It’s Time For A New Dining Room Paint Color

A tedious decor project I’ve been working on collided head on with my consulting duties last week.  My schedule got crazy busy and caused a delay in my posting.  Taking a break from the monotony of term sheets and contracts, I shifted my attention to an at home project long overdue. It’s time to choose a new dining room paint color.  It’s no secret how much I love Sherwin-Williams Fired Brick, but with the lack of natural light in the dining room it is proving to be on the dark side. The lighting of a space (or lack thereof) is a crucial factor to consider in the selection of paint colors.

Sherwin Williams Fired Brick

I’m heading in the direction of a barely there classic color palette that will:

~ frame the flow of  bookend color from foyer to butler pantry

~bring the French inspired ooh la la factor to the space

~ allow a better showcase for the existing light fixtures

Valspar Mesa Sand

The color choice needs to complement the new kitchen paint color, Curio Gray. Considering the foyer wallpaper, drapes, and dark finish of the living room suite (not my fav, but it keeps the peace), I’m leaning towards the pink/red family of colors- one with a whisper, a scant hint of pink with a café au lait base. When done right, pink defies the connotation of  frill and femininity so closely associated with the color. Achieving light, tone, and shade synergy is the trick. First up is Valspar Mesa Sand.

dining room paint color

Paint color samples can fool the eye.  I highly suggest purchasing a sample container ($2.98 at Lowe’s) of the color(s) you are considering and trying it out on the wall. Paint a large enough area of the wall and let the paint completely dry in order to get a good and proper color read.

Mesa Sand sample

Well that’s a big no go on the Mesa Sand! What a paint color sample looks like on a chart or in a can is very different from what it will actually look like on the wall. Mesa Sand looks to be the perfect shade of  brownish pink in the first image, a peachy salmon with a brown base in the paint sample image, and a flat beige on the wall. On to the next choice.

Farrow and Ball Setting Plaster

Farrow & Ball Setting Plaster is working for me. The sample is en route and my fingers are crossed.

crystal chandelier

What project Dave the Builder will be tackling on his summer vacation is no longer a mystery.  I’ll show you what else I have in mind later in the week. Think light fixture.



18 Easy & Elegant DIY Chandelier Ideas

I received the nicest email late last week. They’re the best kind, don’t you think?  My bird feeder chandelier project recently posted on Hometalk opened the door to me being asked if I would like to curate a  DIY Chandelier Ideas clipboard on Hometalk’s Facebook page.  Being a person who loves any opportunity to show, tell, and talk all things house that make a home, I could not hit the send button fast enough to the gracious folks at Hometalk with my answer- a  huge home talking yes!  Hometalk is a community for those who love to create, share, and help with everything home and garden. Ideas and inspiration abound within this wonderful community!

DIY chandelier ideas

DIY talent runs deep throughout the blogosphere. I am constantly amazed and impressed by DIY projects born out of ideas, eyedeas, and the spark of inspiration that fuels the desire to create and replicate.

Dixie Delights via DIY Chandelier Ideas Board on Hometalk

From repurposed beauties to reinterpreted garden genius, these and countless other inspiring  DIY Chandelier Ideas are hanging around Hometalk for your viewing pleasure.

Anythingology via  DIY Chandelier Ideas Board on Hometalk

These are just a select few of the range of tastes, styles, and examples of DIY chandelier ideas to inspire. Want to see more? Click on any image in this post to view my entire Hometalk DIY Chandelier Ideas clipboard. It’s full of good ideas, great looks, step-by-step DIY how-to tutorials, and talent galore!  Inspiration awaits.

Deja Vue Designs via  DIY Chandelier Ideas Board on Hometalk

Places In The Home For The Holidays: Dining Room Decorating Ideas

I like dining room decorating ideas that deliver year round, classic, and wow factor beauty.  I believe these home decor accents and accessories will do exactly that.  The magnificent mix and match movement continues to gather decorative momentum, and why not?  It’s the sure cure for boring interiors. Ever wonder why a table setting set with mismatched flatware makes such a visual impression?  Unique and unconventional styling, different styles and finishes paired together, and furniture placement never fails to catch the eye.


Lillian August Gatewick Host and Side Chair from Lillian August Gatewick Side Chair 


Hooker Furniture Sanctuary 4 Door Console 

The ribbons, pears and pomegranates design of this early 19th Century Aubusson panel from art1 epitomize the grace of the French motif.

You can’t go wrong with gold-rimmed white dinner plates from Dollar Tree.  Neutral, classic, elegant, and affordable- now that’s striking entertaining gold.

To keep the emphasis on elegant affordability, may I suggest the Hampton Forge Sophia 20 piece flatware set from Target.

I view charger plates as the picture frame of the total place setting picture.


I like to use key decorative foundation pieces in neutral colors. It justifies the initial investment for quality pieces, and makes it easier to use those pieces from holiday to holiday.


Beautifully shine a little light on your holiday celebration with the help of elegant and affordable table lamps in year round style.


Serving pieces are the jewelry of holiday dining tables, buffets, and sideboards. Add magnolia leaves and a fresh green garland and let the impressive holiday dining season begin.


One of the best parts of holiday decorating is decking out the dining room in the colors and decor of the season.

Love your style!

Elegant in Nature, Timeless through Tradition & Whimsical In Placement Perfection: Crystal Chandeliers

Crystal chandeliers captivate and hold my attention, especially when found in the most unique and not so traditional spots and spaces.


Glamour in the kitchen is embraced more and more as a traditional design feature.

white-kitchen-polished-brass-knobs-gold-tiered-chandelier Kim Stephen

When light captures a crystal chandelier, a decorative synergy is produced.

crystal chandeliers setDomino

Crystal prisms cast rainbow colors for the Dorothy in all of us.

Le Meurice HotelSalon at Le Meurice Hotel, Paris

Happiest hour 🍸🍷 #cheers #regram 📷: @zioandsons

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Crystal chandeliers illuminate a classic style.

historic-hotel-decor-to-ignite-your-imagination-5589b65b185cafad0c59df37-w620_h800Greenbrier Hotel ~ Domino

Crystal chandeliers will always be the accent of elegance.

Ebanista chandelier


The opposites attract statement they make by beautifully hanging around in traditionally unexpected places or being the focal point of a kitchen styled in farmhouse chic or rustic charm puts the j’adore in the juxtaposed moment.

crystal chandeiliers kitchen island Apartment Therapy

rustic charm


A sense of balance paired with a good eye is an essential component in decorating.  Whimsical ecclecticity at its absolute finest!


Country Living

Baccarat crystal placement perfection!


Architectural Digest