Monday, February 29, 2016

French daybed debuts in the dining room

 Spring is coming, and I can't wait to get back outside.  Last year we
created a French style courtyard in the back of the house. Part of our 
plan was to access it by adding French doors in the dining room
 that will lead directly to the small narrow gravel courtyard.  We got the doors 
completed, leaving me to dream about how we will enjoy the courtyard as
soon as spring arrives.  When I spotted an antique French daybed at SOWA, our local
Boston vintage market, I decided it would be the perfect accent for the courtyard.
But for now the daybed is sitting in my dining room, and I figured I could just
 work around it if I made it look like it really belongs in this room.  So, here it is!
At the end of this post you can visit my design blogger friends who have 
all joined my in an ode to Spring, and see what they have done to usher in the season.
But make sure you check out my table, as I have been working on that too.
 A pretty table setting for Easter was one of the purposes of a recent photo shoot. 
 The table has my purple transferware dishes holding center court.  
Silver baby cups hold purple Easter grass and a few luxury chocolates for
 our grown up boys.  It is a new tradition for our Easter table, 
and it's a sweet nod to Easter when it once was all about the basket.
Vintage lilac colored damask napkins are folded inside of amethyst colored footed cups,
then set on top of the Clarice Cliff purple transferware plates.
White tulips reinforce the coming season so that this pretty dining room
 is all set for spring... even with the new unexpected addition. 
 Its a dreamy combination I think, a day bed in a dining room!
 For this dining room shoot, I moved in the piano bench and I think it might just be staying. 
 The slipcovered linen bench looks really pretty tucked under the table, 
which makes space for the daybed.
 The photo shoot I was talking about earlier, was actually a video shoot with 
Matthew Mead for our Decorating Channel on Youtube.  
We shot a video tour of my living room and I explain why I love it so....
from the newly painted blue walls, to the painted piano,
 to the antique Italian hand painted floral tea table,
 to my opaline chandelier and the romantic mantle I created using appliques....
well I LOVE it all!!
If you want to check it out you will see it all too. 
Seeing a room on video is very different than looking at photos.
 It comes to LIFE!
Visit my Living Room tour on our DECORATE channel by clicking HERE.
One more thing...!
Today I'm joining in with some very talented design bloggers 
to bring you some ideas to jump start your spring style! 
Please visit them all for lots of beauty and inspiration.

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