Current Favorite Dining Table & Chair Combos

Selecting a dining table for the home can be tricky business! It's a pretty important purchase and one that's going to serve for years to come. In our family home, it was the place we kids did everything - meals, school work, craft projects  & general faffing around!   Whether for family dinners or friendly gatherings, a dining table that's functional and sturdy and has a certain timeless quality to it, is a wonderful thing. 

So I thought I'd share a few dining table and chair combos with you this week!   Ranging from a rustic modern farmhouse table to one of my favorites, the classic tulip table. For families of 4 to a party of 12.   A roundup of dining table and chair pairings that complement each other, without being too match-y. Across a range of budgets and styles.

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1. tablechair  - the classic tulip table

2. tableend chairside chair  (a similar look for less at Target and IKEA herehere & here)

3. tablechair - a sculptural table like this is interesting and keeps it light and airy

4 table (love, love, love this pedestal table at ZGallerie - it's on the pricier side of the scale, but how beautiful is this base!), chairs with a nail head trim

5 tablechair - a fretwork table with pretty peach chairs - feminine chic! 

6  This gorgeous cherry wood Ethan Allen table (a steal for $250 on Chairish) with buffalo check chairs

7 A vintage mahogany table with these chairs. Painting them white and reupholstering with a zebra print fabric would look pretty fabulous.

8 Some outdoor inspiration!  A white trestle table and all-weather wicker chairs. Inspired by this dreeeaaamy outdoor dining loggia designed by Bunny Williams.

9 tablechair - for a more contemporary feel. A great table at an excellent price.

10 tablechair - simple & stylish


Once you have your table & chairs picked out, there's lotsa ways to accessorize & make the space come alive. A statement chandelier, an interesting rug, some art to set the mood...

For instance, a fun, contemporary dining space like this might be perfect for a city condo.  Starting with a tulip table and acrylic chairs. Adding on some soft sheepskin (love it's pairing with the acrylic, like here). This mismatched striped rug is very chic and the starburst chandelier brings in the oomph. I found this "cheers" neon light on Zulily - how cool would it look mounted on a wall in the dining/entertaining area.

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A Blue & White Kitchen

A friend recently shared pictures of her kitchen renovation with me, and we got talking about her selections from cabinets to counter tops. It got me excited to pull together a kitchen that I'd personally love being in!  Right now, I'm really drawn to kitchens that invite the light IN. And the Great Blue & White Kitchen is a classic when it comes to this.  Light, airy, natural, a place for people to gather around, casual and comfortable, with a modern take to it. Some things I'm currently loving - natural fiber accents  (bamboo, rattan, basket weave), a farmhouse sink (suuuuper beautiful and BIG!) & antique brass hardware.  

So here are my selections, from cabinetry to counter tops to the finishing touches -  pretty hardware and statement lighting.

But first, some inspiring blue & white kitchens!  Feast your eyes :)


Gallerie B Interiors

Gallerie B Interiors

Coastal Living Idea House 2017  

Coastal Living Idea House 2017


Photo via Sincerely Sara  

Photo via Sincerely Sara


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Mark D Sikes

Mark D Sikes



And here's how to get this look!   A relaxed blue & white kitchen, mixing textures - natural fiber, brass, natural stone -  and adding a dash of bright color with the art.  A mix of high-low finds from Serena & Lily, Waterworks, IKEA, Home Depot, Etsy & more!

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Cabinets, glass front - semi-custom from or  these ready-to-assemble ones from Home Depot or these from IKEA  
IKEA Bamboo Pendant  (great style for a very good price, hang one above the counter!)
Relaxed roman shades in a beautiful fabric like this one from Quadrille's China Seas  
Countertops - Imperial Danby  or Carera Marble ( from doing a little research it seems that Imperial Danby is a good choice for the kitchen because it's less likely to stain). Quartz is also a great option - especially one that looks like natural stone!
Kitchen Faucet - I like matte or antique brass or a  champagne bronze like this one

Farmhouse Sink ( too gorgeous! My #1 choice for a sink, a single over a double for all that roominess! )
Backsplash - glossy, white subway tile (clean & classic!)
Counter stools - Serena & Lily
Cobalt blue kitchen island - paint - Farrow & Ball
Stiffkey Blue
RunnerStriped runner
Art - "Bowl of Oranges" a bright find at Kohl's!


While browsing for pendants, I came across this ah-mazing lighting source - Tudo & Co. Where have I been & how have I not heard of them before!!  They have some fantastic lighting at reasonable prices.

Love these cutglass bottle pendants, the ceramic ones and the mason jars too!

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If you're looking to revamp your kitchen or any other rooms in your home and are looking for design & decorating suggestions, let me know!  I'm offering "Step Into Style" a decorating package to help make your living space beautiful for ya & simplify the process. 

Whether it's choosing wall colors (a post on that coming soon!),  cabinetry and counter tops, lighting, window treatments, dining table and chairs, counter stools or any other furnishings -  we will make your space come alive! There is good design available at every price point and a beautiful space within your budget is achievable.

 I'd love to talk to you if you're looking to refresh an area of your home or if you're looking for decorating suggestions and guidance for specific rooms. I'm offering 3 free consult calls this Thursday, Jan 18th.  If you're some who wants to talk to me about your situation,  shoot me an email (or hit reply to this one) and I'll schedule you in!  Don't live in the area? No problem, I offer e-deign services as well &  can give you all the dirty details on our call! Shoot me an email and we'll talk.

