dining room

Rachel Shingleton

Get the look: bold & colorful glamour

One of my favorite house tours on BHG.com is this stunning colorful California apartment. Each space has a distinctive feel and look but it remains cohesive with the way the homeowner used bold colors throughout.  But the standout room is undoubtedly the navy-walled dining room. With pops of gold and a mix of patterns, it screams California cool.  So let’s break down the elements to help you get the look.

While it looks like there’s a lot of color going on, there’s really only three used primarily: navy, emerald green, and peony pink. White is the neutral that grounds the space and gives the viewer’s eye a place to rest which is necessary when you’re going with such statement-making colors all in one room. The chair rail and other details like the silver tea service on the shelves keep it feeling somewhat formal, but the real stylistic magic comes with the way the owner mixed and matched some fun and funky glamorous pieces to make it one of a kind.

With an interesting mix of patterns and prints, the rug is the perfect scale to ground the room. Had the chevron-esque print been any larger, it would have skewed the entire space as far to busy, and would have competed with the large-scale floral print on the dining room chairs. As it is, your eye views it as a fine print that adds texture and not just a visually-jarring pattern.

Top tips to get this look:

1. Stick with a tight color palette, no more than 2 to 3 colors at most. Other colors can be added in but only in small doses.

2. Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns, but do consider the scale.

3. Do decide on a neutral to give your eye a place to rest.

Sputnik chandelier

Painting by Jenny Prinn

Vintage Hollywood Regency buffet

Dash & Albert chevron rug

Jonathan Adler chippendale chair


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: Demijohn as Statement Piece

TREND: Demijohn bottles as singular statements.

The dining room above gets a boost from an interesting sconce and chandelier, but most of the focus is drawn to the spray of pink blossoms in a large, blue demijohn. Take that centerpiece away, and the room falls flat. It seems people have been drawn to these small-necked, large-bottomed glass vessels as standalone design statements with increasing frequency over the past few seasons. The oversized scale is appealing, and the transparency of glass allows them to take up a lot of space in a room without overwhelming it. If you’re drawn to the look, you can achieve it with the similar items below. And don’t forget a couple of flowering branches or long-stemmed blooms to complete the look!

  1. Claire Chandelier, Ballard Designs
  2. Multi Mirror Star Wall Sconce, Shades of Light
  3. Vintage Paper Chandelier Shade, Shades of Light
  4. Threshold Demijohn Blue Vase, Target
  5. Claire de Lune Cane Arm Chair, Wayfair
  6. Caprice Pedestal Table, Ballard Designs
  7. Dusty Miller Paint, Glidden

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: New Boho

TREND: Channeling bohemian style in a new, more tailored way.

Take one part vivid colors, one part rough-hewn vintage texture, and one part pattern. Mix well and serve as the new take on bohemian style. The cozy spot above is a home office that embodies the look, and you can get a similar room with the items below. Get those dining chairs in multiples and set the table with dishes instead of books, and it would make a fantastic dining room, too!

  1. Parker Settee, Ballard Designs
  2. Solid Slate Kantha Throw, West Elm
  3. Phaleonopsis Orchid, Hooks and Lattice (this one is faux, but real ones are easy to come by at florists)
  4. Simone Wicker Dining Chairs, Ballard Designs
  5. Vintage Ladders, Treasures by Betsy
  6. Parallel Reality Rug, FLOR
  7. Wine Barrel Chandelier, Restoration Hardware

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: Mismatched Chairs

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

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

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.