and I were doing a photo shoot a couple of weeks ago in my dining room, and we moved the table over to get a better image. Hey! We both thought the table would work better moved "forever" to one side. The shotgun house dining room is small and a pass-through, and I have the bruises on my upper thighs to prove that the table took up valuable walkway room with it being in the center of the room.
|Valorie Hart dining room Fall 2013|
It meant moving the armoire. So I did a major clean out of the office supplies and crap hidden behind those closed doors, and moved the thing into the kitchen (that's another blog post). I fantasized about having built-in banquettes done, but I don't have that kind of cash. So I started a search for an option by using some storage benches to arrange banquette style along two walls.
|The armoire got cleaned out and moved! And the chandelier got retired for now|
The chandelier had to move from the center of the room, and sadly the in-line design did not allow for the old swag it from the power source trick. I have long loved the Noguchi over size lantern,
and thought this would be a good time and place to use it. Luckily, Alberto is an electrical engineer, so swagging the huge (but lightweight) ball over the new dining table spot was easy-peasy. I got out my clipping file of pictures with this style of lantern to show Alberto what I had in mind.
|Nakashima Compound by Brian Ferry - Love that stick the lantern is suspended from|
The size I want of the Noguchi lantern is over $500. Oh well. So off I go to get dorm room standard issue ha ha. But at 30" in diameter the copy cat Noguchi lantern looks pretty good. You can buy a lantern and a cord kit for under $40. HERE.
I was also so happy to find the storage trucks with a fabric that reminded me so much of the beloved David Hicks La Fiorentina
fabric. I wish I could afford the Hicks fabric, but as you know I am content with the look for less if I can't afford the real thing. And I wanted to buy seating off-the-rack.
|The trunks as banquettes|
|I used two benches on the long side of the table|
David Hicks David Hicks David Hicks! How we all love the David Hicks La Fiorentina fabric! One of my favorite rooms done by Brian Patrick Flynn
features the fabric.
|Bedroom done by Brian Patrick Flynn with David Hicks fabric - photo by Christina Wedge courtesy of Scripps Networks |
|I LURV Brian Patrick Flynn!!!! - photo by Christina Wedge courtesy of Scripps Networks|
The storage benches (or trunks as they are called) came from Overstock.
I used three of them - two for the long side of the table, and one at the shorter side near the wall. Because of the table size and the stock size of the trunk, I couldn't use a full size trunk to deal with the corner. The trunks would have extended beyond the length of the table if I used more than three. So I found a cube ottoman
to tuck in the corner. It didn't come in the same print, so I chose something close. Also it's a tad shorter, so I just put some pieces of wood under the legs to elevate it. It's all about smoke and mirrors.
I think the print looks as good as the David Hicks. It is so popular with designers, bloggers, Etsy sellers, and home decorators.
|Melissa Rufty did this settee in David Hicks fabric featured on the cover of Big Easy Style|
I found the fabric that my trunks are upholstered in and would love to recover the corner piece. I also am thinking about making mini "headboards" to act as a back to my banquette. I am going to hang black frame closet door mirrors horizontally over the banquette for a French bistro vibe.
|You can see a long mirror over the sink in my kitchen - that's a closet door mirror hung sideways - I'll do the same thing with three of this type of mirror over the new dining room banquette|
|Mirrors over a banquette in a bistro|
But not so fast! The fabric is out of stock (M9253 Zig Zag Domino Upholstery Fabric by Barrow), and the mill says to check back in 90 days. There is another Richloom fabric that made the rounds of the blogs
, but it seems to have been discontinued (of course). I found a small amount in orange HERE.
|Zig Zag Domino Upholstery Fabric by Barrow|
So there you have it. A small change that has made a big difference.
|Valorie Hart dining room with Noguchi style lantern and David Hicks style fabric on the banquette|
|You can see that a generous walkway has been created by moving the dining room table - The credenza has been moved from the kitchen into this new spot and now holds two sets of china|
|Another view of the new arrangement - The skeletons came back for a minute, but didn't work out|
So what projects has the coming of Fall gotten you to do? "Enquiring Minds" want to know.
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|I love this credenza in here|
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