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Sunday, March 8, 2009

A Spicy Dining Room Change

It's a new week and time for more fun with Susan and Between Naps on the Porch. No doubt you are equally as inspired as I have been week after week with seeing all the changes people have made not only in their homes, but their closets and projects and on and on. Without further ado, let me take you back to a few weeks ago. I was decided on a paint color for my builder beige dining room as well as fabrics and a look for my dining room window.
The winning paint color was cajun red by Sherwin Williams. You can see right away with the picture belowwhat a huge change color made! While I had my hutch emptied out to move for painting, it was a perfect opportunity to dust the inside and rearrange the dishes. Some day ~~ some day ~~~~ I plan to replace this dining room set with an antique sideboard and table. This dining room furniture was one of the first purchases Mr. Brown Socks and I made in the early 70's. It looks a little like Barbie doll furniture in our new home with the high ceilings. For some reason I am sentimental about it. Even if it's replaced I don't think I could ever totally part with it. Here is a closeup of my new window treatments. The gold valance in the center is called "Moondust". I just love the little bit of sparkle that catches your eye just a teeny little bit. Click to enlarge and I think you'll be able to see it......
I'm thinking of using a bit of rub 'n buff in an antique gold to brighten the tie backs just a smidge
This view is taken from the entry so you can get a better feel for the room
This was the centerpiece (below) which I showed how it was put together last week. Too bad I delivered it to the client. It works quite well with cajun red...
Remember the plumber who always has a leaky faucet and the shoemaker whose children never have any shoes?
Well, often times this silk floral designer doesn't have a centerpiece :(
The plate on the shelf was a Goodwill find
Let me be honest with you and say it is taking me a bit of time to adjust to this new, darker look. The window treatments were hung just last week. I do love the room more and more every day as my eye adjust to a total metamorphosis.
I'm still thinking I need to add some brighter, lighter accessories to the walls.
Feel free to offer suggestions :)
I've enjoyed having a new room to show you this week.
I can't wait to click on all the other sites to see what you have been up to as well.
Thanks for stopping by 47th Street today, dear friends!!
I always love reading your comments and I try hard to get by and see all of you too!

30 comments:

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Donna...Wow, stunning metamorphosis! What a dramatic statement your dining room makes now...bet this is amazing with candlelight! So warm and romantic...just beautiful! Susan

KBeau said...

What a dramatic change. Your dining room is beautiful.

Martha said...

Love the red -- the room is really beautiful!

Nina said...

I'm lovin' your red room. How many coats did it take to cover? And the window treatments are lovely. Thanks for sharing!
Nina (Bettye)

susan said...

I DID check out the closeup of the window. That fabric is so rich and regal-looking! I think you will love this once you get used to it..and, make yourself on of those arrangements. LOL

Susan said...

I love the red! My dinning room, a bathroom and my son's room are red! Love it!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

THis is gorgeous! The color is such a bold move and really changes the look of even your furniture! The drapes are elegant also!

blessings
mary

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Donna, your dining room looks so elegant with that wall color and those drapes! It always takes me a little while to get used to a new look too.I'm sure you're going to love this change. laurie

Shelia said...

Oh, Donna! Your dining room is just beautiful! The dark colors and beautiful window treatments make it all look so elegant! I love that old antique cabinet! Truly lovely room!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Linda/ "Mom..." said...

Hi, Donna~ Your patience, hard work and gr888 ideas turned this into a showpiece!!! Congrats ~ you must be so proud! Warmly, Linda

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Red is suppose to stimulate the appetite and increase conversation. Your dining room is warm and inviting. Thanks for sharing.

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Donna,
~WOW~ I am in awe of the stunning transformation!

It's warm, welcoming, rich and gorgeous all rolled into one.

Can you tell I love it? LOL!

The window treatments are a true work of art.
I wouldn't change a thing.

Kudos to you my friend.
~Melissa :)

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Lovely room re-do Donna. Love it. My two-bits. I wouldn't replace the dining room set, but I would paint the china cabinet and the tea cart a satin black. It would update the entire set and look great against the Cajun Red. Then, if you get bored, paint the table satin black too! :)

Blessings,

Sher

kari and kijsa said...

A great change! Lots of drama! Perfect make-over!
blessings,
kari & kijsa

mishebe said...

Love the Red in the dining room. Love it! mishelle

Bo said...

Hi Donna...I'm glad you went with your drapery choice...it looks stunning in this beautiful room!
;-) Bo

Momovthree said...

Oh what an amazing color! It's bold and beautiful. Your transformation is so wonderful, thank you for sharing.
~Michelle

santamaker said...

Just love the magic of paint. Makes all the difference in the world!

Cathy said...

Gorgeous!!!

Domestic Designer said...

Love the color and your drapes! Have a great day!

Martha said...

Which neighboring state -- north, south, east or west? If you're east and south, pansies would be fine -- if you're west or north -- probably not the best idea.

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Donna, this turned out beautiful! Love the red, I bet you will get used to it soon. Those curtains are gorgeous! Kristen

Anonymous said...

Donna,

SMASHING !!!! It came out great....

Kathy :)

Nancy said...

Oh Donna, I love the change. It is so elegant and rich looking!
I am signed up for my floral classes, they start April 7 and I can't wait! I think I will make an arrangement like the one you made last week! It's beautiful! I will let you know how things are going. I am open for any tips!

Lisa (aka) French said...

What a great met mon post;0) so rich and luxurious feeling now;) French

Charlene said...

I Love the red~ I too have builders beige & am afraid to take the plunge! I like to change things around so much that i am afraid color will box me in. Your room turned out beautiful.

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Hi Donna! Don't know how I missed this! I follow your blog but it didn't come up on my new posts?! I love the color! Maybe some red and white transferware on the walls! And of course a gorgeous faux fleur arrangement! Maybe putting a light color runner on the table? God Bless you today! Lauralu :)

Jayne said...

yay! I love the way it turned out. I like your furniture in the room, the wood tones compliment the wood crown molding and the browns in the draperies ;).

Welcome to the red dining room club :D

Judi said...

Donna
YOur diningroom looks wonderful. What a transformation that is. The wall colour is lovely one of my fav colours and your window treatments are fabulous. Did you have them made? Just lovely. I haven't seen any quite that style.

Thank you for sharing..come by and visit when you have a chance.
have a lovely evening..
oh I know about the plumber thing...that centre piece looks perfect..you'll have to make one for you too.
Judi

Miss Janice said...

Goodness gracious, that's gorgeous!