Gorgeous Dining Rooms: Part One

April 21st, 2009

Yesterday, I featured my woefully inadequate dining room space, which is a work in (slow) progress. For inspiration, I turned to my magazine file of my favorite dining spaces, and scanned them for your eyes only. Now if my dining room could look like any of these, no one would ever remember what food I actually served.

You will notice that I lean traditional. However, my personal style is less Architectural Digest, and more Better Homes and Gardens. Yet I constantly peruse and collect copies of Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Southern Accents, Decor, and Remodel magazines to dream my little dreams of someday adding extra glam to my little dining room corner.

Here are just a sampling of the many images I’ve collected. (All efforts were made to acknowledge the photographer, if known.) These pictures are so lovely, you’ll be glad I’m featuring Part Two next week.

house beautiful april 08

House Beautiful, April 2008: Such a calm color scheme, and a great mix of chairs. It could just be the light, but it appears that the chandelier and picture frames are a champagne color, which is noticeably softer than gold or bronze. Photo by Francis Janisch Read the rest of this entry »

DIY: Chair Recovered, A Cinderella Story

April 15th, 2009

This dusty old chair was sitting at the local thrift store with a $3 price tag.  I gave her a makeover, and bibbity bobbity boo, now she’s Belle of the Ball.  Or at least, the belle of my office.

Before and After:

If you don’t have a handy magic wand, then gather these supplies: Read the rest of this entry »