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Rooms To Love: Renewed Antiquity

Rooms To Love: Classic Dining Room
Image: Sheila Bridges

Mixing old and new pieces is part of the subtle charm in this classic dining room, and reflects the age and character of the homes’ older bones.  The tall ceilings, decorative molding around the fireplace, and the wide pine boards are classic architectural details from older Colonial Revival homes.  Combining the antique demilune console table with turned legs, and the reclaimed barn board dining table, enhance the timeworn appeal of the home.  To update the look, without breaking away from the classic style, introduce arm chairs with simple silhouettes and a more modern beaded chandelier. We love that this dining room can accommodate a small seating area in the corner – just big enough for a cozy place to sit after a delicious meal!  The subtle seafoam, natural stains, and pale blues and greens create an understated and easy-going atmosphere perfect for casual dining.

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Inspiration Board: Grey and Yellow

Inspiration Board: Grey and Yellow

Decorating with Grey and Yellow | Cottage Inspiration Board
Carolina Small Cabinet customizations: 30″W x 18″D x 32″H, bracket feet, squared beadboard doors, wood knobs, one color painted, classic yellow $1,195  |  Southampton Round Mirror small 33″R, beachwood, standard rub/distressing $745  |  Clear Glass Lamp discontinued  |  Yellow Traditional Table Lamp 35″H $490  |  Destin Upholstered Chair 27.5″W x 35″D x 34″H $1,360  |  Cream Orb Floor Lamp discontinued  |  Grey Striped Rug discontinued  |  Cottage Two Door Armoire customizations: 39.75″W x 22″D x 66″H, standard leg, beadboard doors & side panels, shaker knobs, one color, snow $1,295

What a combination of two completely different, yet complementary, colors!  The sunshine effect of the yellow and the sophistication of the grey make for a refined decorative concept. The pieces contained in this inspiration board would be perfect for a study, living room, family room, or bedroom.  The simplicity and clean lines of the armoire, bedside table, and rug add elegance, while the upholstered armchair provides a burst of pattern.  Add some great accent lamps and wall decor and you have a breathless and inviting place that you’re sure to never want to leave. 

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Design Tip: Colorful Dining Room Chairs

Colorful Dining Room Chairs | Same Chair Different ColorsThe chairs that surround your dining room table are a great way to introduce color, personality, and style into your space.  It can be a little overwhelming when you begin to look for the right chair, because there are so many styles to choose from.  You will find an array of traditional Windsor chairs to contemporary X-back chairs, and so much more in between!  Take a look at one of our previous posts here to learn more about choosing a style for your dining room chairs.  

Using an assortment of painted chairs is increasingly becoming a popular choice for people who want an eclectic look versus the traditional stained “set” look.  Kitchen and dining rooms are typically full of activity, and it’s fun to be able to capture that energy through color.  We often encounter clients who want painted chairs in a variety of colors, but are wary of the look being too contrived.  Or people who want to introduce just a splash of color versus the whole rainbow.  There is never a right or a wrong answer, but the following inspirational photos and tips can help you get the look you are striving for.  

#1: Same Chair Different Colors

Colorful Dining Room Chairs
Photo: Back Porch Musings
SW#6601 Tanager   SW#6642 Rhumba Orange    SW#6417 Tupelo Tree    SW#6689 Overjoy

When deciding how many colors to use around your table, keep in mind how many chairs you are using.  For example, if you have a small set of four chairs for everyday dining, than four different colors is great, because there is only a small number of chairs.  If you have seating for 6 or 8 on an everyday basis, than stick to 3 or 4 colors.  You can do two chairs in each color – that way the overall feeling won’t be too hectic.  If you do decide to do 6 to 8 different colors, then choose colors that are the same hue to keep a cohesive look.  Another great way to unify a collection of mismatched chairs is to upholster the seats in the same fabric!

#2: Different Chairs Same Color

If you are looking for an eclectic look without introducing too many additional colors, try bringing together an assortment of chairs and having them painted the same color.  Since you are using a single color in a large dose it really makes a statement, especially when using a lively color like the one shown here.  The beauty is that you are not looking for a perfect set, so choose chairs that are comfortable to you.  As you can see in the example photo, each chair is unique, they vary in sizes and shapes, and the overall look is still cohesive because of the color!  Also, the cute black and white fabric on just a few of the chairs adds texture while breaking up the color a little bit.

