The Green Has Got to Go

Hunter green and pink. If I had to pick two colors that would sum up the previous owner’s design taste – they would be it. Add some wallpaper and a few faux finishes and we are pretty much good to go. Not to say that hunter green and pink are not nice, but we’ve been phasing them out of our abode. Guess we are just a wee bit more plain jane round here. 😉 I’m a sucker for a nice, crisp, black exterior door and perfectly bright and white interior. What can I say, I’m a tried and true for the traditional.

Sunroom Door
Green Exterior Door

I felt an extra push to paint this door since we had already quasi tackled it by painting the interior, but not the interior door trim, so anytime we opened the door this spring to get a wee bit of air in the space, I would hard core cringe and the unfinished look.

Unpainted Door Trim
Door Trim

If I had my way, and a few extra dollar bills lining my pocket, I would get a french door installed here to open up the dining room, and to get rid of all the ugly gold trim. A la this photo. Fades off into dreams of converting the screened in porch into a sunroom …

French Doors Dining Room
French Doors

But since paint cost $20 for a gallon and doors cost a few benjamins … ya know. Some decisions get made for you. He he. 😉 It was looking pretty rough though. Definitely in need of paint.

Green Exterior
Exterior Door

Here is how it looked after two coats of Benjamin Moore Simply White.

Simply White Trim
Simply White Patio Door

The trim panel is looking a lot better, too.

Door Trim Simply White
Door Trim

Oh, and the door hardware. That has to go, too 🙂 After lots of looking around at the big box and local stores with nothing striking my fancy, I stumbled across this guy when I was buying our appliances at my new favorite website, Plus, they are actually quite a bit less than the big box option. Yippie skippie. Perhaps in the summer we will snag this guy for the door.

Exterior Door Hardware
Exterior Door Hardware

Going on a Table Hunt

Now that we’ve decided to work with the smaller dining space we have, it’s time to optimize the hut and get a round dining table already. Actually, the search has only just begun. Ideally, I’d really like to find one on craigslist or used (Salvation Army, consignment stores, etc) but if all else fails, there are a few online that I like as well.

This was the first table I found that I liked, it’s 54″ round, with an extension. 54″ could work, but I feel like 48″ would be a bit better for flow in the room. This one is from Art Van, (it’s the Sutton’s Bay Pedestal Dining Table) which is nice since there is ALWAYS a promo going on there. It’s listed for $599, but I wouldn’t pay much more than $400 for it, which I think is feasible given all the promotions Art Van runs.

Suttons Bay Dining Table
Suttons Bay Dining Table

I’m quite smitten with this guy from Macy’s as well. I absolutely love the pedestal base on it, but I’m not sure I’m crazy about the top. It looks like it has quite a bit of detail, and I think that I would prefer just plan wood versus an inlay pattern. This one is a 48″ table (right dimensions!) with a leaf that extends it to 70″, so it’s great for when we are entertaining and need additional space at the table. The reviews say that the table top scratches pretty easy as well, and with a cat that is constantly jumping on the table, that might nix this one.

I’m digging this one, from Liberty Furniture as well. Ideally, I think I would go with a slightly darker wood stain, but I think it’s a super handsome looking table! It’s a 48″ base table, that expands to 60″ (and seats 6) for entertaining. The smaller sizing is appealing to me, since I think it would help a lot with the flow in the room. Also, although I absolutely love the pedestal portion of the table, I’m not sure I’m crazy about the loop-de-loos at the bottom of the table legs. It’s also a bit more pricey – at $720.

48" Pedestal Dining Table
Liberty Furniture Pedestal Dining Table

Other than the price, I’m totally gelling with this table from Broyhill as well (think it might even be my top contender…). One of the most important aspects to me on the table is the look of the pedestal. Gotta keep it classy, America! There are certain details that just make me want to run and grab my wallet on a pedestal table and this one has a lot of those star qualities that have me thinking irrational thoughts, and saying to myself, $700 isn’t THAT expensive. Dangerous words, very dangerous words.

Broyhill Pedestal Dining Table
Broyhill Pedestal Dining Table

Any thoughts out there in blog land? I find it’s the hardest to find what you’re looking for, when you already know EXACTLY what you’re looking for. Narrows the search options a wee bit. 🙂

This Little Light of Mine

Chandeliers. They can be lovely things – classy little details to brighten up the space. Or – they can be brassy 80’s relics that take the wind right out of your sails. Our home had the latter when we moved in. I think by the second day Jay was climbing up on the table to remove it per my insistent requests. Actually for a few days there – things were looking pretty dark around here as the hurry up and get r’ done side of me wanted to post all of our OLD lights on craigslist, so that we could buy new ones. Alas the old ones must have been priced to sell because those babies flew off the shelf before I could restock the abode. Flashlights were our trusted friend for a wee bit there 🙂 Sometimes I get ahead of myself.

We started with this guy, in all his golden glory. I considered spray painting it and looking for a drum shade to go over it, but after doing some research, I found that option almost as pricey as a new one, and a bit more risky if I didn’t like it and was stuck with a lamp shade that wouldn’t work for anything else – given the size.

Dining Room Light – Before

If I had NO budget –  I totally luurve this light (or this one). But alas, $100 is more my style for a light vs. ya know, like a grand. A girl can dream, right?

Arteriors Rittenhouse Bronze Chandelier

This was a bit of a trial and error experience. At first, not wanting to gamble with purchasing a light online and then not liking it, I opted to take the conservative route and buy one off the shelf from Home Depot. I really liked this light in person, with one, notable, exception. The bottom portion of the light reflected down – hardcore – into your face. The first night, Jay and I tried to eat dinner under the light and I swear I could see spots from the light when I woke up the next morning. The jarring lights-in-our-eyes was not the peaceful ambiance I was going for over our romantic spaghetti dinners. Or our left overs nuked in the microwave dinners for that matter.

Back to Home Depot it went. And then – I found the WINNA! Totally affordable – check! Super classy – check! to the rescue with this beaut!  When we got it and installed the light, it was love at first sight. I feel like I should break out into that song on the commercial now – but I won’t – just to spare y’all 🙂

Online – the photo looks much more coppery than I wanted, but once installed – it looks much darker, more of an Oil Rubbed Bronze, which was the look I was going for. Huzza! Here it is in the Dining Room:

So overall – I highly recommend the light and think it adds tons of class to our dining room. I feel like I have to host a dinner party now! 😉