January 26, 2011

Making a Statement with Reflection

January 17, 2011

Dining Room Renovation

My husband did an amazing job installing our dark, hand-scraped engineered wood floors. This weekend we purchased our new floor trim which is a few inches taller than the previous trim.  Soon I will paint this trim to match the chair rail and crown molding - which will complete painting in the dining room. 

Now comes the fun part - picking out our furniture.  We envision white furniture, pulling in both new and vintage pieces.  
Loving the Norfolk table from Pottery Barn.  It's rustic, white finish is exactly what we are looking for.  

Vintage french chairs and two arm chairs with feed sack cushions would go perfectly with the white, rustic table.

The nook in the dining room gives way to a short buffet.  We are looking for something like this to place in the nook, adorned with silver accessories on top (candlesticks, vases, etc.).

Next will come a shabby chic china cabinet which will house all of our entertaining pieces.  We have several white and silver pieces so all of those will find a new home and make it easier for me to find everything - one stop shop!  The china cabinet will go on the opposite wall from the buffet.  

And to top it all off - a new chandelier.  This type of chandelier will bring an additional feel of intimacy along with a contrast of luxury to the shabby chic feel of the dining room.

To tie in the look of the dining room from the entrance of our home, I would love to find a bench like the one below to place under the staircase.

Eventually, when all is said and done, we hope to create a room that will accommodate to dinner parties with friends and family, as well as a room where we can sit and enjoy a romantic dinner with no sense of urgency to leave the table.

January 15, 2011

Wishing There Was More Time in the Day!

 All of the pictures below contain concepts and design ideas I would love to incorporate in our new home, like yesterday.  But time stands in the way.  Eventually we will get there, eventually...