The existing kitchen was tiny and dark and very closed in. Now they have lots of light, space and openness. I think they are happy, and so is their adorable puppy. Many comfortable family meals and evenings will be spent here. A few nice details were the Ikat rugs, the Pierre Deaux chandelier, the antiuqe leather chairs with great hobnails, and I especially loved using her flea market finds, family antiques, and a few newly found antiques. Great stuff. Oh yes, a beautiful contemporary painting by Richard McKey of Jackson.
I used a fabulous antique French farm table, circa 1860 in this kitchen area. Yes, it was not…inexpensive. But the chairs were! The client had purchased these simple kitchen chairs before we meet. But they were too perfect for the farm table. So we used a soap paint wash on them and gave them a white washed look. It gives them the feeling that they were in that “old farm house” with the table oh so long ago.
A few additions to complete the look were old wooden bowls to hold your daily fruit. And for a simple server in the background, we found a pine chest, also a really old piece, but I’m, honestly, not sure on the date. It had the right look. In the seat of each chair I added a comfy cushion made from a Cowtan and Tout fabric. It is very fresh and pretty. I added a very colorful Heriz rug underneath the table. It adds great color and the geometric shapes in the Heriz are casual enough to work here. Every piece does not have to be the best antique or the top of the line. I find this is a great mix of antique and “not so antique”. But they are very happy together.
You might try this…..before I move on from “ideas with books” let me suggest a fun little spot.
What helps the look of this whole room is the fantastic rug under this antique French bed. And I love the use of a rich coral velvet spread. Gives it a little feel of luxury.
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I love all of the posted bedrooms. All are very beautiful. I was asking which is the MOST ROAMNTIC of the group, for Valentine’s Day. This is the one that received the most “romantic” votes. the French Neoclassical touches did the trick.
Our next “MOST ROMANTIC” bedroom, from our readers, was this beautiful yellow and silver bedroom.
This Art Deco bedroom also received many “most romantic” votes.
I’ll get this last one in. It may just be the one. That is in the true sense of the word “Romantic”.
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This really beautifully carved antique bed I found at ABC Carpet and Home in Manhattan. If you are not familiar with that store/showroom, it is an amazing place. Six floors of delight. I know you have seen this type of bed before, but this is one of the prettiest versions of it I have ever seen. My client loved it. And so do I.
- Launching our ROMANTIC BEDROOM series (designerdiner.wordpress.com)
My last word on the cookbook. Our kitchen area was selected as the inside back “flap”.
This is a pretty breakfast area that we recently finished. So many special details….
One of my favorite side tables of all time.
The I.I.D.A. regional awards banquet was this past Saturday night in New Orleans. I won the top AWARD OF EXCELLENCE for the residential category!!! I am thrilled!! It sounded wonderful when they called my name.
I’ll tweak the pic of the tall blue glass obelisk triangle that I received. But here is a great shot of the bedroom that did the job for me!!!