I'm so happy to finally share this living and dining transformation. First let me just say that the people who live here are amazing. Beth and I hit it off right away, and while her dog was a little suspicious of me at first, I even consider him a friend after our time together.
The house is located in one of my favorite neighborhoods in Fort Worth. It's older, with tons of mature trees and big front porches.
Here is what the living and dining spaces looked like before.
It's a great space and the wood floors were in perfect condition. I felt like the walls needed a coat of paint, as did some of the furniture (which I know can be controversial when dealing with real wood), and the upholstery needed updating. Beth was open to bright colors and funky patterns, so this was going to be easy for me. And SO MUCH FUN.
Turns out, this was one of my most favorite projects.
First, we moved the buffet from the living room wall to the dining area. Then we painted it a pretty navy blue using milk paint.
That art hanging above the buffet was tucked in a closet, not being used. I suggested we paint the frame black (It was natural wood color before) so it would pop off the wall. Beth got to work right away. In fact, she's the one who painted the furniture. Well, except for the bookcases. We left that job to the professionals.
I liked the dining table and chairs, but felt like the chairs would feel updated if they were painted white. Then we had new cushions made.
A suzani that Beth bought on her travels was the perfect focal point of the opposite wall in the dining area. We had it mounted to a board, stretched, and hand sewn onto it. The TV that was there before was moved to the living area.
The two end chairs were reupholstered in an Otomi-inspired embroidered fabric by Kravet. The rug is from All Modern. The chandelier and white lamps are from West Elm.
Custom linen drapes with a tape trim from Fabricut were hung on the windows. The bar cart is from Pier 1.
Moving to the living area, here is what it looks like now. The existing recliners were reupholstered in a fun turquoise geometric print and we bought chairs from World Market and had leather cushions made for them. The two blue foot stool/ottomans were reupholstered in a colorful stripe. A new shag rug and pillows were added. The coffee table and most of the accessories are from West Elm. The huge built-in bookcases were painted the color of the walls. What a difference!
New lamps were added, plus a custom upholstered bench seat and new pillows from CB2. We framed prints from Britt Bass and added them to the mantel. The black dot painting was done by yours truly, as a gift for my clients.
I don't know if you know this, but one of my favorite things to do is style bookshelves. Lucky for me there were a lot of them in this room.
What a transformation, right? I love it so much I come visit from time to time, just to make sure they haven't messed it up. Just kidding. I have been back several times to help with other projects in the house. Many thanks to Beth and her family for letting me come in and shout out my crazy ideas. Sometimes they work out beautifully. I mean just LOOK AT THIS PLACE.