Decisive Yellow SW#6902SW#6902 Decisive Yellow

Colorful Dining Room Chairs | Different Chairs, Same Color
Photo: Brit-Co

#3: Different Chairs Different Colors

 Colorful Dining Room Chairs | Different Chairs, Different Colors
Photo: Design Is Mine
This option is for people who want a really whimsical and creative dining room look.  The complementing painted chairs are vivid and appealing without being to overwhelming to the eye.  By mixing in additional steel chairs, it breaks up the textures and finishes while adding a rustic element. Keeping the walls stark white allows the colors to really shine.

SW#6914SW#6914 Eye Catching
SW#6867 Fireworks
SW#6786 Cloudless

#4: Same Side Chairs Different Head Chairs

Colorful Dining Room Chairs | Different Side and End Chairs
Photo: Home Owner Buff
SW#6760 Rivulet     SW#7001 Marshmallow

Another option to bring color and life into your dining room is to use upholstered chairs!  Parson’s chairs are beautiful, comfortable, and come in a variety of styles.  Typically parson’s chairs are larger than the average dining chair, so depending on the size of your dining room table, they may only be able to fit at the ends of the table.  Afraid of introducing fabric because of wash-ability?  No fear, there are wonderful options for slipcovered parson’s chairs with covers that can be removed for easy cleaning.  Click here to see more slipcovered parson’s chairs. The inspiration photo shown uses two oversized wing back chairs in an eye catching print, making them the main focal point.  The leather side chairs are a perfect complement to the intensity of the teal print, and also don’t interrupt the view out the windows.

Whatever the route you decide to go, don’t be afraid to experiment with color combinations.  Choose colors that inspire you, make you feel happy, and reflect your personality!

First Image Source: Querido-Refugio

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Deck Design Dilemma

We are excited to bring to you our first ever Design Dilemma blog post!  Part of the excitement and the challenge of design consulting is helping people find creative solutions to their home “issues”.  We all spend so much time at home – it should be your sanctuary, the place that provides you comfort and ease, as well as meeting all of your day-to-day needs. When a client comes in, we discuss practicality first and aesthetics second.  What is the point of a space that is beautiful, but not comfortable or useful?  Our aim is to help create a space that supports the function of the family, while also reflecting personal style and taste!

This month’s Design Dilemma comes from a young family near NYC who own a beautiful three-story brownstone.  They have a lower patio area in the back with a built-in grill & bar, and would like to create a spot for play dates, lounging, and casual entertaining. They also have a second floor deck, right off the kitchen, that is smaller (17′ L x 7’W) that they want to use as a quieter seating area for morning coffee and quick bites. 

Here are a few before pictures:

Deck Decorating Ideas | Upper Deck Before Deck Decorating Ideas | Upper Deck Before II
Deck Decorating Ideas | Upper Deck Before III Deck Decorating Ideas | Upper Deck Before IV
Deck Decorating Ideas | Lower Deck Before Deck Decorating Ideas | Lower Deck Before II
Deck Decorating Ideas | Lower Deck Before III Deck Decorating Ideas | Lower Deck Before IV

Client’s Wish List:

  • Comfort and durability
  • Fabrics and materials that are easy to clean
  • Place for kids toys
  • Eating spot
  • Lounging spot
  • Color and texture
  • Entertaining area that can accommodate up to 10 people at a time 
  • Keep as many plants as possible

Key design challenges for the upper level:

  • Small space 
  • Large planters take up floor space
  • Exposed to full sun/lack of shade
  • Lack of privacy with neighbors
  • Stairs can be hazardous with a small child

Key design challenges for the lower level:

  • Lack of night time lighting, especially on staircase
  • Seating arrangement cannot block the lower doors
  • Focus on casual seating versus formal dining set

Here is what we came up with:

Deck Decorating Ideas | Upper & Lower AfterUpper Level Umbrella Closed

Deck Decorating Ideas | Upper & Lower After | Umbrella OpenUpper Level Umbrella Open

