Cottage Dining Room Update

The best fringe perk of renovating my kitchen for the One Room Challenge is that I was inspired to pull together my dining room as well.  I didn’t make a ton of changes – swapped out a chandelier, added a roll of wallpaper, 2 pillows and a runner- but it really made a huge difference in aesthetics and function of this “room.”  I use quotes around the word room because my entire first floor is open concept, so it’s super important that each area flow and feel cohesive.

For a little over a year my dining room looked liked this.  Glass table made by Coldren Design, Panton (knock-off) side chairs, vintage Chinese Chippendale head chairs and a vintage chandelier I found on 4th Street in Philadelphia.

old dining room

As much as I absolutely Love my vintage chandelier, it wasn’t functional in this space.  My dining table is multi-purpose ans also serves as our main work desk.  We do a ton of design work here and the old chandelier just wasn’t bright enough.  If this was solely a meal time table it would be great, but but for a place to work, I really needed UP the wattage.  Don’t worry, the vintage chandelier is staying in the family.  I’m long-term loaning it to lil sis Becca.

I did a little searching and selected Crystorama’s 6-light Calypso Chandelier to hang over my glass table.  Crystorama has been such an awesome partner for the past few ORC’s.  I love working with another family-run company and their lights are really exquisite.   Like this bad boy…

calypso chandelier crystorama

This 6-light chandelier hit on every category I was looking for:


This chandelier puts out so much light!!  It’s super functional and bright when we need it.  Plus, we have it on a dimmer, so it can go from very bright to quite romantic in just the movement of the switch.

DIMENSIONS / 30″ wide x 20″H  (Height is from bottom of crystal to top where 3 rods join together.)

I love the scale of this chandelier.  It’s both substantial yet airy.  It makes a statment from when you walk in the door but it also doesn’t block the view.

STYLING/ Modern Glamour / A new Twist on traditonal

The shape is contemporary but the crystals add this traditional elegance.  I thought the mix complimented the vibe in the kitchen.


crystorama calypso teardrop crystal detail

Yes that would be hundreds of gorgeous tear drop crystals that have to be hung individually.

Thank Gawd for assistants 😉

Now that it’s hung, I really love how it looks when it’s lit up. The light bulbs are placed inside the metal ring so the crystals do a nice job of concealing them whether the fixture is on or off.  (Great for you exposed bulb haters.  I don’t really get you, but it’s cool.)

Another big change in my dining room was adding wallpaper to the stair wall.

Stair Wall Before.  This always felt so unfinished to me.

stair wall before

And Stair Wall Now.

Design Manifest Dining Room black white abstract geometric wallpaper glass dinig table panton chairs calypso teardrop chandelier

I really love the simple graphic nature of this wallpaper.  The paper is Nixon by Milton and King.   I can’t tell you how many people have told me (unprompted) that they don’t usually like wallpaper but they really like this wall.  Converting a hater is definitely exciting for me 😉

Dining Room looking into kitchen Crystal teardrop chandelier white shiplap wall

Adding a small runner to the dining room really helped it come alive for me.  I’m pretty obsessed with this vibrant tribal rug from Dash and Albert.  Sometimes a little color can go a long way in a space.

chinese chippendale chair

And the cherry on top was new lumbar pillows for my vintage chairs.  Pink shibori stirpe for the win.  I got these through Minted.  They have so many cute pillows now and they are pretty well priced.

design manifest dining room and kitchen

Images by Courtney Apple


Chandelier by Crystorama

(You can purchase chandelier here)

Dining Table by Coldren Design

Chinese Chippendale Chairs are vintage (Similar)

Panton knock-off chairs- (Similar)

Wallpaper by Milton and King

Rug from DecoratorsBest

Pillow from Minted

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One Room Challenge {Cottage Kitchen} Sources

Hey everyone.  Phheww what a whirlwind this past week has been!  From a mention on House Beautiful to all the amazing compliments and support from my readers, I’m really feeling the love for my kitchen.  Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to leave me a comment on here (or instagram, or facebook.)  I read each and everyone and SO enjoy hearing what stands out to you.

