thoughts on my dining area

In the past, I haven’t shown much of the process mid-design in my place because I think I’ve been a little embarrassed to reveal how often I change my mind and in turn, change the design.   I experiment, I make holes, I move things around, I make mistakes, I edit, edit ,edit.  (Case in point: My Bedroom.)  Well the heck with embarrassment, today I’m just shooting from the hip.  I make no promises to do anything, I’m just thinking out loud.

And I’m thinking about my dining area.  So this is what I’ve got going on right now, but it is all changing.

design manfiest dining room and buffet half way

I already hung my new chandelier.  It’s the Edmund by Arteriors and I LURVES it.

It’s antiqued brass, glass, faceted and just stunning in person.

edmund pendant


One Room Challenge: The Master Bedroom

Yay it’s the first day of the One Room Challenge!  I am so pumped to transform my bedroom from an empty space to beautiful, finished room.   I plan to do it up in my signature Preppy Bohemian Style and I won’t be afraid to use a little color along the way.  I’m probably totally crazy for agreeing to take part in this 6 week makeover challenge when I haven’t even moved into my home yet!!  (I’m moving in next Tuesday.)  I’m not going to lie, I’ll probably get a little crazed along the way, but I work well under pressure and nothing like a deadline to help you git her done.

As a reminder the One Room Challenge (ORC) is a 6 week start to finish makeover of one room.  I am doing my master bedroom because a girl’s gotta have a place to sleep.  20 total bloggers are taking part in the challenge and I will share all of their details below.  This isn’t an actual competition, but as I’m uber-competitive  I will treat it as one in my own head.

Here is the culprit.  I plan to decorate it hard.

master bedroom before

closet wall before

Cons: the room had several choppy wall sections plus the wall color and carpet weren’t working for me.

Pros: The big bay windows, Light on two sides, My bed fits.  Pine floors hidden under the carpet.

We made a few construction changes to the room which I shared on Monday.

(Including tweaking a few walls and refinishing antique pine floors.)

You can see that post Here.

Here is a little mood board of what I am planning for the room.

In my own home I always edit as pieces fill in, so I may change it along the way.

cottage bedroom scheme design manifest

What does it all mean and how will I use it?  You’ll have to stay tuned every Wednesday to see!

I’ve already taken the first necessary steps in completing the design…

Painting is complete!

I wanted the room to be moody yet also energetic, so I went bold with a teal wall.

1 bedroom painted main wall

I used Benjamin Moore Naples Blue on both the walls and trim.  (Eggshell for walls, semi-gloss for trim and doors.)

2 bedroom painted slanted wall

And, just in case you are wondering, NO I don’t think a dark color makes the room look smaller.

I think it makes it more fabulous and enchanting.

3 bedroom painted three doors

There are 4 windows and 3 doors in this room and I didn’t want them to make the statement.

When I use white  it will be a purposeful pop in this design!

4 bedroom painted bed wall

Enough about my room for this week, here is a list of all the amazing bloggers taking part in ORC this time around…

ORC Banner Blog Headers

Amazing talent here, guys!  I can’t wait to check every single one as soon as I’m back from my vacay.

You can follow along with their makeovers as well.   Take a little peek at the links below.

Coming Up Next Week:  Since I move in on Tuesday, I will be sharing the room essentials next Wednesday.
Previous Bedroom Updates

Cottage Talk: Painting Trim, Glorious Trim

True to my word, I did some serious painting last weekend.  In my bedroom I did just the first coat of the walls and trim- so nothing to share yet- but its looking to be very TEAL.   I decided to paint my trim and doors the same color as the walls (BM Naples Blue) but in semi-gloss.  In a deeply saturated room WHITE makes a big statement, so I want to use it wisely (think crisp punctuations in curtains and bedding.)  I didn’t want the doors or windows to pop, thus why I painted out the trim. It’s going to be like a little jewelbox in there… I am very excited.

Trim is SO important in a room and often I think its overlooked.  It can be used for contrast or to simplify and it certainly doesn’t just need to be white.  Here are a few of my favorite looks for painted trim.

Imagine this room without the black doors and trim?  Totally different right? – Sara Story

White is used as a purposeful contrast in this teal room. – Michelle Workman

Look closely:  There is some kind of wall moulding in this room, 
but you can’t really tell because it’s been painted out the same color as the wall.

No plain white door and trim here!
A color is pulled from the gorgeous wallpaper to give the door its own statement.- Hutton Wilkinson

Mona Ross Berman gave her clients’ dining room the total pale lilac paint treatment.  
Imagine all of those mouldings contrasting in the room?  It would have been a much busier space. 

Pink trim is bold, even for me, but I love what it does to this space!

Windows and trim have been painted out the same turquoise shade as the walls, 
allowing other pieces to stand out in the room.- Miles Redd

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Cottage Talk: Master Bedroom Bedding

Thanks to gift cards from generous family members and a 25% off holiday sale, I was able to buy my bedding for my future master bedroom.   I’ve long admired Serena and Lily’s Berry Border Frame Duvet and embroidered sheet set and was happy to snatch it up.

I already told you that I made the decision to paint my bedroom walls dark teal, so I knew I wanted crisp white bedding to contrast the rich hue.    I thought the pop of berry would go nicely with my teal.  The bedding arrived and I couldn’t resist trying it out last night, even though I’m not in my new space yet.

I’m not planning to use my Caitlin Wilson coral fretwork pillows in the master, but I actually like how they work with the berry frame.  As for the actual bedding, the sheets are divine.  They are really soft and I love the embroidery detail.  The duvet is fine too, but for some reason I thought the berry border would be wider.  They explicitly say it’s a 1” border on their site, so I don’t know why I thought it was more substantial.  Just thought I would mention it.

Also the bedding is a perfect white.  My furry throw is more creamy.

I’m enjoying the change in my “temporary” bedroom and look forward to putting my master bedroom together in February!

** Serena and Lily did not sponsor this post.  Just wanted to share my thoughts **

Tape Trim Obsession

I’ve stated this before- My style is Preppy Bohemian.  I love patterns, colors, ethnic accents and organic elements that compliment a bohemian look, but I also love tailored, crisp, traditional and chic.  To me, eclecticism is about balance and these two styles complement each other perfectly. 

In my own cottage, a lot of the “Preppy” look is going to be achieved through tape trim and grosgrain ribbon.  Each room will have a different feel but will be unified by the same curtain- white with black ribbon trim.  Greek Key will be making a revival in more ways than one.  My skirted sofa may be getting a mini-makeover in the form of a tape trim at the base.  (Who remembers my beloved sofa, Martin? He’s been in storage for like a year!)

Today I’m back again on Meg Biram’s site talking about my favorite ways and detailed uses of tape trim.  It dresses up just about everything!  Please check out her site to learn how to achieve the custom tailored look in your home.

And below- Just a few of my favorite Tape Trim Items.  Incredibly Chic and still pretty cheap.  What’s not to love?