Friday, July 29, 2011

Before & After

Before
The problem: This client had purchased a brand new dining room set and was having trouble figuring out how to accessorize the hutch - what to buy, how big it should be, where to get it, how to arrange it. It didn't need to be used for storage, only display. The dining area is open to the living room, so they wanted to make sure both ends of the room worked together.  

The solution: We looked to the colour of the dining chair seats for the colour scheme - green, rusty red, and a hint of gold. Step one was shopping in the client's home - they had a set of old dishes packed away that fit perfectly with the colour scheme. Green and golden yellow ceramic plates and bowls that were just sitting unused in a cabinet.
 
After
Step two was heading out shopping for the rest of the pieces needed to fill in the gaps. I found some large square plates in the colours of the dishes we had taken from the homeowner's cupboards, and used them behind the stacks of dishes to give the displays some height and tie things together. Without the plates behind them, the stacks looked incomplete. I also found a great trio of candle holders (top right corner) that were exactly the right colour - putting them on the top shelf spreads the colour evenly so no particular spot is off-balance.

We added a few family photos in matching black frames, and word art that the homeowner spray painted black to match. Now it co-ordinates with the rest of the room and makes a great focal point.

7 comments:

Marlee said...

This looks awesome! You have a real eye for design, I just cover everything with bright colors! Great blog, I'm a new follower!

http://marleeindebt.blogspot.com/

Susan said...

Great blog!! I'm your newest follower! Thanks for joining mine too! Susan @ http://journalingmywaythrough2010.blogspot.com/

cmyoung said...

Looks awesome. I'm always in need of some home decor ideas...looking forward to checking out your blog. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Following you back :)

http://wherenothinggoodcomeseasy.blogspot.com/

mmbear said...

Love the look of the blog! I am here from the Sunday Blog Hop and I am now a new follower of your blog thru GFC and Facebook. I would love a follow back on both when you get a chance. Thanks so much for your help and have a great week!

Mary@http://www.mmbearcupoftea.com

Multi-Testing Mommy said...

I'm a new follower from the We Are Canadian Blog Hop! :) I hope you'll come stop by my place!

Farrah Shumway said...

Wow, what a difference! Beautiful.

farrah_jo@yahoo.com

Heather Nelsen said...

Great ideas! I enjoyed looking through some of your posts. I love decorating! My husband and I just bought our first house and renovated it before moving in. It was so fun! Thanks for stopping by- feel free to come back and check out the renovation! Have a great week!

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