Black and White All Over

3-D movie screening

Black and white photography is such a great addition to a colorful home. It adds an element of neutrality amidst the creative chaos of an artistic home— or just a home full of crazy color, kids, and plastic toys. I’ve been keeping my eyes open for some black and white photography to frame and display in our dining room, but nothing I found really felt like “me.” Too stuffy. Too try hard (which is ironic considering how hard I was looking). Or just too boring and hotelesque.

Needless to say, as internet searches usually go, my quest turned into an obssession. I ended up finding not one, not two, but just seven pieces I loved, but only purchased one. Can you guess which one? (Check my Twitter for hints!)


Animals in Motion 1907

water skiier    Oregon Weeds by Brett Weston
Mae West lifting barbells in bed
diving swimmers photo print    Loomis Dean Motorcycle Riding

Dining Room Decisions: THE CHAIRS

DIY ceiling medallion

Window shopping for dining room chairs has always been fun and easy. I’ve filled Pinterest boards with different inspirational dining rooms and chair options, But of course, now that I’m actually ready with an envelope of real, live, dirty greenbacks, I can’t make up my mind to save my life!

Why is it so difficult for me to decide on dining room chairs? I have completely changed my mind from the last time we discussed this. I think I’m having commitment issues. But like I said before, if we’re going to get new chairs, I’d really like them to be chairs we’ll have around for a very, very long time- if not forever! You guys brought up a good point, though. If we’re going to invest in forever chairs, I probably shouldn’t be crunching number so tightly. What’s a few more hundred dollars for a real dining room investment? (I’ll tell you what a few hundred dollars are- they’re about half a year’s worth of home improvement savings!) But I’ve decided to wait to take the dining room chair plunge, and really settle on a set that we truly love.

Here are the top contenders right now- of course, the one I love the most (this white spoke dining chair) is the most expensive. But I’m crossing my fingers for a sale. Oh- and while we’re talking about my dining room improvements, check out this ceiling medallion DIY I shared at A Beautiful Mess today!

West Elm Spoke Chair

I love this spoke dining chair from West Elm, because it has the traditional feeling of a spindle-back windsor chair, but the tapered style of the back lends the chair a bit of a funky vibe. It would be easy to wipe clean, and its more substantial size would stand up well against our large farmhouse table. This chair is a winner- but we’ll be saving quite a bit longer to take home a set of six.

Panton knock-off chair

The idea of having a grouping of these Panton style dining chairs alongside our rustic farmhouse table seems like a perfect contrast to me. I love the sleek style and mod design of these chairs, but they are a bit bulky, visually speaking, and the knock-offs that I actually can afford (The originals are more than $300, and I prefer the West Elm chair for that price.) have this weird webbing behind the curve of the seat, to give the weaker material extra support. The chair really doesn’t look so elegant with the webbing, so I’m not so sure I’d like to have the Panton knock-offs lined up in a row at our dining room table. Maybe somewhere else in our home?


Modern Sleigh Chair

This modern sleigh chair reminds me of a cross between the Panton chair above, and the gorgeous Saarinen tulip chair that I shared in my last dining room chair post. I love its sleek and mod vibes, and that it’s much airier that the clunky looking Panton chair. The cushion can be removed for cleaning and even recovered- which would be a great way to change up the look and add pattern to our dining room. But I’m just afraid that this style is such a statement that I’ll grow tired of it as the years progress. Also, would its small frame not work well with our bulky table? And could I ever commit to such a funky chair? I’m just not sure!

So what do you all think? I have a while to think about all of our options, because right now we’ve decided to save for six of the West Elm spoke chairs (option one), which will take a bit of time, unfortunately. Waiting is so difficult sometimes, but at least when the time comes, I’ll know with confidence which chair we want. Or will I?

Image sources: first dining room  image by Lena Ostling for Hus & Hem via Bright Bazaar Blog, second image by Barry Calhoun for Style at Home, last image by Daniel Mahon of Kirra Jamison & Dane Lovett’s home via The Design Files.

Stepping up Our Gallery Game

modern art for the home

Coming home after a trip to the art museum is always a bit of a let-down. There are no Rothko originals hanging on my walls, and the shabby thrifted artwork I’ve been living with for years suddenly seems extra sad. I can’t stop dreaming about new artwork for our walls, and I know it would make our home-in-progress look much more polished.

New art is on our to-buy list right after a new sofa and new chair reupholstery, so it won’t be happening any time soon. But I plan on being ready to make that purchase as soon as we’re ready! Right now, I’m just enjoying looking around and window shopping. Here are a few of my favorites. Too bad they don’t have layaway, huh?

Megan Donnelly Water View Karen Smidth Evening Light wayne pate Love Saves the Day wayne pate rising of the setting sun CD Ryan Sunny Ellen Levine Dodd Dawn Jenny Prinn Migrations 2 Karen Smidth Desert Stones 3 Sarah Irvin Age Karen Smidth Danish Summer III
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 Megan Donnelly Water View Karen Smidth Evening Light wayne pate Love Saves the Day wayne pate rising of the setting sun CD Ryan Sunny Ellen Levine Dodd Dawn Jenny Prinn Migrations 2 Karen Smidth Desert Stones 3 Sarah Irvin Age Karen Smidth Danish Summer III

HOUSE PLANNING : Kitchen Dreaming

You guys. We’ve barely finished the nursery (which I will be sharing soon!), and I’m already setting my sights on the outdated and untouched kitchen of our 1959 ranch. It’s important to me, when redesigning a space, to stay true to the architecture around it. We have a brick wall, terrazzo floors, a built-in oven, and original flat-front wooden cabinets (check out photos here). So, I’ve been dreaming of some fresh, vintage-inspired ways to change up the space while staying true to its original character. Not that we’ll be making purchases any time soon, but I’ve been dreaming up some big plans, and thought I’d share with you! Check the links below for product details.

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 (only one roll available) / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8  stool available locally in NE Ohio only)