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After years without any attention, this neglected living and dining room was in desperate need of attention.
Decorative painter Kristina Bailey composed a contemporary mural to stand in for the usual over-the mantel masterpiece. A bit whimsical, a bit abstract, the mural adds a twist to the traditionally designed space.
Combining textiles in large, medium, and small patterns, and in various weaves, engages the eye. Here, the floral print also appears on the slipcovered chair, and hues of gold tie-in with the sunny tones of the draperies. The plush texture of the plump velvet pillow adds inviting contrast.
Stretching above the piano, frames embellished with ribbon show off cherished family photos.
A smart and simple centerpiece brightens the tabletop and references the garden. A trio of runners provides a foundation for flickering garden lanterns and single peonies placed in blue goblets.
While this bookcase is from a youth line of furnishings, its finish and scale are perfect for the dining room. The bookcase functions as a hutch that stows table linens and showcases tableware. A collection of canning jars are displayed as quaint vases atop the hutch.
Decorative painter Kristina Bailey customized the hutch by embellishing the door panels with hand-painted floral and leaf details framed in simple white molding.
Green-framed botanical renderings invite the living area's colors and patterns into the dining room. The pink blooms introduce a new accent color that can be exploited with accessories and fresh flowers.
A rust-finish chandelier exudes a from-the-garden sensibility. Crystals add sparkle that reflect from the dining table's high-polished finish. Old light fixtures are easily embellished with strands of glittering beads, or crystal pendants.