Tuesday, October 25, 2011

CDLV Dining Room Photo

I'm still painstakingly and arduously working on the gilded chairs for the dining room. They've turned into something that I wish I had never done ... as the Martha Stewart Living metallic glaze takes 4-years to dry, and once you put it on it's too late to take it off. Anyway - it's coming together, slowly.

Let's see ... details, right?

The new table is 42" round, and a huge (and welcomed) change to my dining room. It's draped with a full length chocolate brown burlap tablecloth with jute fringe from Ballard Designs, and then topped with a Ralph Lauren ecru linen hemstitch square cloth that desperately needs to be ironed - I know!

The basket is from our recent Texas trip. I paid $4.99 for it, and then painted it a thousand shades of gray before settling on this one. Our collection of ironstone holds soft pink roses, green apples (yes - I decided to use them!) and silverware.

In the background, atop our old sideboard, the basket from the old bar area with all of the stuff you've already seen is in front of a wonderful oil painting from a street artist in Russia, and flanked by two giant alter sticks in antique brass ($7.99 each in Austin, Texas) another ivy in a patinated terracotta atop a silver plate, and hugged by an antique Chinese happiness jar with a wooden lid.

I suspect that I'll be done with this room by Friday, so I'll have lots of pictures of this room for you then!! Happy Tuesday!


  1. It looks good already.

    The RL table coverlooks lovely ironed or not.

  2. I like the "taste" that you've given us!

  3. Keep your promise of lots of pictures, please!♥♫

  4. I am so copying that basket arrangment- well, except for the fact that I dont have a beautiful ironstone jug:) I love that..
    I'll be waiting with baited breath an rapt anticipation to see the whole room..
    Have I said lately you are my decor hero.. I love every dang thing you do.
    see ya soon.

  5. HI Artie, thanks so much for coming by. YES< we LOVE Longwood! We are members so go as often as possible, should actually go more. This trip we saw spots we had never seen!!! Wandered all over the place:) Love these shots of the dining room. The basket is great! Can't wait to see the chairs. Some projects are a big, fat PIA:):) XO, Pinky

  6. Ha! 4 years to dry. Thats baby years...lol.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  7. Can't wait to check back and see the finished room. So far, so good! The basket looks great - you found the perfect gray. ....and I love the apples! Thank you for your nice comment..!

  8. So far, so good, Artie. I didn't realize that it took so long for that stuff to dry! I love a round dining room table-it makes for wonderful, intimate dinners. xo Diana

  9. I love the vignette on the side table and the ironstone in the forefront...it's really looking brilliant.

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