I am seeing a lot of friends out there that are happy to kiss 2016 good-bye. I thought it was a pretty great year though. Worked on a lot of fun projects here in Charlotte and out of town, which is has it's challenges, but is always fun to install. With my last "day off" thought I'd post the last of the 2016 shoots Mekenzie and I did just before the holidays. Because of the craziness between Nov and Dec historically, this being no different, just now having the time to reflect a bit !! So . . . take a look at one of my favorite dining rooms.
Why one of my favorites you ask? The simple fact that it's usable, casual, yet styled. It all started with the wall paper !!!
One of my favorites, it has a striking black and - silver actually - pattern. We gave the walls tons of movement and interest and it can be dressed up or down. I chose a rustic wood dining table with metal legs, very kid friendly, and mixed up the chairs. Four wood with a black and grey ticking on the back and two leather arm chairs for the ends.
Industrial chic mixed with graphic glamor.
The details that followed were a pair of matching mirrors with a heavy shell detail. When the light hits them, they sparkle just enough. Two short lamps, as not to block the mirrors and still give you room on the sideboard for serving.
I styled it up with simple vases and for the season eucalyptus branches !
A Stark jute rug in silver to keep it clean and simple . . .
. . . and the mix of a mid-century fixture ! Love !!
Opposite the dining room is a would-be "formal' living room and entry foyer. We decided to keep these spaces casual as well, so they will be used !! First of all in the foyer, we changed the look of an existing wood dresser with a heavy lacquer finish in a dark slate blue and painted it's hardware with a dirty brass finish (for metal).. easy ! Bringing the metal back from the dining room in this simple mirror, but adding the contrast of a brass lamp !
The "lounge" across from the dining room is all about cozy. We started with a warm, darker grey on the walls Ben Moore 1551 and a new neutral sofa and two chairs. Then the layering began. I love the combination of blues with blacks and whites so we brought in touches in the side chest, pillow and art as well as this killer rug that instantly added pattern and a dose of color.
This space is definitely collected and cozy. I felt it needed the warmth of coppers to compliment to rustic dining table across the hall and the large distressed leather ottoman was a must. An eclectic look for sure with a little Asian inspired, Mid-Century, and Southwest all living in this space.
art by keith keim