Monday, May 5, 2014

The Dining Room Update

Back in February when I wrote about the restyled living room at Church Street I mentioned that I would follow up with the consecutive revamping of the dining room. It's hard to believe it has taken me two months but after a hectic winter life has at last settled down here and I was finally able to put this post together.


The main event was the purchase of this fabulous chest from friend and fellow blogger Loi Thai whose Bethesda, Maryland shop, Tone on Tone, is nirvana for those of us who love antique Swedish furniture. Its arrival is what sparked the repainting and redecorating of the room.


I painted eight different samples on the wall and in the end settled on Benjamin Moore's 'Classic Grey', no doubt influenced by my visit to Loi's beautiful home two years ago (read about it here.) The curtain hardware is painted the same color as the wall but in a semi-gloss finish.


Accessories at Church Street rotate according to whim and the seasons; right now these marble finials from a favorite shop in Rhode Island, Cottage & Garden, and a match striker picked up on our mid-winter trip to Charlottesville at a serendipitous find, Roxy Daisy, are on display.


As I mentioned in the living room post, I salvaged the Scalamdre trim when I had that room's curtains redone. It is a favorite, in a sadly discontinued color-way, and I reused on the dining room's new curtains. (And Mr. H still failing to see how thrifty I am!?!) The silver linen, Stone Harbor, is from Kravet.


The dining room chairs were reupholstered with a new treatment that I am loving right now - humble upholstery tacks as the trim detail. The flax fabric, Middleton Linen, is from F. Schumacher.


These paintings, by Vermont artist Glenn Suokko, have moved around the house once or twice but are perfect here in feeling and tone, and the frames satisfy my penchant for having a little gilt in every room.


By now you know that I favor neutral interiors and accessorize with color in small doses, often in the form of flowers, and this room is the perfect palette for that. I have found I can introduce any color into it and it looks fabulous. Right now I am taking advantage of the varied selection of gorgeous tulips that are readily available.


I can't get over how beautiful these are and am a little obsessed with this shade of pinkish purple right now - in a nubby linen or cotton velvet I can see it as some pillows for the living room or in a raw silk upholstering a pair of petite gilt side chairs that I have in storage. We just need to keep that between ourselves because I am supposed to be 'good' now.


I believe staying busy is the key to staying out of trouble so I have signed up for two classes at our local arts center. One night a week I am learning how to use a condensed version of Photoshop, 'Photoshop Elements' and on weekends I'm studying digital photography so I can finally take advantage of all the great features on my 'big' camera. I'll let you know how that works out for me. 

39 comments:

  1. So many things to love about your dining room, but my favorite takeaway is the upholstery tacks. They look perfect on your chairs.

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  2. I love it. Elegant but comfortable. Beautiful!!

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  3. Phyllis - The room is just beautiful!!! I've been waiting to see it :) Thank you for finding a home for that piece - I'm very honored and grateful!! Love the upholstery tack - understated, old world charm. Thanks, again! And now you have to come visit in Maine! Cheers

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  4. This is a beautiful room! I love how you haven't overcrowded the room with extra furniture and accessories. Those green matches catch my eye.

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  5. Beautiful and elegant. You and Loi are the masters of this style. The room feels like a dream.

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  6. Stunning! Every detail. Thank you for sharing your sources and colors.

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  7. Phyllis,
    I always love hearing the story behind a room. The piece from Loi's shop is wonderful. I love the details, the pulls and the drawer fronts are so pretty. Saving a wonderful trim from older drapes is truly being thrifty and I like the fact that you were able to reuse something you love! Bottom line, the room is beautiful!
    xo,
    Karen

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  8. Phyllis...It looks beautiful...I love the trim...they need to bring it back!

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  9. Wow Phyllis! Everything is gorgeous. Those paintings.. so pretty and I will check out the link you provided. Your fabric choices are lovely and (of course!!) the piece from Loi's shop is beautiful. :) Good for you for taking the photo shop class! I need to do that at some point. I'll be interested in knowing what you think when you are finished. xxleslie

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  10. Phyllis everything looks just gorgeous. That piece from Loi is wonderful. I love that Schumacher trim. I used it on Roman Shades for a client recently and never tire of it.

