My advice is to consult with the pros. I collaborated on this room with my good friend and interior designer Autumn Clemons. I knew what I wanted, but she took my vision to the next level. Wallpapering the tray ceiling never occurred to me, and now it’s one of my favorite parts of the room. Having someone with the training and design eye in your corner can keep you from making costly mistakes and really make any project a show-stopper. I think there’s a misconception that hiring a designer is a huge expense. But these days, there are so many talented designers offering e-services, it’s really affordable for any budget.
i feel like i spend most of my furniture day dreaming time thinking about long farm tables for my dining room. well, the dining room i’ll hopefully have one day. right now we’re lucky to fit a tiny ikea table inside our dining area, but one day i’m going to have a huge wooden table with a dramatic chandelier where all of my friends and family can gather to eat. until then, i’ll keep day dreaming about all of the dining rooms i love and how i could incorporate parts of them into my own dream room. so today i thought i’d post another sneak peek “best of” devoted to dining rooms. because i had too many favorites (50+) to put in one post, i broke them apart into two guides. one with round tables (today) and one with square or rectangular tables (coming soon). round tables are so great for small spaces so i thought i’d start with them, since so many of us are living in less than giant spaces. stay tuned for the rectangular and square dining room table roundup soon. until then, happy dining!
Basic Steps: This project was tricky, in that it involved convincing my husband that painting the space black was not going to make the room feel too dark. I had a mood board of magazine tears taped to the walls for about two months before he was convinced. After that milestone, we ripped up the carpet, had the flooring installed and then painted. We assembled the shelving, applied the wallpaper to the inset ceiling and put up the chandelier. Then came furniture, drapes and finishing touches.