! I can't believe what you've done with a rented house. Seriously, it gives me the chills to look at your work! I'm curious what painting products you utilized with these various projects. You once blogged about latex vs. oil paint (and a kind of Behr primer all-in-one product) just wondered what direction you went with the table, clock and console. Again, the room is amazing!

Katie said...

Another HOME RUN! (Baseball has been on at our house all week, haha.) This is insane...in the words of Rachel Zoe, I die. It's so cute. You have officially turned me on to serious color. I always figured myself a neutral girl, but I'm totally inspired by your gorgeous ideas. Love, love, love!

Sarah A. Ireland said...

Jenny, out of all the design blogs I read, I think your is the most inspirational. You are truely talented and I am totally blown away by how lovely and surprising your rooms are! Great work! You are definitly an inspiration...thanks!

ps. I emailed you a while back for some advice and now finally have my blog up and running :)

-Sarah
http://timelessstyleblog.blogspot.com/

court. said...

I am DYING. This is gorgeous.

Haven and Home said...

Wow that is a great looking dining room, I love all the colors!

emily said...

wow!! i love your blog. i love your creativity. i also love that a lot of the projects you do are very low-cost. you give me inspiration and so many ideas. my daughter who's 5 and very creative/artistic just loves your blog, too. she gets all excited to see the pictures. :) your dining room is awesome, and i can't wait to see the rest!

Emorie said...

You are so talented!! and your gift for decorating on a major budget absolutely floors me every time! I have resolved to paint an old dresser using the same method you employed for the console a few posts backs and am really looking forward to it! Thanks for all the ideas!

Katie said...

I LOVE IT!!!! Everything about it!!! Great job! I. die. :)

What color would you have chosen for the walls if you were given permission to paint?

Martha said...

Phenomenal! You are such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

The Brick Cottage said...

Hi--this is my first time commenting on your blog, which I discovered about 6 months ago and LOVE what you do (especially your DIY projects). Why am I de-lurking you might be wondering? Because your dining room make over is beyond belief! I seriously love it! I love how you put together a bright, colorful room that feels so cozy and warm. I love painted furniture but have hesitated in the past because I think "oh, that'll be too much, must keep a wood element", but you have proven me WRONG! I can't wait to see part two!

Rachael said...

You are amazing! I love seeing what you do and how creative you are!

Michelle (Three Men and a Lady) said...

YOu never cease to amaze me! Everything is brilliant. I'm most impressed with you re-upholstering your setee yourself! I've got a few CL finds that need reupholstereing but I'm timid to tackle them myself. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I'd love to see a post dedicated to your upholstery project. Bravo!

Deanna said...

Looks fabulous (as ever!). Do you know of any great tutorials on re-upholstering furniture? I'm able to do it but have some hang-ups. Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration!

Jennifer said...

Love it!!!! Very very very inventive :)

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

You are seriously amazing!! I love the setee!

Leah said...

So beautiful!! I've been reading your blog for about a month now & really love how you make such high-end looks by DIY & talent! It gives me hope that I can do a lot on a limited budget. Thanks so much for sharing.

Kaibee said...

Absolutely Amazing!!
LOOOVE IT!!
Especially the mirror!! :)

L.Duncan@home23duncanboys said...

Great Job! I would love to see how you reupholstered the settee!

angela said...

No way. Wow! I am amazed. I love your style! Your ability to add so much personality and color and sophistacation is inspiring. I need to paint something! My husband is in training, no real job for another 2.5 years and I have used that as an excuse to have a house full of mis-matched junk for too long!

CJ said...

I can't believe you reupholstered that settee yourself! Brilliant!

Anonymous said...

This really is incredible. Really. How in the world did you reupolster that settee? And I've always wondered about dying stuff in the washing machine. Did you have to worry about other things getting stained after you dyed the curtains? Seriously, I would buy your book if you had one. I would spend $40 on a design book by you. And then I would buy it three more times to give to my best friends. You're amazing.

sania said...

The settee!!! Holy cow that's gorgeous. Do you know of any good resources for learning how to reupholster?

Anonymous said...

Okay are you like kidding me right now that room is adorable....I have only been following you for a short time, can't wait to see what you create when you're not pregnant...you make me look like a slug :(

LOVE what you did, can't wait for the DIY's.... !!!

Kathy :)

Struggler said...

Gorgeous room - I would never have guessed it had been put together on such a minimal budget.
Magazine-worthy, definitely!

Anonymous said...

I second all the people who asked how you reupholstered the settee. Did you wing it or learn the trade somewhere? PLEASE PLEASE DO TELL!!!

