Monday, April 29, 2013

Dramatic Dining Room Details

As a follow up on how to set your table, I wanted to share some details that I love to see and spec in dining rooms.

Kelly Wearstler wallpaper with Mirrors from Crate & Barrel.

If you have a separate dining room, there are a number of ways to make it shine. Your dining room should have dramatic details that create a mood of romance and sophistication. Not to worry if that isn't what you are looking for, adjust the dimmer switch on your lighting, and it is perfect for hosting the family holiday dinner.

Benjamin Moore Black Raspberry (2072-20) and Art by Bernard Dunaux (untitled I) from One Kings Lane

Some of the dramatic details include wainscoting the lower portion of the wall and using a deep-muted paint color or a bold wallpaper for the upper portion of the wall.

Braxton Sideboard from Neiman Marcus

Find a painting that you love, something scenic or abstract with good colors, that you can draw from for other details. This is a good area to invest. Go to a gallery and find something that is original that you truly love!

Flatiron Dining Table from Restoration Hardware

Lighting is key! You will need a bold chandelier for your dining room, and if your table and room are large enough, you can pair twin fixtures over the table. Your lighting should be layered so you can include table lamps on your sideboard or sconces above it. Also be sure to properly light your painting.

Darla Area Rug in Sky from OKL

An area rug is also important. This will ground the space, literally and visually. You want to make sure it is large enough for your table and chairs to sit on but also for your chairs to be pulled out. There is nothing worse than getting your chair stuck on the rug when you are at a dinner party. Most likely, you will need a unique size, in which case you can seek out a rug warehouse that will  cut a rug for you to add a special binding or border, creating not only the right size, but a perfect and unique rug for your space.

Harlow Chandelier from Hinkley Lighting

Then the final detail is up to you and your cooking! Invite your friends over for dinner, and really let your space perfectly hold your event.

Vintage Brass Sconce from Robinson Lighting

Check here for more on the dramatic details I love in a dining room.

Happy Dining!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Perfectly Picked :: Table Linens

How do you pick the linens that will work just right?

This plate from Crate & Barrel... well with this table cloth from Anthropologie.
If you are my mother, you have so many sets of dishes that you don't need to worry about what matches because inevitably you have a set that will match!

Otherwise, you should decide where you want to make the statement: your linens or your dinnerware. I could go either way, but I think linens are more affordable to change up and make a bigger statement (even if the statement is small). Therefore, my dishes are neutrals... I have a white, grey, and a black-and-white-patterned set, and they all go with everything!

So I would pick my table linens based on the dinner party, event, or the season. For spring, or a holiday that falls in spring like Passover or Easter, I like something floral. It can be bright or pastels; then for your napkins you can choose something with a small print, maybe polka dots to coordinate, or a solid that pulls from the pattern.

Also from C&B this colorful plate works well with solid linens.
Like this spring time pop of orange, from Sferra's festival table linens.

Don't fret if your dishes don't coordinate with your tablescape, it certainly isn't the end of the world! Just make sure the elements of your table setting work together, and you will be fine!

This pretty plate from Pier 1 would be fun to mix patterns with.
Prints like this, another table cloth from Anthropologie.

For example you can always go with a solid pulled from the pattern in your dinnerware, or you can have fun with some pattern mixing! (And it really is fun!)

The bottom line is, pick things that feel right for your dinner, the season that it is in and the holiday that it is for! Try and coordinate your table cloth or runner with your napkins and have fun with it!

Happy Table Setting!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Year of the Wedding

For P & I, 2012 was the year of the wedding. In all, we were invited to something like six weddings and were able to make four of them due to timing and weather. This year we already have two weddings to attend and then we have ours to plan for next year! (Which may in part explain where some of my blogging time has gone...sorry!)

Even before P and I were engaged, I was paying attention to wedding decor so I could stock up some photos to share with you. For the most part, I think the decor of a wedding reception can be translated to most parties. You may choose to tone down the elements of love, and whatnot... but there are some great ideas when it comes to theme, centerpieces, etc., that can be translated.

So here is a look at a few of the weddings that we attended last year:

This wedding was inside a theater, and the reception was on the stage.

This wedding was more low key but still had a lot of charm.

Peacock feathers hung from the ceiling while empty frames adorned the walls.

A cupcake stand is a great way to show off your sweet treats.

This was a winter wedding with silver branches draped with jewels decking the hall. 

So, do you have any parties coming up? Would you ever consider using a theme or idea from a wedding you attended at as the jumping-off point for your party? I suppose it really depends on the type of event you were hosting, and to what scale you would decorate.

For more ideas, I have been pinning wedding ideas like crazy!

Happy Planning!