Showing posts with label restoration hardware. Show all posts
Showing posts with label restoration hardware. Show all posts

Thursday, October 6

Dining Room Makeover...Again!

As promised...it's time to get back to the fun, fluffy design stuff. Real life is still complicated and hard but one way to get over it is for me to make our living spaces pretty. And then to completely redo those same spaces a couple of years later. Ha! So about a year or so ago, I went shopping to finish decorating the office for Mr. Difficult (OH...which, because of my extended hiatus, I still haven't shown you...more to come on that!) at our local Restoration Hardware outlet store and found this - our dream table on super sale for less than $1,000!

I literally hopped on it and bought it without hesitation. Big mistake. First, I found out it was way too big for our room. Later we realized the reason for it's ridiculous markdown (normally more than $5,000) was that the beautiful reclaimed hardwood was warped, which makes for a fun nightly dinner game of "who can avoid spilling their drink on the curvy table" each night. But did I mention it was like 1,000% off? Oh and that I am the world's most impatient person? But you know that by now.

Anywhoooo...it seated more people than our old, very banged up black Pottery Barn table that we bought for our first apartment and it is gorgeous, so we overlooked it's flaws. When it was delivered, I realized a total dining room makeover was necessary. Yay! And recently, I decided to finish the room. Here it is....ta daaaaa!!!




I love love love the way it came out! It's cozy yet still kind of formal. It's useable without being worn down looking. So let's break it down...You already know about the table. The chairs are all from Homegoods and were a steal! I was really iffy about chairs in this room. I wanted fabric but I have a 9 year old son who is MES-SY. So finding these chairs on sale means that if he messes them up (which he will) I won't be heartbroken. Ok...I will a little bit.

The bookshelves are Restoration Hardware  and are called the Parisian Cornice Single Shelving. And get this...if you join their membership program (like $100 for the year) you save a TON of money on everything on their site. These were normally $850 but as a member they were reduced to $637 each. You can do the math...totally worth joining. Here's a pic from their website. You can see that it's not really a typical choice for china but because the table is so darn big, I couldn't fit a huge cabinet. So I thought there were perfect.


As for styling them, that was easy. I finally broke out all of my china and crystal that we got...ahem...17 years ago when we got married. And while I'm living on the edge when soccer balls tend to fly around my house, it's worth taking the chance to have them on display.



The curtains were the biggest challenge for me in this room. I have purchased, no exaggeration, 8 different sets of curtains and then returned them all. The dark ones made the room feel small and the light ones made it feel like a hospital room. Some were expensive and some cheap. Just couldn't get it right. And just when I was about to give up, I found these panels at my favorite place on Earth....Target. Alas, because nothing is ever easy, they didn't come in the length I needed. So I ordered 5 panels instead of 4 and cut the extra panel into 4 and sewed them on the bottom of the others. And by sew I mean I used that webbing adhesive stuff and ironed them together cuz nobody got time to really sew. Here's a close up. Can you tell????


After all the pieces came together, I added the orchids and candles that I had elsewhere in the house and purchased a great platter (is that the right word?) on super sale from Pottery Barn.


And here is the evolution of this room. I still really love the most recent look - the teal blue with the black table but as I said before, the table wasn't big enough and had been rehabbed so many times it was starting to fall apart. The blue geometric chairs were cute but totally impractical because you couldn't sit on them and squeeze under the end of the table.


After we moved back into the house (2014)




Before construction (2012)


During Construction (2013)


When we first moved in. (2005)

How it looked when we bought it (previous owners)

So there ya go! ANOTHER version of this room. Former versions are all pasted below. Let's hope it's the last, but I think we can all agree it won't be.

Friday, May 8

Office Progress with Mr. Difficult!

Confession time...Mr. Difficult is turning out to be the easiest client ever, which is a total surprise. I know...I am supposed to be nice to him given all that's going on, but really EVERYONE is being nice to him right now. I feel like it's my job to keep things normal. That's what friend are for right?