Deck Decorating Ideas | Deck Dilemma Product Specs

Windham Teak Folding Arm Chairs Slubby Basket Oasis Bungalow Royalty Blue Rockland Teak Loveseat with Cushions Seaside In/Out Rugs Chevron Light Blue Palm Beach Wicker Arm Chair Spectrum Grenadine Spectrum Mist Vertical Newby Coral Rockland Teak  Armless Barstool Bermuda Wicker Ottoman Coffee Table

Upper Level

The main priority for the upper level was to remove the large floor planters and replace them with planters that hang along all three railings.  Doing so frees up much needed floor space, while maintaining the natural privacy screen that keeps out prying eyes.

Next, we concentrated on the furniture type.  A small space requires smaller-scaled furniture – we found that some teak pieces fit the bill.  Our teak furniture comes in stylish frames with simple lines and comfortable outdoor cushions.  Comfort doesn’t need to be sacrificed for space! A standard coffee table in front of the loveseats, because this is a high traffic area, wasn’t going to work here.  We opted instead for two small end tables that can be tucked along the railing and pulled out whenever needed.  

Another high priority was to create some shade for those sweltering days of summer!  We found a great swing arm umbrella that provides plenty of sun protection and stays out of the way when not in use.

Lower Level

Moving to the lower level, you may notice that we didn’t fill all the space with furniture.  The family wanted enough seating for lounging and entertaining, but the priority was to provide an outdoor space for kids to play.  So, we left the center area as the play space while creating comfortable seating around the perimeter for the adults.  This works well in two ways: kids have room to run around, and adults have their own area to socialize.  Ample seating is provided by the sectional and accent chairs, as well as the teak bar stools around the grill and outdoor kitchen.

We chose total outdoor furniture for the sectional and accent chairs because this area is completely exposed to the elements, with little shade.  Total outdoor furniture is made of all-weather high density resin wicker wrapped over an aluminum frame with cushions are self-draining, mildew-resistant, and anti-microbial commercial grade foam. Therefore, a great low maintenance choice.

The colors and fabrics we chose for the lower level create a more vibrant and upbeat palette, in comparison to the cool tones we chose for the upper level.  Both spaces complement one another, but have their own “feel”.  This doesn’t mean the spaces aren’t interchangeable, but they do have their own distinct ambiance.

To help illuminate the spaces at night, we love the idea of backyard lanterns.  String lights are also an easy and effective way to brighten the backyard and create a soft, beautiful glow.  Hang them from fence to fence, along the railings down the stairs, and even in the trees to create the feeling of a starry night.

Mission accomplished!  The family now has multiple places to eat, drink, nap and play all in the comfort of their own backyard!


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Color Board: Blue & Green

Cottage Interior Decorating | Color Board: Blue & Green

Dandelion Rug Polo Fern Rex Kiwi Capri Bluebell Concentric Squares

These daring blues and zesty greens create a vivid color board full of cottage interior decorating inspiration.  This palette would be perfect for a space where you want to kick up the intensity of color to improve productivity, like an office or study, but don’t want to drown the room in too many combinations.  With so many different shades of blues and greens, the possibilities are endless!

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Rooms To Love: Luxurious Lemon

Yellow Decorating Ideas | Rooms to Love: Luxurious Lemon
Click on any Sherwin Williams color to find out more!

SW#6683 Bee SW#6620 Rejuvenate SW#2825 Sea Green SW#6653 Delicious Melon SW#7122 Lemon Drop

Luxury and whimsy share a beautiful home in this lovely cottage style bedroom.  Even though the color palette is strong, these luscious colors combine to breathe life, energy, and joy into every corner, while creating an inviting and cozy area to retreat within.

The walls are decorated in a large bohemian print that is a surprising, yet inspiring, choice for a bedroom.  The strong gold color from the wallpaper is carried over into the zesty lemon drapes.  In order to create balance within the space, the dominating prints of the wallpaper and the drapes are paired with minimalist furniture designs.  Clean lines and simple shapes help to relieve the eye of overload, and is exactly why the white linens are a perfect finishing touch to the room.

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SW Bee SW Rejuvenate SW Sea Green SW Delicious Melon SW Lemon Drop