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Mix it Up: Dining Chairs

We get asked a lot to help clients with their dining rooms. Most of the time, they want help creating a space that is a little formal (enough for entertaining adults only) but approachable (like for a family dinner.) One of the ways we like to achieve this is to mix up chairs–doing different chairs at the heads and sides. Recently we worked on two different dining rooms where we took this approach.

For a client in Wilmette with two little kids, we went with affordable shaker style side chairs in black (seriously can you believe these were under $100 from Kohl’s and they’re great quality?!) and paired them with upholstered heads chairs to soften the wood chairs and live edge table.


For another client living in the city, she wanted a transitional look for her in-eat kitchen, so when we chose a more traditional rustic table and iron chandelier, we balanced things out with acrylic side chairs. The upholstered banquette in a graphic pattern continues to keep things a little more contemporary as well as the abstract piece of artwork.

Don’t be afraid to move away from all matching and try something different!

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Ikea Ritva Curtains

I’m always looking for cheap ways to add drapery to a room.  Drapery can be an expensive purchase and even more expensive when you add curtain rods.  I was perusing the internet looking for cheap but nice looking drapes.  Here are a few photos that caught my eye and would you believe these drapes are from Ikea (DIY in different ways of course!):

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Last week, I made the long jaunt to Ikea.  This time it was a different experience because my husband and three kids came.  Let’s just say it wasn’t quite the same and I don’t think I will ever do that again.  The kid’s club was closed so we were stuck walking the aisles with three whiny kids.  I was there solely to hunt down  the Ritva Curtains and see if they really did have the look that good in person.  Oh, and grab a cinnamon roll!

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Let’s just say they didn’t disappoint.  Even though they are 100% cotton, they have the look and feel of a linen texture.  They come in white, black, gray, medium brown and red.  And as you can see from the examples above, so many ways to personalize.  If you’re looking for drapes for your living room, bedroom or a kid’s room it’s worth the trek out to Ikea.  Check back on Friday and I will show you a DIY project I’m going to attempt with these drapes (maybe I should say, my mom is going to attempt).

 

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Client Project Update: A Breakfast Nook

Back from a week’s vacation…so so good to get away and feel some sun on the skin! We went to Orlando for a couple of nights and a day at Magic Kingdom and then headed out on a four day Disney cruise. Tell ya what…Disney knows how to do it right. Overall, I thought the experience was great–the boat was spacious, the kids club was amazing, the food better than decent, the service was impeccable and everything was very clean. The kids loved it. We loved seeing our kids love it. If you’re sensitive to crowds and loathe schedules, I’d definitely look at other options though–this was our first time doing a cruise at all and there are definitely people everywhere and having to follow their schedule for things like dinner might not be for everyone. The idea of a big floating city can be a little freaky (especially given all the stories lately about cruises!) but I tried not to think too much about it. From a design perspective, the rooms are really well planned. We were on the Disney Dream and here’s what our room looked like–we went with my MIL and had an adjoining room that was a mirror image of this one.

Disney Dream Cruise Room

We decided not to get a room with a balcony because of the kids, but there was a huge porthole window that was just as good. There was a queen bed and then the couch is turned down into a single bed and behind the chair there is a murphy bed that housekeeping also turns down every night if it’s needed. The curtain pulls across to separate the two areas. We had them put a pack and play in our room and the baby slept great with the curtain pulled. So, in the end, would definitely recommend the cruise just go into it knowing that it won’t necessarily be a totally relaxing vaca if you’re going with kids.

Ok on to the update on a client project! We’ve been working with a family to update their kitchen/family room area which included a corner they’d designated for a breakfast nook. We’d previously presented options for chairs to go with the Aria table from Room & Board we recommended and they ended up going with the molded Eames chairs. Here’s what we’ve done so far–LOVE how it’s turning out and they’re super happy with the choices made so far.

Contemporary breakfast nook

After finalizing the table and chairs, we did custom cushions for the banquette in a neutral Sunbrella fabric (they have three kids!) and now we’re moving on to the next part which is adding some color, interest and softness to the corner with pillows.

Our clients like greens, blues/greys and reds/oranges. We could do something super eclectic and mix all the colors, but  they want to keep things simple and relatively monochromatic, with just a little color added in. Here are three options we’ve put together for them…

 

Breakfast Nook Pillows Green Orange

 

 

 

Breakfast Nook Pillows Greys

 

 

 

Breakfast Nook Pillows Brown Orange

 

Which would you choose??

Tessa Signature

 

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