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WIWO: Dining Room Make Over

A million years ago, I asked you to fill out a survey about where you wanted me to take this blog. And 100% of you asked to see more of my work. Which is totally amazing. Thank you. So, I’ve been trying to shift my focus to that. It’s been way harder than I thought (which is why you haven’t seen much of me). After spending the day working, it’s hard to turn around and well, work some more. The blog used to be a outlet for me, a hobby, but now it needs to become more of a way to document what I do. And that ain’t easy. Blah, blah, blah. I won’t go into all that. Don’t you hate when bloggers complain about things? Like being busy? I know I do. We’re all busy. It’s not about me. It’s about you, my lovely readers. So, today, I want to get back into my “What I’m Working On” posts (“WIWO” for short). Starting with this Dining Room make-over.

So, this isn’t really the true “before” picture. When I was hired to begin work on this project, there was no rug. This was one of the first things we added to the existing room (including the existing table, chairs and china cabinet). The chairs and the faux-grasscloth wallpaper in the existing Dining Room are very similar in texture and color. Both woven and both yellow. So, the idea was to introduce some other earthy tones to compliment all that yellow. And blue. The gray/blue is key.


A few close up shots of the rug.

But then we took it a step further by  layering in more pattern (and more importantly color) with the fabrics. See all that blue/gray. Here’s an explanation of my plan to finish off the room.

One. When we redid my client’s Family Room, we used an awesome graphic print from Thom Filicia’s collection for Kravet for the pillows. My client really wanted to recreate that detail in here too. So, I found this fabric from Duralee to recover my clients previously owned wood arm chairs from the Family Room. The plan is to use them as Captain’s Chairs.

Two. Sample of the existing Dining Room chair fabric. This is not the exact fabric, but it’s pretty close. It’s more yellow in person. Have I made that clear?

Three. This fabric tied it all together for me. It’s a printed linen from John Robshaw’s collection from Duralee and it’s on my favorites. We used this for soft shades on the windows. Not pictured: A solid blue linen that I used as a 1.5″ banding along the bottom of the shade.

Four. This striped fabric from Vanessa Arbuthnott’s collection for Lucy Rose Design was used for the window seat cushion. Love the stripe and the colors.

Five: We are still debating on what fabric to use on the Foyer bench cushion. These are two contenders from Quadrille.

Speaking of the Foyer, we also added this console table from Kellogg and this mirror that was found online at Bliss Home & Design. The Foyer is right off the Dining Room, and very open to each other, so it was important that these two spaces worked together. Which I think they do. I’m really happy with the results and plan to have the space professionally photographed in a few weeks. But I’ll be back to show you the snap shots I took on my phone at the time of the install. Stay tuned!

Photo credits: Me. Board created by Cline Rose Designs.


  1. Jessica / Mar 5 2014

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to see the photos. Especially love the console table 🙂

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