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Selecting Wallpaper for a Craftsman Dining Room

Alyse Hufford

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I was recently contacted by a client about assisting her in making minor interior updates to her Northwest craftsman home.  She already has a great canvas to work with - an updated kitchen and bathrooms, newly painted walls with beautiful white crown moulding, and gorgeous hardwoods throughout the home.  Over the next few months, we will replace her dining table, cover one of her dining room walls with new wallpaper, and give her dining and living rooms a facelift with modern and vintage accessories and window dressings.

Working with her dining room's existing wall color - Devin Lil' Melon - she would like an accent wall with blue print wallpaper that will compliment her orange walls.  She initially selected Serena & Lily's Palmetto Wallpaper in Olive/Turquoise however we want to see some more designs that give off a modern, playful vibe before we make our final selection.

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We've broadened our search and are now contemplating these additional options from Farrow & Ball, Anthropologie, Abnormals & Anonymous, and a few more from Serena & Lily.

We are waiting for samples to arrive before we narrow down our selection.  I'm leaning towards two of these designs but won't know until I see them in person.  Do you have a favorite?  Which would you choose?

A Before & After Revamp

Alyse Hufford

Today I share with you a fun project I recently completed for a client's family and living rooms.  This styling project didn't involve paint or even the purchase of major furniture but rather adding a little bit of old, a little new, and shopping the client's personal effects to give her family an eclectic, fun space to play and hang out. Our goal was to add some character to her rooms by doing a little furniture rearranging and adding some decorative accessories.  She already had great staples with the oriental rug, grey couch, and white bookcase.  And I fell in love with her vintage cognac hue wingback chairs.  The space just needed a little color and a change up of some accessories to tie it to the rest of her home.

Below is the before photo:

And the after:

To revamp this space, I began with her bookcase and stacked books by color.  I then shopped for vintage pieces to dress it up and add some character.

I then removed the side table that was being used as their coffee table and replaced it with a mid-century modern style coffee table.  I added some of her personal objects and a pair of vintage brass cranes.

Next up was her new addition at the back of her house.  The new family room was a blank space with concrete floors, walls of windows, blue walls, and one lonely dining table.  The family wanted to create a hang out area for playing music, socializing, and enjoying meals with family and friends.

I started with the vintage auto shop rolling cart my client acquired and wanted to use as a bar cart.  I shopped for vintage barware and accessories to create a cool, industrial looking bar cart.

I hung a velvet pheasant painting above the cart - my client was hesitant at first - and when it was in place she agreed it had to stay.

And finally for this corner of the room, she asked for a set of mid-century style chairs and cozy durable rug.  She did not want a coffee table or ottoman as this was a high traffic route for her kids to the back yard.  But she insisted we carve out a spot for her guests to sit while she and her husband served up drinks.  And I couldn't agree more, the chairs and bar brought some fun and color to this space of the room.

This area of the 300 + square foot family room is complete, however I still have a little more work to do.  The client wants to finish off the other side of the space with a large side board to hold her wares and music area for her vintage piano.  I can't wait to get started and look forward to sharing pictures with you in my next big reveal.

Until then...Have a safe and fun-filled New Year!

A Little Accessorizing Goes a Long Way

Alyse Hufford

A new friend of mine who I've quickly come to adore asked me if I would help her decorate her guest room and bring some new life to the space which as of late, has become a dump zone for her three boys trophies, footballs, games, and books.  We got a good start on the room - she picked up an amazing 1920's brass bed frame - and she started clearing off shelves to make room for some pretties until we got to talking about her living room. living room main

After: All decor centered around the client's family heirloom painting hung above the mantel.  I incorporated yellows and various shades of blue.  Couch, chair, and coffee table are client's.

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After: Blue metallic lattice pillows, AnthologyHouse.  Silver faux snakeskin pillows and mirror tray, West Elm.

And that is where the guest room project ends (at least for now) and we directed our efforts to her living room. My friend already has a knack for picking up vintage treasures (her basement and garage unveiled some goodies) but she wanted a fresh eye on how to rearrange and incorporate a few key pieces in her space while maintaining the traditional feel of her early 1900's home.

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After: Vintage Italian bar cart and vintage wingback chair, AnthologyHouse. Vintage barware accessories (client's own and AnthologyHouse). Print and floor lamp (client's own).

Below was my to do list and the small (yet essential) accessories I picked up to bring a little warmth and sophistication to her already stylish home:

  • Bar Cart - Scored a beautiful Vintage Italian Cart.
  • Vintage Reading Chair - Found a vintage wing back chair in smoke-blue velvet.
  • Colors - My client loves yellow and did not want any brass. I added warmth by bringing in hints of various shades of blue.  I also wanted to capture a little seaside vibe to her room as she has a killer view of Puget Sound.
  • Accessories - I utilized accessories she already owned by shopping other rooms in her home.  Sometimes it's a matter of relocating a book, frame, or just moving a table from one room to the next to get a fresh perspective on a space.  I also shopped for some vintage pieces and picked up a couple great accessories at West Elm to balance the vintage with new.

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After: Bar cart close up with vintage and new accessories.

side table with glass

After:  Side table and floor lamp (client's), vintage owl low ball glass (AnthologyHouse).

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After: We relocated this bookcase from the other side of the room to this space next to the couch.  All accessories are the client's, it was just a matter of shopping other rooms in her home to give a cohesive look with white and aqua accessories.

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After: Close-up of bookshelf.  Incorporated a vintage picture with her children's sea life treasures.

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After: Coffee table styling with a mirror tray from West Elm and books, a plant, and client's own accessories.

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After: Close up of mantel with new accessories and an old family painting.

I had a blast shopping for my friend and rearranging pieces she already owns in her home.  It just goes to show that you don't have to spend a lot of money to revamp your space.  Sometimes it just take a fresh eye and a little perspective - touches of gold are not so bad - and digging through treasures you already own can bring new life to a space.

So now that the living room has had a revamp, we are getting back to that guest room and can't wait to share pictures once it's complete.  Our goal is to get it done before the holidays are here and guests need a place to crash.

If you are looking to revamp your space - from personal shopping to a complete one room overhaul - please contact me at anthologyhouse@gmail.com.  I look forward to working with you!