As promised, this week I’m sharing all of my sources.  If I left something off, ask in the comments and if I can, I’ll let you know where I found it.  Thanks again!  – Naomi

black range hood marble subway tile all the way up the wall design manifest

Black Kitchen White shiplap wall orange wishbone counter stool brass glass pendants

Black refrigerator with black base cabinets and white upper cabinets marble subway tile brass hardware kitchen by design manifest


CABINETRY- Design Manifest WoodMasters Line

ISLAND- Ikea (Old/ No Longer Available)



STOVE- Kitchen Aid

RANGE HOOD- Ikea (Old/ No Longer Available) / Trim by Coldren Design




FAUCET- Delta Trinsic

PENDANT LIGHTS- Shades of Light



CABINET PULLS (LUCITE)- Lux Holdups  (15″ length, with crown, polished brass)

CABINET KNOBS (GLASS)- House of Antique Hardware


QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS- Arctic White Quartz via AAA Hellenic Marble (Double thick)



SHIPLAP / PLANK WALL- Pre-Primed 1×8- similar here

WALL COLOR- Farrow and Ball “All White”

MOCK SHADE (Window Treatment on Back Door) – Pierre Frey “Arty”

WINDOW SILLS- Arctic White Quartz


COUNTER STOOLS- all modern / Color is a custom mix of Ben Moore “Rumba Orange” plus red




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One Room Challenge {Cottage Kitchen} Week 6

REJOICE.  We have reached the end of the One Room Challenge!  I would like to personally thank and congratulate you guys who have been following along the past 5 weeks as I’ve renovated my cottage kitchen.  For those who are just popping in today, your timing is perfect— scroll down below for for major Before & After action.

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kitchen celebration naomis cottage

We demolished my old kitchen 30 days ago and it’s been a intense, crazy ride to get to the finished room today.   Of course the preparation of this project started well before the official start of the Challenge.  I wrote the first edit of my cabinetry order back on February 24th and I’ve been planning, pinning and dreaming about the space for months… years really.  Seeing it transform from jumbled thoughts in my head into a reality has been truly magical.  I feel so lucky that this is my kitchen.  It’s functional, it’s glamorous, it’s modern, yet it still feels charming.  And it’s a lot of fun too.  I love my kitchen.

I still have a hard time believing that this was my kitchen six weeks ago…


Before Kitchen

And this is the kitchen today…


Design Manifest Kitchen Black cabinets white shiplap

Renovation Fast Facts//  I kept the flooring, island, pendants lights and range hood and updated the rest of the appliances, perimeter cabinets, countertops and backsplash tile.  We also added architectural elements like crown moulding and shiplap and new stools and window treatments to finish the room.

The shiplap (technically a plank wall) is EVERYTHING.  I love how it finishes off the space and makes it feel so much larger and more dynamic.  I had initially planned on a rug and art for this room but in the end I really felt like less was more.

Black Kitchen White shiplap wall orange wishbone counter stool brass glass pendants

Obviously I went bold with my orange and leopard counter stools.  I love the timelessness of my black and white kitchen, but I really needed a fun moment. I can’t thank my friend, Melissa, enough for painting them for me.  I knew from the start I wanted something a little surprising for my stools.  It’s low commitment, high reward.  In 6 months if I’m so over orange, I’ll just beg Melissa to paint them a new color for me 😉

white plank wall shiplap wall pierre frey art shade

A last minute addition to the room was the shade on my back door, made with Pierre Frey’s “Arty.”  I just love the watercolor brushstroke fabric.  The modern pattern makes for a fun juxtaposition against the plank wall.  It will be easy for me to mix in yellow, blue, pink or red accents because this fabric has it all.  The black ball trim at the bottom is just ridiculous.  Ridiculously good if you ask me.


