Monday, May 14, 2007
We really where able to use the dining room yesterday! It has been sooo long! This room is one of my favorites. Actually, I love each and every one of the rooms in our home. The dining room has always given us a beautiful, calm space. Perhaps because for one long weekend in November, there within it's space slumbered lovely sleepy heads. Caitlin and Douglas and their cousins in various groups that Thanksgiving weekend! It seemed that every available space was occupied. It was Wonderful! Our new home was now christened with love and joy!
The light in the room is amazing. And I specifically choose curtains, in most every room, that will billow in the gentle breezes that float through! The room is perfect in the early morning hours. It is south facing. And I like to have dinners in time for candelight, not too late and not too early...During the fall and winter holidays it is a perfect time!
The Lynx Lake paint color from Ralph Lauren is perfect! We ALL had to get accustomed to the "brightness" of it. Oh no, it is not a bright color, we were just used to a very muted off white called Nigerian Peony, also by Ralph Lauren. Some called it too much like the beach..which is 45 min. to an hour away. Others thought it was too much color!!! We have a soft green/gray colored powder room (which will be changeing soon) and a nice yellow livingroom. The other rooms on the main floor are shades of white.
This dining room table was given to us by my Father-In Law! It was the dining room table in my husbands home. We would all fit around it for dinners, all nine of us!! And later we would slip in the first couple of grandchildren! I do not know for sure if my Mother-In Law choose this table for her family, but I like to think that she did. So I happen to love this table!
Aha...Can you see the difference in the back wall from the last two photos? The last one is very soft and faded looking! Light! just the lovely light!
Now for the fun project!!! I know I teased you forever about this chandelier! De'sole'...Sorry. Before we begin..... after diong my "mini" photo shoot I found a scratch where it was nicked during candle bulb prep. and the canopy ring was not painted!!! All has been corrected now!!! But not in the photos...I lost my light and I knew if I went back I would not get it done on time!!! I stilll had Mothers Day and Tags and... Trust me. I have also chosen to keep the matte finish.
I do love the way It finally came out. I know I had MANY ideas of what it should be transformed into! The shell chandelier...which I think is still a beautiful idea. Well I chose to think like a floor display person at Anthropologie!
I used fabric, paper and postcards along with the paint! I do like it...but I may add more "things" hehe :)
So, did you noticed the "somehting is not quite like the others"? I used these great covers I bought a long time ago for another chandelier ( Italian metal floral). It only needs four candle bulbs. I needed five. So I used an old plain white one. I am not sure if I will use new plain white ones or get more white drippy candle ones. We shall see.
Love these curtains and hardware! I used floral tie back pieces and bamboo from the garden center cut down to the proper size :)
These lilacs where divine! Their fragrance permeated the entire home!
I also had to finish up the tags for Tammy's Tag Swap! This was a challenge for me as I have not done collage art. So I chose somethiong I was familiar with. Embroidery! And I was inspierd by Ded's Class with Amy Tangerine!!! I understand she is going to do another class at Sweet Peas and Snap Shots for all of you lucky girls in southern California! And I do believe it is on MAY 19th!!! Maybe she will come to Chicago? Meanwhile I will have to be happy with my tags :)
I love my little sheep and chandelier. I may make more of them.
I hope your weekend was filled with love! See you tomorrow!