Yesterday, Daniella featured this photo and my reaction was, “Yeah. That’s happening.”
Originally in Rue’s holiday issue
Photo by Emily Johnston Anderson
Of course, I quickly looked up Rachel Reider as she’s the interior designer of the space and it was on.
Let’s do a lil’ zebra rug on the floor with some beams on the ceiling. Mix some Chippendale chairs with banquette.
Is this permanent folding screen with a mounted television and fireplace for real?
The side table action is a yes. I claim that side of the bed.
You better mix new and old.
A little vintage bathroom inspiration.
I’m a fan.
We’re in the home stretch (it’s hard to believe) of the kitchen reno and my mind has been wandering to other projects for weeks. I’ll have an update for you next week of the kitchen and where we are. It’s been a long road and fairly bumpy but we’re almost done. Now, it’s time for me to think about our bedroom.
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Posted in DIY, Goodwill Hunting, Our House, tagged cleaning, clown, dining room, dust, dusting, Goodwill, light switch, living room, oversized plate, sanding the wall, trellis on March 5, 2012 |
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We got a lot done this weekend. We told the kitchen cabinet-maker to get real (more on that later), did some cleaning and even a few DIYs. A few days home will give a girl some energy.
First, our house was crazy dusty. It was sick. The Mister sanded the walls in our kitchen and had someone put drywall on the ceiling in our kitchen. (These things happened a few weeks ago.) So, the dust was plentiful. For example, this was The Mister after he sanded the walls.
He looks like a clown with his skin being pink from under the mask and everything else powder white.
Our dining room had the most dust due to its proximity to the kitchen and had become a holding room for kitchen essentials. These were our shelves.
So, we dusted the entire dining room and Windexed everything we could. Then, vacuumed and I mopped the wood floors. It feels pretty great. This week I’ll tackle the living room. I understand I’ll have to do this a few more times to really rid us of the dust, so I didn’t style the shelves and they’re acting as a pantry still, but it’s worth it. The Mister was so inspired he told that the light switch by our front door bothered him and he purchased an oversized plate for it.
Obviously, this is a temporary fix and we’ll have to sand the walls in our living room too – someday. We had to do it in our master bedroom and we’ll have to do it everywhere we repaint. Speaking of painting, I painted these recent finds from Goodwill.
I’m not sure what they were originally, but they will become trellises for some ivy. They were $3.99 and $5.99 at Goodwill. Score! I’ll share them later. Did you do anything fun this weekend? The weather was pretty great here, unusually warm, hence me deciding to spray paint.
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Posted in Before and After, Dining, Our House, tagged Alexandria, dining room, IKEA, indoor plant, Pier One, Restoration Hardware, Tuesday Morning on October 14, 2011 |
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You’ve seen our dining room here and here. This is not a true “after” but the place has made some progress. So, I’m sharing.
This is the view from our living room.
We’ve stuck with our dining table, but we keep going back and forth on it. I still vote round table. We removed the rugs from the dining room and living room. They were beautiful but didn’t match. They are being store at The Mister’s parent’s home. We placed two tables, one in each corner, to create some balance and provide storage. The fabric covering the tables are IKEA curtains I purchased but we decided against using. I have left them “draping” as I don’t want to spend the time making them tailored. We’ve never tripped on them as the fabric is usually tucked/pushed/shoved to the side of the table and out of our way. If they become a more permanent fix then I’ll change the fabric and make it more tailored. However, we believe we have found the answer to our storage problem. No, it’s not built ins. We decided to place those funds elsewhere.
This is the view of our dining room from our kitchen.
Call your friends and family, I’ve kept a plant alive for a few months. Yes, I’m going to count it. I, too, am impressed and excited about it.
This is the view if you are going to sit at the dining table, which is unlikely as I don’t have dinner parties. I’m getting there. However, I will allow you to take a moment and respect my napkins because I made them. Not all of them. I made the horse printed ones. Remember, we only use cloth napkins
Dining table: West Elm
Dining chairs: Pier One. We purchased them on clearance approximately three years ago.
Needlepoint seat cushions: Tuesday Morning. My mother gave them to me for Christmas after much lusting over them. This was maybe five years ago. I hadn’t move out yet but she is well aware of my unwaivering love of needlepoint.
Chandelier: Restoration Hardware – here
Art: Yes, that is the $20.oo find from here. It’ll be gone soon.
Stripe tray under plant: IKEA
Butter dish: West Elm
White bowl with napkins: Pier One
Napkins: The white napkins are all cloths from Dollar Tree. The horse printed napkins I made from vintage fabric I found at the flea market.
Stacked placemats: Pier One purchased at the same time as the white bowl
Blue and white fabric: IKEA curtains
Pink table runners: IKEA
Bamboo shades: Overstock
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I love graph paper. Seriously. We get along really well and always have. My mother used to purchase graph paper for me and I would sketch for hours. I would sketch room layouts and houses. Usually, I’d draw out the house floor plans and then I laid out each room. I remember drawing many houses with large, curving staircases. It was the jam.
I still do this. My notebooks, particularly those I travel with, are littered with diagrams of furniture, floor plans and basic good times. I will draw the same room multiple times – sometimes they are different but sometimes I just want to be sure it looks right. It’s pretty awesome and I feel like doing it right now but I’ll refrain. Instead, I will share my most recent sketches. (Keep in mind I’ve probably drawn something else since I drafted this post.)
The first image is of The Mister and I’s four dining room options.
We liked option C the best, so I created a quick page with more detail.
This page served a larger purpose of listing questions for the carpenter, as it is unlikely I’ll be able to meet him due to my work schedule. I love The Mister but he’s not as detailed orientated as I am.
We decided against the full wall of storage – Option A and referred to here. We were fearful it would look imposing and it would eat a lot of our floorspace. Option C was preferred as it provided storage and The Mister likes the idea of a bench or a banquette (if you’re nasty). The inspirational for it was here.
Did anyone pick up on the Janet Jackson reference?
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My Wishful Wednesday: Restoration Hardware Lighting post is one of my popular entries. Daily, it’s listed under my Top 5 posts. In it I highlight the Chelsea and Alexandria chandelier from Restoration Hardware and Crate and Barrel’s Vivian Chandelier. I purchased the Alexandria for our dining room and recently realized that I never posted a photo of it in our home.
This is it over our dining table.
Then, I judged myself for the way the dining room looks. You can see the messy table covered with Christmas tree decorations in the right of the photo. My sewing machine is sitting in the bottom left hand corner. The two bird prints look odd at the top of the wall by themselves. You can see the edges of the oriental folding screen on either side. I decided to move them together and this is what that looked like.
I’m not sure about much of the dining room except for the Alexandria chandelier and my chairs from Pier 1. We painted most of our house the green color. I’m ready to change it in our dining and attached living room to a neutral. The folding screen was placed in the dining room after being removed from our bedroom. Our dining table is from West Elm. It is a bit too large for the area, a round table would fit better in our space. So, we’re open to selling the table. Anyone interested?
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