Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dining Re-re-re-do. Goodbye Red.

Isn't it funny how one's style can change so drastically in just a few short years. Or, in my case, one can ACQUIRE a sense of style. Absorbed, no doubt, from looking at all your beautiful blogs. When we built our home, I LOVED red.  At the time, updating furnishings and investing in window treatments wasn't an option.  So I slipcovered and decorated with what I had on hand. Nonetheless, these rooms felt "done" to me and I loved the space. Looking back, I can't believe I didn't have a better sense of scale, design, decorating.  I mean seriously, I put lamps under wall sconces.  Can you say unsophisticated.

Looking from dining to living where the living space is painted a shade of seafoam green.

Eventually, I painted the living space red to match. Even though we extended the dining space for Thanksgiving, in the picture below, it is the formal living room.  Actually, the room started out yellow when we were under construction as I thought red and yellow would create a warm, unified space.  Unfortunately, I picked the wrong color of yellow and instead of a golden color, it looked like mustard and ketchup.  So, right before we moved in I hastily picked a different color, still thinking both spaces needed to be different colors.  Not afraid of paint, I also painted the Dollar General lamp shades red and the oak end tables white.
One more image from the first year in the new house. These rooms should have been the same color all along.  They are too connected to be different colors.

And the new, updated color.  It's an accidental custom mix of blue, gray and black.  After eight trips to Home Depot to adjust the color and nearly an entire wall painted with sample colors, I finally found a perfect shade. I also got lucky on a mad dash to TJ Maxx and found two buffet lamps and two table lamps with perfectly coordinated shades (still wrapped in cellophane below).  The rooms really do match; it's just the sun creating the illusion they do not. 
That red couch is like fingernails on a chalkboard now.  Thankfully, I ordered a replacement and don't have to slipcover that couch again so the red slipcover soon disappears, forever. (There are just certain items one can ceremoniously pitch.) You can see I was playing with the dishes on the mantle before the last coat of paint was applied. 
I added this picture to show you how the mirrored candlesticks reflect across the rooms in the morning sun.  It is so pleasant in here in the morning.

While we were painting I kept trying to decide on an accent color.  I glanced out the open window and noticed the lavender flowers blowing in the wind and knew immediately they were trying to get my attention.     

 The nearly finished rooms. 

The only thing missing is the new couch (check) and a little sumptin sumptin for the top of the china cabinet (check).

Now I know a dining room isn't the most ideal place for a piano, but there is no other place in my house for it.  And, I just couldn't bear to cover any part of the window in the living room any longer.

The paint doesn't look purple or blue.  It's grayish-silver.  The Blue Willow may cause the blue hues to pull through.  In any event, I love the backdrop it creates for the Willow.  It's hard to pair Blue Willow with anything that doesn't look good though.  I pulled out the fake iris just to see how purple looks in the space.

I know the wall between the lamps seems bare, but it is so pretty, especially at night.  The only thing I can come up with would be three stacked mirrors, but there are so many mirrors in the vicinity that I can't imagine adding more.  I did straighten the lamp shade by the way.

Looking back into the living room in the early morning.  You can see why I don't want the piano sitting in front of the window.  Again, new couch coming.  Getting a wing back recovered to complement.  But my conundrum - - window treatments.  After living treatment-less for five years, the ones that went up less than a year ago, had to come down.  THAT is why I hate making a commitment to window treatments.  I change my mind so often.

Again, this furniture is temporary.

And with the new settee 

Wouldn't mirrored end tables be great?  Courtesy of cyber Monday and Overstock's free shipping, they are on their way.

<><><><><><><><><><><><><>Below is a picture from Christmas last year.  I had finally picked out window treatments just a month earlier.  I did love the red, especially at Christmas. But now, red and I have broken up and shades of gray and I are going steady.

Thanksgiving a couple days ago.

A nice complement for harvest colors too.

Yes, it's tight - - but so much fun.  I think Grandma approves.

Joining the following parties:

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch

 DebbieDoos Newbie Party
Ivy and Elephants
Ivy and Elephants
Savvy Southern Style Wow us Wednesdays
Beneath My Heart "Best DIY Projects of November
beneath my heart



  1. What an amazing transformation! It looks fabulous!

  2. Both rooms are really gorgeous, love the new color, they look twice the size! so nice to find you from BNOTP.

  3. I like the softer color -- very nice. I'm not sure about window treatments -- I like open windows!

  4. The lighter color makes your floor look so rich! Your architecture is so interesting you don't need a bold color. Nice change!

    Robin Flies South

  5. What an awesome transformation. I love your home, such pretty lighting too. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

  6. Your home is so beautiful! I love all the photos and all the colors! :)

  7. Holy moly! What a transformation! I'm glad that you kicked the red to the curb. The new color is so light and airy and so beautiful!! If privacy wasn't an issue, I'd keep your windows bare. It lets all the sunshine and light! :) GREAT job!

    xoxo laurie

  8. A few years ago I would have thought this room was too bland. Now I think it is so soothing and relaxing! Isn't it amazing how our taste for color changes! You did a great job! I love the new look.

  9. How wonderul! Love the color change, the whole room has taken on an air of peace!
    Dee Dee

  10. This is an amazing transformation! Your rooms are so calming and welcoming! The difference in the red and lighter color is unbelievable! Great job! I'm a new follower!

  11. What a fun journey to take! Your space changed SO much -for the better. :) The piano is much happier against an inside wall anyway.

  12. You have so much to be proud of.

  13. Beautiful transformation! I love your new color. You have a gorgeous home.

    The French Hutch

  14. I am visiting you today from Between Naps on the Porch. Your two rooms turned out beautifully! I love the color of the walls. The two spaces look so much bigger and brighter now. You have a gorgeous home and its so inviting and lovely.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  15. This transformation is absolutely gorgeous. Not to worry, you will get some red back during the holidays. I really love the new paint color you chose.


  16. I ADORE your new rooms! What a transformation! It's like a totally different house! I just LOVE the change a coat (or 3 or 4) of paint can make. And the new mirrored side tables are going to be stunning in there!

  17. Visiting from beneath my heart! Love your house, especially your floors! Please tell me what kind of flooring that is!!?

  18. Hi Angela, thanks for sharing a beautiful blog about a gorgeous home. Your change in colour scheme is really very nice and more to my taste, LOL I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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