Friday, October 16, 2015


It's finally beginning to feel like autumn here in Maryland and we're all set to host a fabulous fall inspired soiree for family and friends.  As part of my participation in The Home Depot Style Challenge, I gave our dining room a seasonal makeover.  For the makeover,  I combined natural rustic elements, added pops of bold color and used accents and accessories with sophisticated lines. I'm really pleased with the transformation.

Here's a rundown of some of my favorite elements of the dining's room new look. 

The 3 drawer buffet (an amazing find from HomeGoods) is probably the hardest working piece of furniture in the dining room.  It discreetly hides the kids' school and craft supplies while also serving as the perfect spot to hold appetizers and  beverages for guests.  The burlap wrapped pumpkins at the base of the buffet were another great fall find.  The burlap finish made the pumpkins easy to customize. I gave one pumpkin a quick coat of plum hued spray paint to compliment the colors in the room.

In addition to adding a few more traditional rustic elements like the wood slice trivet, framed chalkboard sign and mini wooden trays, I added a more modern contrast by using chartreuse and plum as the new accent colors throughout the space.  

Entertaining Tip:  The striped paper straws are such a fun touch and can be found in an array of colors to compliment your decor. I love using these straws to add a festive flair when styling dessert and beverage displays. It's best to place the straws in clear containers or glasses to really show off the pattern and color.

You'd never know it but, the antique pulls down the center of the buffet are not original to the piece.  I came across these pulls when shopping for a client project and just knew they'd look perfect on my buffet at home.  Here's another Designer Tip:

Updating hardware is the fastest and easiest way to give your furniture a new look.  

Another favorite feature of mine is the faux marble look I added to the top of the buffet.  This project definitely goes down as one of the easiest DIYs I've tackled.  It doesn't require a lot of supplies, just the contact paper, an x-acto knife and a bit of patience. I'll be sharing a mini-tutorial in an upcoming blog post so stay tuned.

I also love the mix of patterns in the space. For a cohesive look,  I made sure to sprinkle the new plum and chartreuse accent colors evenly around the room.  Although the walls are a subtle hue (BM Woodlawn Blue), from the table setting to the textiles, this room is filled with interesting pattern and bold color.   Here's a photo of our tufted settee with my new favorite throw and decorative pillows. The clear ghost chairs at the table seem to disappear in the room, allowing the colors and pattern to really pop in the space.  

And finally, let's talk about the reinvented bookcase.  The bookcase is definitely the showstopper in the room. It measures over 7 feet tall and a just a little over 60 inches wide.  I loved using the bold rich color on the bookcase backs to really refresh the piece and give it a completely different look. You can read all about how I transformed 2 IKEA bookcases into this magnificent piece here.

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So what do you think?  Ready for a little fall decorating or entertaining in your own home? Looking for ideas on how to revamp your own space?  Follow me on Pinterest and Instagram for design inspiration and home decor tips or you can contact me for help.

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