Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

A lot of interior projects take a decent chunk of time to complete. And some are never really completed. Ever. Even though that's slightly more rare, it's all good, b/c that's actually how interiors/spaces inherently are, or should be: works in progress. Your space is like you-- constantly evolving & figuring out what you want to be when you grow up. I've been working on a large residence in Westport CT for several years. She's a healthy gal y'all, at right around 5k sq feet-- uh huh, they grow 'em big in Westport-- but the glamour is gettin' real, so it's time for some show & tell...also, it's Thanksgiving this week, dining room design (& apparently styling the same mantle 1000+ ways) are trending-- lets do this! Our journey starts in the dining room...which is actually one of my favorite rooms in this particular house, b/c of the unique architecture. Here's what it looked like BEFORE PJ fulfilled dining room dreamzzz:

Remember when y'all LOVED the colors Cranberry & Forest Green TOGETHER? And shopped at Casual Corner?

Remember when y'all LOVED the colors Cranberry & Forest Green TOGETHER? And shopped at Casual Corner?

And you were all, "My accent color is yellow, so I'm GOING FOR IT and it's going to be LAYERED", as you popped your collar...and lit up another Virginia Slim.

And you were all, "My accent color is yellow, so I'm GOING FOR IT and it's going to be LAYERED", as you popped your collar...and lit up another Virginia Slim.

But your neighbor was all, "Joan, your dining table seems a bit small for the size of the room" & you retorted, rather vehemently, "Gayle, that fluted column pedestal table base was imported from Tuscany for your information. And I'm not having any function in my home where more than four people are involved, despite the extra chairs. They're decorative. And I don't want to hear anymore about that. Plus I'm a Fall and this is the scheme that works here." Well...Jesus, Joan. 

But your neighbor was all, "Joan, your dining table seems a bit small for the size of the room" & you retorted, rather vehemently, "Gayle, that fluted column pedestal table base was imported from Tuscany for your information. And I'm not having any function in my home where more than four people are involved, despite the extra chairs. They're decorative. And I don't want to hear anymore about that. Plus I'm a Fall and this is the scheme that works here." Well...Jesus, Joan. 

Despite the appearance of cave-like lighting in these pics, the room does get a decent amount of natural light. Client wants the finished space to be light, airy, glamorous, unique & neutral. She entertains A LOT and wants the space to be adaptable enough, stylistically speaking, to be able to host Halloween or Hanukkah. Well, then, let's give the lady what she wants, y'all:

STYLESLAPPED! 

No, y'all aren't crazy...that wallpaper is EVERYTHING.

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Look at this Panorama Dram-a! WHAT?! Y'all this is SHUT THE...F%$K YOU good!!!

What went down here? Basically everything changed. Bye-- thanks for reading. 

Actually, here's what happened:

 

  • All the hardwood flooring throughout the entire house was refinished. That happened BEFORE the family even moved in. And yeah, that was a massive undertaking both $$$ & project wise, but was so worth it. If you scroll back up to the 'before' shots above, you'll see that original Honey Badger floor (that Joan INSISTED ON) and it'll make you queasy...though just roll on back down & soak up the 'licious espresso wood floor and take JOY knowing it's all over the house now! Kidz, if y'all are renovating & are plagued by 90's honey hued wood floors, consider refinishing, for realz. It's an investment, but it is major transformative!
  • The Farrow and Ball wallpaper is also pretty damn transformative too. O.M.G. Yassssssssss! There's not much I can write that will do justice to that wallpaper, so buy it here if you want it. Truly, one of the most beautiful wallpapers I've ever seen! And yes, it looks that stunning in person too. 
  • The stumptuous (bwaaaaa) dining table was made for the room by the fine folks at Groundwork in Philadelphia, buy one here ...the 'licious white chairs are vintage, scored off One Kings Lane, but there's some here that are similar in overall vibe...the mirrored buffet can be bought here ...chandelier dreamzzz  here ... our curtains & drapery hardware is custom, but y'all can nab similar hardware here & curtains here.

Even though this room has been "completed" for a bit, it's such a HAWT POCKET, I'm still so psyched every time I see the AFTER shots! The client adores it too, which, isn't this what all this hubbub is ACTUALLY for? The even BETTER part? There's LOTS more yummy rooms in this house (& insider commentary from Joan & Gayle about them all) that I'll be sharing, y'all are gonna want to check back soon! Oh & Happy Thanksgiving!