Okay, y’all. I’ve been keeping the details of my dining room and entryway plan under wraps, but I’m finally ready to share. I just needed to kind of let the ideas percolate in my mind a bit more, free from outside influence or input, and live with them for a while and see how I felt about these ideas. I know there’s no plan that I could come up with that would please everyone, and that usually leads to lots of input and suggestions, which leads to me second guessing my decisions and changing my mind, which leads to me getting totally off track and losing focus. Sound familiar? Yeah…we’ve been down that road a few times. 🙂
But in the end, I’m the one who has to live in these rooms with these ideas, so I just needed to silence all of the voices and determine what it is that I actually like and want. And to be clear, when I say “silence all of the voices,” I really do mean ALL of the voices…even my mom’s. And that’s very unusual for me. At one point, she asked me about part of my plan, and I responded, “I don’t want to tell you. I don’t want any more input right now.” 😀
So after letting my plan percolate in my mind a bit more, and really liking the direction…and most importantly, after ordering all of my fabrics and other items so that I can’t and won’t change my mind again…I’m ready to share details.
First of all, I’m doing black and white horizontal striped draperies, and I’m doing them on all of the windows. Black and white horizontal striped draperies are what I’ve wanted from the beginning, and somewhere along the way I was talked out of it. It took my sister’s comment on my “Know When To Walk Away” post to snap me out of it. She said, “I think what you really want is to use the wide black and white stripes in there, and you won’t be satisfied until you find a way to do that.” Yep. She knows me well. 🙂 And then either that day or the next day, I was cleaning up and going through my stash of magazines and catalogs that I let pile up, and I came across a Shades of Light catalog from last year with this picture on the cover.
When I came across that catalog (again), that’s when I had my lightbulb moment and decided that white walls were out, and green walls were in for me. And I also decided to stick with what I’ve wanted all along and go with the black and white striped draperies. I ordered 100% linen for my draperies, and found it here for just under $10/yard. It arrived this week, and I bought my drapery lining at Hancock Fabric’s awesome going-out-of-business sale for 70% off.
I did go ahead and splurge on the acrylic curtain rods that I wanted. I ordered them on Monday, and they’re supposed to be here either today or tomorrow. As soon as those get here, I can get them installed, measure for draperies, and get started sewing.
So where does the coral come in? On my dining room chairs. Those chairs are very sturdy (especially since I glued, clamped, and added new screws on all of them), and they were an incredible bargain at $51 for eight chairs and a dining table. But where I hit my roadblock was in trying to make the cane backs work in the room.
I love cane back chairs, but they’re just not working in my dining room. So I’ve decided to cover up the cane and upholster not only the seats, but also the backs of the chairs. I’m still undecided on if I want to upholster the entire back, leaving no wood showing, or if I want to upholster them in such a way that the wood frame shows around the edges, like this…
I love the look of the white painted wood and the bright fabric together. If I go this direction, I’ll be using this coral fabric. The color is actually much more vibrant in person, and it almost matched the coral buffet exactly.
For the two chairs that will be flanking the buffet, I’ll be using the same coral fabric (which is why I couldn’t have a coral buffet). They’ll be fully upholstered to the floor, and I’m thinking about adding diamond tufted backs, like Missy at My Cottage Charm did with her dining chairs (minus the roll at the top)…
For the host chairs at the dining table, I’m still planning on building those, and I’m still looking for fabric. I want a fabric that will incorporate all of the main colors — black, white, green, coral, and maybe just a touch of yellow. But I want a much more subtle and smaller pattern than the watercolor print that I was originally planning to use. If I can’t find anything (which is probably a long shot), I’ll try my hand at designing my own fabric on Spoonflower.
And I think that’s it. 🙂 I’m still looking for the perfect mirror to go over my buffet in the entryway, and I think I have an idea for that. So if my idea works out, I’ll probably have that project to share with you next week.
It feels good to finally have a vision for this room, and to actually be making progress!