Thursday, October 22, 2009

3 eating scenarios and a project

i love a good dining area. this is an important home location. this is the place we eat, break bread, chat, entertain with food and drink and sometimes even have serious discussions about homework and reality tv. a good dining room always catches my eye, not as much as a good living room, but close. anna spiro's dining room is amazing. so fresh, happy and inviting. not an ounce of pretense...except for the boobies...maybe a crumb of pretense there. and i love a good boob. in any case...i would be extremely pleased to eat here every day.


here's another that pleases me. it's small and cozy, modern and rustic with that crazy reclaimed wood table. and i am a H U G E fan of a metallic light fixture. and hello swan chair, would you like to make out? this area is small, eat in perfection.


and this space is just a big excuse for a party! i mean, the space itself seems like one of those basement kitchens in a giant english estate. the table looks like the biggest drafting table ever and paired with the loooooong bench and jacobsen chairs what's not to love. it's great and i want to have a long, leisurely lunch here and then go on a fox hunt. tally-ho!



and this next pic is what i want to do to my fireplace wall. and that is paper it.
this is my fireplace. yes, i KNOW it's dark as donkey balls in here. and the wall is gray. ralph lauren forde abbey to be precise. i struggle constantly to find that perfect piece of something special to hang above the fireplace. i went to the scott antique market and looked at giant gilt mirrors a la jenny lyons' fireplace mantle but there was nothing there under 1200 dollars that was the appropriate size. and that's what i really want. but i cannot afford such a thing. so i thought why not paper it like the photo above? what are your thoughts? any paper suggestions? i don't need a lot just enough to do this one wall. the tiles are kind of pinkish coral, a lot like puke actually. but this is a rental and i cannot control the tiles. but i will paper the hell out of this wall and never look back.

images anna spiro, ??, melanie acevedo, probably dti and then me

21 comments:

court. said...

if you're dying for a mirror, why not use mirror tiles (IKEA has cheap ones) and then trim it out with crown molding or whatever. I like the paper idea too, though. What are you going to be using??

Either way, do it up woman! I can't wait to see the results.

sketch42 said...

What about some kind of ginormous painting? over some wallpaper? I like the idea of a huge canvas painted one color, bold. you could even layer a smaller mirror on top of that, on top of some wallpaper.... if you want to go crazy on it. But as for wallpaper, I like schumacher Chenonceau or something like that. What do you think? Maybe I would just do that with a simpler mirror on top. and tall candlesticks or vases flanking it... hmmmm

LindsB said...

Check out what Stephanie over at SabbeSPOT did on her wall with contact paper- she did this great chevron pattern- I love it!

Peck Avenue said...

maybe im immature, but "i love a good boob" just made me giggle a little bit. thanks for constantly keeping me entertained

my favorite and my best said...

COURT- i am not a fan of the mirror tiles even framed out. and furthermore i am not that patient to do it.
LINDS- i do like what sabbespot did but again, i am not that crafty or patient.
SKETCHERS- love the idea of a canvas painted a bold color. and maybe you are on to something with hanging one over the wallapaper.
we shall see...
PECKERS- glad i could bring forth a giggle from your innerds.

Ms Smart said...

THIS:
"hello swan chair, would you like to make out?"
hahahaha

nkp said...

I'm a huge fan of Anna Spiro's dining room too. It's perfectly approachable and so, so stylish. That looooong table and benches make my blood pressure riiiiise. 'Effin fantastic!

Speaking of dining rooms, I just posted one that I came across moments ago. Check it out, fireplace and big ass fancy french mirror included!

court. said...

oooh forgot to mention. Do you know that sherwin williams does some pretty nice stick and peel (and peel off) wallpaper?

the NEO-traditionalist said...

Oh do paper the wall! It will look spectacular. And I'm a bit obsessed with Anna Spiro's dining room too---the woman can do no wrong. Best of luck to you!
XX Kate

Tea Party Crasher said...

I think you should go for some gorgeous, luxe-looking metallic wallpaper with a subtle pattern — it would completely transform the look of the room, and who doesn't love metallic wallpaper? Crazy people, that's who!

P.S. I just posted an interview with Abigail Ahern -- I think it might be up your alley.

Rachel said...

I kinda like the idea of the metallic paper too! But unfortunately I don't have any specifics on any particular design I can throw your way.

As far as over the mantle, I still vote for a mirror. I love how they reflect light around, plus you can prop other paintings and pictures in front of them. I know they don't have antiques, but have you checked Home Goods?? Do you have one close by?? They have GREAT deals on BIG mirrors. Like crazy good deals. I'm sure you could find a simple and classic frame - then start propping interesting stuff in front of it!

Whatever you end up doing I'm sure will be interesting and cool. ;-)

Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

Love Anna Spiro's dining room! Has a great, eclectic feel to it. Thanks for the heads up on the butterfly pic, just updated the post.

I would have gone for a sunburst over the mantle... This ebayer sells peruvian sunburst at amazing prices. He doesn't have a great selection at the moment, but updates his shop about once a week: http://shop.ebay.com/ldsfantiques/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p4340

Have a fabulous weekend!!

xoxo
dagny

Dad said...

I would be happy to frame whatever you put up.

BTW I like your new pic.

my favorite and my best said...

well DAD, you're pic is a little frightening but at least it shows my readers where i come from. ;)
and i think my pal jamie meares from i suwannee is going to help me out with a fab sunburst mirror at a good price. but i still think i am going to paper the wall behind it. but if it's a building mood you're in i SURE could use some new nightstands. let's talk!

Dad said...

I didn't tell you this but I'm in the Witness Protection Program - hence the photo.

west by south said...

Just discovered your blog and absolutely love it!

Paisley said...

Yes on the metallic wallpaper and YES on checking out homegoods. They have some amazing mirrors and I usually don't like to buy housewares new but I love most of their wall decor. World Market also sometimes hits the spot. Let us know what you decide!

vicki archer said...

Yes and yes again for the wallpaper...then hang a pic or a photograph on the top of it (boobs or not) xv

fromtherightbank.com said...

I vote for wallpaper! I don't have specific paper suggestions but I would definitely go for something to go with that yummy gray. (So you do have a gray wall - how did I miss that?) Have a good weekend, Jenny.

urbansardines said...

I love the idea of wallpaper, and the pic you posted is one of my dream living rooms! Sorry, I am not great on wallpaper sources, except do you know FERM Living? Drool, drool, drool...
http://www.fermlivingshop.us/wallpaper/

hth!

Lilah

ginger said...

hmm, you could have your dad frame you up a large mirror and do the foiling yourself? Silver or gold gilding really isn't that hard, glue and a brush (buy the gild at an art supply store) - you can even buy tarnish kits to give the aged look you want? I am not all that detail oriented and have done gilding - I'm also not all that patient, so trust me when I say it is both fast and easy! Get Crafty!