Babs Blog said...

Jenny,
Once again, you hit it out of the park. You are such an inspiration for people who live on real budgets but still don't want to sacrifice. Your dining room is absolutely lovely. Thank you so much for sharing your talents!

Colette's Cottage said...

How do you do all that AND have small children? I have no excuses for my own boring dining room now...

rikshaw design said...

i am inspried! you are so creative!!!

Caitlin said...

SO many great pieces in this space. You know that settee is going to get lots of love!

Looking at all the projects in this room makes me tired for your pregnant little self. Go take a nap honey, you earned it.


I love the color palette here!

Jennifer said...

so great! you inspire me to just go for it in my own house. and holy crap I can't believe you reupholstered that settee yourself!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The room looks amazing. You seriously blow me away with how talented you are. You have give me the courage to upholster a chair myself (fingers crossed).

Anonymous said...

Please tell us how to reupholster a settee or armchair ourselves.

Sara said...

I am LOVING the settee. Can you please do a tutorial on upholstery tips? Not sure I"m brave enough yet to tackle that.

Jenny said...

Hi everyone!!

Thanks for all the nice comments! I really appreciate the positive feedback. :)

About the upholstery questions: I think that upholstery is a project that most anyone can figure out. BUT on the scale of DIY difficulty, I would put the more intricate reupholstery projects (like my settee) at about a 9. It is REALLY labor intensive and takes a very long time to reupholster something like this. That is why upholsterers charge a fortune!!

I am actually planning a upholstery tutorial in the future, though to be honest, it will probably cause more headache for you (and consequently for me) than it's worth! Every upholstery project is so unique and requires a different approach.

My best advice (the way I learned to reupholster) is through trial and error and through reading books on upholstery. I've blogged about this book before, but an all-time favorite is Singer Upholstery Basics (available for cheap on Amazon). I have read that thing cover to cover. It's good.

About the painting projects, all of the furniture in the room (the server, the clock, the table and chairs, etc) were all painted (brushed or rolled on) with regular latex paint in semi-gloss or hi-gloss finish.

Southern Aspirations: I DID switch the sunburst mirror and the family portraits!! The orange frames were too much visually above the settee and the furniture layout is more balanced in this version. Good eye!

Katie, if we could paint in this room, I would probably choose a very very pale blue, like BM's Winter White (OC-21), which would read as a super clean white. The current white on the walls is very yellow and makes the room feel dingy.

And speaking of our lame paint, if you own a rental (or if you live in a house with kids) PLEASE DO NOT paint your walls in flat paint. I can't even touch our walls without leaving a mark. I walk around the house literally every single day with a wash rag and a magic eraser trying to undo the day's damage. NIGHTMARE!!!

Terese said...

So gorgeous. You really transformed that room! It is fabulous. I love how well the curtains came out with the dye and that trim. Also that chandelier is such a great find. You have such a great eye. The painting is great too. Is there ever an end to your talent? I see my spot at the dining table right over in the corner:)

Maria said...

Jenny!! stellar job, i really love how colorful vibrant it all is, just stunning, really. I hear you on the flat paint too, we just bought our first home and I was actually hoping to use colorful furniture and NOT paint, but to my dismay the builder used really cheap flat paint and Im in the same boat as you, scrubbing off every mark my three yr old makes, arrggghh!! Again, love your work.

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

Woooow! Every renter HAS to see this- it's proof of the amazing things that you can do with a borrowed space.

liz stanley said...

incredible once again! love your style!

Virginia @ Where You Hang Your Hat said...

One more question, Jenny! Can you tell us anything about the potted plant? It's adorable, especially in that gorgeous pot.

Miggy said...

Kind of amazing.

I have a question....where did you learn to reupholster? I would love to learn how to do it, or is it just something you do and learn along the way?

Sa-Sea Boutique said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR TEAL LINEN CURTAINS FOR TWO YEARS!!!!!!!! I HAVEN'T PUT ANYTHING UP BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT TO SETTLE! NOW I AM OFF TO BUY LINEN....AND DYE AND MAKE THE DARN THINGS MYSELF. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

Sara Cowley said...

As MANY others have said now, this room really is inspiring. It's just gorgeous and it's given me so many ideas. You make this look effortless, but I can see just how much work you've put into this room! Thank you for sharing! I've been enjoying your blog so much, especially as I decorate 50's ranch from scratch!

Chelsea said...

Your entries make me so excited to have my own place! I'm getting ready to graduate college and am hoarding ideas for my future home!

TheFamousHome said...

I love how you can make a craigslist find look like a million bucks!

Anonymous said...

