When people find out I am studying to be an interior designer they often want to know what my favorite style is (traditional, modern, country, etc). And, I don’t have a good answer. Is mid-century mixed with traditional mixed with West Elm mixed with Scandinavian mixed with country a style? But, I think after studying the Room of the Week I have a better answer…I’m a town & country mix. I like things that are mid-century/vintage and a little worn and a little old or rustic (the country part) mixed with design elements that are more traditional and new and clean-lined (the town part). Now, if you walked into my home you would see that it definitely leans more to the town side of things, but slowly, as my budget permits, I am adding more modern elements to my rooms, and I really love the mix.
I have a formal dining room in my house that goes largely unused, so I haven’t done much to it since we moved in, because I really don’t want to spend money on a room in a rental house we don’t really use. But, we just found out my husband’s sister and her husband will be here for Thanksgiving, so I am using this as the perfect excuse to fluff up the room for the big day.
I’ll do formal before/after photos later (it’s not going to be a huge project). But, I did a little mock-up of the tentative plan…things can always change!
I already own the dining chairs (Room & Board), drum pendant lamp (West Elm), the rug (it’s was a yard sale find last year), the white curtains (from Ikea), and the dishes (from West Elm). I don’t own this dream dining table (from Crate & Barrel), but I think it would be a great modern addition to the room. Instead, I’ll be covering my cheap Ikea table with a beautiful tablecloth (something bold and blue like this one from Williams-Sonoma). Currently the walls are a peachy brown color which I will be updated to a soft blue-gray color (Benjamin Moore Quiet Moments) inspired by the rug. I’ll update my curtains with some pretty trim…like the ones in this photo. I also plan on adding a large-scale painting to the blank walls (I don’t know exactly what yet, but I love the watercolor style of this painting done on linen). And to add a little sparkly some vintage gold-rimmed glasses (from Etsy).
That was long-winded! It’s not a lot of work…just some painting and a teeny bit of sewing. But, it will be a nice pretty spot for a special dinner. And, I think it is a good mix of Town & Country.
Have a great weekend! See you back here next week…sharing a kitchen that shows off some Fall Trends.