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dining room | Building Our Nest
Feb 22 2011

Dreaming and sketching

No new news on the stair project today, folks. We’re still working away at it. But what I do have for you today is a brilliant little sketch Kelly whipped up over lunch on Sunday. On a napkin. (I kid you not.)

It’s things like these that amaze me about my husband. (Forgive me for bragging for a second…) He is an incredibly talented designer. I’ve seen his talent first-hand with his graphic design, but I always seem to forget that he has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design (basically a pre-architecture degree), which means his designs are more than just 2-D.

You see, he has this knowledge and amazing skill in how to dream up something, sketch it and then build it. (Like all the props and scenery he used to build when he worked in theater, or the cupcake tower from our wedding, or the spice rack that is half-completed in our kitchen right now, among many other things.)

Which is why I’m so excited about what could happen in our living and dining rooms. Just look at that napkin sketch!

The top sketch is of three walls in our dining room, and what it could look like with a wall treatment of either board and batten, wainscot, or some kind of paneling. (We had just seen the episode of Sarah’s House where she puts paneling in a dining room and then fabric wall paper above it. I’m not so sure about the fabric wallpaper, but some kind of pattern isn’t out of the question for that dining room.)

The bottom two sketches are Kelly’s design for a renovated fireplace. Chunky wood mantel! Stone facing up to the ceiling! I’m so excited I’m using lots of exclamation points!! I’m also excited because we decided that unlike the dining room wall treatment, this is a project we want to tackle this year. Let’s just say we want to have a fireplace mantel by Christmas so we don’t have to hang stockings on the bookshelves again…


Feb 5 2010

Goodbye Red!

Sorry it’s been so quiet here for a while. We moved into the house on January 23 and have been slowly unpacking and getting things settled.

Since we’re planning on having a house blessing/house warming party on the 20th of February, it has recently lit a fire under us to get the downstairs fixed up the way we’d like it to be, which includes painting. So this evening, Kelly tackled the dining room, which as you might remember, was a dark dramatic (and not very well painted) red.

Dining room


A lot of people who have been in our house have declared how much they love the red, but Kelly and I are not fans. I feel that red dining rooms are a bit cliche (this article in the Washington Post from a couple of years ago seems to agree with me) and would rather have a lighter brighter room in any case.

So, our plan is this: the walls will be Benjamin Moore Wedgewood Gray (which is actually more of a light blueish gray…)

Paint chip - Benjamin Moore Wedgewood Gray HC-146

I bought some blue, tan and brown striped curtains for the windows and eventually plan to recover the chair cushions with a more muted fabric color (right now they’re bright blue).

Kelly was a rockstar painter this evening, and primed the entire dining room. Hooray, the red is gone!