First, I hope everyone is having fun getting ready for the big turkey day. I used to get all stressed out and have tons to do, but luckily my husband has taken over the kitchen these days and is doing the turkey and trimmings for our big meal.
I make a pie and cranberry sauce before, but I'll be his helper on turkey day (mostly stay out of his way) and I've got my table all set.
I changed out my art in the dining room this year, I love blues, and this is a suzani that I picked up at Dallas market years ago. I finally had it framed in a plexi box with a linen background. This room is dark typically and I wanted something on the wall to brighten things up. (Sorry for the glare, my iPhone photos, obviously!)
Check out the way they mounted this artwork on the back side of the piece. They hand stitched it to the backing to get it to lie flat and not create too much stress on the piece at any one point. Very nice, no?
That framing was done by Framecrafters in Houston.
I can't tell you how I've wanted to paint my dining room and do some drapery panels in the same color. I've been toying with Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year, Shadow, since I used it in Memorial Antiques' windows that I designed last year.
Wouldn't that color look great as a backdrop for my new wall decor piece?
I have also wanted to do a linen covered settee behind the table there, for several years now. I never have enough comfortable seating because we sit there for hours and usually pull in other chairs. I just always wanted a light linen settee as a backdrop on the back side of the table, to add some softness and upholstery to this room, much like I did in this design plan created for a long-distance client.
Well, maybe by next year!
So, with my new wall decor up, I decided to go with more of a magenta accent with my gray tablecloth. I took the basic table I created here in this post, and then added in white concrete pumpkins and magenta flowers. I think it pulls in some of the color from the wall decor and is something different from my tabletops in the past.
Here are the afternoon shots, it's definitely a dark and moody room.
You can find my other Thanksgiving tabletops linked here.
I have some news....I've got a project in California!
These clients are friends of mine and were some of my first clients as I started my business here in The Woodlands. I designed their kitchen and dining room here, in my own neighborhood, and now they are moving back to California to enjoy retirement. I hate to see them go as friends and neighbors, but now I have yet another reason to visit LA and my daughter.
I'm heading out there for a long weekend before Christmas for a walk through of the property and to discuss scope and overall concept. We will begin work when we get back in Jan.
I'll be sharing some pics on Instagram or in stories (yes, I'm finally going to try that).
This pic, below, is the dining room update we did for this client in her home here. We added color on the walls, window treatments, reupholstered her chair seats, did a new light fixture and a seagrass rug to lighten up her existing dining room furniture.
I can't wait to get my eyes on their house in CA. We're going to gut a kitchen, a master bath, open up some spaces, and put in some durable and beautiful finishes. These people aren't afraid to get their hands dirty and get involved in some of the construction, so it'll be a real-life fixer upper.
Hope you all have a lovely holiday week and if you are in America or are an American located elsewhere, enjoy your Thanksgiving!