Formal Dining Isn’t Dead

Busy, busy, busy.  That is what we all constantly proclaim of our lives to others as if we need to remind ourselves of just how busy we are.  Are we really that busy?  It’s perfectly OK to do so because Ioften catch a case of the busies which is why I haven’t posted in forever.  Saying so, I figured I might as well give you a glimpse at what has kept me sooo busy.

A whole house redecorating project for a lovely young professional [Lady E we shall call her] that desired a lil bit of modernity and comfort for her first home in the quiet suburbs.  The project began with deciding what remnants of apartments’ past would make the cut and what new fancies would be recruited to take it all to the next level.

Your first glimpse into this ongoing project is the dining room.  She was not totally convinced of the need of a formal dining space at the beginning.  I brought to her attention that the room doesn’t have to be just for holidays.  It can be comfortable and is perfect for larger dinner parties whether five-courses are served or a down-home crab boil.

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Luckily the previous owners had good taste in paint, so the smokey blue walls were set to stay. The room really sprang off from some great seating finds at HomeGoods.

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The gray chairs coordinated well with the blue and were just dressy enough yet easy to sit in for a stimulating after-dinner discussion or card game.  Not to mention the settee was too fun to pass up, plus it helped with conserving space in a narrow room.
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We had chairs but no table.  We luckily came across this sturdy gem at a local spot before it was snatched up by another designer.  The details are everything from the tabletop grain pattern to the modern tapered legs.  One word of advice: don’t be afraid to pay for delivery because lifting real wood is similar to jackin a 1970 Cadillac Eldorado.

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I passed the buffet on 2 separate trips to the Accent Prone shop before calling up Lady E. Surprisingly she was just as intrigued with the alternating wood stains and panel details as I was.  The added storage has also proven very valuable as a catch’all.

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Artwork is always essential and the large-scale horse portraits from Havertys add life and camouflage the long wall expanse.  The antiqued copper chandelier with speckled glass from CA Lighting is art unto itself and catches everyone’s eye even with its low profile.

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The home is off to a good start and I can’t wait to share more with you.  Just hope I don’t get “too busy”….

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New Rich Friends

I had to introduce you to my two new best friends and they are rich….very rich.  At High Point Furniture Market I was introduced to these high brow movers and shakers that go by the names of Fine Art Lamps and Dorya.  Upon walking into their showrooms I was overwhelmed by their well-heeled exemplification of fine living.

Fine Art Lamps creates some of the most unique lighting I have ever seen.  From sculptural lamps to architectural chandeliers, they do it all.  The company’s roots date back to the late nineteenth century and it has assembled the best engineers, designers and craftsmen that have honed the skills to bring the  most magical of ideas to fruition.

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Fine Art Lamps Allegretto Collection

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Fine Art Lamps Celestrial Collection

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Dorya started constructing furniture and millwork for big corporations in 1979.  The company entered the residential market in the late 1980s and has since carved its niche at the top with its big money style.  With palaces, embassies and presidential buildings in its repertoire, if you can afford these pieces then you have really made it in life.  The flowing patterns of the rich woods and sumptuous fabric inspire you to fight for that corner office.  Check it out and melt.

Dorya Contemporain Collection

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Dorya Heritage Collection

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Dorya Contemporain

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Dorya Contemporain

It must be nice to be rich…very rich.  Now I understand why NeNe Leakes announces it every chance she gets!

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#WhatIsaw at High Point Market

I just marked off one of my longest running bucket list items…. attending High Point Furniture Market.  In brief conversation with a good family friend/ designer extraordinaire that was planning to attend the fall market, I blurted out “OMG I have always wanted to go!”  To my surprise she invited me to tag along as a design enthusiest/ maven-in-training.

I have been to High Point many times on random shopping trips and it always had a kinda sleepy drabness to the place, but it surely livens up for market.  The streets buzzed with cars and buses, while busy buyers, dealers and designers scurried the sidewalks and showroom corridors in search of the next big thing.  We walked for miles visiting showrooms where I witnessed the most amazing colors, fabrics, designs and trends that you know I couldn’t wait to share.

Killer Lighting & Dramatic Groupings

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Archaic yet new

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Chicly drink bubbly under these droplets

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Sexy Shagreen Finishes

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Peep the metal and shagreen console

Bold Accessories

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Everybody wave at the Malachite

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You know I love gold and bronze, it weighs on me

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Animated Woods

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Perfect stacked wood for the library stacks

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This is just a taste of the many things I saw, loved, hated and was dazed by.  It was a great introduction and experience I look forward to returning to explore some more.  I guess the old adage really does hold some weight “it’s not what you know, but who you know.”  And it paid off big time.