dining room

Nicole Balch

Get the Look: Mismatched Chairs

Written on February 4, 2014 at 8:16 am , by

TREND: Mismatched furniture united by color.

The chairs in the dining room, above, may have been collected over time, but a coat of matching paint brings the different styles together. It’s a fun look and a great option for those of us that love to pick up odd chairs here and there at thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets. And if you like the look but don’t have the time or inclination to hunt around for the perfect mix, you can get the look with new chairs, too, either by buying them in matching shades or painting them. You can get the look with the pieces below!

  1. Indigo Tie-Dye Napkins, World Market
  2. Zig Zag Table Runner, The Cross
  3. Väte Paper Pendant, IKEA
  4. Pale Honey Paint, Behr
  5. Willa Peacock Side Chair, Crate & Barrel
  6. Vintner Peacock Side Chair, Crate & Barrel
  7. Vienna Peacock Side Chair, Crate & Barrel
  8. Village Faella Side Chair, Crate & Barrel
  9. Boerum Dining Table, West Elm
  10. Bleached Jute Rug, RugsUSA


– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely

Joni Lay

A Thanksgiving Table

Written on November 19, 2013 at 2:56 pm , by

Trend: Holiday Decor and Gilded Table Settings

With Thanksgiving around the corner, and Christmas not far behind, I am daydreaming about pretty table settings.  Here is a collection of a few of my favorite things out there right now – this would be lovely paired with some vintage candlesticks from my grandmother, and a vintage tablecloth, too.

thanksgiving table settingSources: (1) Wood Chargers; (2) Lotus Dinner Plate; (3) Vintage Black Salad Plates; (4) Heredia Napkins; (5) Gold Flatware; (6) Whirled Stemware; (7) Glimmer Wrapped Glasses; (8) Crystalline Decanter; (9) Elephant Placecard Holders

Hope you have a fun and festive holiday!

~Joni, Lay Baby Lay 

Kirsten Grove

Runway to Color Palette: Black and White is Back

Written on September 9, 2013 at 6:00 am , by

Nothing expresses timeless style like black and white. It’s the color palette that just keeps going and going. Whether you want to dress up for a fancy event or dress down for lunch with your besties, black and white always performs perfectly. Black and white also creates a sophisticated space when used correctly. Below we see a pair of black leather pants paired with a white jacket. For your home, try pairing a black sofa with a white coffee table and or a white chair with a black floor lamp. However you tie these two colors together, you will create a timeless space. Here’s the look:

Products: 1. Credenza 2. Pillow 3. Chair 4. Pendant 5. Pouf 6. Floor Lamp For even more finds inspired by this palette, go here.

Color Inspiration: Jacket.
Use Pure White on your walls, floors and accessories.

Color Inspiration: Pants and Shirt.
Try Domino inspired black in your upholstered pieces, lighting and wood pieces.

Color Inspiration: Shoes.
Black of Night is another fantastic black to use possibly on an accent wall.

Bonus: Try accents of green in plants and other natural objects throughout your room.

Outfit Photo via Street Style Chic. Paint via Sherwin Williams.

Here is a great example of a black and white space done right. It’s simple yet dramatic. What are your thoughts on this color palette? Would you do this in your own home?

Room image via I Want That.

Nicole Balch

Get the Look: All-White with One Accent Color

Written on August 6, 2013 at 6:35 pm , by

TREND: A white room, accented with one clear color.

We’ve seen all-white trend, and we’ve seen some happy pops of color. Here, we have a room that combines the best of those two trends into one! Less stark than a monochrome white look, and more subdued than an all-out color explosion, the dining room above is a perfect way to incorporate color in a modern way.

Get the look with the items below.

  1. Turin Sport Vermouth Vintage Poster, Paris Posters
  2. Taurus Sculpture, CB2
  3. Rio Pendant, Jonathan Adler
  4. Walnut Dining Table, IKEA
  5. Red Tulips, Teleflora
  6. Aquatic Vase, Crate & Barrel
  7. Nils Armchair, IKEA, Blue Slipcover, Bemz
  8. Heathered Chenille Jute Rug, Pottery Barn


– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely

Michael Wurm, Jr.

Pin it. Get it! Dining Rooms Chairs

Written on August 5, 2013 at 10:00 am , by


TREND: Unique Dining Room Chairs

One thing that I love about the contemporary design aesthetic is people’s courage to be a bit more bold and unique. I’ve noticed this trend in many different areas of interior design. Whether it’s an unusual light fixture, mixed patterns, or unexpected pops of color, people seem to be taking more risks and using things they really love.


Taking such risks, however, can be nerve-racking because some of these choices involve a lot of time and money. To make things less scary, I suggest starting off small and working up to a bigger project. A great place to start is in your dining room. Changing your dining room chairs is a quick way to give your space an entirely new look without too much of an investment. Despite what design trends have taught us in the past, dining chairs no longer need to “match” your table. In fact, having elements that don’t exactly match creates a beautiful, collected-over-time look.

I really fell in love with today’s “Pin it” inspiration image for exactly this reason. The unique cow hide-inspired chairs add a wonderful whimsical feel to a typically utilitarian space. Not only are the chairs out of the norm, but they are also visually interesting and inviting.


Today, I’m sharing ten of my favorite dining room chairs. Whether you’re looking for bold color, terrific texture, or something classically chic one of these options is sure to infuse life into your space. Which chair are you loving the most?

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6// 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12 // 13

Happy Decorating,

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm

Kirsten Grove

Runway To Color Palette: Mint Green

Written on May 20, 2013 at 4:00 am , by

A color trend that we are seeing everywhere right now is Mint Green. It’s fresh, modern and super fun to incorporate. We see below in the clothing ensamble, that the model is wearing just a splash of mint in her skirt. It looks so great mixed with creams and browns. And the great thing about this color is that you don’t need to use alot of it to make a statement. Now transfer this look into a room. You can go simple by just adding a few mint pieces or you can go bold by using it in a focal piece or on the walls. Whatever you choose to do, you can create a look that’s fresh, new and classic enough to stay around for awhile. If you’re inspired to add it to your home, starting with these cool products and paint colors. Here’s the look:

Products: 1. Pendant Lamp. 2. Wingback Sofa. 3. Side Chair. 4. Throw. 5. Dinnerware. 6. Rug.  For even more finds inspired by this palette, go here.

Color Inspiration: Skirt.
Cool Mint is the perfect mint to use on your walls or to add in accessories.

Color Inspiration: Sweater.
Add Wood Ash to your walls, upholstered pieces and fabrics for a perfect complimentary color with mint.

Color Inspiration: Shoe Straps.
Mystic Gold is another lovely choice for upholstered pieces. Also try it in accessories like mirrors, frames and side tables.

Color Inspiration: Shoe Straps.
Try Plymouth Brown in wood pieces.

Outfit Photo via Netrobe Blog. Paint via Benjamin Moore.

For some interior inspiration, we see (below) that the home owners incorporated mint green to their dining room walls. We also see that they’ve used creams and browns to accent the mint. It came together brilliantly! What are your thoughts on this color trend?

Room Photo via The Design Files.