23 August 2010

Vintage Rustic Chic Dining Room (update on online decorating)

I've been decorating in my mind....so I thought I would share it with y'all...

Here is this dreamy dining room...I see it being connected 
to the kitchen.  The floor and lighting will be bold, the fabrics and artwork soft,
the mirrors sleek and the furniture rustic and old (looking, at least)

here it goes....come along for the ride!

To start off bold, the oak floors need to be Donald Kaufman DKC-23 Green
(but a deck paint to withstand wear better)

The walls are to be vertical or horizontal white boards (I love Ben Moore
White Dove...such a perfect white) ....depending on 
the height of the room  (same theory that tall models can wear horizontal
stripes well, but short people look better with vertical stripes to elongate)

A tin ceiling would be perfect as a foil to the bold floors....
or white beaded board if you would prefer them more muted.

A white farm table from 

Wisteria or...

White Flower Farmhouse

The lighting must be fabulous!


The chandelier(s) should contrast the simple, rustic nature of room
lighting resource from ModGIRL 

or this Frenchie, flea market-type from Ballard Designs

Can you see the room coming together?

For seating:

A classic, white Bentwood from Crate & Barrel

and my FAVE from Anthropolgie:

You need a mix....

perhaps two of these, three Bentwoods and one simple farm chair (brown)

I see a china hutch in the room:

(I think this is from Domino)

I see a cabinet painted Heirloom White....with some floral wallpaper on the doors:

again, from Anthropologie

And antique mirrored tile for the backs of the cabinet in lieu of stripes

(like the antiqueness of the Atoll mirror from Ballard)

For art....some vintage florals from Etsy & elsewhere

this is the feel I'm going for (from Domino)

Or if florals aren't your thing, I can see some asymmetrical plates 

these sconces (Wisteria)

two or three of these puppies depending on the length of the room

(so you will see antiqued mirror in the cabinet
and on the wall)

these curtains....

With these for texture   (they look much
better in-person.  Promise.  From my super-
secret source:  smartbargains.com)

these tiebacks...
(Urban Outfitters)

this sideboard (Sundance)

I can see her in this room...

wearing this...

And I couldn't leave you without showing you
Anthro's new bed:

And one final note:

If you like my style, I am offering to do two free rooms
for my readers to build up an online decorating portfolio.

UPDATE:  Three rooms have been chosen.  (I just chose the first three 
who wrote me!)  I am excited and flattered and wish I could 
get to them all.  I can't wait to introduce the rooms...if the homeowners 
are willing.  Also, if you are still interested and willing to pay, feel
free to still email me.  I would do them all for free but they do take
time and energy...plus my husband may shoot me.  Thanks so much, Julie

If you are interested, please email me at
julie (at) milkandhoneyhome (dot) com



  1. I decorate in my mind all the time, but I've never come up with anything this fabulous!

  2. FABULOUS! This post is so amazing and all so beautiful. I love painted floors, and I can't wait to see the finished product. You are so talented!

  3. love how you pulled this all together. i feel like i'm constantly decorating in my mind as well. job well done!

  4. Julie, this is so awesome!! Love where you're going with this and it is sooo you!

  5. Julie, You are amazing! We seriously LOVE your decorating ideas!!

  6. I see this room now, can I move in?
    you are so talented Julie!

  7. I love doing a room just to do one! What you have come up with is super fabulous! Hugs!

  8. Love it...I love your style. You could decorate my rooms anytime.

  9. beautiful.. love it! You are so talented!


  10. Fabulous! I love those tolix chairs too!

  11. So lovely!! Would love to see it all together!

  12. You are so talented. Seriously. I love it.

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  14. The great thing about a dream is it doesn't cost a thing :). Thanks for letting us in on yours today.....

  15. and to think I am working on our dining room now.

  16. Ooooooh. What a fun project.

    I love the idea of painting floors. I have hardwood (that's in terrible shape) and I've been trying to convince my husband to let me paint it. He won't budge.

    I may need you to talk to him for me.


  17. If I could redo my dining room, this would be it!
    love it julie!

  18. Love your finds - it would be an amazing room. I've always loved painted floors and the combination of farmhouse table with those Anthro chairs and a glitzy chandelier gives me goosebumps! :)

  19. This dining room would be "dreamy" indeed. I love the sideboard from Sundance.

  20. I can see that you are an expert at your field! I am launching a website soon, and your information will be very useful for me.. Thanks for all your help and wishing you all the success.