Monday, June 7, 2010

My New Room for Dining

Back in January I wrote about my dining room dilemma here and my eventual decision to relocate the dining room to my office and turn the room into a combination dining room/library. This space is 14 wide x 18 long and is located off the kitchen (two steps down) and has french doors off to the left that lead to a small, slate patio in the side yard. Well, it's still in progress but if I wait for it to be completed I may never end up blogging about it.
The walls are a color I really love; Benjamin Moore's North Creek Brown, a dark brown that is more bronze than red. The walls are quite dark but the room receives great light throughout the day and I like the warm, cozy feel at night.
I'd like to find a taller mirror that is curved in shape and more interesting than the current one. The sconces and metal console table used to be in the family room.
A beam runs across this end so that's why the ceiling drops down here. It makes the placement of a lantern or chandelier tricky and I'm leaning towards not putting one in. For larger gatherings the table can be extended and turned.

AFTER - the shelves with more books, less accessories and more liquor. The lower shelf serves as a bar area.


BEFORE - the camera collection has been relocated to the shelves in our rec room/walk-out basement. My kids' art and plaster hand prints have been moved to the family room.
The right hand corner of the room where the writing desk is located is in progress & a mess! (not that I needed to clarify that point - you see the picture) I still need to style these shelves for more of a library feel. The seascape print was moved here from the family room.

The brick was painted brown and the mantel you see off to the left is now centered on the wall. After I finish up this area I'll post about it.
CIRCA 2008 - Here's the room when it was painted periwinkle. I sold the blonde desk and replaced it with the writing desk.
Anyway, that's where it stands today... Any advice?

27 comments:

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Charming! Makes great sense, love the warm enrobing chocolate color...and the bar/shelves look fantastic!

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

Love it, love it, love it. And, you are really going to love it when it's finished. I love the color, reminds me of our library, a room everyone that comes here loves. Have a great week.

Style Chronicle said...

Great makeover. The chocolate walls are so Albert Hadley. I love books in a dining room. So chic!

Emom said...

No advice....love it so far....like to see how others work things out.....smiles.

pretty pink tulips said...

I love your "after" shelves....you're on your way. Trust you instincts...you're doing great!!

Vanessa@decor happy said...

I'm still trying to get over the great view from your window with all of those magnificent trees! Love how you styled your bookcase.

Everything looks pretty great to me but maybe a patterned fabric for the drapes which would work with the terrific wall colour?

Michelle said...

Oh wow, it looks sooo pretty, great job! I love your dining table too, and the color, very much makes the room. I would hang some large art, in pretty much any color, or airy line drawings on cream, that would be nice and elegant.

Wendy said...

Looks like you are on the right track and what help do you possibly need? Look great! Wonderful paint choices! Good work!

Lavender and Lilies said...

I love the metal sconces. where did you get them?

Pat said...

Love the brown. This room looks like a fine solution to the dining room placement. Can't wait to see the mantle wall, still trying to convince PFS to paint brick.

MzMannerz said...

Oh, I love it! What a great room. Everything just compliments everything else. Love the colors and your dining table looks beautiful against it.

EAC said...

What a great dining room solution, and a huge change from the previous location. The only advice I 'd give you is to schedule a dinner party...nothing inspires me to finish up projects like guests coming over!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

Great room!! Love how you combined dinning room and library! The wall color is spot on and I the natural light you get is amazing!! cute bird!!

Ms. Givens said...

Very classic, very nice!

Hello Lover... said...

Everything looks better with more liquor! It really does look great though - great way to totally revamp a space!

Annie Wilcox Designs said...

As a color consultant in St. Mary's County, MD, I find most people don't understand that with good light a dark color can be spectacular. You of course know that. It is gorgeous. I can just picture a wonderful dinner party.

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

I am loving the new color...makes such a difference. And, love how you've styled the bookcases with the bar below. You look like you are well on your way to me!

Kathy said...

Love your new space..I have a brown dining room too..wish I had the bookshelves....how about painting and distressing those dining chairs white...and maybe a diamond/star/or block pattern on your bottom cabinet doors (with same paint as walls)..very envious of the window space....you do not need a chandelier...I think it is more special without it...(super tall candleabras with shades would be cool on special occasions)......good work..K

pve design said...

Love it, and I would love to see a rug! Perhaps a pattern, a geometric would be fun!
pve

AnneHH said...

Beautiful job!! Love the mirror, sconces and serving table vignette. So pretty.
Only suggestion that I have is to add seagrass since I would love that additional texture.

My Notting Hill said...

Thanks everyone for all the comments and ideas! I've been in Boston for work so I just had a chance to look at it all.

The Zhush said...

What a transformation! This is so great! I have always loved the idea of book cases in a dining room and that bar area you created is perfect.
Love this!

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My Notting Hill said...

Lavender & Lilies - Hi. I sent you an email but just in case, the sconces are called Progressive Ring Sconces and can be found on Amazon.

dovecotedecor said...

I have a breakfast room, office, mud room, library, laundry room space in my house. It is a workhorse of a space. Dining rooms are often dust collectors, and who can afford unused space?? You can see a photo of my "office" here:http://dovecotedecor.blogspot.com/2010/06/organizing-your-move.html

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