Dining Room Progress

It's been a long time coming... we finally got our dining room chairs recovered! Probably doesn't seem like a lot, but we've had the chairs for close to a year now and the fabric since, well, it's also been awhile…clearly, we're all about the baby steps around here. But progress is progress and you can't be mad at that. 


Citron overload. Just kidding.
 To be honest, it was a lot to take in on first glance, but the coordinating throw pillows (found on etsy for a steal) helped to tone it down a bit. Thankfully.


And obviously help to relate the color to the overall scheme of the room. 


Initially, I had my heart set on something more teal or turquoise but the citron certainly pops in this dark, moody space and helps tie in some of the other accessories, like the ginger jars on the sideboard. 


Speaking of teal, I found this cute octopus clad vessel at HomeGoods yesterday and I think it's the perfect addition to the table. Yeah for happy finds and for taking the serious level down a notch. No time for a fu-fu dining room. Good thing, too, because I'm thinking she's gonna stay like this for awhile. 

You've come a long way, girl. See all our progress here:

until next time, 

Dining Centerpiece Ideas

Finding the perfect centerpiece for the dining table can be tricky. Especially if it's a space seen often, but rarely used. It must look good at a moments notice, while requiring no maintenance on a daily basis, but also having the ability to be "dressed up" for a special occasion. 


Two of my go-to favorites are: Ginger Jars and Soup Tureens. 
Both look great alone (as shown above) 


 or beautiful stuffed full of plants or fresh cut flowers. 


Here's a great example of a simple tureen housing a humble fern, but the combination together makes a huge statement. Of course the tablecloth helps a little :)


A sweet and feminine, highly patterned tureen chock full of peonies and hydrangea - beautiful.


Hello, new soup tureen. I have big plans for you. Sadly, those plans do not involve my home, but I know you will make a certain someone very happy. 

until next time,

A Delicate Lady

If you hadn't already guessed that my next post would feature the new chandelier in the dining room, spoiler alert: here it is.


The sun finally came out after what felt like weeks of clouds and I snapped a couple of pics of our new delicate beauty in the dining room. Quite the change from our last fixture…so much so, it's taken awhile to get used to her (undeniably feminine, don't you think?). The smaller profile really shows off the oversized mirror, which I love. Did you know that mirror used to hang in my Dad's medical office years ago? I love pieces with history and a story to tell.


For a serious brass lover, it's a little surprising that I steered clear of that finish, but with the mirror and the lamps already covering that base, adding another layer of the same finish would have been redundant. The lighter, painted chandelier highlights the birds on the corner cabinet and will work beautifully with our new head chairs (once I get them recovered). 


Speaking of recovering the head chairs, the fabric arrived the other week. Here it is draped over the chairs, helping to get a sense of how it will all come together. Loving how the citron picks up the colors of the melon jars on the table, but I'm thinking a throw pillow may be in order to break it up a bit. That's a whole lotta' citron! Trust me when I say it does look a little better in person.

Recently, in the comments section, I was asked for my upholster's details; I use Lake Norman Upholstery. I'm always happy to share sources, so please do ask! Make sure to leave your contact details if you'd like me to get back with you (so many comments come through as non-reply email addresses - then I have no way of finding you!)

until next time, 

Citron and Spots

Another weekend come and gone, Monday's here again. Was it a good one for you? Saturday, we hosted our first dinner club and pulled out all the stops in the dining room. It's not often I dress up the dining table with a cloth, an ironed cloth and napkins, nonetheless. After the table was set, I was inspired to take a couple of pictures …


She cleans up pretty good, right. It's funny, actually, because we have quite a few changes planned for this room - it's just a shame we couldn't make them happen before the dinner club festivities. Always seems to be the case, doesn't it?


Change number 1: finally reupholstering the head chairs I received from my parents when they downsized a couple of months ago. Read about the chairs here and the fabrics I had chosen at the time. I really had my heart set on a turquoise velvet for the head chairs, but after several attempts resulting in few good options I decided to change direction.


When creating a fabric scheme, I'm a fan of highlighting a smaller accent color, which is how I ended up with this spotty citron beauty. Obviously, citron is a big pop of color on it's own, but paired with the dark jade walls in our dining room - I think it will make quite the statement. I can't wait to see it all come together. 

until next time, 

Dining Room: Chair Updates

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I am turning my attentions back to the dining room, which is looking much fuller with the corner cabinet. But, that's not all that's new in the dining room. We also received two new head chairs from my parents, another casualty of the downsize.


The head chairs were formerly found in my parents' breakfast room and were a standard fixture to our nightly family dinners throughout my childhood. I love having them as part of our family dining traditions now, too. 


They are beautiful chairs with great details, but there is one clear problem: the fabric has got to go. I just banned the last of our tapestry fabric from the den, so I definitely don't want it in here either. 
Armed with a sample of the fabric from our recently recovered dining chairs (for a refresher, check them out here) and headed to my favorite fabric store in Gastonia, Mary Jo's Cloth Store, to see what I could find.


I had a vague idea in mind that I wanted something velvety in either grey (safe), teal (fun) or chartreuse (bold)...

Option 1: animal inspired grey.


Option 2: animal inspired chartreuse and teal.
Boom. This one is bold.


Option 3: grey basket weave.
The basket weave trumps the animal print, option 1 is out.


Option 4: dark teal basket weave.
The teal works perfectly with my existing fabric and the basket weave is super fun, but might be really dark in an already dark and moody dining room. hmmm….


Option 5: light teal velvet.
This is exactly what I was looking for, but it's 2x the price of the others, special order, and now I am worried about stains. The lack of pattern won't be very forgiving when it comes to stains. 

Option 4 is the clear winner from this grouping, but is it a strong enough lead to actually make the purchase? 
I'd love your thoughts. 

until next time,