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Monday, September 20, 2010

Dining Room Bench Update

Wow!

When I asked for help with my dining room bench,
close to 140 of you came to the rescue!
Thank you, thank you, thank  you !
Y'all are officially amazing, and I've read each and every great suggestion.

Right now, I'm leaning towards either painting it black or gray,
or even leaving it as is.
I no longer have the desire to paint it white, and I think I have you guys to thank for that.

So, after digging through my stash at home
and even raiding my booth,
I headed back to the house with textiles in hand
and incorporated some of your ideas
into the room.
Here's what I came up with...




I figured ya just can't go wrong
with Grandma's blue and white ticking, right?


And the lovely white linen above the pillows?
A pillowcase.
Shhhh, don't tell. I'm pretending like it was made for that spot.

So I decided to go with the blue and white color scheme, largely because
there's already a lot of blue and white
going on just across the way in the kitchen...






And I listened to all of you who suggested I bring in some darker pieces to balance the bench...


I fetched one of my beloved bentwood chairs from my booth
and it looks right at home.



And so concludes Monday's update.
As I've said before, be sure to check back often
as I mix it up at the new homestead!

Off to watch the season premiere of Dancing With the Stars  now!

Have a wonderful week!


75 comments:

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I love the brown bench even more now with the bentwood chair. Such a cozy spot!

sissie said...

Hi Anne,
Looks to me like you are done...um, well, you know what I mean. I know we are never really done!

I like how the bench looks with the linen and pillows. Perfect!

Love it.

hugs
Sissie

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I agree the bentwood chair is a perfect addition. I love the blue and white! It all looks great!

Itchin' Stitchin' said...

You are amazing!!! Do you want to come on up to Connecticut and help me with our new place? I absolutely love everything about your dining room and what you added to your kitchen - Sold :)

Brynwood Needleworks said...

I love it, Anne! Perfect.
xoxo
Donna

Alice said...

I love the sweet little touches of brown. And the blue and white will never go out of style. I hope you know I am decorating 'vicariously' thorough you. Hubby would never, ever, ever go for something like this. Don't be surprised if I show up at your door like a little girl wanting to play house (um, yes I'm aware that I don't have a clue as to where your sweet little house is, but a girl can dream).

Theresa said...

I loved the brown bench and LOVE the added brown chair for balance! Great job with the blues:)

Enjoy DWTS, I love it and am watching it right now!

HUGS

FILIGREE MOON said...

Watching right along with you! You are certainly a pleaser....liking what you've done with the place! ~ Angela

Aimee Jeffries said...

It all looks amazing! Quite inviting to, the bench is the first place I would sit...let's have tea! :)

Janet- OPEN MARKET STYLE said...

EVERYTHING IS LOOKING SO GREAT ANNE YOUR KITCHEN IN ALL ITS WHITE GLORY YOUR DINNING ROOM WITH YOUR LOVELY TABLE BENCH AND CHAIRS
SO LOVE IT !
WARMLY
JANET

LUCKY 7 DESIGN said...

I love it Anne....so glad you decided not to paint it white. New chair definately anchors the bench in the room. Blue and white is so classic. Awesome!

Anne Marie said...

cute Anne! i was even thinking going all out on the jeanne d'arc and adding a sheepskin throw over the back - when the winter hits and your snuggled with your man drinking hot cocoa...aaaahhhh....romance......

Tammy said...

Looks Great! Love those locker baskets on the counter...one of my fav things!
Lookin' Good Girl!
Tammy :-)

Debra@Common Ground said...

Honey, it's starting to really look like home. sorry we lost the connection, the offer still stands for a cushion, but I love it the way it is, and/or the gray. yummy!
xo,
D

Shelly said...

Hi Kiddo! Have missed you as of late! I just got tied up with life,,,,,son moving home for a bit, garage sale, work,,,shoot, Time has been flying!

I love the kitchen! All the painted white with the dark accents! I'm a "Lighting girl," did you know that???? A "Certified Lighting Specialist" so I ALWAYS look at lighting fixtures and such! Love the Chandy,,,the combo of metal and porcelain is great! Did it come with the house? Or one of yours???

If you ever have a lighting question, I'll be glad to help/suggest! Old houses,,,ummm have their let's say, "unique" situations, always glad to help suggest!

I'll be sending you a fun package soon! The dress is actually in the box,,,but I wanted to add a few other goodies and I'm SO behind on getting stuff in the mail, hopefully in the next couple of days!

Love you Sweetie,,,,,I always smile when I think of you,,,,you're one in a bazillion!

Talk soon! Things are looking GREAT!!!
Hugs and a "Bus" on the Cheek!
Shell

SARAH said...

