I know, I know. I'm a designer. My own house is supposed to be spectacular, right? Well, the old adage about the cobbler's family never having shoes, the landscaper's family having no front lawn, and the accountant being late with his own taxes can hold true for the designer as well. I have plenty of client work right now (a blessing!) and so I've ignored my own abode because, frankly, there are only so many hours in a day. We moved in last October and I've not done much to the place. I've wanted to take my time, think it through, make good choices, blah, blah, blah. But the truth of the matter is that my house is depressing me and it's time to make it look like someone lives here!
Oh, there's another thing. A pesky little word called BUDGET. ("Budget," you are my nemesis...)
So, here's my dining room as-is. Be nice, folks. No judgment. Oh, who am I kidding? Judge away. This is real life, y'all:
The table came from Goodwill. It's a good table for the space, and I like it's shape. The thing has two more leaves so I can feed an army if I ever wanna move this sucker around the corner into the living room for Thanksgiving and make it bigger. But it needs a little update---my plan is to take it outside, give it a good once-over with the electric sander, and paint it in high-gloss black.
The Ghost Chairs are staying. You can say whatever you want about Ghost Chairs being "so over," but I won't care. They really work for this space---they are visually light and help keep the dining area from overwhelming the shoebox room. I also think they are design classics and I love them. So they can be "so over" and I'm still keeping them in my house. I am considering moving the two chairs at the head and foot of the table to my office and replacing them with fun upholstered smallish wingbacks.
Paint: the walls are plaster and currently painted in an almond color. Somehow, it gives the entire room a dingy feeling. I think fresh white paint is needed. I did consider a color---many different options of a color---and finally realized that I love white. The original wood trim and the black table will give this room enough weight and I want the rest of the room to feel fresh and breezy. Our house is an old, original Craftsman with a lot of the original wood still intact in the interiors, so we need to be very careful not to let the rooms become too heavy, too dark, or too "grandma."
The light fixture will stay for the time being---until I can find a suitable replacement.
For that bare wall right next to the window, I have this 3 foot by 3 foot painting I did recently. It's not Michelle Armas, but it's mine and it'll do. (It's also within my budget since I got the canvas 40% off at Hobby Lobby and already had the paint onhand.)
Facing the windows, on the other side of the small room, is this buffet situation. I love the buffet (a great find at the Rose Bowl Flea Market with my sister. Which reminds me: Jill, can we plan for another Rose Bowl foray soon?) I think the buffet will be set up as a bar. And I'd love to find a great table lamp for one side of the buffet---something very over-the-top Chinoiserie or in a great emerald color... And these walls needs some art so, so, so bad.
So, here's where I'm starting:Pottery Barn, on sale. I had these at my last house and feel they are a great quality for the price. I love that they hang on drapery hooks, giving a more expensive look. And I love that, if I change my mind about them down the road, there will be no tears about the price:
I will be hanging the white panels to flank the windows. The hardware will be this antique brass situation from Restoration Hardware. Since the windows go all the way to the walls, I'm not using finials---just flush end caps. I think I'll like this look---a little streamlined and modern to counteract the old wood mouldings:
At my local JoAnn's, I was searching for some Greek Key trim when I found this amazing kelly green grosgrain ribbon:
My photo is terrible and gives the ribbon a little bit of a blue hue, but in person this ribbon is a striking, deep kelly green. I fell instantly for the color and bought two sizes. I am going to add it to the drapery panels as trim. I am thinking of doing something like this:
(I've had this picture on my desktop for so long that I can't seem to find the source. Does anyone know where this photo originated? My apologies to the designer/source. I really hate not crediting a source.)
I will post more when I get some of these projects up. Right now, I'm waiting for my Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn selections to arrive. I think getting the windows dressed will be a great start and I'm hoping it will energize me to tackle the rest of the dining room!
Any suggestions for me?