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Dining Room Drama and The Domino Effect

I’m sure it’s happened to all of us. You make a decision. You set a course. Then you change one thing… and it changes EVERYTHING. That’s the story of my dining room. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

For the most part my dining room had remained untouched since we moved into the house about a year ago. I had all the essentials… dining table, chairs, buffet… but nothing that really spoke of my style. I decided to do something dramatic. Being the lover of a good graphic punch, I mocked up this mood board in Photoshop.
dining room mood board That wall is not for the faint of heart, right? For the most part this design used thing I already owned. I would need to have some chairs reupholstered and buy a couple cans of paint. Not bad. And the “Wearstler Wall” was going to be amazing if I had anything to do with it. I wanted to use a blush color for the stripes and an even lighter blush color for the ceiling. I even found some sheers at IKEA in a beige-y blush color that worked perfectly for the windows. At $5 per panel I was able to load up the windows with lots of full fabric. I got to work and ended up with this.
wearstler-wall Not exactly like the mood board, but hey, I was working with what I had. You can see that I have no seat cushions here because all my seats and side chairs were being reupholstered. They came back looking spectacular!
striped-louis-chair For the most part the dining room was done. Ahhh…. don’t you just love the feeling of a room that’s done? Yeah, me too! But no sooner than I had completed this room, these fabulous designer drapes walked into my life and turned it upside down.
drapes The mother lode of designer fabrics in my book… Schumacher’s Chinois Palais designed by the ever-stylish Mary McDonald. I was offered the opportunity to purchase these drapes at the end of a show house event for a fraction of retail cost. I’ll have to admit, I thought of every reason in the book that I should get them even though I didn’t really need them. Things like “they go perfectly with my ceiling color” and “they’re already the exact length I need for the dining room” ran through my head, along with “I really should have a more grown-up design for my dining room.” That last one was a kicker. Being in my early 40s has really taken a toll on my design taste. I’m finally admitting to myself that I need to decorate my age. Ugh.

So I agreed to purchase them and the domino effect ensued. The drapes were way too formal to go with the “Wearstler Wall”, and I’d always felt the room was a bit flat. I love the look of grasscloth so I decided to try it on the main wall.
grasscloth I also switched out the mirror with my Chinese Chippendale Pagoda Mirror that was previously in my foyer. Might as well go full-on chinoiserie, right? I loved all the texture from the grasscloth, but the new lamps were really clunking. This is when I decided that the dining room was just going to have to be “pretty.” I gave up the idea of trying to inject modern elements because they just didn’t work. Another thing that didn’t work was the striped Louis side chairs. So I resurrected the Phyllis Morris chairs with an Ebay score of some Mary McDonald Firenze fabric in a blush colorway.
firenze-fabric LOVE this fabric! It’s pretty but it still has a strong graphic feel to it, which is one of the things I like so much about it. And of course it works perfectly with the drapes I’d be getting from the show house. Ebay can be an amazing source for designer fabrics. You can find remnants and end-of-roll quantities at deep discounts. My little bamboo chairs came back from the upholsterer looking ah-mazing!
chair At this point I started to get excited. I finally picked up my drapes at the close of the show house and hung them. After finding the perfect pair of Uttermost buffet lamps, the room was finally done!
dining-room Whew! Was that not the longest dining room story ever? I finished it just in time for the holidays and have been enjoying it ever since. One dinner party and Thanksgiving meal down, and hopefully many more to go.

So has the domino effect ever sent your decorating into a tailspin? I’d love to hear your stories!

2014 In Full Swing

Rather than begin this post with many apologies for being MIA for a few weeks, I’m going to just bombard you with a bunch of stuff that’s happened around the Julian Home since the beginning of the year. How’s that for sweeping it under the rug? We’ve had some good stuff and some sad stuff, but today I’m going to keep it all on the bright side.

I Started Design School!

Some of my close friends know that I started interior design school back in January. I’ve been in some form of the design industry for nearly 20 years of my life, so this seemed like a natural move to make. I’m a Gemini and I tend to like change more frequently than most, but I have to admit that this experience has completely turned my life upside down. I’m learning to draft by hand and have spent many hours at my desk breaking my back to get homework done. I’m also learning all about the history of art and architecture, which I find fascinating. But believe it or not, my best class by far I think is Spanish. Go figure! After this semester I think I’ll be taking on classes in smaller chunks (since I’m in no big hurry) so I can enjoy and absorb everything and still be able to work and make a living. Letting go of a steady paying job has been the biggest adjustment–one that does not suit my personality type well at all. So after this semester I’ll be going back to work in some sort of design job, just not sure what kind. Only time will tell!

The Fireplace Wall

We’ve added a few things to spruce the place up around here, and also have completed a couple major projects that had been on the list since we moved in. First up is our fireplace wall. We finally ordered the stacked quartz veneers from NorstoneUSA and had them installed. It was a small change that made a HUGE difference in the room.
stacked-quartz-fireplace If you recall from earlier posts, this wall was never straight to begin with, so during installation my tile setter tore it down to the studs and straightened things up a bit before applying the cement board. Now that it’s done we could not be more pleased! The living room was full of hard, flat surfaces, but now the rough quartz has added some much needed visual texture to the room. The difference in the feel of the room is like night and day. So much better now!

The Walken

Next up is a little art project. Every year I give Michael something Christopher Walken related for Christmas. It’s a little tradition we started several years ago and it’s become sort of a joke, but we truly do love all things Christopher Walken. (Side note: Michael was an extra in the movie At Close Range starring Christopher Walken and Sean Penn. Anyone remember that movie?) This year I decided to do something a bit more personal, so I created this WPAP (Wedha Pop Art Portrait) of CW.
the-walken (It was created in Adobe Illustrator, and if you’re a graphic designer interested in creating WPAP for yourself, there’s a great tutorial here.) I had an oversized giclée printed (36×36) and then framed it with a bold chrome frame. We placed it where the Elvis painting used to be because it fit that space a lot better. We have since nicknamed this piece as simply “The Walken” and we absolutely love it. Our home has a long hallway from the front door that extends down to the living room, so if you open the door it’s the first thing you see staring back at you from the back of the house. Creepy? Maybe. Awesome? YES!

Faux Bamboo Chairs Are Done!

Remember the poor little Phyllis Morris faux bamboo chairs I rescued from the old Spence Manor Hotel? Well they got a sandblasting, a new powder coat and freshly upholstered seats. Look at these babies now!
phyllis-morris-green-bamboo-chairs They are so cute now! The spring green is just so bright and fresh, and the watercolor Katmandu Multi fabric adds the perfect pop of color these chairs needed. They are currently being used as extra seating in the dining room, and the third one is still being rehabbed. I’ll post again on that one as soon as it’s finished.

Barclay the Greyhound

I’m a huge fan of Brandy Adam’s vintage finds, so when I spied this vintage greyhound statue in her Make + Model store last month, I knew I had to have it.

barclay Barclay (yes, we named it!) had a little bit of damage but had been repaired nicely. As you can see, Michael likes to use him as a resting place for the lead at the front door. There were two of these in the shop, and I do believe the other one (which is in excellent condition) is still available. I’m a rescuer of hounds, so of course I had to rescue the one that had the roughest life. :)

Lastly, on the topic of vintage finds, Make + Model is having a Pop-Up Shoppe event here in Nashville this Sunday! If you’re in the area and want to see the best curated vintage finds all in one place, don’t miss it! Details below.
M+M-Lady-Square Hope everyone has a great week! I’ll do my very best to post more frequently. Promise!