I can't wait to hear from ya!

Inspired by Mindy Kaling's LA Home

Who else is excited about Ocean's Eight?!

I saw the trailer last week and flipped out.  It's got 2 of my favorite people - Mindy Kaling & Helena Bonham Carter. And it features that annual event that launched a thousand best-and-worst dressed lists - the MET Gala.  I can't wait to see this 8-women action / adventure / comedy play out. Also, Mindy Kaling who's a thorough entertainer on every level and whose book  "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" I read in a single sitting on a plane ride, always, always makes me laugh. 

Architectural Digest featured Mindy's bright and cheerful LA home earlier in the year. Like Mindy, it's vibrant and full of personality. What caught my eye though, was this fun tropical wallpaper in one of the powder rooms.  

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How fun & funky is that! 

For some reason it made me think of all the fabulous tropical islands I need to go to, like Turks & Caicos and the Maldives. Aaaaah, I'm dreaming of sea breeze and ocean spray.



Well, if you can't go to the tropics, you can always bring the tropics home!  

So here's what I came up with.  A tropical, paradise bedroom. Gorgeous Seychelles wallpaper complemented with soft, serene greens. Clean lines, gold accents & a hint of leopard keep it modern. Natural fiber and seagrass bring in texture and a relaxed feel.

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Seychelles wallpaper / headboard / bordered duvet set / accent pillowcurtain rod / curtains / nightstand / natural fiber rug / mirror / dresser / leopard trayhydrangeas & roses / art / seagrass tray


Alright folks, and on that note, we're going to close out 2017 and welcome 2018!

If you're looking to refresh & rejuvenate your living space in the new year,  I'd love to help you do that. A few days ago, I told you about  "Step into Style",  a decorating & styling package I'm offering.  Be it your home, a condo, a rental apartment or a room,  we will get creative and crafty and imbue it with personality.

I don't believe decorating should mean getting rid of everything you already own and buying a whole bunch of new stuff!!   Nor should it mean buying every single piece from a catalog. Na-hah.  Instead, I believe it's about mixing,  newer purchases with treasured antiques, enhancing what you already own, and doing it in a way that makes sense for your life and family.  There's nothing more appealing than a home with a distinct personality.

And there's ways to achieve that without breaking the bank.  

For instance, giving store-bought curtains a lift with a custom trim, like this...

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JCPenney silk curtains ,  Samuel & Sons coral interlock trim


or reupholstering an antique chair you own, and modernizing it with a pretty fabric, like this...

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Premier Prints zebra pink, P Kauffman buffalo check


...or renewing your bookcase with a splash of paint! Like this deep Hermes orange or geometric paper,  a lively backdrop for all your favorite reads.

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Everyone deserves to feel in harmony with & proud of their living space! Give me a call if you think I can steer you in the right direction & freshen things up for you as we step into 2018.

I am very grateful for every one of you who reads, comments, shares, talks back, and is part of my life through this blog.  I appreciate you so much, and I value your interest in what I do. 

Sending a lot of good juju & positivity your way!  May you have a healthy, happy New Year & I'm thinking of you today. I hope you're up to something fun tonight. As for us, we're still "making plans"!  Welcome 2018.


Image Credits: Architectural DigestReal Simple, Pinterest

Gift Wrapping Mix and Match

With the rush of all that last minute gift shopping (who else is waiting in long lines practically everywhere?), I thought I'd share some easy gift wrapping combos - paper, ribbon, tags and embellishments - from our usual spots. Target, World Market, The Container Store, JoAnn, Walmart & 1-2 choice finds on Etsy.  Maybe it'll inspire you into getting creative with your wrapping this weekend! :) 

I recently discovered the double wrapping paper technique (via the fabulous Elements of Style), and I love it. You basically use a combo of two papers and run a strip down the center,  placing one above the other. The layering looks suuuuper cute!  I've included a few examples below.

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My Holiday Wreath

A little late to the wreath game but it's finally UP!   Made with a  mix of vintage ornaments (and a trusted hot glue gun & some ribbon of course! ). Hat tip to the inimitable Eddie Ross for inspiring this!!!   Worth every last wire twist and glue shot.

If you're feeling crafty this week, you could totally attempt one!   I've shared a quick how-to below.

Going from this 

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There's about 60 ornaments in there  (and SHOCKINGLY I had only 1 breakage over the course of doing the whole thing - yay me!) 

It adds a nice holiday-y glow to our home.


Here's how to make one:
1. You'll need about 60-80 ornaments.
2. Bend a wire hanger into the shape of a circle.
3. Stick the ornament caps to the top of the ornaments with a dab of hot glue (the caps tend to slip out quite easily especially when jostling them around as you arrange  'em. You don't want to skip this step!!)
4. String one ornament at a time through the wire hanger, in the color and order that you want.

A quick tip - I actually arranged the ornaments on the floor first, before stringing them through the wire hanger. It just makes it easier to visualize, and then place them as you go.

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And a few more colorful wreaths to spark your imagination!

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I love this gold & silver  - maybe next year!


Whaddya think??? :)