It looks so perfect now! I'm glad you kept it dark - I love it with the pillows and the dark chair. In fact, I am totally in love with the whole room!
Hope you are enjoying your new home ~ :)
Sarah

gina3 said...

Glad you decided not to paint it white. The addition of the chair is great and love those pillows on the bench. I would like to grab those baskets from you that are on the kitchen counter. Awesome! (It's a commercial right now on DWTS)

cindy @ cottage instincts said...

You totally rocked it....LOVERLY. And your kitchen is BEE.U.Ti.FUL. Can't wait to see all the touches you'll add. I'm trying really hard not to be jealous :)

Olive Cooper said...

It is splendid...I am one of those who needs a little brown with my white...or blue. hugs♥olive

Wendy said...

Wonderful! Enjoying watching it all come together! Happy days :)

The Green Pea said...

Anne, I love it! That floor is beautiful too. sandi

Jemsmom said...

Love it with the dark chair across from it!!! Beeee-you-ti-ful!!!!

traci said...

looks great anne. love the pillows and pillow case. and the chair really does balance it out. beautiful!!! so, what did you think of dancing with the stars?

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

love the bench and your kitchen! Blue's my favorite color.
gail

stefanie said...

Perfection!!!!
I love your kitchen, those cupboards are just gorgeous!

Janean said...

anne, simply lovely....everything is lovely. ticking is just a vintage classic and favorite!

judi said...

that's cuz we all love you so,anne...and your style and cute little farmhouse!
i love the ticking on the bench along with the pops of blue across yonder...looks like home sweet home!

judi ;)

FairfieldHouse said...

Anne,

Your kitchen is so sweet. I love the blue roses in the tile. Clean and simple.

Your Friend,
Deborah

Claudia said...

Looking beautiful, Anne! I love the way you've incorporated the darker tones and added the pillows and pillowcase to the bench.

Are you having fun?

xo
Claudia

Amy Kinser said...

It looks wonderful with the pillows. Everything looks very pulled together in a random kind of way. Does that make sense at all? Have fun with the dancing. I am "watching" football with my hubby. (doing more reading than watching)

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

It looks so pretty, I love the pillows you used on the bench, it really makes it pop!!! hugs~~~ Daphne

* French Farmhouse 425 * said...

~*~*WOW Anne!!! It looks fantastic!! Especially with the darker bentwood chair too..great job!~*~* Rachel ;)~*~*

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

OK forget the bench, forget the "Road Rage"

That tile island countertop is rockin MY WORLD!

Thanks for your comment you dear!

sweetpea said...

okay what did they used to say on In Living Color... Four snaps in the Z formation.

Hugs,

Shelley

mydesignchic said...

Love the bench just the way it is, especially now that you added the bentwood chair-so charming!!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

That bentwood chair really helps pull things together, along with the pillows and the beautiful pillowcase. Great job!! It looks wonderful. Your room really looks nice. I know you are loving your new house. Love & blessings from NC!

Fearless Nester said...

I always marvel at your ability to make things look so inviting and cozy, like those touches of blue you added to the kitchen and the wire bins and the beautiful compote or tureen (not sure what to call it, other than beautiful)! So very lovely. ~Lili

Sue said...

Damn, I forgot to record Dancing With the Stars. I'm all into Showtimes, "The Big C"! I LOVE it. I like what you did with the bench and its fun watching you put your house together from a distance!

Take care, Sue

Maggey and Jim said...

Now it looks great.. great balance of stlye.
Maggey

Drawn to The Sea said...

The light in the room loves the soft contrasts of your blues & grays (& so do I). Miss Chocolate Bench is looking good, imo :-)

Anji Johnston said...

You did it! Stunning, blissful and so perfectly put together. When can I move in?!

Reinspire said...

PERFECTLY BALANCED!! The addition of the brown chair opposite the bench really balanced the room and the ticking was the PERFECT choice of pillows! Both the kitchen and dining area go together like bread and butter! I would not change a thing!! PERFECTION!
Lisa

Sarah said...

Anne, this is all looking fabulous. I can tell you are having a great time. Love the white kitchen! ~ sarah

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

That looks cute with the striped pillows...I like the addition of the bentwood chair too! Looking good :)

raggygirlvintage said...

You know we're all going to want to move in when you're done, don't you!
Tracey

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Anne,

Everything is looking wonderful ~ the blue and white looks perfect and ties it all together.
The Bentwood chair and the bench with the darling cushions looks great. thanks for showing us and I look forward to coming back again for another visit.

Happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

Domna said...

Hi, Anne!
Amazing colors! Looks great!

Hugs,
Tatiana

TinyBear said...

Everything looks so pretty Anne. I love the look of the bench with the pillows. The blue and white theme is perfect.
LOVE your kitchen too.
xo Tina

Jo said...

