Pretty Purple Chairs

One of my favorite things about my home is the pedestal bistro table that I picked up from West Elm a few years back. I have had it paired with the tan parsons chairs from my first house but never really liked the look. I wanted to find a cool gray chair with interesting details to match my couch and other chairs. But when I saw this pair of dark purple chairs at Target, I hoped they would be the perfect pop of color in my fairly neutral room.


As as you can tell from the lilacs in this picture, I’ve had these for a few months now. It’s hard to see the color, but they are a deep eggplant color. It has been fun to play with the purple tones in my paint color and they have worked with my holiday decorations surprisingly well. Have you made any bold color choices that have paid off?


Lovely Lavender Living Room

I have lived in my home for over a year and finally painted my living room! Most of my home is painted the same yellowy beige and the living room was no exception. I don’t have great before photos, but you can most clearly clearly see the original color here

my new couch!

And here…


It wasn’t completely terrible, but not really my style. I love cooler tones and I knew I wanted a light gray with a lavender undertone. It is my bachelorette pad after all! Why not embrace a girly living room!?

Nouvelle White by Sherwin Williams

I ended up going with Shewin Williams’ Nouvelle White color matched,as always, to Beher Premium Paint and Primer. It is a pretty light gray with just a hint of purple. It still feels neutral while subtly changing in hue throughout the day. I LOVE it! It is very hard to pick up the color in photos but I’m sure you’ll see a lot of variations in upcoming posts. I have been working on a few other projects in this room that I can’t wait to share.

My Wish List: Modern/Rustic Dining Room

I have so many ideas for our dining room! I really like the idea of mixing rustic finishes with modern or industrial pieces. Here is what our Dining Room looks like today:


I would like to replace our white Ikea Table with a large, rustic Farmhouse Table and bench. This style is carried anywhere from Pottery Barn to World Market. It is even possible to pick them up at local antique or flea markets. Kurt and I have even been talking about building one. If we decide to go that route,  l just love  these plans by Anna White.


I love the look of mixing chairs around a farmhouse table. I think it would be fun to have a rustic bench and maybe even a few parsons chairs, like our cheapo clearance ones from Target. Here is an inspiration picture:


I would also love a Rustic Sideboard like this one from Wold Market. It would be great to hold all of my table linens that are currently just stacked up on the floor in the corner.


And I want to frame my prints from this Travel America calender by Rifle Paper Company above it.


We already have the Ikea Floating shelves from my roadtrip this summer. I would love to style them with fun artwork and these latte bowls from Anthropologie.


We have a ton of large mirrors that were taken down in the basement dance studio when we first moved in. I would love to stick one of them in the dining room and do something like this awesome project from Nine Red


I would also like to replace the chandelier that we have in the room currently with a large lantern like pendant. Maybe something like this:


Down the line, I would also like to have cohesive hardwood flooring throughout the main level and maybe add a fun area rug. It is so fun to imagine how this room might evolve down the line. What is your favorite look in a dining room? Are you drawn to something modern, rustic, or a little more traditional? Or do you prefer to nix the formal dinning room and have an eat in kitchen?