After all the shenanigans with no power this month and the push to complete the contract that I've been doing, we finally got the dining room painted.
It is always delightful to go in a different direction; it forces you to rethink the placement of art, furniture, and other accessories.
While the room is not technically finished - we will be adding crown molding around the ceiling in the next few weeks, it is basically done and thought you might all like a look!
This time last week, the furniture was huddled together in the center of the dining room.
What a difference in a week makes!
|I think we have determined that we'll paint the chandelier a lovely ivory hue...|
The pale blue, Benjamin Moore's breath of fresh air, has lightened the whole room. So has angling some furniture to get away from the dreaded "lined along the wall look" which I am forced to do in some rooms because of all the doorways, but which I loathe...
Looking in from the living room, you can see we angled the coach and placed the drop -leaf table in back behind. I slip-covered the herringbone tweed coach to lighten it up and added beautiful painterly throw pillows.
|I love the pale green opening on to the pale blue.|
|The pillows were mostly purchased from Chapters and are the bluebellgray collection. They are linen and gorgeous!|
The pale blue nubby one was bought at Target for $7!
We also moved the china hutch down to this far end of the room. I like it because now you can see the Wedgwood china, which, along with my mother's portrait, begat the colour scheme.
|The painting is one of a few we have by my artist friend Janice Wright Cheney, who is an award winning artist who shows her pieces everywhere. You can read more about Jan here. I think we bought this painting in 1989.|
|Love the Wedgwood!|
You can see my mother's portrait really pops against the light blue wall:
And exactly opposite the couch, in the far corner, the small liquor cart awaits a visit. I can advise that Barry did visit it last evening...
|Dani - do you recognize that sketch of Chateauneuf de Mazanc above the chair?|
Wondered if you bought one while there as well!
We traded heavy curtains for lovely printed sheers. We don't need curtains for privacy here - our dining room faces trees - but it is nice to have something to pull across when the sun gets hot.
The room feels fresh, and seems to lighten my great-grandparent's heavy oak table and chairs.
All in all, a great success. Nick the Painter can't come back till September, so am kind of hoping that Barry the painter steps in before then, as now the hallway looks dreadful...
Isn't that always the way? You do one space, which pushes you to do another space, and so on and so on....
We are delighting in these pale colours after years of rich, heavy hues. And while I still love those dark colours, I am finding the new schemes very soothing and restful.
Hope you liked the little tour!