I didn't realize I had saved all these images of draped dining tables until they began to catch my eye. But I think I know the reason they jumped out at me today: I want to lighten up my dining table. It's a nice enough table: a double pedestal mahogany and yew. But my tastes have changed since I got it years ago. It's too dark and too traditional. I like this draped look, but I'm not too sure it's practical. Do I dare change out my table? Ouch! And will I regret it later?
And while we're at it - what about the mahogany bedroom furniture I just had to have a few years back? Now I yearn for a light-colored upholstered headboard and some kicky mis-matched bedside tables. But do I dare get rid of such an expensive investment?
What do you do when you realize your style has changed?
I hope you all will indulge me in a post for a friend of mine. She asked me over the weekend about painting her built-in bookcases in her living area. Should she paint them the same color as the walls (SW Pearl Gray) or paint them white, as with the rest of the room's trim work/moulding?
My fellow decor and design addicts, what is your opinion? Have you had the same question? What did you/would you do...?
.....or so it seems after yesterday's 'my style' piece. but I do love this dark, moody, and modern feel. the expanse of light does such wonderful things with the smoky grays and chartreuse colors. what about that coffee table and that glimpse of the shiny drum of a light fixture...?
Love the dark and shadowy vibe in these two images from S. R. Gambrel. If I could just find a secret portal, I'd slip right in there. But, help me on this one. The mantle? It's always the hardest thing for me to get right. One larger art piece or several smaller ones? Which do you prefer in these images...?
Can you detect the Nate Berkus influence here? This is the apartment of Lauren Buxbaum, one of Nate's design assistants. The walls are no doubt painted the 'dior gray' that Nate is so fond of. It's inspiration originated from the light gray color Christian Dior used in his dressing rooms.
I love this light and water-like color. It's beautiful with that pumpkin pie color that I like (on the sofa in the living room and chair in the bedroom).
Now, babies, all we gotta do is get this color! Benjamin Moore has a Dior Gray -2133-40 but it seems to be much darker. Does anyone have Nate's secret gray? Maybe he'll spill the beans on The Nate Berkus Show coming this fall.....
I am really drawn to this image. The lovely wall color, worn in spots, and the partial view of the old painting, the frame of which is also broken and worn . It's one of Anthropologie's beautiful images from India. Check out the slideshow for more exotic beauty.