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Black refrigerator with black base cabinets and white upper cabinets marble subway tile brass hardware kitchen by design manifest

What I love about this kitchen is its bones are neutral and timeless.  Black and White rules in here.  I’m so glad I went for the black Kitchen Aid refrigerator.  It ties in nicely with the base cabinets and I’m still obsessed with the handles.

how to build in a full depth refrigerator black kitchen aid - design manifest

A favorite element for me is that we “built-in” the full depth refrigerator.  I specified a 28″ deep refrigerator end panel and pulled out the wall cabinet above to be flush.  We also spaced the base cabinets 2″ off the wall so that the countertops are just a little extra deep.

Design Manifest Kitchen - White and Gold China Cabinets with glass doors and mirrored backs

I love my “china cabinets” over the sink.  Those who have been following along know that I ordered these cabinets with glass doors, but they arrived with mirrored doors.  I toyed with the idea of using the mirrored doors (hides the mess inside!), but in the end, I trusted my first instinct which was glass doors with mirrored backs.  The mirror back reflects light and expands the space without the weird effect of staring at my reflection while doing the dishes.  And most importantly, it allows my custom gold trim to shine!!  George fabricated this simple trim for my doors and it adds just the perfect touch of glam.

Also, I was debating back and forth between large or small glass knobs.  In the end I chose neither.  Sadly, the glass knobs distorted my face upside down in in a creepy way.  It felt less vintage, more fun house mirror.  These undersized brass knobs felt just right and let the other elements shine.

White Glass Cabinets with gold trim mirrored backs glass shelvess by design manifest

I have no problem displaying my dishes and glasses.  Once this kitchen gets used and abused, they probably wont ever be stacked this neatly again.  That’s OK, I still think this wall will look great and I prefer the glass as opposed to a solid door.  I think that would have made this small room feel more crowded and closed in.

Black and White Kitchen white quartz countertop marble backsplash orange kitchen brass accents Design Manifest


before range wall wide


black range hood marble subway tile all the way up the wall design manifest

BOOM, MARBLE EVERYWHERE.  I love love love my full wall of marble subway tile.  And thank goodness I do, because I sure gave my tile guy, Kevin a lot of grief over “too gray” tiles.  Trust me- marble tile can look a lot darker when setting.  Once it dries and is grouted it’s a whole different ball game.   I think the variation is perfect.

Black kitchen with full wall of white marble tile black range hood with stainless stove- Dessign Manifest

George came up with the idea to dress up my Ikea range hood with a little stainless trim.  I debated back and forth between stainless and gold for the hood trim.  My end reasoning was this… I have two categories: Appliances and Cabinets.  Cabinets are black and have gold hardware.  The appliances are black with stainless.  Therefore stainless on the hood felt most consistent.

double laminated quartz countertop glass knobs

My counrtertops are Arctic White Quartz- double thick with a mitred edge.  Oh baby I love these.

My large glass knobs did find a home on this little drawer base.  Obviously I feel no need to match my cabinet hardware.  It’s all about coordinating, not matching.

I have these extra deep window ledges that I chose to top with the same quartz as my counters.  It’s the perfect spot for my herb garden, which makes me ridiculously happy.  Now I just need to cook more.  Or serve cocktails with Basil and Rosemary.

marble subway tile wrap into windowsill quartz windowsill

Another fave detail is the marble wrapped into the window jambs.

Thank you to Lowe’s for their generously providing this budget friendly subway tile.

utensil divider and roll out shelves next to stove

Hello, new efficient cabinets!!


before kitchen range wall


black cabinets full wall marble tile backsplash white shiplap wall

Dining Room looking into kitchen Crystal teardrop chandelier white shiplap wall

My Dash and Albert Rhapsody rug found a happy home in my dining room.  It bridges the gap perfectly between my kitchen and living room and adds a little warmth to this space.  I love that I can see it from pretty much any spot on the first floor.  (Yes, my house is that small.)

white shiplap wall country bohemian space

Thank you to DecoratorsBest for providing the beautiful fabrics that I turned into pillows.  I love the little repeat of leopard from the counter stools and the pop or red-orange in the ikat.

design manifest living room with orange pink ikat pillow leopard black and white photography

My Minted art ended up finding a home in the living room and I really love it here.  I chose the ballerina  by Zanne Bedore and Rachael chose the birds by Donna Rosner.  I think they make for a dreamy pair.

