Seamless Shimmer

by Lauren Setum

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve shared design ideas for the Master Bedroom and Kitchen (complete with a custom cabinet) in a friend’s new home. From those posts, you might have gathered that the dining room is semi-open to the kitchen. This means that whatever is done in the dining room will need to acknowledge and flow seamlessly from the kitchen.

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The Dining Room (and staircase to the basement) is just behind this (in progress) wall. Goodbye, green!

That being said, the existing layout infers that the Dining Room is still a ‘special place’. It is a destination; the area in which guests will dine and the homeowners will entertain. The design of the space should convey this. So, with that in mind, I present you with this shimmery Schumacher wall covering. Oooo…Ahhh…

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The wall covering in this colorway works with the Kitchen paint color but still serves to distinguish the dining area as a separate destination. The shimmery design would read as more of a texture than a pattern so it would provide a nice backdrop for other wall hangings without stealing the show. Plus, my friend had pointed out to me that she liked the subtle gold shimmer in curtains that the old homeowners had left behind; this wall covering speaks to that aesthetic preference. Check out the other fabulous colorways that this wall covering comes in…

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Drab to Fab!

by Lauren Setum

Back in September, I wrote a post entitled Your Sofa is Ugly. Subsequently, I received some feedback from defensive sofa owners…you know who you are. While I fully intend to stand my ground (sorry folks, I’m calling it like I see it), this time around, I’m taking a slightly different approach. And it’s good news! If you have tired, old furniture, there may be hope!

This past weekend, I spent Sunday afternoon perusing Hunt and Gather, a vintage and antique store in Edina. If you’re looking for wall decor, jewelry, furniture, lighting, or quirky accessories, I highly recommend checking out this store. Bear in mind that their stock is continually changing since they offer one-of-a-kind items so go in with an open mind. I’ve purchased several lounge chairs from here that I intend to reupholster. Which brings me to the point of the post. Instead of buying completely new furniture, consider breathing life into old pieces that have semi-hidden potential and character. Take a look…IMG_2075

A sampling of all the unique items you’ll come across at Hunt and Gather in Minneapolis. The vintage metal Tonka trucks in the upper left-hand corner would make great accessories on built in shelves!

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Left: Antique door knockers. There were about six of these available…they’d make fabulous wall art when all grouped together.

Right: Vintage wood bins. Decorative and functional!

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This freestanding ‘locker/amoire’ of sorts caught my eye. I can see it in the laundry room, mud room or guest bedroom of a mid-century home. So fun and unique.

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This round end table could be the ‘pop of color’ in a room…just add this Ruby Red paint from Benjamin Moore (or any other color of your choosing).

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This pair of chairs was my favorite find of the afternoon. They have a great shape, and I can definitely picture them in a home office. Reupholster in this ikat fabric from Schumacher and ta-da!

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This side chair is so unique, and honestly, could probably suffice as is. But, if you are looking to spruce it up a bit, consider reupholstering in this fabric from Zak + Fox.

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These case pieces are also lovely (and more ‘antique looking’) as is. For a modern twist, consider a painted yellow finish using Bold Yellow from Benjamin Moore.

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This settee has great traditional lines, without being stuffy. Make it a statement piece using a bold upholstery fabric from Harlequin.

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This retro barstool would look fabulous in any one of these color ways from Pollack

A WORD TO THE WISE: If you have the urge to reupholster yourself…resist it. Contact a professional. The end result will be 100 times better, and it will last 100 times longer. No offense or anything. Happy hunting!