Looks just about perfect! Stunning pics again and I'm drooling into my keyboard.

I LOVE seeing what you've done, you have such a beautiful, friendly blog.

xxx

Dorthe said...

Dear Anne,
it is a soo cosy and beautifull room, you created, I love the bench as is, and the added chair just gives the room a compleete look of cosyness, and :here I want to sipp a cup of tea,:)
Love the rose tiles in your kitchen, and that you added the blue accents ,to make it all be like -one-
Hugs, Dorthe

Megan Chamberlain said...

Your room is looking wonderful. I love the addition of the other darker chair and the cushions. Can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the house.

Artsy Fartsy Junkin Finds said...

Girl, I love it, the other brown chair made it perfecto!! Ok, now back to bed for another 2 hours before work. These allergies from no rain will not let me sleep! Hugs, Janna

Nana Go-Go said...

YOWSA!What a pristine kitchen! It`s so lovely and it makes me want to break out a bottle of bleach and get started on mine! I think your idea of a grey bench would be perfect and your little kitchen table is just crying out for a beautiful bowl full of stunning roses!Keep up the good work - it`s looking beautiful so far:)
Our season of 'Strictly Come Dancing' starts on lst Oct - can't wait.

Jackie said...

It looks great. Adding the chair makes a big difference in balancing the dark color. If you decide to paint it grey, try Burnt Embers (grey) from Benjamin Moore. It's a perfect grey (I got the tip from Chris at Tutti Chic.)
jackie
bliss farm antiques

Jackie said...

forgot to ask-what kind of camera do you use????
jackie
bliss farm antiques

cityfarmer said...

here I go ... opening my measly free lance designer mouth ...
what if you kept the pillows, but stenciled something cool where the lace pillow case is ... like your house number or your monogram ... or a cute catch phrase ... like "come for supper" etc ? I think the lace distracts from the bench ....

I love just the hints of blue and white ... and that it's not screaming BLUE AND WHITE KITCHEN HERE!!

still love me????

A Cottage Muse said...

Great balancing act Anne! Now that I see the bench all dressed up I would leave it as is ~ looks just perfect!!

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Anne, I LOVE the brown! It looks gorgeous! Your home is looking more beautiful every day... love the kitchen! xoxo Heather

Tarnished and Tattered said...

I love it when there's an all white room with either some black & or dark wood. Very French farmhouse girlie. Okay, I thought Bristol Pailin was a dork, danced like me. I want Jennifer Grey's surgeon, she looks amazing. That body. I'm on her team. Lisa
I'm packing, call when you get your box.

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Yes, yes, yes!! It's all so beauitfull! I love a blue and white kitchen.
Patricia :o)

gail said...

Anne-it all looks fabulous! I love ticking and it looks great on the bench. And I love your kitchen!
gail

Farmgirl Paints said...

Love the balance with the darker pieces. Looks fab girl!

Chrissy said...

I hate to say it...but I have MAJOR kitchen envy...think its best I stay away from your place for now :(......love it!! x0

AshTreeCottage said...

Love it!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

It's me said...

O Anne...It looks WONDERFUL !!!....happy evening darling ...hugs from me......

tara said...

Looks fantastic, I am so glad that you kept it dark...loving it Au natural!

She Uses Her Words said...

I love the blue and white! Hard to wrong with ticking. I'm glad you didn't paint the bench. The bentwood chair really goes well with the bench. I don't think I could cook in your kitchen tho. Wouldn't want to mess it up. It looks just wonderful. Serene and happy!
xo, Karen

Morning T said...

I LOVE that bench Anne! Your kitchen is just precious...everything is looking good. ;)
xoxo~
T

Nancy said...

I like what you've added so far to your home. The bench is neat and the darker chair across from it looks great. Keep having fun fluffing!

Hugs,
Nancy

Ms. Bake-it said...

Perfect! It looks great! So glad you did not paint it.

~ Tracy

Judy said...

I'm lovin' the blue with the white! Perfect!

Allure of Whites said...

The bentwood chair & the added pillows...are PERFECT! Just like peanutbutter & jelly! I'm tickled your sharing how your decorating the farmhouse as you go with us! Such fun!!! ;)

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Okay....now that you have put some textiles and the blue and white ticking on it I think it is a "go"! Your kitchen has so much white in it that I can see why you would not want to paint it white. Looks great..love the blue in there!~Hugs, Patti

trash talk said...

Kinda like gingerbread with frosting...cream cheese of course.
So who are you diggin' on DWTS? Kind of a rag tag group, but you gotta love Mrs. Brady!
Debbie

Blooming Rose Musings said...

You know, I think City Farmer had a great idea about stenciling on the bench. That would make it quite unique. I always love linens so either way is perfect. It's all coming together so beautifully!

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