Wednesday, April 20, 2011

thanks for comin' through for me...!

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I can't thank you all enough for your thoughtful advice on changing up my more formal dining room. We use it every day, so I am yearning for a little more casual feel. You left so many good comments...some of your great advice included upholstered/slip covered or painted chairs, and mixing in modern art and fresh accessories. Monika from Splendid Willow even sent me this image which I love. While this dining room contains many traditional elements,  it has a very fresh feel.  And look! It has just the things you all recommended: slip covered chairs and a fresh grouping of artwork and accessories. See...you all are downright decor geniuses and should be charging a lot of coin for your advice...  

27 comments:

Cara said...

i am obsessed with the artwork on the wall!

Amanda Hill said...

That looks awesome...it will be a great space perfect balance of comfort and chic!

Brandi said...

What a pretty dining room! It would be so easy to create this out of stuff you already have too!

Mona Thompson said...

Go for it. We're working with a client right now that is in her late 30's and has inherited a lot of dark traditional furniture that is very nice but she wants to lighten things up and update. We've painted some of the chairs. are adding some slip covers and a bench. It's looking great. I don't know if my pictures are real good but I'll send you some. Mona

under spanish moss said...

Can't wait to see your updated dining room!! The look in the pictuer is great.

Splendid Willow said...

I am so curious to see what you actually end up doing with your dining room. Get started my friend!

The only thing I would do to that art wall is to replace 1 or 2 of those paintings with something more modern. That would look great!

Happy Easter to you and your family. You are a gem.

Love, Mon

Acquired Objects said...

Love that dining room and can't wait to see the changes you make. I'm in the process of making slipcovers for my dining room chairs for the summer, we'll see if they all get made for this year...lol.

natasha {schue love} said...

Loving the white upholstered chairs! Just beautiful!

brock street said...

i love this image too. it is a very welcoming room that can be dressed up or down.
are you going to document your transition?

SHERRY HART said...

Youza...that is a beautiful image! Can't wait to see your changes!

Francine Gardner said...

The dining room came out fabulous! I just finished redoing my study, and I grouped all my homeless paintings that did not fit in the house (as i tend to collect modern art) but have emotional value to me...as in your dining room, I loved the result.

Margaret said...

I was glad to offer my 2 cents--you give us so much with your thoughtful blog postings.

Blessed Passover & Easter blessings, to all.

Cynthia@Beach Coast Style said...

I like when you mix different periods or styles it adds something extra I think and I am sucker for slipcovered furniture. It's just about all I have.

Jen said...

That room is perfect! The pictures? My favorite!!

Happy Thursday Dear! How's your week going?

xo

niartist said...

Donna, I'm in love with this image too! Kudo's to Monika for finding and sending it to you - seems to be the perfect mix of formal and informal to me.

I recently, after what felt like years (though it was really was a few months) of searching, found the perfect round pedestal table for my dining room. Early 1920's Empire column pedestal on raised brass caster feet. It's gorgeous - but the top needs some refinishing! (Reflected in the $150 price).

I'm thinking of getting a few slip covered arm chairs from Ikea this weekend to park around it myself. This picture just about firms that up! Thanks for sharing! And good luck with your changes - I know they'll be fab.

quintessence said...

Totally agree - even though it has traditional elements it feels modern due to the slipcovered chairs and the fun mix of art on the wall!

Inspirational Sketchbook said...

What an inviting image! I look forward to seeing your new changes. Roxanne

24 Corners said...

Love this dining room...so excited to see what *you* will come up with!
Happy Easter Donna...have a wonderful weekend!!
xo J~

Casa Très Chic said...

Ohh, these are the chairs I want for my dining table.
Congratulations on your lovely post.
Wish you a Happy Easter.
Big hugs
Tereza

Tiffany @ Savor Home said...

Gorgeous. The slipcovers are like the icing on top of the cake. I am sure that whatever you come up with will be twice a gorgeous.

Hope the hubby has recovered!

xo, Tiff

Ivy Lane said...

can we have a sneak peek of your new dining space??

pretty please...with a cherry on top!

d e l i g h t said...

Beautiful photographs! Just found your blog this morning and so glad..you have great information. I am a new follower. I invite you to visit my blog.
Linda

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I think it's grand Donna that you use your dining room daily. So many of us use it as a shrine, & rarely used. I suspect anything you do, will look smashing! I hope you had a great Easter? xo

liza said...

Wow- I love this one! I love the inspiration you have below, too. Have a lovely week!

pretty pink tulips said...

Love the artwork on the wall and the slipcovered chairs. I might have to rework a few things in my dining room too!

Hooper Patterson said...

Oh please give us a sneak peak! I am dying to see what you end up doing! I saw a great dining room on Dear Genevieve. She was making a formal dining room more casual and mixed in all different chairs. It was so pretty! I'll try to find the images and send.
xoxo
hooper

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