disclosure: this post was sponsored by Walls Republic
Someone recently asked me how to take a blank canvas of a room and decorate it. They had so many questions about the process like:
Where do you start?
How do you know what colors to use?
How do you know what goes into a space?
How do you know what works together?
You can read articles and look at pictures and study diagrams and watch how-to videos, but at the end of the day, for me it comes down to two guiding rules.
Rules that have never failed me yet.
But before we talk about how I decorated the space and the rules I used and the details on the dining room, let’s go all Julie Andrews and start at the very beginning.
This is where it all began.
48 hours ago, the space looked like this.
We planned on keeping the floors and the wall color and the antique table and the sideboard.
Everything else was about to change.
Here’s another look at the other side of the room.
The room looks like this.
My mother almost cried when she saw it.
First she was speechless. Then she walked around the room slowly taking it all in.
“You listened to me,” she said.
And just between us, I’m going to be honest…..that is a rariety.
You see, I might or might not be the absolute worst at listening to my mother.
But this is different.
This is decorating.
Which leads us to the first rule of decorating according to me:
Listen to the space.
I know it sounds corny, but the space truly knows what it wants.
For example, this space felt like it needed to be lightened and brightened up.
So we started with this beautiful wallpaper from Walls Republic. We both fell in love with it. The lightness, the airiness with the birds and the blue and white colors were perfect for the size of the room. We chose to hang the paper on one wall to give the room a focal point.
Then we found this chandelier.
It was kind of like the wallpaper. Airy and light with a little bling.
It drew the eye upward without visually taking up too much space.
And it sparkled.
I,m pretty sure the room mentioned in passing that it wanted something that sparkled.
Next we started looking for fabric.
Enter rule number 2.
Always choose what you love.
I can’t explain this and it might not make sense, but if you buy what you love, somehow the room comes together. Trust your heart.
And make sure the store has a good return policy, just in case your heart might have misspoken.
For example, when we went fabric shopping we planned on purchasing a blue and white fabric for the seats and the windows.
We found some blue fabric and tried to make it work, but just between us….
….it looked lame.
Then we found this fabric and we knew it was perfect. Who wouldn’t love this fabric? And even though it wasn’t blue, it worked.
We found these chairs for the end of the table.
They are so comfortable and the slipcovers are removable.
The rug came next to help anchor the floor. One large rug was really expensive, so we opted for two smaller rugs and they ended up fitting the space perfectly.
Long white floor to ceiling panels were hung at the windows and finished off with a simple faux roman shade.
Those roman shades are totally no sew and took about 10 minutes for both.
I made them from a 1 x 2 board and a single curtain panel.
A few accessories and that was it.
The room was done.
Just a little finding what you love and listening to the space.
And of course, your mother. 🙂
PS A wonderful, incredible wise reader asked me if I would list the sources for the room and she is much more brilliant than I am, so I listened to her, too. 🙂
curtain panel and fabric: Hobby Lobby
disclosure: this post was sponsored by Walls Republic. All opinions on wallpaper and listening to rooms are completely my own. Please see my disclosure page for more information.