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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  1. Amy, I love that amazing bed in your dining lends to it being seen throughout the day and would truly make anyone smile. I was so hoping that I would see a wonderful table of your gorgeous purple transferware dishes. The dining room surely is a stunning statement for Spring!....Have a great day and LOVED the video!

  2. Amy, I love that day bed and it looks so good in your dining room until you move it outside. What fun to use it outdoors soon. I love the bench at your table, too.

  3. I actually LOVE the daybed right where it is Amy and such a versatile piece! Your home is like a candy box with pretty pastel colors that speak so softly.

  4. Hi Amy-Just trying to get a few 'catch up' visits in! OMGosh- That daybed is AMAZING...and I love it there! xo Diana

  5. Amy you continue to inspire me each and every this~

  6. Amy, your dining room looks gorgeous and your day bed is so wonderful! I never would have thought to put it in a dining room but I love it there. Now I'm trying to figure out how to add a 'bed' to my dining room. Ha!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  7. Your dining table looks almost magical for Easter, Amy! The piano bench is a great addition to the mix. Your French daybed is amazing! It would look lovely, no matter where you put it in that gorgeous home of yours! It just keeps getting better, and better over here! LOVE it!!

  8. Amy! SIGH!!!! What a gorgeous dining room and the perfect place to find a french day bed! Oh my there is so much beauty packed into one little post! You bet I'm on my way to see your you tuble channel! Just french perfection!

  9. Just love your dining room and the pretty purple touches- so charming Amy!

  10. Loving the look of your dinning room-so Springy!

  11. It's gorgeous! Can't wait to see your courtyard in spring.

  12. I love your dining room table! Those purple dishes are so beautiful. Love the silver baby cups filled with chocolate eggs!
    And your daybed is just gorgeous! I know you are planing on moving it outside, but it looks just perfect in your dining room!! Have a wonderful week!

  13. Amy, I just went to your link to see your video and I loved it!! I so enjoyed seeing your family room and hearing you explaining it! I cannot wait to see more! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home!

  14. what a beautiful space. I love the touches of purple. which is so pretty and unexpected. Gorgeous!

  15. I surprise myself by liking the look of the dining room with the bed!!!!
    But i have a serious question about backless benches at the table. Are they really comfortable seating or just for looks? I can imagine a new england style firm bench with no cushioning, but have trouble imagining the soft seat benches work well. Maybe you will do a post on this issue?
    Your video: is the LR as small as it looks in the vid? Do you play the piano?
    Thanks for sharing...

  16. Gorgeous ! Wow, the room is simply stunning and so very romantic. Love the colour you chose for the walls , it goes beautifully with the purple transfer ware and lilac touches.
    Would you be kind enough to point me to the paint colour you used? Once we move into our new home this summer I would luv to have a room in this colour.
    Thanks for sharing Amy, you have a lovely home.
    p.s. Love the youtube channel and subscribed to it.

  17. Amy,

    Your house is so pretty! Truly charming. And I love the bench at the dining table, I would keep it that way for sure. I can't wait to see your lovely courtyard in the spring with the daybed out there!



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