If you’ve been going Gaga for the peeks of my chandelier, here it is in all it’s glory.  It’s the Calypso by Crystorama and it’s everything I dreamed of and more.  The teardrop crystals are stunning and look extra dynamic when lit.  I love the substance it brings to my glass dining table.  The styling is vintage yet modern and it felt like the perfect compliment to my kitchen design.  Me Loves.

Design Manifest Dining Room black white abstract geometric wallpaper glass dinig table panton chairs calypso teardrop chandelier

Black Kitchen White shiplap wall orange wishbone counter stool brass glass pendants



This renovation never would have happened without my amazing extended Design Manifest team.  A lot of people have told me I’m bold for taking on a project of this size in only six weeks, but I can’t take the credit for this alone.  So thank you to the following talented folks for upping my game… First and foremost, my father, my mentor, my cabinetry setter, Andrew Stein.    Our carpenter, Angelo Iannitelli.  My assistant and right hand, Rachael Herman.  My metalsmith, creative collaborator and cheerleader, George of Coldren Design. Plus Kevin of Love Tile and Marble, Bryan of Buono Construction Group, Dan Curran Builder, Katie of Kieffer’s Appliances, AAA Hellenic, Bill Gordon Painting and Vince D’Angelo Plumbing.  (Plus our intern Chrissy!)  It really does take a village to renovate a kitchen.


And finally a HUGE Thank you to Linda for organizing the One Room Challenge and the amazing sponsors listed below.  This space wouldn’t have happened without your support.  The ORC is a LOT of hard work, but it’s also ridiculously fun for me.  I’m just so honored and grateful to do what I love, improve my own home and be able to share it all with you.  It’s pretty cool.




COUNTER STOOLS- all modern











I really hope you enjoyed the tour! 

Please let me know what you think.  Your comments really are everything to me :)

Personally, I love being in the space.  I’m seriously sitting in this kitchen feeling giddy right now.  It’s amazing how an environment can influence our mood and lifestyle.  

This is why I love being a designer.

I’m working on a full source list that I will post next week.

For those who like to nerd out, I’m also planning a second kitchen post that goes into more detail about design elements- like how I chose to mix cabinetry, hardware, plus essential measurements to keep in mind.


19 Reveals to Go.  Make time to check out the fellow participant’s room reveals below.  SO much talent in this group it just blows me away.

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One Room Challenge {Cottage Kitchen} Week 5

I’m just gonna give it you straight: Week 5 of the One Room Challenge SUCKS.  As my deadline rapidly approaches, panic and exhaustion are overtaking me.   My punch list is growing longer, subcontractors are trying to back out last minute, frantic orders are being rush shipped and predictably, I’m second guessing a few design decisions.   It’s a hot mess over here  and I’m just trying to hold it together during work hours so that I don’t concern my clients and employees.

Renovations are taxing and when you act as your own general contractor you better multiply that by ten. Ratchet it up a notch with a 6 week deadline, you’ll need plenty of booze and tissues on hand.  I’ve grown a whole new level of empathy for my clients that will be very valuable for me moving forward.  Thank you, Linda, for another learning lesson 😉

Luckily there is lots of fun to be had… in the design!  This week I’m talking about about the decorative kitchen elements.  My kitchen is SO much more than the cabinets, appliances and countertops.  My kitchen is going to have Soul.

