First, a huge thank you for your sweet comments on yesterday's post. I was flattered. Many of you commented on the colors and I was lucky to have an interior designer help me choose the colors of my dining room walls and furniture.
Now, onto our dining room, I wasn't able to completely finish my dining room. Don't get me wrong - I think our dining room has come a long way, but the finishing details are definitely lacking.
- Painting of chandelier, hanging my federal eagle mirror and accessorizing. So, here is our
Dining Room BEFORE:
Dining Room AFTER:
It definitely is brighter and softer. The wall color provides a calming backdrop, the natural rug is perfect for everyday use, the roman shades (more below) provide that much needed dose of color and pattern and the painted table and chairs help break up all the gold tones in the room.
Another picture of the painted sideboard with the unhung mirror. You can see the chandelier I was suppose to paint and never got around to it.
The DwellStudio Gate Citrine fabric used for my roman shades. Isn't it lovely? Melissa from Windows by Melissa really did a fantastic job (yet again). They're perfect for our dining room.
If you need window treatments, don't hesitate to contact her! She is a pleasure to work with. Well, that is our dining room - What do you think?
Stay tuned for tomorrow, because I will be hosting an amazing giveaway from Melissa!! It's a doozy!
With all the craziness, I've been slow to post some of my finished projects. And, once the baby arrives (due this Sunday) I know I won't have time.So, here is the sideboard I found at a tag sale for $25.
BEFORE (Post Sanding)
It wasn't the best quality, but it was the perfect size for our small dining room. If you remember from this post, I decided to paint it BM Pale Avocado and add this hardware.
I haven't hung my antique gold federal style (eagle) mirror above the sideboard because we're moving in less than a month and I really don't want to put new holes in the wall. So, here is the sideboard now.
The other day, I placed my mirror on the sideboard to see how it would look. I'm dying to hang it - I think it would go perfectly above the sideboard.
I found that mirror at an antique store for $45. I love it. The sideboard has a collections of items which I love and found at various places. I know my orchid looks in bad shape; I can not for the life of me keep orchids alive.
And, do you spy some DwellStudio Gate Citrine fabric in the reflection of the mirror? More on that tomorrow - I will reveal my dining room (as it currently stands) and will show you what an awesome job Melissa from Windows by Melissa did on my roman shades! Stay tuned!
Over the past couple of months, I've been helping my friend with her dining room. It's been lots of fun seeing progress being made. I hope to do a before and after at some point, but in the meantime I wanted to let you in on a little tip.
Jewel Jute Rug
I suggested this particular rug, pictured above, for her dining room. She wanted a casual look, low maintenance and wanted it to be soft underfoot. (I remember seeing this rug on another blog, but I can't remember where - sorry.)
Well, I saw it for the first time yesterday and it's wonderful. Not only is it affordable, but it's low pile and soft! And, it has the killer diamond pattern! She loves it too. And, if you're worried about durability - she has 2 kids under the age of five, a dog and a cat. It's perfect for her household. Anyway, if you're looking for a recommendation - this one comes highly recommended!! You can purchase it here.
PS: Natural Area Rugs did not sponsor this post in anyway. This is strictly our own opinion.
DwellStudio introduces their new furniture collection for the modern home, created for Precedent. They take the mid-century modern design and gave it a face lift. I have to say I am definitely smitten.
Christiane Lemieux with a George sofa upholstered in Thistle fabric
What is cool about this line is that DwellStudio offers furniture that is clean lined and modern, but you can snazz it up with a variety of fabrics.
Mallory Chairs upholstered in Casablanca Geo Citrine
It's hard to resist fall's temptation of layering patterns of tartan and plaid for visual impact. While browsing Lisa Sherry's blog, I stumbled across this amazing bathroom with plaid tile. Yes, you heard me right, a plaid tiled floor!!! How awesome!
Did you have a chance to browse the most recent issue of Lonny this past weekend? I did and fell in love with Lisa Sherry's home in Charlotte. I adored her entryway with the lime green front door and the round metal table with the huge metallic vase. I decided to browse her portfolio and wasn't disappointed. She is super talented!
This is a home in Charlotte she designed and I loved every detail of it.
First a little background......Since we'll be in Vienna, Austria for a short time (9 months) we needed to find a furnished place. When I first realized this I was disappointed because I really wanted an unfurnished place. Why? I wanted to decorate it, silly!! I already had the vision created and it was going to be cool, urban and funky.
But, reality kicked in, and with a newborn and a toddler (and not to mention only 9 months) and how realistic would this be?
Everyone told us to look outside of Vienna mainly because it's better for families, more space, more land and it'll be cheaper. I was attracted to cheaper part, but, we won't have a car. And, I didn't want to be stuck in a house all day.
Besides, I'm a city girl at heart. I mean we have a chance to go to Vienna and I want to be where all the action is!!
While searching, I found Viennese apartments that were suitable, but I have to say they were so poorly decorated I just couldn't bring myself to even consider them. I guess you can say I'm a snob that way. But, I wanted it all - great district, walking distance from everything, true Viennese character (herringbone floors and high ceilings), and large windows with potential for a lot of light.
I know a pipe dream.
Then, one day I found it!! It was like the clouds opened up and choir started to sing!! It was over our price range, but we decided to talk to owners hoping that a longer rental of 9 months would be a bargaining chip to negotiate an affordable price. It turns out that it was! The owners are incredible (American and Austrian) who live in Maryland, but spend their Christmas and summer holidays in Vienna. They have two small children and it all just clicked.
The kicker?? The location is killer (6th district right - one block from the 1st district) in the Museumsquartier next to Naschmarkt (most popular food and flea market) and three blocks from my son's school and walking distance to the University (my husband's work). I mean - does it get any better??
Our apartment is in a historically protected building and has a elevator. This was important (not a deal breaker) but since I will have stroller, a baby, a toddler and groceries to carry this will make life easier. This is the foyer of our apartment building....
Aren't the details gorgeous? A little different from the cape cod that I'm living in right now! :) The first thing that attracted me to this apartment were the floors - yes, ladies and gentlemen, the apartment has herringbone floors!!
This is the living room. And, below is the other side of this room which is the eating/dining area. Love those large windows!!
Below is the master. I like how everything is sparsely decorated and not cluttered. You really enjoy the architectural elements of the apartment. How about those french doors leading on to the living room!
The children's room. This will be Luke's room - he nearly fell off his chair when he saw the playscape in the bedroom!!
And, the kitchen! This kitchen is considered quite modern and large for a european city! I am so happy we have a little table and chairs where we can have breakfast in the mornings!
So, those are all the pictures for the moment! I'm just so thankful we found this apartment in such a great location (walking distance from everything). I'm looking forward to sharing our time over there with you all!! Can't wait!