Friday, June 17, 2011

A touch of modern glamour in the dining room

My natural style of decorating rarely includes anything modern.
I am drawn to old things, with history and glamour.
Romantic style with a french attitude.
 However these lucite lamps with embroidered drum shades
 were a cheerful pair I spotted at the Salvation Army thrift store.
Since befriending Nita, at Mod Vintage Life, 
and visiting her new link party, Mod Mix Monday,
I was inspired to try a touch of mod in my 
cottage french dining room.
 The big surprise is how much I liked it! 
Its fresh and fun and makes me look twice, 
because it is unexpected.
I paired the lamps with a new vintage purple transferware platter.
I love how the colors on the sideboard repeat the colors in the 
transferware collection and linen pillows.
 A summery sideboard with modern glam
The dotted shades have the same colors as the french mirror.
The dining room table with those frenchy chairs I love.
The custom runner with the long silk ruffle drapes well over the table.
This is more of how I think of decorating~
cottage, with garden elements, french styling and metallic finishes.
However I have learned a little modern touch...
 can add some
joie de vivre!

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  1. Hi Amy,
    I spotted them right away. I love how it brings a little retro into your lovely and elegant dining room! Polka dots always grab my attention.
    Love that runner, ooh la la!!!

    I love everything you do. If you lived close to me we would be on the road constantly looking for new ideas and stuff.


  2. Wow Amy, I love your gorgeous dining room. And you know what? Those lamps do add a wonderfully unexpected surprise...I love it! Have a beautiful weekend.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  3. I think you made a wonderful choice. They look fabulous. I love your dining room!


  4. I have to say I love those polka dots with the mirror. I would have bought those lamps if I'd seen them for sure. I really love the pink architectural columns in the house too. Are you going to keep them inside?...I like them there.

  5. Wow Amy,

    They look fantastic,really love it! oooh and i love your pink columns at the side of the entry too,you have such great taste,i can't wait until our cottage is ready to furnish,
    Love Kristina xxx

  6. Salvation Army score! Just perfect you lucky girl.

  7. I've always had a little thing for polka dots... these are surprisingly awesome here. they say, " i don't take myself too seriously"! isn't it fun when you just try something a little kooky, and you love it! And those pink columns look good everywhere!


  8. The lamps look fabulous. I would never hae thought of that, but they are wonderful. Such a pretty room. Hugs, marty

  9. Ah Ha! The pink architectural piece in the final image!! It's becoming a 'Where's Waldo" for me to try and see it. lol ;)

  10. love your joie de vivre! It's very noice!
    Jen xo

  11. Gorgeous outfit, flawless. As always

    ♥, Ette

  12. So sorry!!! please delete my last comment!
    I copy pasted my comment format and actually pressed post! LOL so embarrassing

    but anyways those french doors are to DIE FOR, and those lamps go perfectly!!!
    lovelove love, thank god its friday... my brain is dead. clearly.

    ♥, Ette

  13. I like that you are using the pink architectural salvage pieces inside. *nice* Your dining room is so pretty...simply gorgeous!!!

  14. In the first picture before I read one word I immediately thought... nice lamps! They look FAB!

  15. I really love the mix. Those lamps look great in your dining room.

  16. LOVE them! I am drawn to that look anyway, but I think they look great in here!

  17. Those lamps look fantastic in your space, Amy, and you are right, they are unexpected! But they mix so well with the other furnishings, I just love them in that room! Aqua is my favorite color, and I love the shape of those lamps, had I seen them first, I'd have snapped them up right away.



  18. O' Amy your dining room is just beautiful! The lamps looks just gorgeous in there.

    Have a wonderful weekend,

  19. Hello Amy,

    Love your new are right, unexpected and welcomed at the same time.

    Lovely room!

    Janet xox

  20. Love them! The perfect touch! I also love that table runner!~Hugs, Patti

  21. Your home is sooo gorgeous!! I love all your touches, just fabulous. I love the lucite lamps,they totally work. You have the magic touch thats for sure!

  22. What a perfect touch! I wouldn't have thought it, but it does stand out in a good way!

  23. I'm loving those polka dot shades in your dining room!
    Your dining room is so pretty!
    hugs, Cheryl

  24. LOVE your dining room Amy!! It is soo charming and sweet! I love the new shades ~ so perfect in there! Enjoyed your wedding post too~ cute video of you and the Mr.!! Thanks for sharing this at FNF :)

  25. Hi Amy - you had me at "french glam" (haha!). No but seriously, you know how I totally adore your dining room. It's the best one I've seen out there. Happy Monday dear!

  26. They look pretty! And when you tire of them, you can always change out the shades for a new look. I love the table runner, especially how long it is!

  27. Hi Amy, I have to agree, they do look good! Who would have thought. Just goes to show you don't have to have everything matching or all one style! Your dining room looks just beautiful! take care, Maryann


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