Category Archives: dining rooms
Whenever I pick up an issue of InStyle Magazine, I always first flip to the back for the Life Etc. section. Any of you guys do that as well? I get excited when they feature something related to interior design, as was the case in this month’s issue which gave us a look inside Naya Rivera’s beautiful hillside home designed by Angelo Surmelis. I love that it is so light, open and airy, and incorporates a harmonious mix of traditional and modern:
photography by Dean Kaufman for Instyle Magazine
As mentioned in a previous post, earlier this month, Style Me Pretty Living, one of my favorite lifestyle sites, featured a tour of my previous home. Since the feature went up, I’ve received inquires about the sources of some things, so I thought I’d post a complete list here for anyone else who may also be curious to know. Because the apartment was a rental that we planned to live in for only about 2 years or so and we had other priorities financially, when it came to decorating and furnishing it, we did so on a small budget, splurging only on a few select pieces. BTW, this post from 2012 shows a few photos of what the place looked like when we first moved in!
sofa - Crate and Barrel (crazy comfortable!) , pillows - Arianna Belle, blue abstract artwork - commissioned from Parima Studio, gold square wall frames – Target (they were originally silver and I spray painted them), white tufted ottoman - Target, round gold mirrored tray - World Market, large white tray - West Elm, coasters - Anthropologie, small gold bowl – Target, blue rug - Overstock, sunburst mirror - Home Depot (a total steal!), turquoise vases – Target, double gourd lamps - Overstock, black side tables – Ikea, white media unit - Ikea - customized it by painting the back blue, small light blue lacquer box - Swing Design, sheepskin – Ikea, paint color - Horseradish C15-1 by Olympic
white pendant light - Lamps Plus, white round tulip table - Ikea, clear acrylic chairs - Ikea, gold flatware - West Elm, black and white placemats - Serena and Lily, paint color - Horseradish C15-1 by Olympic
gold tray – West Elm, glass decanter – Target, french opaline turquoise glasses – vintage (you can find similar ones on eBay, Etsy, and flea markets), white shelves – Ikea, pot rack – Ikea, stainless steel mixing bowls – Joss and Main, blue treat jar – Homegoods, cookbooks – It’s All Good, The Kind Diet, My Father’s Daughter, Eating the Alkaline Way, Crazy Sexy Kitchen, Superfood Kitchen, Barefoot Contessa at Home
floor lamps - Ikea, white duvet cover - Bed Bath and Beyond, embroidered sheet set - BlissLiving Home, pillows - Arianna Belle, silver frames - Target, patterned fabric boxes - Blissliving Home, white shag rug - Rugs USA, benches - Rose Bowl Flea Market, paint colors - Olympic Pounding Surf and Freshwater
white desk – Ikea, leopard pillow - Arianna Belle, shelving unit - Ikea, rug – Overstock , doube gourd lamps – Target, black quatrefoil mirror - Target, artwork - Parima Studio, turquoise binders - Office Depot, orange tray - West Elm, file box – Office Depot
Q: The base of my Docksta table gets dirty easily from people resting their feet on it, how do you keep yours clean?
A: Magic Erasers!
Q: How did you hide the wires and cords of your wall mounted TV in your living room?
A: We used these cable management covers we found on Amazon. I’ve also seen similar ones at home improvement stores.
All photography by Esther Sun
I have a new post up on La Dolce Vita featuring the beautiful combination of lavender and cream.
Click on over for a little color inspiration and a round-up of items for getting the look.
image sources: 1- unknown, 2-design by meredith heron | photography by Stacey Brandford via style at home
I saw this and immediately thought, genius!
Three full length mirrors placed side-by-side to add height, impact and spaciousness. The vertical lines of the mirrors draw the eye up and make the space feel taller. The reflections of the mirrors duplicate distance, depth and light, visually expanding the space to make it feel larger and brighter. Such a smart design trick. Love also that this can easily be recreated on a budget!
image: Hilary Swank’s New York apartment, photography by Bruce Katz 2002
Have you flipped through the latest issue of Adore Magazine yet? I was so honored to be featured alongside friends Irene and Erika in the Blog Loving section and also excited to see the spread featuring Erika’s gorgeous home. It perfectly reflects her style and was beautifully captured by talented photographer Sabra Lattos. Below are a few of my favorite shots:
Gold accents incorporated all throughout the home
Love how the crystal chandelier and gold knobs glam up the kitchen.
Erika included our Jungalow Jet pillows in her dining room!
Chic little corner
Fabulous inspiration board
Delighted to see my Zebra pillow in the August/September issue of Adore Home Magazine! It’s featured on page 117 as part of the spread that features the home of designer Maria Barros who is known for her fun and colorful interiors:
View the full spread and issue of Adore here.
The dining room is one of the spaces I’ve neglected in our home and is in need of a little attention. It’s a small little space that is open to the living room. Since moving in, all we’ve done is bring in the clear chairs we had from our previous home, a white tulip table, and white curtains. The owners of the home (we’re renters) left their chandelier and we’ve left it up because, well, it’s functional. It’s not really our style though and I’ve been itching to change it out.
I’ve been keeping an eye out for light fixtures that I like (and aren’t ridiculously expensive). Below is a round-up of what I’ve found so far. Some of them aren’t right for the space but thought they were worth sharing here, for any of you out there who may also be on the hunt for the right light fixture.
#1 is beautiful but it’s probably a bit too fancy for our home. #2 has a fun vibe to it, though I’m not sure if it would emit sufficient light. #3 is a strong contender – I love it’s simple elegance. #4 is clean, simple and my husband’s favorite. There’s also this one, which is similar and I like. #5 is really cool and I love that it’s handmade by a fellow small business owner. It’s also the most budget friendly. Given the current chairs we have though, bringing this in would probably be too many clear elements in the space. Perhaps if I got new chairs… (haha I wish! …not in the budget right now)
If you happen to come across a light fixture you think I’d like and is reasonably priced, feel free to send it my way. I’m open to options.
There’s something about wicker that just adds a lovely casual warmth to a space. Love it used in chairs for dining spaces both outdoors and in:
More wicker: baskets
image sources: 1-found via sacramento street, 2-via pinterest, 3-via pinterest, 4- via houzz, 5-architectural digest, 6-via cote de texas, 7-photography by francois halard for house & garden, june 2004
Love the idea of using sofa seating in a dining area. It’s pleasantly unexpected and helps create a comfortable casual feel:
image credits: 1- unknown, 2- atlanta homes mag, 3- southern living, 4- slettvoll, 5-via things that inspire, 6- via be mine interior design, 7- tracery interiors via atlanta home and lifestyle, 8- lonnymag, 9- house beautiful, 10- martha o’hara interiors, 11- via my home ideas, 12- coastal living, 13- photography by virginia mcdonald via style at home
…french cafe bistro chairs…
See my previous post on french bistro chairs here.