FANTASTIC. You ooze with talent. Well done.

Rachel said...

Absolutely beautiful! You have totally inspired me to search Craigs List more often. Great finds. I would die for a tutorial on how you reupholstered the small sofa! I am so intimidated on doing thins like that.

For Your Inspiration said...

I love everything I see on your blog! Although I don't usually go for lots of color, you may just change my mind. Your dining room looks fabulous!

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Holly said...

This is truly beautiful. Every detail is perfect! Just out of curiosity, if you were going to paint the walls in this room, what would you have painted them?

grammy becky said...

Jenny's aunt here.....Yes, she is this amazing girl that just can't stop doing stuff like this. She might have little gnomes that help her, but I've never seen them. I think her 'ever creativeness is hereditary. (Her mom is the same way). They are both
'non'sleeper people that thrive on making stuff look cool. Hi Linda and Jenn.....Becky

KatieBabie said...

i. am. in. awe. of. you. WOW!!!!!!

adrianne said...

I totally admire your fearlesness with color!!! Go Jenny!

Kay* said...

oh wow! so many good ideas! i never tire of seeing that chiang mai fabric...one day it WILL be mine :)

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

I'm in awe over your design sense. This is temporary space yet it is completely decked out. I love the colors and amazed at all the work you put into it. How do you have time to do it all?? Amazing. Love!

Kristin said...

That is one of the most beautiful rooms ever! I'm blown away by the gorgeous settee!

lorna jayne said...

Absolutely lovely and an inspiration for me to get to work on my dining room. If you can do such beautiful things in a rental, with 2 small kids and another on the way (right?), what is my excuse?!

Noa said...

Hi Jenny -- I'm a new follower of your blog, and I absolutely LOVE your ideas. I have a quick question - when you refinish furniture you sometimes choose to paint, and sometimes choose to spray paint. What makes you choose one over the other?

Thanks!!
Noa

Anna said...

Wow. Can't really think of what else to say!

Nicely, nicely done!

compulsively compiled said...

You do more in a weekend than I've done ever. This all looks so good. Amazing. I need to get up and do something substantial but I've said that before. Eventually.

Ms. Bright said...

I really like how bright the blue accents make this room. I wish I could learn how to reupholster. It'd save me so much $ and I could change things upon every whim!

sketch42 said...

OMG!!! Who are you?!!? What are you?!!!! You need your own show!

Loui said...

JUST FABULOUSLY AWESOME!
adore the entire room..
am green with envy..
wish it were Mine!!!
thanks ever for sharing!!!
Loui♥

Anonymous said...

You're amazing. Very, VERY nicely done.

Brenda

Sharon said...

LOVE IT. People complain all the time that they can't add colour because they can't paint their walls. You have obviously proven them wrong. I also love the stripe on the little side chair. Tons of texture and pattern ... One cohesive room. congratulations.

Toni said...

Oh my stars! That is absolutely stunning! Care to come do my dining room? My dining room is still in a state of chaos, and we've been living here almost 2 years! I am still trying to figure out how to arrange some inherited furniture. Love, love, love the colors you chose!

charm home said...

Amazing job! I can't wait to see part 2. Can you please do a tutorial on how you reupholstered that settee? I'd love to see how you did it yourself.

Anonymous said...

Design fusion at its best! It's contemporary. It's shabby chic. It's antique. It's modern. It's multicultural. It's clean and classy, but not so intimidatingly fancy that you wouldn't want to touch anything or hang out in there. Congrats on finishing it!

noelle regina said...

this inspires hope and despair.
hope that affordable DIY projects transform a room into something luxurious. and despair that i'll never quite get there.

i can NOT believe you did the sette yourself. upholstering is IMPOSSIBLE.

well done.

Lauren Elizabeth said...

Jenny, you've outdone yourself again. :) Favorite part: the persimmon grouped frames. I love red accents in decor! Speaking of diy-ing, you do some awesome work with upolstery (and I love how often your fabric crafts are actually a no-sew). Could you post sometime about how you got into reupolstering and tips of diy?

CER said...

I absolutely agree with the comment about the painted furniture -- somehow there's an underlying pressure to not integrate too many painted pieces in a room as it can look "kitschy". You have put together a fine example of how it can work -- and using colors I would have never paired (adore the ink on the dining table -- gorgeous). I am so glad we're seeing more people Craiglisting for pieces of furniture and giving them an upgrade -- the quality is oftentimes so much better than what is mass produced these days!

