I recently came across a book entitled ‘Orange is the New Black‘. Although the reference is to prison attire, my mind was sent spinning off into my world of design…...orange is the new red, this is the new that, the living room is the new dining room….really??? To be honest, I had already been toying with the idea of switching these two rooms in my house.
Times have changed…we are older, the children are busy and stretched, their children are young…all of which adds up to early evenings when we are together. We now find ourselves lingering at the dinner table, then calling it a night. So the dining room has taken on a new life….comfortable chairs borrowed from the living room, youth chairs and high chairs corralling small bodies, table top covered with butcher paper, containers of crayons and markers replacing center pieces. An added bonus – a fireplace in the dining room!
The piano still sits comfortably in its alcove, now in the dining room;
the welsh dresser remains in its accustomed spot, anchoring the new living room space.
once over the dining table, now right at home over the coffee table.
Adding a smallish white fluffy rug here will bring the room together.
Rearranging and repurposing accessories adds freshness.
We have yet to see how the new spaces ‘live’. Reaction to the changes by some family members has fallen short of full-blown enthusiasm; perhaps this will change after the next family dinner……
Do you have a favorite spot in your home; a spot that you like to change according to the season, or just on a whim? The welsh dresser in my dining room is my go-to for a quick fix to match my mood or the time of year. September always sends me into fits of nostalgia, nesting, and needing a new look! Fall provides warm color choices……..however………..here in Santa Barbara the temperature has been consistently in the 80’s or higher for weeks, and because of the on-going drought we have been looking at fall colors for months!!!! Warm colors – orange, red, rust, – just don’t feel right on so many levels!!!
with a touch of green……..
with a bit of bling………..
and a metallic grounding………
with inspiration from the March 2012 issue of House Beautiful – interior design by Myra Hoefer
would love to hear about your favorite spot to change up in your home when the mood strikes…………..!!!!!!!
So satisfying to make a positive change to my dining room! In fact, so exciting that I decided to try another iteration………..
this time in brown
the logos stamped on the back of the pieces are nearly as interesting as the pieces themselves
even nature provides just the right colors in the form of Sycamore pods and starfish
a different color, a different look
what might you gather together to create something fresh and new in your home???
As anticipation has now turned to recollection and reflection, we begin a new chapter in our lives. Change is an integral part of and constant ingredient in the human condition.
So embrace the seasons of life!
My response is to change and grow with the seasons. What more fun way than to change up my surroundings and make them new again. All summer I have worked outside in anticipation of the wedding, so today I decided on a fresh look for my dining room and set about gathering blue.
a tiny chippy French enamel child’s cup
a small crazed cup, beautifully detailed
blue jay feathers gathered with my granddaughter on walks in the orchard
a rusted metal dragonfly with blue understones
a blue and white Les Indiennes print lampshade from
Rooms & Gardens
random blue-themed bottles left from the wedding bar
-pieces hand-carried home from a trip to China-
-some vintage blue willow-
Viola!……….the end result
all complimenting my ‘new’ found chandelier
If you are in a season of change, feeling the need to refresh your surroundings, I’d love to help!