Ok, I thought it is about time I showed some of my own house. Sarah's dining room can wait until tomorrow. This is my dining room. I don't have a Tommy to assist me, and B---- doesn't want to appear in this episode, so it's just the dining room. Sorry!.
This room faces North and has difficult incoming light that tends to throw a lot of green and yellow. Because my focal point is this Quebec pine cupboard I really wanted to minimize any other colors in the room, and I didn't want white walls. (all my other walls are white) .
I have this weird thing that I can't use a paint color if I don't like the name (don't let my clients know), so I went through the Farrow and Ball paint deck and found this color called Mouse's Back. (really). Loved the name, so I turned the chip over and loved the greyish brown, moleskin color. (not really, I did look at the color first). I love it because it allows this large cabinet to keep it's true color which is a bit ginger cookie-ish.
This holds all of my dishes, platters candles and table linens.
One of my favourite pieces!
I splurged on two large end chairs and had them upholstered in an Irish linen by Robert Allen. They have a feather seat which the cat seems to think makes a perfect bed, and I chose them because I have limited seating in the living room and I can just pull them into the living room and use them as extra seating.
I prefer to make my decorating mistakes in my own house, rather than a client's, and in this case, I had to get new side chairs because these 2 armchairs made the previous chairs look too small, so they went to the kitchen. Instead I bought these cotton velvet side chairs which were a really bad idea since I have a cat, and a yellow lab (at that time 2 labs). TheChinese Chipendale style bamboo chair to the right of the cabinet was a Road Find that I had upholstered in an animal print chenille by R. M. Coco. My neighbour who threw it out was shocked to see it in my dining room looking so smart. Above that is an African basket and a Natvie American basket (red one) that I think are art in themselves.
This gorgeous vase came from the shop. My neighbour was trimming his forsythia today, so I took some of his branches.
I think it might be an old wine bottle. It has the number 5 pressed into the glass. (Go here to Shabby Vintage Junk and see Tamarah's huge and beautiful green glass bottles.
I thought it made a lovely centrepiece and I was testing the light and settings with my new camera.