Before Cottage Kitchen

From the start I knew I wanted to do something with the back wall.  It has always just felt so assymetrical and unfinished and I’ve never gotten it right.  I considered wallpaper or a gallery wall.  It was really important to me that the wall be interesting yet subtle so that didn’t detract from the kitchen design.  I decided that shiplap would be the perfect mix of texture and charm.  This room by Sherry Hart really sold it for me.

neutral shiplap dining room by Sherry Hart

Hubba Hubba.  I love everything Sherry touches.

I partnered up with our ORC sponsor, Lowe’s, to build the shiplap wall.  My dad used pre-primed 1×8 boards and milled out a little gap between the boards.  I loved it the minute I saw it.  It really expands the space!  (You know what they say about horizontal stripes…)

shiplap wall sneak peak with gold pendants and pierre frey arty

I decided to paint it in Farrow and Ball’s “All White.”  It’s a clean, crisp white with warm undertones.  Since my countertop is a warm white, I didn’t want to choose a white wall that read Cool.  (Pssst check out Farrow and Ball’s 9 new color introductions HERE.  I contemplated doing a “Peignoir” ceiling but ultimately decided it would be one element too much.)

So far the whole story of this kitchen has been black and white.  Black and white cabinets, white walls, white countertops, black refrigerator.  I love a neutral base in my kitchen, but I’m also a lover of color so I knew I would want some vibrancy in here as well.  Since I have commitment issues, I decided on accessories and soft furnishings to bring in my current color crushes.  My goal is for it to be fun, colorful, yet also classic and timeless.  I think I called it Modern Cottage Glamour in my first post.  I forgot to add that I enjoy a side of Boho.

textile mix

top ikat fabric / leopard fabric

I actually started my color scheme with a refresh in the living room.  I fell hard for this textile combo and ordered fabrics from DecoratorsBest to make myself some custom pillows.  I’ve been talking about my orange crush for months now and I thought that Samarkand ikat was the perfect jumping off point for the design.

Stepping into the actual kitchen, the bones are so neutral, I decided to go bold on the bar stools.  I honed in on the idea of a painted orange (tangerine) bar stool, but I wasn’t quite sure of the right shape.  After perusing tons of options I selected this wishbone counter stool from all modern.  I love the classic mid-century feel of these chairs and they are super comfy!  Seriously, it’s like a lounge counter stool.  I also like that they aren’t too visually heavy in my small space.  It’s orange, but not too much orange.

wishbone counter stool in charlotte locks black and white leopard

All Modern Stool with Farrow and Ball’s Charlotte’s Locks plus a little leopard.

Oh yes, I went there.

Next up on my list was a rug.  I fell quick and hard for this Dash and Albert rug from DecoratorsBest.  Just a bit of dark to tie into the cabinets, just a bit of orange from the stools and a lavender surprise.  It was a done deal, slayed at first site.

rhapsody wool rug lavender pink orange tribal flatweave

Being a wool flatweave, I think it should be pretty practical in the kitchen.  I plan to shake it clean and flip it occasionally (it’s reversible.)  It should also spot clean well.

To finish off the space, I’m planning a bit of art for my kitchen.  I hit my color threshold, so I focused my art search on black and white prints.  The photographs below are limited edition from our sponsor, Minted.  I just love their new matte brass frame!

3 kit bw balerina art

Musing of Synchronicity by Zanne Bedore


Black Birds by Donna Rosner

There’s probably more I want to say, but honestly I’m so exhausted I not thinking completely straight.  So I’m going to say a little prayer we can pull this rabbit out of its hat in the next two days.  Rachael, Chrissy (our new intern) and I will be cleaning, re-stocking and zhushing the kitchen all day tomorrow.  We’ve also got some 12th hour final fixes and feats from both Dad and George.  Then it’s the photo shoot with Courtney and we have another One Room Challenge in the bag.  Boom, it’s a Room.  Then it’s back to real life.  Luckily our day job is pretty fun.

Next Week:  The big Reveal.  I promise less chatter, more kitchen porn. 


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