I've come to realize I never gave you all the goods on how I put together my dining room. Like the rest of my apartment, it was done on the cheap, so I'd like to think it's worth sharing the deets (that's details for you lay-folk). And now that some new changes are taking place in that room of the house, I figured I could share it all with you now. Better late than never!
Above is the room as it looked before we moved in. The color wasn't half-bad, but it was going to be repainted by the landlord anyway, and as you all know, he let me choose the new color.
I went with Behr's Dolphin Grey, which you'll notice is the color of every room in the apartment.
And here's the room all dolled up - fresh flowers and place settings (not the norm). I had to spruce the place up for the photoshoot I did when Jen Ramos of MadeByGirl asked to feature my home on her wildly popular blog.
But you see that big floor mirror back there in between the windows and wall sconces? (It's Ikea's Mongstad, no longer available in that color, apparently.)
You may have noticed it's been relocated. A room-sized dressing room needs a mirror of equal stature, don't cha know? Plus I thought it was a tad too small for the dining room wall it was on so it all works out.
Moving along in the story... my dad asked me if I'd want this family heirloom that had been sitting in storage. We affectionately call it "the treasure chest" - you can see why - and knowing that my great-grandparents came over with it from Poland via Ellis Island, I said "Hells yes, I want it!" and did a little happy dance. This was before I moved the mirror into my dressing room, however, so it just sat in a corner, all by its lonesome, out of place with no one to admire it.
Well, the mirror is gone and the chest is in its new home. I like how its directly across the room from the entry table, which looks like two old suitcases stacked on top of one another (it's actually one piece of furniture).
Alas, now we are left with a big blank wall above the chest.
So here are some options...
Europe Destinations poster
April in Paris poster