I couldn’t decide which I was more excited about….Christmas morning….
…or this post.
Several months ago, Sherwin-Williams contacted me to see if I was interested in working with them to design a room around their color of the year.
Design a room? Discover a new paint color? Plan a new space? Why, yes. Yes, I would.
Especially when they told me what the color was.
As soon as I saw the color, the room leapt into my mind. Poised Taupe is a warm/gray brown with the slightest hint of purple. It’s so rich and luxurious and I knew it needed wood and natural tones and a whisper of pull-up-a-seat-and-lets-have-coffee-and-talk.
Ready to meet my new dining room?
We started by painting the walls with SW 6039 Poised Taupe.
Then we gave the trim a new coat of paint with SW 7006 Extra White.
Next, we tackled the floors. I loved the rug that had been in here for eight years, but it had seen its share of wear and tear and dirt and the floor was ready for a change.
We taped off the center of the room in a rectangle and stained the floor with a deep brown border.
Then we taped off diamonds in the center and stained them with contrasting stains.
Lastly, we added a small dark square where the diamonds met.
I’ll share an exact how-to, later.
The floor was finished. The walls were finished. The trim was finished.
And then I found this.
A piece so amazing that I almost did a cartwheel when I found it.
Do you know what it is? Do you have any idea what it started out life as?
It’s from the late 1800’s and it came out of a local general store here in the area.
It used to hold fabric bolts. Here’s the ruler they used to measure the fabric with.
That piece at the top with the notch that looks like a handle?
It’s where they used to place the bolt and pull the fabric down to measure.
I’ve lifted it up here so you can see.
I kissed my 1800’s fabric bolt holder, gave it a giant hug, placed it on the wall in the dining room and filled it with my entire luncheon plate collection that used to be on the bottom shelf in the butler’s pantry.
I kept this bookcase that was originally on the wall here and filled it with even more books.
I added new fabrics to the space, like these embroidered pillows and a plaid wool throw I made myself from this fabric I found.
The contrast of the lighter fabrics with all the dark wood is so cozy.
This is the original table from the room, it’s just painted black to blend in with the space.
The centerpiece is a piece of wood in place of a runner and these wood vases filled with leaves from the yard.
I just layered the vases and leaves and then added some tiny woven pumpkins.
I kept the smocked burlap curtains which feel at home in this room, too. In the bay window, I added a fold-down table. The large piece on the opposite wall is so large it allowed me a little more space in the room and this table will be perfect for extra seating at Thanksgiving.
I decorated the top of the table with a lantern and stacked pumpkins.
These stacked wood slices are also perfect chargers for the table.
I am so in love with the new space and so thankful to Sherwin-Williams for this opportunity. I’ve worked with them for three years on their color of the year and I think this one was my favorite. It’s so different and unexpected.
I’m pulling up a chair.
Wrapping myself in gray plaid and drinking coffee.
The dining room and I are spending some much needed alone time together. 🙂
disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Sherwin-Williams.
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