A question about the Chiang Mai: I'm strictly a DIYer and design-adorer [so admittedly a bit naive], and see this fabric all over the place. My boyfriend has a chair that needs to be recovered, and as he enjoys Asian-inspired prints and I like vibrant colors, so Chiang Mai was the winner of the fabric search. However, is it only available to the trade? And is it really $206/yard..? I stumbled upon that price point during my travels and was absolutely astounded/disappointed. I need a 25"x25" 'swatch' and may need to stop the search..

Michelle said...

Insanely madly LOVE it.

inthetweeds said...

I echo everyone's comments...simply AMAZING! It is so HAPPY! You are one gifted gal!

Symone's Mommy said...

Amazing! PLEASE post a tutorial for how you upholstered the settee! I wish I had your eye for design. I'm encouraged and jealous at the same time...my sad little blog posts don't even compare :)

Sarah @ Dream In Domestic said...

Holy crap! You are amazing! You are such an inspiration to me! I love what you do with color and who cares about the Chiang Mai - it's fabulous so why wouldn't you use it a lot? Man, you should send some of your skills in my direction! :)

Brilliant Asylum said...

Wow--you are ridiculously talented with a paintbrush and sewing machine. Very impressive!

My name is Laurie Jones. said...

This dining room is to die for! I love the colors and the patterns, really really amazing!!

Lindsey@creativeattempts said...

This is the first time I've seen your blog and I love your ideas! ...so I'm gonna follow you!

chelsey said...

You are so talented- Write a book!

VictoriaArt said...

Are you still reading??? You should fall over with pride! OK, better not! You amaze me every time I look at you fabulous work!
Where do you have all that energy???
Just brilliant!

Take care! Happy Halloween!
This room is wonderful!

Victoria

Amber Weinberg said...

Your design work is amazing! How do you find furniture so cheap?

Candied Fabrics said...

Whoa! Great job! Love it all, but the 3 x 3 of persimmon frames is a nice little POP!

tarheel said...

You are such a clever girl- it all looks fabulous. Love all the color. I adore the mirror- I have it in my office and I bought it years and years ago at an upscale store- you lucky girl to find it at Home Goods!

Pamela said...

Beautiful room! Love it!

Bartsgirl said...

Inspiring! I am in awe of your ability to use pieces that others would easily overlook. It is gorgeous. I would love to dine in that room.

abby jenkins said...

WOw! I am speechless! WOW!

Em said...

Eagerly awaiting part II.
I'm sure you're pregnant mother self has plenty of things to do besides construct posts for our amusement, so I appreciate how much work you put into each one. You clearly have it all thought out, and put a lot of work into this. (for us?!) You're lovely. Hope you'll take a break once that baby gets here!

Emma said...

It is just SO bright and happy. Love. Yet another question about the settee though - I know you have small children, do you just Scotch-Guard the hell out of it or what?

Aesthetic Oiseau said...

I have been struggling with my own dining room...and this post has totally inspired me! Thank you...

Melissa said...

wow!! can you to a how-to (or even list what tools you need) on upholstery? that looks fabulous and I would love to try it myself.

Callie Grayson said...

Beautiful design!! love that chartreuse table/servery well done!!
xx
callie

The Goods Design said...

I can't believe I only discovered your blog today - I love it!!!

elesa said...

I love your table. I've got a table I want to paint, but I am very intimidated by the whole thing. Did you paint it with a sprayer, or with a brush?

Kelly said...

I love this room! Especially the settee. You did such a great job on that! I recently inherited an antique chair and chest that I want to reupholster, but it's kind of intimidating--especially since both have skirts at the bottom. Do you have any tips for doing this?

A Perfect Peach said...

Can you please let us know if you taught yourself to reupholster? Where did you learn - lovely settee!

Melissa said...

Amazing what you can do with items that I would think are not worthy. Gorgeous finished dinning room. Makes me want to think outside the box for my own home.

Kendra said...

I am amazed that you re-upholstered this yourself! Do you have any tips on diy re-upholstering?

Mary said...

I know this is an old post and you may not see this, but where did you get the little gold elephants on your console table? I love them!

kcinteriors said...

You are so incredibly talented! I am forever blown away by your work! Such an inspiration.

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I think those houses are very wonderful. I am really interested now because they are very wide and beautiful.

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Kim said...

No chance you're willing to make some of those curtains for me is there? Haha.. you think I'm kidding.

the tichenor family said...

I have loved, loved, loved your dining room for so long and just this evening finally found the identical Craigslist twin to your settee. I am so excited! Would you mind sharing (if you can recall) about how many yards of fabric you needed to recover your piece?

Thank you so much! Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday to your baby girl!! Still can't believe the miracle of her birth last year.

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