March 28, 2011

Don’t Force Shabby Chic

I spent the entire weekend working on the dining room.  I am completely whipped - knuckles are swollen, back is aching, but I got a lot accomplished!
I had to make some tough decisions about the dining room.  No matter how many Shabby Chic slipcovers I made ( and, I did get one wing chair slip made…succesfully, I might add!)  – no matter how many things I painted white-  no matter how much I begged G-Man to let me paint the cherry furniture- no matter how much I wanted to deformalize…My dining room just needed to be what it needed to be.  And, that is a formal dining room.  It knows that we have a casual breakfast room and an island in the kitchen with an eating bar.  It knew that it’s function was meant to be formal. 
The dining room and family finally convinced me that I didn’t’ need to force a style at Blue Creek Home just because I love the look. I have successfully introduced a little pale, romantic, shabby into other rooms, but the D.R. wouldn’t have any part of it!
So, here is what is happening in the dining room now:
* Repainted the whole room including the damask stenciled wall in Benjamin Moore HC # 45
* Removed a couple of “eye candy only items” and replaced them with pretty workhorse/storage
* Ditched the linen cream slipcovered matching wing chair idea and used a single chair from another room
* Changed out/ moved around most of the accessories
* Worked with the pretty antique rug and silk curtains that are in there now

Love this rug – the center is mainly school house red

The border had several shades of blue and the red fades to a muted coral shade

These silk curtains are one of my favorite things

A good friend in Jackson who owned a “Curtain Exchange” store
made these gorgeous silk curtains for me before we left MS
I will love them forever!
They are also the reason that Alex kept saying,
“Mom, you can’t keep these silk, ball gown curtains and
expect the room to become Shabby Chic with white slipcovers.”
She was right!!! 
So, it is coming together quickly now that I know where I am going with it. 
Confucius say:  “Don’t try to force Shabby Chic!”   Actually, he didn’t say that.
He did say:  “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”
Once I did that, everything fell into place and I will be posting the dining room reveal very soon!


  1. Love your curtains and the rug...I'm sure your room will be beautiful!!! Can't wait to see it!

  2. Well, good for you Rhonda! There is another saying, which of course I can't think of at the moment, that fits what you are saying, but I think it's great that you go this way with it. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've done.

  3. I know exactly what you are saying, Rhonda! I think it all depends on the furniture in the room and how you work with it. My bedroom set is cherry wood and I wouldn't think of painting it. So I just make it as pretty and comfy as I can. It will never change. Small rooms like my baths can be easily changed up...but rooms with a ton of furniture are not so easy.

    BTW, I love your rug and curtains!


  4. And I know it will be absolitely fabulous!

    Can't wait!

    Lou Cinda

  5. How exciting! I can't wait to see the reveal! And I can completely relate! I love shabby chic but have a lot of dark wood in my house and a mix of Victorian and country style. I like to incorporate all of my favorite styles for a look that's unique and all me! Have fun!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  6. Wow, your drapes and the rug are both stunning. I am sure the room is gorgeous. Can't wait to see it. Hugs, Marty

  7. I love a rug with a big pop of red in it.

  8. Confucious have good head! some rooms just want to be what they want to be. I have a few of those myself. too hard to convince, I've quit trying...
    can't wait to see where you're headed.

  9. Can't wait to see your beautiful room! I love the rug and the silk curtains are to die for!!

  10. I agree-you can't make a swan into a goose. Even if you ruffle its feathers up a that it is all fluffed out and looks a bit will still be a swan. And I, personally, think a swan in one's house is a very good thing! I can't wait to see everything put together. I LOVE your rug and I LOVE your curtains..and I don't see Shabby Chic in that mix either- I see grandly, beautifully formal~ Hugs-Diana

  11. LOVE your silk drapes!!! I'm sure it's going to look just BEAUTIFUL!!!!


  12. I have also come to the same conclusion.2 years ago I put away the 1920 dining credenza ,and china cabinet because they were too big and dark. fast forward .my 17 yr.old son wants the basement where the set was stashed.Its back upstairs and i decided to do the sacriligious ..Paint the wood.Its gorgeous. still too big.. So how does this fit in to my minimalist,zen living, dining room...i am waiting to see your reveal..


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