Before: Crowded and ColdMichelle and Larry Ferraz have inherited her family's house and many large projects and pieces within it. Their dining room is crowded, cold and it doesn't reflect the homeowners, as it has been the same since Michelle was a child living in the house. When designer Karen McAloon learns their favorite things are dinner parties and theater performances, she creates a glamorous art deco dining room for them to entertain and showcase their collection of playbills.
After: Colorful Dining RoomFive bands of color create an elegant background, while paring down on furniture and accessories highlights special items. An unexpected hole behind the china cabinet revealed an opportunity for sleek built-in shelving to display favorite pieces.
wall paint (Silver Mink, Wild Cranberry, Light Taupe, Snow Princess, Sandrock) (Pittsburg Paints)
ArtworkBelieve it or not, this fabulous artwork started out as an unattractive painting destined for the trash! A fresh coat of beige and highlighting the original built-up paint strokes using a rag and a single color completely transforms the piece. It's flanked by sconces originally designed as ceiling fixtures.
Wooden SconceA wooden sconce made in grade school shop class functions nicely as a book holder, while scrap lumber frames favorite playbills and also becomes a candelabrum.