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  11. Stunning Phyllis. You have exquisite taste and this room is so serene and beautiful...! LOVE the new piece from Loi's shop. Heavenly paint colour too and those little upholstery tacks....! xox Terri

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  12. Gorgeous Phyllis!! Great style and I love how perfectly Loi's piece looks!! The trim is to die for!! xo, K

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  13. You know that I could move right in to whatever room you design, and your dining room is no exception! I love that gorgeous trim you salvaged, the wall color, the beautiful piece from Loi's shop...the list goes on and on! I'm so excited about you using your camera...you are going to love finding out what it, and you, are capable of!

    xo Kat

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  14. Hello Phyllis - Your dining room looks fabulous. Very stylish, I love all of the detail.
    I am also very envious that you are able to shop in Loi's shop, although I think that would be a very expensive exercise. The chest is just perfect.
    Hope you have a lovely week,
    Liz x

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  15. Wow, what a beautiful piece! It's certainly worthy of a whole-room redo. The drapes are fantastic and that trim is perfect with the silver linen.

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  16. Hi Phyllis,
    What a beautiful space and I can just imagine what wonderful events will happen around that table. You have such a gift for making a house a home!
    Di
    xoxo

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  17. Phyllis! This is fabulous!! I don't even know where to begin! Love the piece from Loi's shop. Love the BM grey colour. It's the perfect backdrop for your amazing pieces. That chandelier is tdf! Really stunning space! I am exciting to hear about your classes. I have been you tubing photography tutorials but I might copy you and sign up for a course. Fingers crossed I'll have some spare time:)

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  18. Stunning Phyllis, just stunning, I love the beautifully upholstered chairs and your new treasure from Tone on Tone. Have fun on your new courses. If I see Mr H I'll be sure to tell him that you're being good. Mum's the word!

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  19. What a beautiful room. I love everything about it! Xx Sharon

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  20. Each element of the room is so elegant and the tulips are exquisite in the middle of it all. I do not see tulips that beautiful in my neck of the woods. How fun to have one of Loi's pieces!

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  21. I am completely obsessed. Every detail is amazing - love the draperies and the trim is amazing!

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  22. Phyllis, I am amazed at how gorgeous your dining room is - and when I read that you are just starting to take photoshop and photo classes was bowled over that you are a beginner. Your photos are beautiful. I took a photoshop class last fall (feel like I am still learning) and got a grown up camera for Christmas - still looking for a class to help me improve my pics. Can't wait to see what you create as you learn more.

    Loi's piece is just stunning and I love that neutral pallet. The pop of purple is perfection. Makes me want to get out my paints and do a little interior portrait. Thanks for bringing some beauty into my day! XOXO

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  23. Such a beautiful room, Phyllis! I haven't learned how to use my "big" camera yet either...
    -Shelley

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  24. Phyllis I am in awe of your dining room. First of all to have a special piece of Loi's! It is superb! Then I am in love with the chandelier, it is perfection, well it all is!

    xoxo
    Karena
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  25. Phyllis, I have 5 words for this room of beauty...I could move right in. I am revisiting you after your visit but noticed that my long lengthy comment is not here, it must have not gone through. In any case it am so glad I revisited you. I also noticed that Loi from Tone on Tone has visited you, your style also reminds me enough so fitting in with loi at His beautiful home.
    I really am taken with a Swedish feel much like the blend that Brooke has at Velvet and Linen at her Patina Farm.
    I could truly snag that chest of yours up and find room in my small home making it a perfect fit :)

    Happy Mothers Day to you.
    Xx
    Dore

    Keep inspiring your beauty, it's so breathtaking.
    Xx

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  26. It's beautiful, so calm and serene, just lovely! Linda x

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  27. Stunning, elegant and inspiring. These are the words that come to mind immediately. The other is sigh...gorgeous :-) I invite you to share at my hop on Thursday. Hugs!

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  29. Phyllis, I am so loving your work. The chairs are wonderful X10. I, too, prefer a monochromatic scheme, adding flowers and people for the interest.

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  30. What an AMAZING house :) I can move in tomorrow haha

    Check out my new post....Inredningsvis Swedish summer vacation :)

    I wish you a great autumn dear

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis - Swedish decor, food, and fashion

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  31. Wow nice post. Thank you for sharing this information.
    Dining Room Furniture

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