DIY

Rustic + Refined Dining Room

Monday, August 12th, 2013

A few months ago I was approached by World Market to partner on a room makeover – they inquired if I would take their products and completely redo a space top to bottom. Um * ahem * “Yes!” I replied being a fan of their store for over a decade. I had the perfect candidates in mind – a very deserving family. 

My friends Cheryl and Jay are teachers and they’ve spent many years teaching in the local school system. They bought a house last year with a formal dining room and have wanted to entertain friends and family but didn’t have the time or budget to pull a space together. CG and World Market to the rescue!

The plan was to introduce contrast, color, pattern, and warmth to the room by mixing classic elements with rustic finishes. I used the window panels as the jumping off point for the entire space, pairing grays, plums, and yellows with warm metallic sheens.

rustic dining room makeover

 

The plan included a rustic dining table and mixed seating (I love those hourglass gold tables used as stools!), various wood finishes, a layered plum palette, and a casual table setting.

world market dining room plan

Here’s what the dining room looked like two months ago when I started:

dining room before

 

Here is the dining room totally transformed!

dining room makeover with world market

We added the tongue and groove wall treatment in July and I painted above it a contrasting charcoal gray with a hint of taupe (Glidden’s ‘Arrowwood’) pulling the paint color from the fabric in the window panels.  Favorite elements?  Where to begin… let’s start with the fabulous sideboard.      

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Duvet to Window Panels

Monday, July 29th, 2013

A week ago, I spent some time working on my friend’s in progress dining room, the same one where we installed the tongue & groove wall treatment a month ago. It started with a shopping trip to World Market last week where I discovered the Sonoma Floral Ikat Duvet and thought, oh hello gorgeous fabric, you’d be perfect as curtains in the space!

I’ve always believed a fantastic fabric can be a jumping off point for an entire room’s design, so this duvet has been reinvented into window panels to do just that.

duvet to window panels

World Market has a similar window panel but the background is brown. I loved the smoky gray background on this duvet with its touches of plum, cranberry, and mustard yellow – perfect for this dining room we’re filling with mixed wood finishes, warm metallics, and more plum accents.

A duvet is 88 inches wide so you get extra fullness compared to most conventional fabrics by the yard. To line the backs of the new panels I used two flat cotton sheets from Walmart for $11 each – less expensive than two lengths of liner per panel and the exact same width as the duvet.

sheets as liners

With this project, your only limitation is height. This duvet was 92” long, but I did add 2 ½ inches to the top and bottom with a plum linen border fabric so the panels ended up at 97” in height. Here’s the step-by-step for turning a duvet into window panels!

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