There is nothing better than a side by side, before and after comparison to lend a feeling of satisfaction to the hard work and end results of a project well done. So let's start at the beginning... I have shared much about this project as it unfolded. I asked for your help with fabrics, here, here and here. I shared our choice and the cute little slipcovers that were made and today you get the whole banana!
A neglected room, trying to be a library of sorts. Good bones, a nice size, a pretty bay window, nice mouldings. The room had a non-functioning light fixture and the chair rail looked wimpy and dated. Outfitted with the home's hand me down furnishings, it just wasn't working, it needed to be a dining room again. My client had a table, chairs, china hutch and side board we would be re-using, but the rest was fair game.
Since I was working on other rooms with this client, a cohesive plan was in order. We started with a color palette and floor coverings. I knew that we needed to soften the heavy look of the wood furniture, so fabric host and hostess chairs were added as well as roman shades in the bay window. The clean look of a banded sisal rug on the floor was the perfect beginning.
By adding some moulding, the chair rail was transformed into a painted wainscoting, further lightening the look. We had fun collecting plates for the wall, inspired by a collection given to my client by her aunt.
The light fixture adds a dash of black, a bit of whimsy and feels modern paired with the rustic furniture.
Crisp and clean Roman shades grace the windows.
I love the mercury glass lamps on the sideboard and at some point a piece of artwork will grace the wall. In the meantime hanging the mirror vertically makes a difference.
Bottom line? I could not be more delighted with the result and my client concurs! What do you think? How did we do?!!!
In other news, the cross country pot luck was a smash success!
My house was filled with shoes, teenagers, laughing and fun. I am not sure that the menu was quite what I would be looking for at a pot luck, the kids brought more chips, brownies and juice than main dishes and salads, but I don't think anyone went home hungry!
How was your week-end?
P.S. I am sharing over at Cottage and Vine today where Rene is hosting a before and after party as well as a give away. If you love a good make over be sure to check out what other clever folks have been up to. You are gonna die over Rene's family room.....