Sunday, May 30, 2010

{my dining table}

I am so exciting about a recent addition to my dining room décor! Almost 3 years after moving in, I finally have a dining room table and I love it! I was on the hunt for a small sized round table (as my dining room is not that large), in a dark wood, and with a nice meaty base, here’s an example of a table I had been eyeing from Liberty:

This table was a bit out of my price range so I had to be patient! A couple of years later, this amazing table with similar styling popped up for literally less than 1/3 the price of the one that I had been coveting! Such a great deal…so I say it pays to be patient!! This table is from Sears, and it comes with a leaf to make it a larger oval shape when needed (bonus!):

And just look at the pretty base!

There in the background is our DIY aquarium that I posted about here, and just for fun, (and because everyone loves a good before and after!) here are a couple of before photos of the dining room before we purchased our home:

And now, aaahhh....much better:

We changed the flooring, painted, changed up the light fixtures, added baseboards and of course got rid of those crazy window treatments!

Here’s my little fur baby trying to get in on the picture taking action:

You can see we still have tons to do in here. I have so many plans in my head, but one slow step at a time. I can’t wait to reveal a fully finished dining room to you! Now I need dining chairs, and again I am on the hunt for a specific style, and trying really hard to be patient. Here are some dining rooms with the shape I am lovin’ right now:

The chair I am coveting most:

So yummy right?? The exact chair pictured above is the one I am lusting over, and it is not quite in my budget ($800 and up each, Liberty). There are several comparables, but I am waiting for a better deal to pop up! Here’s what I have found so far:

Restoration Hardware's Martine Chair ($349 and up)

Even Costco is carrying a chair in this lovely shape (and at a very reasonable price, $379 for 2) but if only there were fabric options!!!! Darn! I am dreaming of a velvety charcoal grey.

Has any one come across any similar chairs out there?? Well, for now, I am one step closer to a completed dining room with my yummy new table! Thanks for taking a peek! I'll be linking this post to Metamorphosis Monday's over at Between Naps on the Porch, be sure to head over there for some amazing before and afters!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

{black & white + dreamy chevron floors}

There’s something so classic and tailored about a black and white palette. Mix in oodles of paneling, heavy and extra-detailed crown moldings, and gorgeous French chevron floors, and you have a lethal combination every time!

To be exact, not all of the floors in the photos below are chevron, the herringbone pattern is similar but with a specific difference. With a chevron patterned floor (below left), the planks are set on the diagonal, and meet in a center line. The shortest edges are cut at an angle which is what creates an overall straight line. The herringbone pattern floor (below right) also has planks set diagonally, but the planks are interlaced. All the corners of the planks are cut at 90 degrees to achieve this layout. Both patterns use rectangular planks.

Here’s a neat and unusual laying of chevron floor where panels appear to be set in two directions, making an interesting pattern where the two directions meet.

photo via Per Ranung

I love the black walls in these rooms! I’m so happy black paint is in…

Another nice touch of black:

A few more lovely spaces:

via B&B Italia

via B&B Italia

These spaces are fancy and sophisticated but still inviting, airy and light-filled but still warm and cozy. And there is definitely something special about those time-worn floors that makes you feel like they've been there forever. I’d take any one of the spaces above, they are so inspiring to me!

Monday, May 24, 2010

{my charming new retro telephone}

You might remember I blogged about a cute little retro phone from Pottery Barn a while ago, you can read that post here … I had been eyeing this telephone for a while now and even mentioned I was hoping to receive it for my b-day, wink wink!! Well, my mom must read my blog or something cause guess who got a birthday present 4 weeks early?? ;) Woot woot! Isn’t it pretty?

And you should hear the cute ringtone, it actually contains a mechanical bell. How authentic! Great thing is, it still contains many 'modern' conveniences like redial and call waiting.

So happy to have added this cute little guy to my kitchen. Thanks Mom & Dad! Stay tuned because this week I'll be posting about another fab addition to my home, a new dining room table!! I'm now on the hunt for dining chairs, and I'll show you some photos of my inspiration thus far. Any exciting additions to your home décor lately? I would love to hear about them!!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

{lusting over lovely wallcoverings}

Don’t you just want to reach out and touch this textured, to-die-for, velvety wallcovering?

Lasari Flock via Romo

I’ve wanted to wallpaper the one wall behind our bed in the masterbedroom for a while now. There are so many amazing wallcovering trends out there right now, and I can’t decide what style I am lusting over most! I’d love to show you the ones I am drooling over, and maybe you can help me to decide! What style do you like best?

1. Medallion wallcoverings

After seeing the Lasari Flock wallcovering (pictured above) used in a masterbedroom on the tv show ‘Dear Genevieve’, I can’t get it out of my mind! This gorgeous paper can be found through Romo Designer Wallcoverings. Here's my favorite color way:

Other colors:

Lasari Flock via Romo

image via House & Home

This divine paper was used on the first season of Sarah's House (my favorite season to date) and is also available through Romo.

Kiku via Romo

image via Style at Home

Rubani via Romo

2. Simple Geometrics

I like the simple repeated shapes of these papers. You may recognize this first one – it is from Candice Olson’s line of wallpapers, and if you’ve caught recent episodes of Divine Design you’ll have noticed it in the background of her personal office! It’s quite stunning! Available through York Wallcoverings.

image via York Wallcoverings

image via York Wallcoverings

image via Style at Home

3. Wallpaper with a shimmery shine

Who can resist the glamour and luster of these silvery wallcoverings? You can probably already tell from some of the photos above that I am loving a little shimmer. I think with the right lighting in a room, these wallpapers would truly sing!

Folia wallcoverings via Romo

Kelly Wearstler's Imperial Trellis in Onyx Gloss via Schumacher

Simonii via Romo

So which of these 3 trends are you loving most? Do you have a specific favorite? Any amazing papers that I have missed? Thanks for your input everyone!

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