Category Archives: dining rooms
Oh my goodness, what a week! It was seriously down to the wire getting everything ready and I could really go for a nap right about now, but I am so excited to share with you the final result!
If you’re new here, welcome! You can catch up on the weekly progress posts and get the full story with these links:
Are you ready for the reveal? A little reminder of what I started with:
Here’s what my living-dining room looks like now:
I brought in purples and blues with pillows, art, and other accessories. The fact that all the big pieces are neutral in color, makes the space versatile and will allow us to very easily switch out the colors whenever the mood strikes.
We also added a black vintage-inspired ceiling light fixture which was custom made by a fellow small business.
lamp | art – top left, top right, bottom right
pillows: purple textured, blue velvet, floral, navy zig zag
What do you think? I hope you love the space as much as I do. Thank you so much for following along and cheering me on throughout these past six weeks!
Big thank you to Linda, the creator and organizer behind the One Room Challenge, for including me this season. I enjoyed the journey and I am delighted with the result.
Big thank you also to my husband who helped me on weekends and evenings with most of the assembling, installing, hanging, etc.
Shout out to all my sponsors, who generously contributed product to help my vision come to life: Karastan Carpet – Apt2B – Bellacor – Sarah Swanson – Minted – Lowes – Lucent Lighting – Urban Home – O’verlays – Bassett Mirror Company – Mark & Graham – NDI – Parima Studio
Be sure to check out the reveals of the other 19 talented ladies who did this challenge with me and worked hard to beautifully transform their rooms. So much eye candy!:
Apartment 34 / Because it’s Awesome / Coco+Kelley / Design Darling / Design Indulgence / Design Manifest / Christine Dovey / The English Room / Vanessa Francis / Hi Sugarplum / Honey We’re Home / Jojotastic / The Pink Clutch / The Pink Pagoda / Simplified Bee / Style Your Senses / A Thoughtful Place / Kimberly Whitman / The Zhush
Summary of Sources:
Living Area – sponsored sources:: rug | arm chair | seagrass basket | side table | watercolor paintings in three white frames | gallery wall art – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 | small clear lamp | black vintage inspired ceiling light fixture (custom) || other sources:: blue velvet pillows | floral pillow | navy zig zag pillows | purple pillows | sofa | white tray | gold round mirrored tray | blue lacquered box | throw
Dining Area – sponsored sources:: dining chairs | dining table | custom abstract art | custom greek key pattern for ikea expedit hack | napkin rings | double gourd lamps | fiddle leaf tree | organizational bin || other sources:: white linen table runner | chambray linen napkins | natural water hyacinth placemats | gold flatware | tall black mirrors | boxwood topiary
photography by Stephanie Godfrey
Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been MIA here lately. Have been really busy working hard behind the scenes on setting up a foundation for the shop to grow to the next level.
I wanted to share with you photos from a fun home tour shoot we did late last year, just before we moved out of our Los Angeles condo. The shoot was for the stylish pet friendly living website Pretty Fluffy and features my furry lovable companion, Little Foot. Photos were taken by the sweet and talented photographer Alicia Rius of Frame Your Pet.
This was a one-bedroom condo we had purchased back in 2008 and lived in for a few years, then decided to rent out for awhile (during which time we lived in this home), then moved back in for a couple of months before selling it so we could move closer to family and get something with more office space.
The Kind Diet, Superfood Kitchen, The Alkaline Way, Oh She Glows Cookbook, My Father’s Daughter, The Gluten-Free Vegan, Joyous Health // kitchen rug
One of my favorite things about the space was that it was light and bright. I loved the fresh paint color which we carried throughout the kitchen, dining space and living room.
This spot near the window in the dining space is where Little Foot always loved to sit in the morning to catch some sunlight.
We kept Little Foot’s toys stored in a stylish magazine holder, which made it easy to move from space to space and keep them out of sight when not in use.
This was my office space, a corner of the living room. Small, but functional.
I loved having these two tall bookcases flanking the fireplace. They added height to the space and provided great storage for our books and my collection of magazines.
Little Foot’s second favorite spot to hang out was right on top of the sofa. I think he liked it because it gave him a view of outside and allowed him to watch over the home, like a king.
In our bedroom we went bold with dark blue paint on the walls, and dressed up the bed with Arianna Belle pillows, of course!
For more photos and a Q&A interview with me, check out the Pretty Fluffy feature.
