special dining storage

December 27, 2011

Take a peek at a dining room we worked on…

We were inspired by the clients’ former home on Lake of the Isles. It has tons of character with the wide baseboards, door toppers, lots of built-ins and other pretty architectural details.  We wanted to bring some of that into the dining room at their new home, so we designed and drew  an elevation of a built-in that has wide drawers on the bottom, a mirror to reflect light, glass shelves for wine glasses and glass doors for displaying silver or colorful bowls.

The design of the cabinet changed a little from the time we drew it from when it actually was built by the cabinet maker. We ended up adding a door topper onto the built-in so it related to the main door into the dining room. Since we did that, the glass doors got shortened and we decided to eliminate the leaded glass detail and put seeded glass in instead. The end result is a pretty space for all of the clients’ dining storage needs!

Dining room built-in installed with a modified door topper.

Hauthaus drawing of the dining room built-in.

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before & after: dining room

February 24, 2011

Before: Dining room from front entry

 

Before, this dining room was white and needed updating. After all, it is  one of the first rooms you see when you enter the home so it needed to set the tone…

(The before picture was taken from the front entry of the home, which can be seen in the ‘after’ picture.)

We painted the walls with a rich, warm gray, added a beautiful chandelier with glass detailing, installed long, silk drapery panels, and had a stunning custom dining table with an inlaid top made for the client.

After: Dining room and front entry

Take a peek at how we decorated Holly’s holiday table using creamy white, gold metallic, and splashes of cheery orange!

1 -2.  For the centerpieces, we gathered three glass pieces with varying heights and grouped them in the middle of the table. In the tall pitcher, we placed clipped  branches from a tree in the front yard to add height and texture; in the clear vase we put a collection of small silver & white bulb ornaments; and we filled the round cookie jar with bright orange bulbs.

3-4. We wanted to see more texture on the table, so Holly went outside and snipped a few evergreen branches and arranged them around the glass pieces.

5.  For the place settings, we stacked gold chargers, creamy white Eva Zeisel dinnerware, and linen napkins wrapped with metallic leaves. The vintage Red Wing Pottery Orange Ball Pitcher really adds a fun pop of color to the table.

6. A view from above!

7.  A beauty shot of the dining room and Holly’s smart and saucy, patterned chairs!

design tips: vol 2

August 10, 2010

Get out your No. 2 pencils and jot these few design tips down! 🙂

For the kitchen:  know your cooking/baking style.  It’s important to design your kitchen for how you will use it!  Do you bake for an army?  Have an extra oven and room to spread out.  Put utensils, dry goods and baking items in the drawers and cupboards near your mixer.

For the dining room:  a mirror reflecting the dining table is said to increase a feeling of abundance.  Mirrors also move natural light around a room which can be helpful if your dining room has just one window. 

For the mudroom:  make it easy for everyone in the family to help organize this space.  Kids do really well cleaning up when they have hooks, drawers and of course, gentle reminders.  Cabinets that can handle the sizes of everyone’s bags, laptops, books, purses, boots and other things are a must! If all of this can hide behind a door that can be shut, that’s even better!

For the master bedroom:  this space is for you or for you and your spouse only.  Photos of your kids belong somewhere else!  This is the room that should promote relaxation, sleep and intimacy.  A quick and easy way to do that is to relocate the laundry basket and ironing board!

For the kids’ bedrooms: personalize their bedrooms with items that are practical for their age group.  An indoor swing with a hand painted wood seat is easy to install and can promote hours of imaginative play.  Hula hoops hanging by hooks on the wall or a beanbag with a small table and reading light next to it are inexpensive and add fun!

cheers, amber