Paint Ponder: In the Midnight Hour

Designer Bruce Shostak grabbed our attention with his dramatic blue dining room in Benjamin Moore’s In the Midnight Hour BM- 1666.  He painted everything in this high-gloss blue stating in House Beautiful, “With a single color, you get sculptural richness.  In sunlight, the gloss finish is surpassingly cheerful, perfect for ball-filled birthday parties.  By night, it’s a handsome backdrop for grown-up dinners”.  We can’t agree more….

{1} Bruce Shostak in House Beautiful {2} Houzz {3} DecorPad {4} House Beautiful

Portfolio Peek: Dining Room

For our lakehouse dining room, we started with the stumps.  They were so unique and soon afterwards Sally from Sanvig Sawmill found the perfect slab of cypress wood to place on top to make the table.  We added black bistro chairs from RH, a RH buffet and lamps from Currey and Company, and topped it all off with a beautiful French farmhouse chandelier from Bevolo that provided the perfect reflection into the mirror during dinner…

All photos from Michael Hunter Photography.

On the Job with C: Bubble Fixtures

There something so fun and classic about sipping champagne in a small upscale bar.  What about introducing the same feeling to a space?  We have pondered that thought with a client who is reworking her lounge area.  We are considering a bubble fixture.  We love the one from Muriel Chandelier from Oly and there is a budget friendly one at West Elm

{1} Melanie Turner Oly Chandelier {2} At Home Arkansas {3} West Elm’s Droplet Glass Chandelier {4} Home Bunch

On the Job with C: Trumeau Mirror

I’m working on a client’s dining room and we are introducing a bit of a french flair.  While desiring to get little more light in the room, we are considering a Trumeau mirror. Manufactured in France in the 18th century, these beautiful pieces were used to designate space between windows, providing a decorative element.  Most are rectangular in shape and usually include a decorative portion at the top.  Here are some rooms that showcase one….

{1}Cote de Texas {2}Pinterest {3}Better Homes & Gardens {4}House Beautiful

On the Job with C: Visual Comfort Paris Market Chandelier

I often get a calls from clients who just want a quick piece.  Many are preparing for the arrival of friends and family and either want help with a guest bedroom or a dining room.  Recently, we reworked a formal dining space and replaced an old fixture with the Visual Comfort Paris Flea Market Chandelier.  It has a warm gold hue and makes a stunning centerpiece in a room.  For those of you who don’t have access to a Visual Comfort vendor, you can also purchase it here at Horchow.

{1} Horchow {2} Pinterest {3} Horchow {4} Visual Comfort Blog

Friday Happy Hour: Hampton Showhouse

Who wouldn’t want to live in the Hamptons?  For the majority of us you can’t, we might as well peek, right?  Here’s a look at some of my favorite rooms in the Hampton Designer Showhouse captured by Traditional Home.  As you recall, I adored the last one, but this might, dare I say, be even better….

{1} Well done on the layered pattern in the sun room    {2} A well textured bedroom  {3} Love the tile border in the master bath {4} Sisal wallpaper and eye dripping chandelier make the dining room.

Friday Happy Hour: Bird Wallpaper

It’s definitely spring…and it’s almost over.  What better way to keep it around than to add some bird wallpaper to a room.  It can be intimidating at first, but done in the right way would make an instant showstopper in a room.  Here are some of the papers I love…

{1} House Beautiful {2} Schmaucher’s Oiseaux et Fleurs in Mineral {3} Brunschwig’s Kanchou in Verdigris {4} Thibaut’s Shrewsbury in Blue.

Friday Happy Hour: Dining at the Round Table

In most dining rooms, you will often find a rectangular dining table.  It often is extendable with several leaves to slide in for seating options.  With younger families trending away from the formal, “unusable” dining space, many having taken to smaller rooms with round tables.  I especially love them because they often help create a softer look and allow for easy conversation.

Here are some of the round table dining rooms I love:

{1} Designer Bunny Williams {2} Jennifer Lopez Home from Veranda  {3-4} Pinterest

On the Job with C: Capiz Chandelier

I’ve decided a capiz chandelier will make the perfect statement for a client’s dining room.  I plan to hang it in front of a mirror so we get a beautiful visual of the delicate capiz shells dangling off with a little twinkle and shimmer.  A chandelier like this can be casual and dressy at the same time.  The perfect statement piece with a bit of texture to boot.  Here are some great options:

{1} Avalon Chandelier by Fuse Lighting {2]  A dining room from Elle Decor  {3} West Elm budget friendly  {4} Glam Furniture Capiz Chandelier