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Dining Room Continued

Thursday, January 13, 2011

You made my day yesterday will all of your comments about our anniversary.  Thank you!

I knew that when I started changing things in the dining room, it would lead to more changes.  It always does.  The new chairs called for different window treatments which will most likely call for a new wall color and eventually I will get to that, but for now, I just wanted to create a stronger focus around the dining table. 


If there is one thing that I have learned about myself in the last year or so, it is that I will never again purchase a "set" of furniture.  Never.  My tastes have changed and are more forgiving, you could say.   A room that is collected over time with a loose mixture of warm wood tones, painted pieces, bamboo, and metal are so much more interesting than a "set" from Rooms To Go.  And that is why I started tweaking in here.


We received this Federal sideboard for Christmas.  I love the way it mixes with our bold chairs and adds another wood tone to the room.  (let's pretend the cord isn't there)


We were also the lucky recipients of these funky old bamboo lamps that I fell in love with at an antique mall.  They were a Christmas surprise gift and I love their quirkiness.  They also gave me a starting point for the colors in this room because up until now, the only thing that was definite was black and white.  For contrast and because the shades are old and have a few stains, I am thinking of recovering them in a black linen.  What do you think?

A month or so ago, I purchased some black frames that I found on sale, I think 4 for $20, to use in the dining room.  I wanted to add botanical prints, something I can't get enough of.  So I resorted to my favorite place for free botanicals.


Here is the wall after adding the prints.


For now, I added a silver tray of pine-cones, topiaries, and an urn filled with paper-whites to the sideboard.  I'm still playing around with it.  I just don't want the room to feel too fancy, but rather more relaxed and organic.  This room is where I sew, we work puzzles, and do homework, so I want it to be comfortable.  The bamboo mirror is one that Mom couldn't find a place for.  We found it one day in thrift store and knew that one of us had to have it.  The mirror is actually oak and I painted it glossy black.




So now we have black, lime green, and a touch of orange.  Next is window treatments and wall color.  To be continued...


75 comments:

  1. Lamps, a sideboard...what great things to get at Christmas! They look fabulous and love the mirror, this space is looking divine!
    Janell

    p.s. yes, no furniture sets please! :)

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  2. Your dining room looks wonderful and very harmonious!!

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  3. Rene, I died when I saw your federal sideboard!! I am dying to find one for our dining room b/c it is a piece that I know I'll treasure forever. WOW! I love your lamps and updates to the mirror! I'd say go black with the shades, think contrast could would help. Love it all!!!!

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  4. I love the lamps and the sideboard! It all looks really pretty. :)

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  5. I am LOVING the way this is all coming together. Great botanical prints!

    And, what DO you do w/ cords? I am forever scotch taping them to the back of furniture :)

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  6. totally agree about never buying a set of furniture! so much more character comes from having a mix of pieces you love. that sideboard is gorgeous and i didn't see any cords! love how you have it all set up- so beautiful! and for me the icing on the cake is that gorgeous black mirror.... whoa! love it!

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  7. I love this room you've created with pieces of things loved and the lamps are wonderfu with the prints. Great!
    T

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  8. Wow! Your dining room looks great Rene! I love the Federal sideboard. You sure received some fabulous gifts for Christmas! Cords can be so bothersome! I usually gather them up and tie them together with a wire tie or some type of clip so they are not peeking out from under whatever piece of furniture they are behind.

    ~ Tracy

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  9. Rene, I love your sideboard and new lamps and mirror. Well, all of it. You can tape the cords up to the back of the sideboard. I learned that trick from someone recently. Just use strong tape or they will keep coming down. Not sure about black shades with all the surrounding black. May work though. Love the new look and I agree no more matching sets.

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  10. That room is looking awesome! I love those lamps. I think black would be great like you said...but i am kind of tempted to say ORANGE. I know...i know...orange...

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  11. I love the look so far, I can see it all coming together already! :) I think the black shades would look GREAT. The only other color option would be green to bring out maybe a color in your curtain fabric - they blend into the wall right now (which I know you said you are painting, so that might change), so I think you need something different. I just love the prints as well - I bookmarked your site! :) Can't wait to see the rest.

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  12. Rene- Your dining room is gorgeous! I think black linen shades would look great too. Those lamps are so unique.......were there anymore??

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  13. Yes to the black linen shades and perhaps paint the sideboard a rich high gloss black.
    Looks lovely.
    pve

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  14. What great Christmas gifts, Rene. Lucky girl!

    I was so glad to see that you featured my friend Jane's drop cloth projects; she has been using them for years as a frugal alternative...long before they became popular on the blogs. She and I go back almost 30 years to our friendship when we both lived in Vermont.

    Have a good day, are you digging out from snow too?

    Janet

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  15. Rene, your dining room looks like a magazine, I love the dark wood with the white.

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  16. Hi Rene,
    love the chinoiserie lamps...
    like you say, they are a great starting point...
    pretty room, btw.
    have a great day....
    maureen

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  17. I love the mix of pieces in a room as well, it just seems to make things more lived in and gives it a "homey" feel. I love the sideboard, it is just gorgeous and I love all your details on and around it. The room is coming along nicely and I can't wait to see more of your additions. OH I think that the black linen would be beautiful on the shades.

