We’re finally done!
Here is the before.
I came up with the basic plan for the dining room back in October. Here is the Photoshop drawing that I did two months ago as I was coming up with ideas for the space.
Since we did the drawing, we made a couple of changes to the design.
- The ceiling and tray were switched so that the ceiling was white and the rest of the room was blue.
- Due to the configuration of the chair railing (it ends before the end of the wall), we didn’t do a different color on the bottom, but did the entire wall a dark blue.
However, most of the other elements stayed the same. The design mixes natural elements with traditional and contemporary elements for an eclectic yet clean and sophisticated feel. We pulled the navy blue from the rest of the house – as it’s an accent throughout the main floor.
The fabulous jute area rug was donated to me from RugsUSA! I love that company – I’ve purchased from them several times. It was so nice of them to send the rug. I’ve tried several jute rugs in the past couple of years and this one is by far the best quality. It’s awesome – there aren’t lots of pieces coming unraveled like the others I tried. I chose this rug in order to add texture to the room. It’s subtle, yet adds an element of texture and layering.
We also hung IKEA Ribba frames along the wall for a total of 10 frames. Right now, they are filled with scrapbook paper which has a chevron pattern. But, the long-term plan is to take area photos and put them in the frames. You know, stuff like old tractors and funky Austin shops.
I may even opt for a few of the prints sold at Decor and the Dog. Love those.
The dark blue on the walls (which is a custom color from Ben Moore) works because it’s broken up so much with white and because of the natural light in the space.
We used Benjamin Moore’s Natura line of paint which is odor free and no VOC’s. It was great for an allergy sensitive person like me. The paint itself looked like thick icing. It covered in two coats! Great paint.
But, let me tell you, painters charge extra for dark colors like this and it was a lot of work due to the moldings. In the end, our painter, Fernando, did an excellent job. He and his son got it done in one day and the stopping points are nice and crisp.
Do you remember the broken pots we got from Joss & Main?
Our solution was to keep the preserved boxwoods, but to use ice buckets as pots instead. This just added to the silver in the room echoing the chairs and frames.
The table was custom built by Mason’s Woodwork back in June. I still love it! The chairs are from IKEA. I chose the clear chairs to juxtapose the rustic elements as well as to make the table the star.
Here is the space looking in from the kitchen. The white curtains are from IKEA and are the Ritva curtains which are a linen and come in lengths up to 118 inches. We like to hang them with a thick rod and rings for a more polished look.
It’s so great to finally have it done! Just in time for Christmas. I have a confession, we are still so busy just getting the foundational decorating done that we didn’t do any Christmas decorating this year. But we will next year!
I’m not sure if we will do the picture frame molding under the chair rail like in the drawing, but if so, it will be a while. I like the room as it is right now.
Yay for the dining room being done.