Organic DiningRick and Paula Horton dreamed their first house would be move-in ready, but that didn't happen. Three years ago they settled into a 1903 fixer-upper, and they've been fixing it up ever since. Now parents of two little ones, they have been working on their 1000-square-foot home whenever they can find the time. They have fixed up the kitchen and bathroom but haven't gotten to the dining room yet. Flowing in from the living room, the homeowners love the color of their dining room, so they ask that the wall color stays as is.
Stencils and Side TableCream and brown overlapping leaves are done in a repeating pattern to resemble wallpaper. The graphic and bold design gives the room a distinct personality.
A very thick piece of plywood makes an interesting, loft-like side table. The plywood is hinged so it stands like a screen, and a thick piece of glass serves as the tabletop. Three cylindrical vases are dressed in fabric to create some organic candleholders.
Wall treatment – $34
stencil paint: Behr's Warm Earth, 290 F-6A; Wooden Cabin, 290 F-70; and Cozy Cottage, 740C-20
Side table – $114
Candleholders – $20
Window TreatmentsPlain-looking curtains are jazzed up with dark brown grosgrain ribbon and some fusible tape. The floor-to-ceiling drapes are hung high above the window to make the ceiling appear taller and give the appearance of one large window instead of two smaller ones.
Window treatments – $84
Dining TableThe posts are connected with big metal rods and then topped off with a round glass tabletop. The homeowner's chairs match perfectly with the new creation.
Table base – $80
ChandelierRiver rock and votives are nested in a shallow glass bowl. The bowl is then hung from the ceiling with some hooks and industrial cables.
Chandelier – $64
Table Setting and CenterpieceWaterpicks are filled with fresh flowers and inserted into the foam.
The beautiful place settings start with contemporary place mats that Anderson crafted from geometric-patterned fabric.
Centerpiece – $15
Place mats – $28
Napkin rings – $10
Shadow BoxesThe boxes are filled with moss, dried fruit, rocks and some leaf skeletons.
Shadow boxes – $35