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  18. You mentioned using touches of orange...I don't know if you live near a Kohl's, but they have the Elle Decor collection out right now and have the most beautiful orange vases. I have no orange in my house, but these vases make me want to start using that fab color. They are 40% off right now. Your dining room is lovely.

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  19. I am SO with you on the furniture sets. Oh to be able to go back in time and not do that again! That sideboard is GORGEOUS. What a lovely awesome fabulous gift you lucky girl!!

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  20. Oh, wow! It was so neat to see how you added the layers to the room. :) I completely agree with you about buying sets. I'm tired of the overly matchy-matchy look I have going on...

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  21. What a beautiful dining room! I can't wait to get the wall paper off my walls, it's been there since we moved in 15 years ago, LOL, what's the rush! Have a great day!

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  22. I, too, swore off matched sets several years ago. Unfortunately, it was after I BOUGHT several matched sets. Now I'm busy trying to unmatch them all. ;)

    And I think black shades would look great.

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  23. Rene, I am in love with your bamboo mirror! It's all looking so lovely and casually collected. Love the idea of new shades--black linen is dramatic (color) but casual (material). Love it.

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  24. Love it. I have shell prints around my dining room mirror, too.
    Mary Ann

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  25. The sideboard is to die for! Love that you mixed the wood tones with painted pieces. Long gone... are the matched sets. I appreciate the fact that not only is the room beautiful but it's functional, as well. We do everything in our dining room, also. Homework...sewing...games, etc..

    Looks beautiful, Rene!

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  26. Your room is coming together beautifully! I love the pinecones on your pretty silver tray--what a nice contrast. The botanical prints are lovely. That's something I've always wanted in my home, but haven't tried yet!
    Thanks for stopping by Red Hen Home.

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  27. This room is looking fabulous! All of the pieces you have collected are perfect but I especially love the lamps. Depending on your overall scheme, window panels, wall color etc, I would wait and see on the black shades, they might be too much with the frames and mirror. Maybe green or a linen color? Love the idea of a pop of orange too!
    PS was at Pier One the other day and saw bamboo sticks about 72" long...!

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  28. I'm drooling over your dining room! You really have a talent for putting things together! I agree about the furniture sets - I could shoot myself for buying a dining "set" when we first moved in 12 years ago! What was I thinking?!! Can't wait to see what else you do!

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  29. Wow. It's amazing how accessories and artwork really pull a space together. I am in love with that sideboard. I think the shades would make such a great statement in black. Good choice. It's looking great.

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  30. it looks so great in your dining room...LOVE the sideboard!

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  31. i vote black shades for the lamps. the room is looking great!

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  32. That sideboard is lovely! It's definitely something I would have in my home. I love what you have done with the wall so far. I can't wait to see the room finished!

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  33. l.o.v.e. everything you've done! I think that black shades would be add a great element to the room. your sideboard is gorgeous, too! aaand i am about to browse that site for some free botanicals!

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  34. Your dining room looks awesome. I've learned 'no more furniture sets' in the past year too. I'm really loving a more eclectic look. Those botanical prints are great....going to check out that website. Your bamboo mirror is very cool too...

    Thanks for stopping by :)

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  35. Oh I do love that sideboard, AND those lamps. Yes, I think black shades will work with them -- their bases are dark, right? so there's balance.

    Lovely!
    Cass

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  36. absolutely love it ALL!!! The botanicals, the side board, the unexpected lamps, the black with bits of green - it is all so, so PRETTY.

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  37. I agree with you on not buying another 'set' of furniture...there are so many options out there and I think we are savvy enough to put together our own rooms. And you clearly did a fantastic job, Rene. The lamps are great, I like the idea of black linen shades, they will look so good with the mirror. Nicely done! Can't wait to see more!

    XO,
    Jane

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  38. just blogged about you & your gorgeous dining room - hope that's ok....

    Tessa

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  39. Your Dining Room turned out lovely. I love botanical prints too, I am checking that out next.
    I can't wait to see your final reveal.

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  40. Agreed. Love a room that is pulled together, not purchased all in one go. Can't wait to see where you go from here!

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  41. Your pictures are beautiful. I love how you can see the chandelier in the mirror. Love your accessories on the sideboard....not to much, just perfect!

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  42. YES for the
    black shades!
    LOVE what you've
    done, Rene! The
    touch of black and
    Asian is genius.
    xx Suzanne

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  43. Truly gorgeous....I'd never want to leave.

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  44. just a great space--relaxed formality--I love it!!

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  45. I used the same fabric on my dining chairs. Unfortunately I sold mine. Yours look amazing.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  46. Wowza!!! You whipped that little vignette up rather nicely I must say! Love the direction it is going in.....Those lamps are to die :)

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  47. I heartily agree with you about a "matchy matchy" dining room set...not very interesting.The sideboard is gorgeous and the white Queen Ann chairs with the B/W fabic are my favorite.Good idea adding greenery and botanicle prints ...they give the room a natural organic feel

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  48. I love your 'collected' style, you've done a great job pulling it all together! Yes to the black shades!

