Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Dining Room To Be...

I basically have my entire future house planned out in my mind, which all of my home-owner/home shopping friends have told me can lead to nothing but disappointment...But honestly? I can't help myself! I see gorgeous pieces and I instinctively imagine how they would look in their "ideal setting" (aka my house...Natch.)

This board is a very rough sketch of what I have bouncing around in my head with regards to my future dining room...



The Breakdown:

The wall colour is Coventry Grey by Benjamin Moore. We have this colour in our present space, and I absolutely adore it...so I think I'll stick with the tried and true in this case.

The wallpaper here is from Target, and it's been discontinued...it's not ideal anyways. I am sure we'll wind up with wallpaper from Romo Designs. I just can't get enough of them!

The gorgeous Edison Chandelier from the Pottery Barn is a true show-stopper. I love it's Industrial Chic-vibe...a little nod to my husband's engineering roots.

The grey upholstered Cody Chairs from West Elm will sit at either end of the table to balance the vintage chairs we purchased mid-month, which I will be reupholstering (in the same-ish fabric as the Cody chair) and spraying (cream or white...) when I have spare moment.

The Angle Leg Table is in the cards for the next couple of weeks. It's expandable with self-contained leaves. It's the perfect piece to really grow with us. Our initial idea was to go Ikea and just trash it when we buy, but why waste $200+?

The drapes shown here are Pottery Barn velvet blinds, but I'd definitely go with the Thai Silk drapery from Restoration Hardware if we were talking our forever home.

The Madison Distressed Convex Mirror from Restoration Hardware makes my heart happy...but the $675 price tag leaves me with visions of a diy tutorial to come.

I already own the Glamour Clock and it's one of my favourite pieces. I think it would fit perfectly in my dining room for a bit of sparkle and polish.

Well...I guess I'll just continue to patiently wait for "Snowmageddon"...here`s hoping for a snow day tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Easy-Peasy Art Project...



This art project is perfect for pulling a room together. It's inexpensive, AND it's easy...double bonus!!

All you need to complete this project is:

-Two canvases in the size of your choice
-Three or four paint colours that coordinate with your space (try picking from a fabric or bedspread in the space for a super-easy palette...you can also "layer" colours for more depth by picking different shades in the same family) Buy $3 test pots for the best quality paints.
-A neutral background colour (cream or white)
-Painter's tape in various widths
-Paint brushes

Instructions:

1. Paint the canvas with two coats of your white or cream paint.
2. Randomly space your tape to create nice straight stripes in various sizes.
3. After you have taped out the stripes, apply a light coat of your background paint over top of your tape, paying special attention to the seams. This will prevent the paint from bleeding through.
4. Allow the paint to dry fully.
5. Paint stripes in a pattern of your choice.
6. Remove the tape before the paint dries to avoid peeling.

You don't have to be an artist to create simple, custom art pieces for your home...you just have to give this simple technique a try! Let me know if you do!
I'll show you how I used these pieces in my bedroom when I do the reveal later on this week.