After several months of silence, I have much to report about our Dining Nook Decorating Challenge. As anticipated, this process has been very gradual – first, gathering visual inspirations to draw from and then searching for furniture that corresponded with our budget and design scheme.
THE MAIN INGREDIENTS
Finally, we have all of the “main ingredients” purchased including the Saarinen-style table that I previously posted. Later, we bought two, affordable French square side chairs that are near replicas to Restoration Hardware’s pricier versions and look quite similar to those in the Southern Living inspiration photo.
After multiple failed flea market attempts and several months of flip-flopping, we finally settled on buying this settee. While we didn’t choose our ideal piece, we agreed to save money and spend more on transforming it with beautiful fabric, possibly paint, and some DIY love.
From Left to Right: Our New Chairs (Replicas of Restoration Hardware's French Square Side Chair, found at Overstock), Our Saarinen-Style Table, Our Blue and White Vietri dishes (wedding gifts), & Our New Settee
CHOOSING FABRICS FOR THE CHAIRS & SETTEE
This week, I have been searching for bright fabrics in my favorite stylish patterns such as ikat, chevron, and other geometric prints. I absolutely love Quadrille fabrics, so I have been searching for more reasonable options that possess the same gorgeous, playful quality. As you can see, I haven’t settled on a color scheme or started seriously pairing fabrics together, but this is a start!
STAYING FOCUSED ON THE VISION
Working on this decorating project, I have realized how important it is to stay focused on your vision. Here are a few of my reminders!
WALL DISPLAY IDEAS
This week, we have also been thinking more about piecing together our wall display. I like the current trend of using 3-D faux antlers to add some dimension. Evan and I also really enjoy fine artwork, so we’re exploring beautiful prints of lesser-known works by renowned artists. Finally, I found this Austin Cityscape on Etsy. Since Evan is gifted at graphic design, I thought he could use our own photos to make similar prints of all of the cities we have lived in thus far.
Once again, feel free to send me your design ideas, frugal finds, or inspirational photos for this project or your own decorating challenge, and you just may see your input posted here!