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  49. Rene, I love your dining room! I'm a big fan of Vintage Printable as well. I've used their prints in a number of my rooms. I'm so glad you stopped by my blog so I was able to see your beautiful home! I'm a new follower.

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  50. I love the new side board and lamps. Thanks for the great website. I might try burlap shades and then trim them in black. Not sure if it will work or not but worth a thought. I love burlap with things that are dressy!

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  51. Lovely Christmas gifts, Rene. I've alwyas been drawn to the mixture of furniture. It's fun to pull pieces together and create a bit of interest in a room such as your dining room. It really looks nice! As you know, I am in love with your chandelier. I think black linen shades would be lovely with the botanical lamps or even a dark taupe linen. Have fun!

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  52. Holy Batman!! That is a CHANDELIER! I love the rest but couldn't take my eye balls off the chandelier...
    Now I'm on the hunt =D

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  53. Rene, I love the sideboard. Your room has come together beautifully.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  54. What a wonderful Christmas you had...someone must REALLY love you:)

    What if you did the shades in a color from the lamp base for just a little punch of color?

    I can't beleive how much you get accomplished...I can't seem to do ANYTHING lately...maybe if I won a stencil it would get me moving....

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  55. That sideboard is TO DIE FOR! Seriously...I love it.

    Leigah

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  56. I love that mirror! I agree - no matching sets - wish I wouldn't have gone down that road in my bedroom eight years ago ;) Hindsight is always 20/20 :)

    Have a great weekend!
    Carmel

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  58. This is wonderful- thanks for all the details, I'm always wondering how to decorate the tops of tables and such, and I like how you added natural elements and such.

    Oh, and those shades would look terrific black!

    -Jami
    www.AnOregonCottage.com

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  59. Hi Rene, Love the sideboard and the bamboo mirror. Your dining room is coming together beautifully. Love the colors.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  60. Love the room. The shades have such a pretty shape, why not try painting them with fabric paint?

    The black may be too harsh, maybe try dark, dark brown first? Seems it would go with the pinecone and organic look better...just a thought.

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  61. The room is beautiful and I love the prints! I am drooling over those lamps! Gorgeous!
    Lacy

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  62. Love your new sideboard. It's beautiful and your gallery wall is lovely! I agree about matching sets - I so wish I hadn't done this when I bought my bedroom furniture ages ago.

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  63. How pretty. Love the chandelier, especially the shot in the mirror. Hope you'll come see the picture wall I helped DD2 create in her home.

    Allison
    Atticmag

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  64. Love the new sideboard. I agree, I never buy suites of anything...but rather pick up pieces here and there. I love the look of your DR so far.

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  65. Fabulous dining room! I would be honored to have you add it to my blog party

    Amaze Me Monday Blog Party

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  66. Love your new lamps, what a great Christmas gift. Your room looks beautiful and I couldn't agree more.....never will I but a "set" of furniture for any room.

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  67. Very pretty room! I love how the sideboard contrasts with the white chairs and those lamps are too cool!

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  68. I love your new sideboard and the way you have accessorized it for winter. It looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing your botantical source, too!

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  69. New follower from Between naps on the porch!

    How awesome for you to receive the lamps and buffet for xmas presents. So loving how the botanical prints look and I like the idea of black shades!

    Now I'm off to read more about you!

    Megan

    http://1funkywoman.blogspot.com

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  70. What a fabulous dining room. The white chairs, the wall prints and the chandelier are to die for.

    Dangling cords are always a problem for me. Once I solved that by bundling the cord together and using a thumb tack to hold the bundle to the back of the furniture. The straight piece that went to the outlet, I painted to match the wall. It no longer caught my attention everytime I looked in that direction.

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  71. I love everything you've done here!!! So pretty!

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  72. I love what you've done with the room. Since you asked - I personally would not do black shades with these particular lamps. I just think the bamboo on the white is a nice, light, tropical look and I feel a black shade might be better suited to a different style or a different colored lamp base. I could be wrong though... like, picture the white dress with a green bamboo print on it... if you were to choose a hat and shoes to go with it (since i guess the 'base' is black)would you choose black? Maybe so! So don't listen to me, I'm talking out loud here...

    Michelle
    www.newengland-style.com

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  73. Hi Rene...

    My friend, your dining room is GORGEOUS! Love, love, LOVE your Federal sideboard! Love your new lamps and the beautiful vignette that you created for the sideboard...and ohhh...the framed botanical prints...the icing on the cake! Soooo very pretty! It looks like you have been enjoying the entire process! Thanks for sharing it with us!

    Warmest winter wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  74. This room looks fabulous! It couldn't be any prettier. I think the white lampshades are perfect and really pick up and complement the white on the chairs and in the mats and the crystal in the chandeliers, plus they're bright and give the room a lightness that is so appealing and less serious.

    Cindy

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