Bold Dining Room
Host Brooke Channon and inspiration/guest designer Linda Applewhite work together to re-create the look of Applewhite's design in the Inspiration Room, which is filled with bold, lush and colorful furnishings.
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Host Brooke Channon introduces designer Linda Applewhite, who created an inviting Old World style dining room full of color, texture and whimsy. She used a warm color palette, expensive reproduction furniture in European styles, and a custom rug specially designed for the room.
Below are the steps taken by designer Linda Applewhite, to get a bold, pulled-together designer look for a small, nondescript dining space accented by a painting of dogs playing pool:
Transforming the Makeover Room
To begin the makeover, Linda painted the walls a warm golden yellow (Benjamin Moore: Straw 2154-50). She then hung panel curtains striped in tones of mustard, moss and clay and trimmed with tassels. A wrought-iron chandelier with a graceful scroll design is also added to the space.
Linda added a round dark wood table with a rope edging to the space and added armless chairs upholstered in different colors (butter, moss, clay) with painted backs to match the upholstery. She used a gold open wire basket filled with plants and greenery for the table's centerpiece
Linda then hung a bamboo shade over the pass-through into the kitchen for a tailored, functional look. She also placed a large tea-dyed area rug in rust and golds on the floor.
The dog picture is replaced with a picture of urns in warm colors and flanked it with two sconces. She later accessorized the buffet with two topiaries and colorful textured pottery pieces that reflect the artwork.
To see where the savings are, take a look at this direct cost comparison of some Inspiration Room items and the creatively comparable ones used in the Makeover Room:
French buffet and accessories, $11,660 / Second-hand buffet and pottery, $310
Spanish walnut round table, $10,000 / Round pedestal table, $300
Antique French brass oval planter, $425 / Gold wire basket, $6
Table and chairs, $25,500 / Sensible version, $960
gold wire basket with scalloped edge, sconces - Marshalls
chandelier (Progressive: Berkeley), topiaries - Home Depot
fabric for drapery panels - Poppy Fabric
iron-tone rod, finials, clip rings - Target
framed print, bamboo shade - Cost Plus
pitcher, ceramic vase - Pier 1 Imports
glass urn - Ben Franklin
Now the dining room is an expression of simple elegance and the focal point of the entire home.