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  • Writer's pictureEstie

Dining Room Update...And Why We Decided to Pivot

The dining room saga continues! But there is an end in sight...hopefully! When I initially planned this home, I fell in love with Philip Jeffries Flight wallpaper and knew it had to live somewhere in our home. As always, the planning stage took longer than expected, and then with long lead times, trying to find a suitable wallpaper hanger, and having a baby in between things got away form me. Then when the pandemic hit, everything paused, but it also gave me time to reconsider what I had envisioned.

Long story short, I realized that I want the overall feel of our home to be light, bright, and airy, with rustic European and Scandinavian influences sprinkled in. I loved the idea of traditional backbones such a marble fireplace mantle and panel moulding, juxtaposed with modern pieces such as a live edge dining table and wishbone chairs. While the Flight wallpaper is stunning, it also demands a lot of visual space, and I wasn't sure it was the right fit in the dining room, which is a central space for visitors. We decided to use it in the downstairs powder room instead for a jewel box moment, which I'm so excited about...but more on that later!

Heading back to the drawing board, I loved the idea of a vintage grisaille mural, but wanted to avoid the costly and permanent installation of traditional grisaille application. I found the perfect solution with Rebel Walls, a Swedish wall coverings brand that creates high quality digitally printed wallpaper that is easy to install. After looking through their beautiful options (you can order your own free samples here!) I chose Jungle Land, I loved the copperplate look reminiscent of nineteenth century books. It was subtle but still makes an impact. We also had it customized to be a deep green shade for a more organic feel for our nature-centric space.

Inspiration via Crate & Barrel Early Spring 2020 catalog

Inspiration via Susan Harter Muralpapers

Inspiration via Reserve Home

Once that was in place, I started thinking about paint colors. I loved the idea of a blush hue but didn't want it to look dated or like the 80's called. But once I saw this page from the Crate & Barrel catalog, as well as Reserve Home's gorgeous bedroom, I was sold. I found the perfect shade in Backdrop's Modern Love - not sugary but more of a sophisticated pink with taupey undertones that is a perfect complement to the green shades in the wallpaper.

Right now, we are at the priming stage, but are trying to have the paint and paper up before we migrate to California for the summer. I'll be sure to follow up with a reveal post but in the meantime you can follow our progress over on Instagram!




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