I promised everyone I knew, specifically my mother and mother-in-law that now that I had a dishwasher I would learn to cook...
But first I needed the perfect table!
Ryan and I knew we wanted something simple and traditional. I have a habit of trying to buy everything "interesting" but when every piece is a standout, the overall room becomes more chaotic and less special.
Therefore, as much as I would have loved to buy a rustic table reclaimed from a barn, or a fabulous french cafe table complete with carerra marble on top, iron legs, and black tulip chairs (okay I've thought about this once or twice)...I decided to go with a traditional aka safe choice.
I really did fall in love with our table from Potterybarn:
And I am still patiently waiting for these tufted nail head trim chairs:
At $329 a chair, if I saved $1 a day...a set of 6 would be mine in 5 1/2 years :)
I knew I wanted to bring real bold graphic elements into my dining room. I totally had my heart set on this Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis Wallpaper:
While I still would give my left arm for one roll of this wallpaper...I decided to try a different approach. My dining room flows right into my living room, which already has the graphic tile print pillows:
I kept the window treatments simple and light with these ivory opaque linen panels from West Elm:
Here are some of my favorites:
The hardest part of the whole project was to make sure the frames were perfectly lined up. But I think it came out great.
Here's how my dining room has progressed over the past year: (This proves good design does not happen over night, it's a process of finding your voice)
September 2009: Don't you love the previous owner's staging techniques? :)
December 2009: I thought I needed something graphic, so I added these medallion curtains:
But as the rest of my house was shaping up, I realized this raspberry and chocolate color palette was what I would have had in my apartment, but wasn't what I wanted in my new house.
What I love most, is that with this bold yet simple backdrop I can swap out the graphic elements, including the paper...and even my table linens when I grow tired of one look.
I haven't given up on my Imperial Trellis dream...maybe one day in my office?
And don't worry the medallion curtains found a home in my upstairs guest room (I'll post reveal pics soon)...and the Chocolate Velvet are for sale :) Anyone interested?
Where to buy:
Modern Light Fixture: West Elm
Oversized Chrome Curtain Rods: West Elm
Table Runner: Crate & Barrel
Candlesticks & Candles: Potterybarn
Glass Container & Lemons: Potterybarn
Espresso Microsuede Chairs: My mom got me these awesome chairs from WALMART! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??? She bought them for my basement card table (a later post...let's just say it consists of 1 fabulous table almost 100 years old, my parents, some stain, etc.)...but until I save up for my nail head trip beauties (see my comment above) these will do just brilliantly!