I finally finished dressing up my dining room! Of course I have tons of tweaks and changes I'd still like to make, but I feel like I can live with it now. While Dave was in Florida I painted the one wall an emerald green - by hand, with brush strokes. I knew that alone would make Dave FREAK. Then I handpainted a DeGournay inspired gold tree over that, with watered-down paint.
This is a very humble little house, all of 1100 square feet of shotgun shack simplicity. But it doesn't have to look like a shotgun shack - it can be elevated a bit without going overboard. For the majority of the house, I went with Benjamin Moore's OC-12 "Muslin" - it's a very gentle off-white that blends easily with a variety of other colors and backgrounds. I swore years ago that I would never again have white walls... but now that I design in color so much for my clients, I find the absence is pleasant and uncomplicated to come home to.
I just adore the green-velvet framed sketch of a creek over the window. It came from a local antique-and-junk shop, and was love at first sight. Since there is a creek to one side of my house, it just fits. I feel home should be filled with your favorite things - living in a small house makes it really easy to let items you don't adore so much go. Below is a lamp I found in an antique shop in Illinois. It has been with us for 11 years and been displayed prominently in almost every home. I finally bought it a nice, semi-expensive lampshade (retail at $95) and the glow is just fabulous. There is no comparison between a cheap shade and a good shade.
One last pic - with the chandelier I still need to bring down a bit...
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