Anyway, we are making progress designing the office. I created three mood boards for him to choose from.  I am excited to say he picked my favorite and here it is! The feeling I was going for was masculine but elegant, a combination or rustic elements but also refined. Very Restoration Hardware-esque.


The paint color we selected is Benjamin Moore's Evening Dove. It's a pretty blueish grey. There's enough light in that room (huge windows on one side and french doors that open to the light-filled family room on the other) that it can take a darker color. I think it's going to be gorg!



Here are the other two design options I presented to him. The first is navy blue and white with gold accents and some pops of color. We passed on this one because the existing furniture in the room is dark and we felt like in order to pull this look off, the furniture should be white or light. But I still love this look and we'll find another room in the house to use it (that's right...I ain't going nowhere!). 


The last look designed around an existing silver chair in the space. It's lighter and more feminine and is similar in style to the rest of the house. This would have been beautiful and elegant but we opted for option A to really make a statement.


We are painting soon and ordering the furniture...so stay tuned for the big reveal...that's if Mr. Difficult and I don't kill each other first. 

Friday, February 28

Living Room Reveal

I am excited to share the living room! As I said in a former post, I have to give credit where credit is due and say that I got my original inspiration for the board and batten wall (including the color) and the curtains….and, ok, I'll admit it, even the couch pillows from another blogger Life On Virginia Street. I don't normally copy things so closely but when we were in the middle of construction, I found a picture of her office and fell in love and then made it my own. 




First up is the dark grey wall which is painted in Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze in semi-gloss. The wall in our existing living room was plaster and when they started demo, it literally started falling apart. Replacing it with drywall meant adding insulation and losing precious space - which in this small room was important to us.  So I came up with the idea of adding wainscoting. I had always loved the board and batten look and we are so happy with how it turned out.  Here is the wall pre-paint during reno. 



Next up came the curtains.  Again - stolen directly from Sarah Stewart at Life on Virginia Street. The fabric is Kravet Riad in Clove.  More info here…Kravet It's pretty expensive normally but I found it on House of Fabric for less than $40 a yard. Pretty good deal.  I immediately sent the fabric to my mother - who is a master sewer and she went to work. The final product is gorgeous and about half the price if I had ordered them at retail price and had them made. Score!



The piano was a ridiculously generous gift from my parents. It is a stunning Kawai baby grand that my dad gave my mom for her 40th birthday. They loved hearing their grandkids plunk away on it over the holidays and shortly after had it shipped here. I was a music major in college so I couldn't be more excited. And the thought of the kids learning how to play makes us all really happy.


All of the pillows in the room he came from Etsy. The floral ones are a Schumacher fabric. The throw is from West Elm and is ridiculously soft. I also picked up the ceramic vases on the table there as well. The little topiaries are from Restoration Hardware. They are the only fake plants in our house. I have a strong dislike of fake plants otherwise. They always just seem dusty to me. 




The carpet is from Overstock and keeps the space from being too stuffy. The tables are from Lamps Plus which has some really great reasonably priced pieces. The couch is from Wayfair. I hated the pillows that came with it - so they went straight to the garbage and replaced with my much prettier ones. And the bench came from Homegoods


Take a look at this shot of the room after initial demo. 

The inspiration for the color scheme in this room came from a painting in inherited from my grandparents. I have no idea who it's by but I love it.  

I am so happy with the way it turned out. I think it's elegant without being stuffy. Bright without being too obnoxious. No doubt there are some really expensive pieces in here (piano!) but most of the other pieces I found on sale or found a less expensive version of something I saw at a higher end store. And it matches the powder room - which is visible from the living room. I'll post pictures of that later.

OH!  And of course…I can't forget about the gorgeous new stripes that I added on the stairway wall. I am not quite done with those yet - but I will post as soon as I do.

Just for fun…here are some pictures before.  And before before…..This is when we bought the house in 2005. My little one was LITTLE!! One to be exact.


And here is the living room last year. Pre-reno. 




What a difference a year makes!