When Valerie hired me last month to help her with a few home design projects, I was excited to see she had made a couple of great starts. The walls were freshly painted and the flooring was new--a wood tile laid in a herringbone pattern. It is light and modern and the perfect neutral anchor for the dining room and kitchen. She has orange and white trellis wallpaper from Thibaut in the front entry way. It's the first thing you see when you enter her home. I immediately thought, this is great, but it needs to make sense. I knew then we would need to carry over the orange into the dining room, which is to the right of the entry.
In the dining room Valerie had a square table that was beautiful, but not the right shape for the narrow space. She wanted to keep the chandelier and the painting. Valerie loves color and the beach, so it became important to find a way to incorporate both of those elements. I liked the sideboard so I kept it in the design.
When I began working on the design, I chose a colorful bold rug from Rugs USA--it has orange and hot pink and black and blue--almost like the most beautiful coral reef you've ever seen. The table, from AllModern, has a live edge with a simple metal base. The shell chairs in white were the perfect complement, plus they're super comfortable and affordable. I wanted something beachy for the hostess chairs, so I went with the Shore Dining Chairs from Serena & Lily. The cushions were white and I wanted to elevate them just a bit, so I chose an orange and white buffalo check fabric to reupholster them in. We finished the chairs with the hot pink with orange Eva tassel pillows, also from Serena & Lily.
From there it was just the little things. We added new orange lamps, vases and succulents from West Elm, a gorgeous print from Juniper Briggs, and table-top accessories like place mats, chargers, plates, napkins, and a bowl full of oranges. The white chairs on either side of the sideboard were Valerie's old dining chairs, so we kept them and added black and white pillows from World Market. We bought white drapes from IKEA and added a fun orange and pink trim tape from Duralee. Do you love those gold sea urchin looking thingys on top of each plate? I do, and I found them at Hobby Lobby. They're meant to hang on the wall, but they're a great addition to a beach-themed dining room.
I have to brag on Valerie for a minute. She's an artist and painter, and I found this piece hiding in her bedroom. I immediately pointed out that it fit into the design and WE HAD TO USE IT. It's an old, heavy table top, so we just leaned it against the opposite wall and added a mid-century turned leg planter from West Elm next to it. I think it's AMAZING. I told her if she didn't want to keep the painting I would happily take it home with me. I think it's staying right here.
Now when you walk in the front door, you see this fun and funky and COLORFUL earthy space and you think, I could totally hang out in here. Now pass the wine!
This was such a fun project and now we're moving on to the living room! Updates on Valerie's house coming soon.
Place mats: Serena & Lily
Table runner: World Market
Charger plates: Hobby Lobby
Salad plates: Anthropologie
Pink bowl (with oranges): Anthropologie
Shell chairs: AllModern
Black & White tray (on sideboard): Aelfie
Vases and turquoise bowl: West Elm