***A very special note of thanks to Tessa Sollway, my talented photographer gal pal who took the amazing "after" shots.
My process for picking paint colors sort of went like this: randomly picking out a few fistfuls of paint swatches at the local home improvement store and then deciding on the final color based on an irrational logic that I cannot publicly admit to. I definitely had moments of retail paralysis, where I was so overwhelmed by the racks of paint chips and ended up choosing a color for the sake of well, choosing a color. As soon as we got home with our newly mixed cans of paint, I realized how much I disliked the color I had chosen for the dining room. But the paint was paid for, and I rationalized with myself that maybe, just maybe, I could learn to like it.
What you're looking at here is some sort of "buff" color. As you can see by the pictures, our dining room walls ended up the exact same shade of powdered artificial cheese. While this always reminded me of cheap boxes of mac and cheese (which happens to be a very guilty pleasure of mine), it never quite grew on me.
In 2014, we added the floating bench under the window and a swing arm lamp, while rearranging the table so it would feel a little cozier. This year, I finally learned a very obvious lesson in interiors: if you have a neutral backdrop, use art, textiles, plants, and dare I say, "home accessories," to play with shapes, colors and textures, without any major commitments.
2015. Here is what my dining room looks like now, on a good day.
Let's talk about this dining room table! This table was a collaboration between me and Chris from 2011. I nailed some salvaged oak floorboards to a an old, heavy solid wood door. After beltsanding the original finish off, I bleached the wood and finished it with a wipeon poly. Chris designed and built the trestle base out of some metal he had laying around. I’m really proud of this table because it is something we made together using almost all salvaged materials, and because it is something we use almost every single day.
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Paint: Benjamin Moore - White Dove
Floors: Bamboo (similar here)
Dining Chairs: IKEA (discontinued), Overstock
Lamp: CB2 Mantis wall sconce and IKEA VÄTE ceiling lamp
Pillows: Kilim pillows from Kiss Pillows, grey linen pillows from H&M (discontinued), DIY shibori throw
Art: "It's Peaceful At The Bottom Of The Pool" by Matthew Korbel Bowers, drawings by Chris Bathgate, painting by Chris Antkowiak.