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Dining Room Updates + Fall Break

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

I like to switch things up around the house so recently I made some changes to our dining room. I replaced the plain cream silk curtains with patterned window panels and the light fixture with a white beaded chandelier I’ve been crushing on for a year.

Our dining room looks out to the rear courtyard and plays both a formal and casual role in our home. It’s also a space we walk by 100 times a day so I prefer it to be decorated with soothing neutrals. I’ve always loved a soft green and white combination paired with mixed seating and varied wood tones in here so that palette continues even with the new accessories.

green white mixed wood tones dining room

I had a store credit for winning the Lamps Plus Best DIY blog of 2013 and with it I ordered a new chandelier in our dining room (source below) and I think it’s just perfect in this space.

maarid white beaded chandelier

The window panels you see are the Scribble in Leek curtains by West Elm – they popped up on clearance two months ago so I snagged four 96” panels for $29 each and sewed two together on each side for fullness. The midnight blue and gray versions are still available, this green is not. :( 

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Girl’s Room Changes

Monday, July 21st, 2014

We decided two months ago to take the set of bunk beds from my daughter’s room to the Nevada house since I’m doing a combined kid room there that will sleep two and both my daughter and son will share when we’re living there. That left me with a decision about what to do to replace the bed in her room. She loved her bunk beds but we decided to substitute with a daybed this time, one with a trundle underneath for a second mattress or for storage. 

Birch Lane contacted me several months ago and asked if I’d like to feature any of their products in our home. Great timing since they happened to carry the perfect solution for our ten year old daughter in the form of the white Hampton Daybed.

lavender and white girls room

So many of the same decorative accents from when I featured the room last year are still present: the dresser, the bedding, etc. We did swap out some of the pillows and the artwork to arrange a new gallery above her bed, and also brought in a few touches of cheerful yellow. 

I think it’s important to let a child personalize their own space so we arranged a collection of artwork that she loves in a colorful gallery for her to admire. Kittens, puppies, horses, butterflies … oh to be 10 again.

wall gallery girls room

Little Miss Coco our kitty cat took an interest in the watercolor painting I found on Etsy, perhaps she sees herself? Which is why we bought it, it reminded us of when she was little!

coco and painting

 

girls room wall gallery

The remaining artwork is from a combination of sources, two prints from Minted (animal map / wreath print),  the butterflies are from IKEA bought years ago, the horse is my daughter’s own painting, and we framed the puppy and kitten prints from her old calendar.   

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