All photos by FRAME YOUR PET
As mentioned in a previous post, earlier this month, Style Me Pretty Living, one of my favorite lifestyle sites, featured a tour of my previous home. Since the feature went up, I’ve received inquires about the sources of some things, so I thought I’d post a complete list here for anyone else who may also be curious to know. Because the apartment was a rental that we planned to live in for only about 2 years or so and we had other priorities financially, when it came to decorating and furnishing it, we did so on a small budget, splurging only on a few select pieces. BTW, this post from 2012 shows a few photos of what the place looked like when we first moved in!
sofa – Crate and Barrel (crazy comfortable!) , pillows – Arianna Belle, blue abstract artwork – commissioned from Parima Studio, gold square wall frames – Target (they were originally silver and I spray painted them), white tufted ottoman – Target, round gold mirrored tray – World Market, large white tray – West Elm, coasters – Anthropologie, small gold bowl – Target, blue rug – Overstock, sunburst mirror – Home Depot (a total steal!), turquoise vases – Target, double gourd lamps – Overstock, black side tables – Ikea, white media unit – Ikea – customized it by painting the back blue, small light blue lacquer box – Swing Design, sheepskin – Ikea, paint color – Horseradish C15-1 by Olympic
white pendant light – Lamps Plus, white round tulip table – Ikea, clear acrylic chairs – Ikea, gold flatware – West Elm, black and white placemats – Serena and Lily, paint color – Horseradish C15-1 by Olympic
gold tray – West Elm, glass decanter – Target, french opaline turquoise glasses – vintage (you can find similar ones on eBay, Etsy, and flea markets), white shelves – Ikea, pot rack – Ikea, stainless steel mixing bowls – Joss and Main, blue treat jar – Homegoods, cookbooks – It’s All Good, The Kind Diet, My Father’s Daughter, Eating the Alkaline Way, Crazy Sexy Kitchen, Superfood Kitchen, Barefoot Contessa at Home
floor lamps – Ikea, white duvet cover – Bed Bath and Beyond, embroidered sheet set – BlissLiving Home, pillows – Arianna Belle, silver frames – Target, patterned fabric boxes – Blissliving Home, white shag rug – Rugs USA, benches – Rose Bowl Flea Market, paint colors – Olympic Pounding Surf and Freshwater
white desk – Ikea, leopard pillow – Arianna Belle, shelving unit – Ikea, rug – Overstock , doube gourd lamps – Target, black quatrefoil mirror – Target, artwork – Parima Studio, turquoise binders – Office Depot, orange tray – West Elm, file box – Office Depot
Q: The base of my Docksta table gets dirty easily from people resting their feet on it, how do you keep yours clean?
A: Magic Erasers!
Q: How did you hide the wires and cords of your wall mounted TV in your living room?
A: We used these cable management covers we found on Amazon. I’ve also seen similar ones at home improvement stores.
All photography by Esther Sun
I have a new post up on La Dolce Vita featuring the beautiful combination of lavender and cream.
Click on over for a little color inspiration and a round-up of items for getting the look.
image sources: 1- unknown, 2-design by meredith heron | photography by Stacey Brandford via style at home
I saw this and immediately thought, genius!
Three full length mirrors placed side-by-side to add height, impact and spaciousness. The vertical lines of the mirrors draw the eye up and make the space feel taller. The reflections of the mirrors duplicate distance, depth and light, visually expanding the space to make it feel larger and brighter. Such a smart design trick. Love also that this can easily be recreated on a budget!
image: Hilary Swank’s New York apartment, photography by Bruce Katz 2002
The dining room is one of the spaces I’ve neglected in our home and is in need of a little attention. It’s a small little space that is open to the living room. Since moving in, all we’ve done is bring in the clear chairs we had from our previous home, a white tulip table, and white curtains. The owners of the home (we’re renters) left their chandelier and we’ve left it up because, well, it’s functional. It’s not really our style though and I’ve been itching to change it out.
I’ve been keeping an eye out for light fixtures that I like (and aren’t ridiculously expensive). Below is a round-up of what I’ve found so far. Some of them aren’t right for the space but thought they were worth sharing here, for any of you out there who may also be on the hunt for the right light fixture.
#1 is beautiful but it’s probably a bit too fancy for our home. #2 has a fun vibe to it, though I’m not sure if it would emit sufficient light. #3 is a strong contender – I love it’s simple elegance. #4 is clean, simple and my husband’s favorite. There’s also this one, which is similar and I like. #5 is really cool and I love that it’s handmade by a fellow small business owner. It’s also the most budget friendly. Given the current chairs we have though, bringing this in would probably be too many clear elements in the space. Perhaps if I got new chairs… (haha I wish! …not in the budget right now)
If you happen to come across a light fixture you think I’d like and is reasonably priced, feel free to send it my way. I’m open to options.
There’s something about wicker that just adds a lovely casual warmth to a space. Love it used in chairs for dining spaces both outdoors and in:
More wicker: baskets
image sources: 1-found via sacramento street, 2-via pinterest, 3-via pinterest, 4- via houzz, 5-architectural digest, 6-via cote de texas, 7-photography by francois halard for house & garden, june 2004
Love the idea of using sofa seating in a dining area. It’s pleasantly unexpected and helps create a comfortable casual feel:
image credits: 1- unknown, 2- atlanta homes mag, 3- southern living, 4- slettvoll, 5-via things that inspire, 6- via be mine interior design, 7- tracery interiors via atlanta home and lifestyle, 8- lonnymag, 9- house beautiful, 10- martha o’hara interiors, 11- via my home ideas, 12- coastal living, 13- photography by virginia mcdonald via style at home
…french cafe bistro chairs…
See my previous post on french bistro chairs here.