Wednesday, November 11, 2009

designBoard: Our Dining Room

Now that Azalea has joined the family, putting together my designBoard for our dining room was a breeze.

I already had many of these items and once I decided on lavender as a color, I picked up a few more (on a budget, of course). I'm thrilled to see that Azalea fits in perfectly with all of her friends - they will make a lovely little ensemble.

Cue the board...

Let's start with the paint. Carter and I really like how the stripe turned out. The paint colors are Hearts of Palm and Rice Paddy by Sherwin Williams (HoP is what we used in the main area of our house, and RP is what we painted the kitchen).

Here's a view of the current state of the dining room (sorry for the photography):

Table is a beloved hand-me-down from Carter's family - chairs are a Craigslist find (haven't gotten around to painting that last one) as is the china cabinet (which will be getting a paint job - probably a glossy black). You can see a faint hint of the tea cart in the right corner that houses our bar.

Those are the ivory drapes that will be replaced by Azalea (the current fabric is actually great, but bland for this room).

I picked up the solid moiré fabric you see in the board at the fabric shop this weekend. It was a 2-yard remnant in the perfect shade of lavender...I'm thinking about covering the chair seats with it.

One thing I of course had was my beautiful wedding china - Derby Panel Green. That was probably the starting point for the whole room (and possibly my house!) Shown here is the salad plate. And those to-die-for octagonal bamboo chargers are from Caspari (I a-d-o-r-e Caspari...sometimes I want to use their napkins as wallpaper). They were a splurge, but I had some birthday money to play with :)

To complement this place setting, I asked for some linen napkins monogrammed with our initial in lavender for Christmas. And that little plum rosette I found on for $3 - I ordered enough to make some napkin rings (by attaching them to ribbon).

The dining room would be lacking without some touches of Chinoiserie.  I found the Chinese silhouette print and the adorable pagoda salt and pepper shakers on eBay. The coral pierced urn (from HomeGoods) also has a Chinoiserie flair and will inject the room with a little pop of color.

The chandelier in the picture of our dining room was here when we bought the house - I really like it, but the scale is a bit small for the room. I will be replacing it with one that is similar to the one on the design board (ours has ten arms) that I found on Craigslist for $30. My plan is to paint it...color TBD.

The wild card is the greek key trim. I might let loose and use it as trim on my drapes.

And there is one more little decorative accessory that I have not shared on the board...I'm saving that one for tomorrow.


  1. Fabulous! What about the chandelier in coral? Check out my post The Perfect Chinoiserie Dining Room and check out the nailhead trim on the chairs that are similar to yours. I can't wait to see it all done.

  2. (SR2...shhh...I was thinking coral but I'm keeping it a secret...I think that color would look dynamite and pop with that urn in the room)

    LOVE the nailhead trim on the chairs from your post. I think I will incorporate that into my chair seat recovering - great idea!

  3. Sherrye R.11/18/2010

    Love, Love the greek key trim! Where did you find it. I have been playing with my newly painted master bedroom for weeks now and I think "that" trim would just "make the curtains. I might go with a stock/store bought curtain and jazz them up! May have to take some pics and get your input!


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