Here it is – the peek into the glamorous dining room design for my clients Cathy + Charles. Oh yes, THAT is a large art photo of a baby horse, with boots! Isn’t it the cutest thing! Installations days are fun + VERY exhaaaaausting. I totally become a cheerleader to the contractors (as you can see from my huge smile above) when they do a great job bec I know they r even MORE exhausted than me. Check out below 1) the before photos of the room (spoiler alert – client had a round table!), 2) the glamorous drop zone for mail that was created, 4) the item that arrived DAMAGED, and 4) the gorgeous sprinkle of colors. See below . . . . 

Below shows how the dining room looked before we incorporated the design. We kept the credenza, and I convinced the client to keep their current 4 chairs to save money and added two new GORGEOUS tufted upholstered chairs.

Don’tcha love how the curtains hug the room? Below’s another before photo with my design notes. The chair molding throughout the room is actually weirdly shorter than a standard size, so I suggested that we DO NOT ACCENTUATE it’s weirdness, but camouflage it by painting the molding the same color as the wall.

For this glamorous dining room we created 4 designated areas: 

  1. the buffet table area (holds dinnerware, linen, etc)
  2. the bar area (open X table design with floating wineglass shelves)
  3. the drop zone / mail area (dark wood color balances the dining table + buffet wood color, AND the bar area tabletop)
  4. and of course, the DINING table area (for enjoying yummy delights)

The GLAM touches are highlighted in 2 new tufted button chairs we purchased that have nailhead trims (they were on backorder like FOREVER, but it was worth the wait bec the color /style/ and price were ideal), then there is also the wine glass shelf holder, the gorgeous modern ceiling light fixture, the silver crocodile tray, etc etc. Oooooh and the gorgeous mirror ….. which …

… arrived DAMAGED (eek!!!). I took this photo below and emailed it to my sales rep who send out a replacement at their cost (yaaay!).

We added color in lilac art, pink and yellow flowers, orange stool, and dining chair pillows. The power of flowers – they energetically beautify a room.

This ceiling light fixture is Charles (my client’s) favorite item in the room – I remember when he saw it how his eyes lit up with happiness (I knew I found the PERFECT light fixture replacement for them!). Remember the old one? scroll up if you want to take another peek at the before photo. And, the beautiful orchid was picked out by Cathy (using a photo I gave them as a visual guide). We wanted the room to feel serene, but not boringzzz so it was important to add splashes of color like in the flowers and the orange tulip stool.

Since there was already 6 chairs in the dining room I didn’t want to add another one, so I mixed it up by incorporating the orange stool as the seating for their console (drop mail zone) area instead of another chair with a back.


Details are key in a great design, so in my photoshoots I go in and wrap up the design incorporating flowers, adding the wine glasses to the shelves, fluff the pillows, etc (fun/exhausting etc).

Have you spotted MY favorite item in the room? The adorable baby horse with adult boots! It’s so darn cute!!! I totally wanted to hug the photo each time I saw it. Here I am staring it it’s cuteness again. I knew my clients would love it = the black/white photo color gives a air of sophistication but the content is total fun (just like my wonderful clients Cathy and Charles!).

Yep, that’s me below styling the table –  placing dishes, etc. to give my clients a visual guide of what they can do (I love inspiring them with the possibilities of what they can continue to do).

Final peek ….

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  1. homestilo says:

    Looks wonderful. I especially like the window treatments.

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