Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Time For A Dining Room Makeover!

Haaa-loooo! Time to say, "Buh-Bye!" to the 1980's in this Dining Room!!!
First up on the agenda:
Hubby rolled on some of Mr. S. Williams's "Medici Ivory" for a fresh, creamy look on the walls. I think I really like it! I say think, because the ,um, love-er-ly chandelier in here is casting weird shadows on the walls.
But our goal was to get rid of the cave like feel in here, and make this room feel much bigger than it actually is.
Goal accomplished!

(Oh, and ignore the microwave in the corner...that's until we get our new microwave put in the kitchen soon!)
Next up:
Choosing a new light fixture & window treatments!

Ok, here's the deal....
I would really really really like to know what you would do with this space if it were your room to make over!

Leave me lots of comments with your suggestions!

Get creative!

I'd love to hear your ideas!!!


trish said...

Good Morning.
Your walls look so warm and welcoming.
I am looking forward to seeing the choices you make for decor. :o)
I tend to be a bit of a sentimental decorator. Surrounding our family with meaningful "family items" :o).
Sincerely ~ Tricia

Melissa Miller said...

Stacey how about some black accents to add contrast? A black chandy with cream shades? Toile curtains? Then for fun add a bright color with accessories to pop such as aqua blue or crisp apple green. I think I would add an area rug and a buffet with two lamps as well.

I can't wait to see! Your home is looking so pretty and this is fun seeing the transformation.

Blessings, ~Melissa :)

House Queen said...

I would add some deep red in here somehow...

Wanda said...

Love the new wall color. A few suggestions - hang long panels at ceiling height on outside of the window (so as not to hide any window/natural light. All of that wall would be covered, except for window. Maybe use a black toile with a black check. Cover seat cushions in maybe a apple green, red, or turquoise (whatever flows with the rest of your house.) Also, maybe add a sisal rug, new chandelier. Would you ever consider painting your furniture in here. You could add a side board with buffet lamps. Happy decorating. Hope I didn't give too many opinions! You're already a great decorator.

Jill said...

Hi Stacey!

Oh how I love a blank canvas! I would definitely hang curtains at the the ceiling - maybe using a BIG wooded rod across the top with some great finials at the end (Home Depot has great ones - even in white, which would be my choice!) then I would hang the drapes with matching wood rings (the painted white version). I think the large scale would be a great thing to use in a smaller room. Of course, a great hutch for the big wall, perhaps with the top with open shelving, to display white ironstone or another favorite collection? Great sconces on either side when be a great addition too. For the chandelier I would shop for something vintage.

Now girlfriend, I am going to go out on a limb here.....what do you think about painting your chairs? Or even just the captains chairs? I think they would look great painted cream with a flouncy/ruffle slipcover on the chair. It looks like you are going for a lighter look in this home so I would steer clear of black accents....I think those are going to seem "dated" quickly.

I am loving the mix of contemporary elements with vintage...you could totally do a more contemporary fabric on your drapes with a vintage chandy...then take it from there!

Oh, what fun!


Megan said...

I agree with Melissa... some high contrast items would be great. Maybe paint your table?! I'd hang up some curtains, maybe one with a contrasting stripe on top or bottom. Then maybe a mirror or something over top of a buffet. Add some extra light and make the room seem bigger. Can't wait to see what you do!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

From what I've seen, you like a fresh, light look. I'd go with some long, neutral drapes (embellished painter's drop cloth or some mistreatments would be easiest). I'd love to see your chairs painted or stained. A made-over thrift store buffet would be a nice place for storage and display. :)

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Love all of these ideas, keep 'em coming! :)

Your Wedding Hostesses said...

A big, beautiful floor plant in the corner for sure. Other than that, I'm pretty clueless!

Jenny S said...

Come back to SuzAnna's and get a new light!! hehehe!

Rie said...

definitely a giant mirror on the left wall. perhaps one so big, that it leans against the wall. that might be hard to find though and expensive. the next best thing would be a buffet with a big mirror above. that's my take anyway!

Comeca Jones said...

Great start!

Sarah Robbins said...

I agree with Melissa, too. Maybe some black contrast. I loved the idea of toile curtains, as well, maybe in a sprout green color or a foamy seablue? I can't wait to see what you decide!

Lorie said...

New chandelier...one with cute little lamp shades and a cover for the chain.

I would LOVE to see you paint those chairs! They have such a great shape!

I think you need a large mirrow on the wall to open it up.

And of course a fun window treatment. Something warm, but not heavy.

And maybe some molding. I think the room is a little small for beadboard or batten all the way around, but I think some crown molding would add some definition.

I can't wait to see what you do!

Cheryl said...

Hi Stacey!
Just by looking at your furniture it looks like you may be traditional. However, I remember seeing pics of your old home in NC and I think you are casual traditional. That being said, I too agree with the other ladies that floor to ceiling drapery panels is the way to go. Sending an email with pics and more ideas.

Nicole R.J. said...

How fun, a whole room to re-do!

If it were my room I'd start by painting the captain's chairs in a light creamy colour.

Window treatments I'd go with stationary side panels that cover the walls, in a fabric that co-ords with your roman in the kitchen. With a bamboo blind or white roller blind to cover the window.

A chandelier... something white and light, with maybe a little bling. And a big area rug underneath!

It's hard to tell how much space you have around the table, but it storage is not an issue I'd go with display shelves on the long wall, or even just one large piece of art.

Looking forward to seeing what you do to the room!

Maya said...

A clean nice slate! I'm not much help because I'd go nautical with this room..., with a lighting fixture and wall art display, maybe a sisal rug to anchor the dining room table, neutral drapes..., and I've also seen some people doing great things with items they already own.

Maya @ Completely Coastal

Brittany said...

I'm loving reading all these ideas!(Can I steal some of them??!!) I, too would be tempted to paint those beautiful chairs, and I'm picturing neutral ruffled seat covers :) Agree with the painters cloth drapes, too, and I also like the black toile idea, and a pretty chandy with shades. If you keep the basics neutral, then you can easily change out the accent colors by changing your accessories. I like the ideas of using touches of green, or aqua blue. Whatever you do, I'm sure it will be lovely! Can't wait to see it!

Em @ Bunch of Scrap said...

I would make that whole back wall "look" like a window by putting up floor to ceiling curtains much higher and wider than the actual window... New lighting... as for the rest - it's such a personal decision... up to YOU! Can't wait to see what you do though!