July 20, 2015

Musician’s Cottage – Dining Room Makeover

The dining room transformation is my very favorite part of my Musician’s Cottage project! (Check out my post about the Writing Room here.) This Nashville cottage is packed with color, pattern and personality.

Photography by Leslee Mitchell and dining table styling by Brittney Forrister.


The funny thing is, there wasn’t much wrong with the dining room to begin with. It was just too traditional and vanilla for my taste, and especially for my stylish young client’s taste.

Don’t mind our Panera salads. My first walk-through of the house was a working lunch meeting.



The existing chandelier, drapery panels and hardware left by the previous homeowners fit our needs, so I kept them to use with my new design. (And it helped add some wiggle room to the budget!) I made an adjustment to the drapery panels by removing the existing dated tassel trim and replacing it with hot pink Greek key tape. This instantly updated the cream silk panels and brought them into a new decade.


The majority of the furniture pieces in this room were passed down to my client from her family, including the dining table and chairs, settee and china cabinet. I dressed up the dining chairs and settee by having them recovered in bright, color-saturated fabrics. The settee (my personal favorite piece) got sapphire blue velvet, and the chair seats got hot pink and orange chevron cut velvet.



The table settings are a combination of family pieces like the gold flatware (yes, it’s back!) and the blue cut glass crystal goblets, found objects like the agate clusters and vintage music box, and new items like the green glasses and gold plates. We used a mixture of precious and not-so-precious items all together to make it feel collected and fun.


The superstar of the room is the unbelievably cool Deer Damask wallpaper. It’s graphic and hip, while giving a nod to my client’s southern roots.



Last, but by no means least, is the awesome bar cart in the corner of the dining room. The cart was a local vintage find that I stocked with signature liquors, brightly colored mixers, and cool glassware. I like to add fun candy and other small details to finish the overall look. (Check out this post for my bar cart tips!)

I hope this inspires you to pull out some old family pieces and use a little imagination to reinvent them!