Archive for ‘Design Inspiration’

December 3, 2011

Our Thanksgiving Table

by Melissa {The Dominion Project}

I know we’re all moving on to Christmas (there’s a tree in my living room and we’re attending our first Christmas party tonight!), but since Thanksgiving was barely a week ago, I think it’s okay to revisit our festivities, don’t you?

This year was full of firsts. Ethan and I hosted, which was definitely a new experience compared to showing up at mom and dad’s place, but we really enjoyed it! We just loved having a house full of people (and confirmed that we need more/better seating in our living room). Ethan was obsessed with menu-planning, but my mission was to do something nice with the table/dining room. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, so I rummaged through moving boxes of china (yes, we’re still in boxes over here) and grabbed a few extra items to make it a little more “festive.” Nothing too over the top, but I was pretty happy with my $30ish table.

Since there were 7 of us (Ethan, myself, both sets of parents, and my brother Ryan) we had to break out the second leaf for our table, which has never ever been used.  And I think this was the debut meal for our nice china as well – exciting stuff!

I’m not big on holiday decorating, but wanted something fall-esque for the occasion. After doing a little pinning on Thanksgiving tables and running across this spread in a local magazine, I decided burlap was a must. It was just a few bucks a yard at a local fabric store and I kept it folded in half to serve as a runner. I figured I might use it to cover the entire table at a later date, so I didn’t do any trimming to my 3 yard length. (And don’t you just love my short white table cloth? My oddly sized 42″ wide table is a little difficult to dress!) I also grabbed a couple of “pie pumpkins” at the grocery store for a few dollars a piece.

A couple years ago, I inherited some china from my grandmother when she was downsizing. It was an odd mix of patterns and quantities, but I love the idea that I can mix and match as needed. One little treasure was a handful (7 to be exact) of beaded glass dessert plates. I’d completely forgotten what they looked like until I pulled them out of the boxes, but I just love the texture they add.

On the same day that I “re-discovered” these, I was in town and popped into The Guild Shop to take a quick look around (you never know what you’ll find in that place!) I rarely walk through the china section, but for some reason I made a quick pass through and was stunned when I saw a stack of the exact same beaded glass plates! They were selling the set of 5 for a whopping $6 – SOLD! And while standing in line, I saw Martha Stewart (yes, THE Martha Stewart) doing a little thrifting of her own. Kind of a strangely eventful day!

For our centerpiece, I thought the “wildflowers” (I got them from HEB, but they look a little wild and unruly) and whole nuts were kind of fun. I’m not sure who thought of the nut idea – me or Ethan – but they were a nice touch. And in case you’re wondering, there’s a glass inside the vase full of water for the flowers. The nuts are just a thin layer between the glass and the vase.

So there’s our Thanksgiving table and my eventful trip to The Guild Shop. Of course my first celebrity siting isn’t anyone super cool – it’s Martha Stewart. Then again, I don’t do super cool things like hang out in popular bars/clubs/restaurants. I spend my free time thrifting in River Oaks. Guess Martha was right up my alley! :)
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November 5, 2011

Feeling Blue

by Melissa {The Dominion Project}

I realize that I have no business thinking about any room other than our half bath, considering it’s been toilet-less since April, but with the holidays around the corner (and all my china still in boxes from moving over a year ago), ideas have suddenly been flowing for the dining room.

Initially, I was thinking soft and traditional – a white wainscot with a neutral grasscloth above to add some texture. But lately, I’ve been feeling bolder. It seems that blue and white have been striking my fancy.

Source: lonnymag.com via Melissa on Pinterest

I ran it by Ethan this week and he’s on board (I was actually a little surprised it didn’t take more convincing!) So now it’s just the challenge of finding a blue paint color that doesn’t remind me too much of my elementary school designing days. But first, I have some painting to do in the half bath. Seriously, there’s a toilet going in this weekend. This is getting ridiculous…

May 26, 2011

Stylish Inspiration

by Melissa {The Dominion Project}

The other day I was perusing Style Me Pretty’s website for a little creative inspiration, when I ran across this post. I’m well past my days of wedding planning, but SMP always has such beautiful images! And this one that stopped me in my tracks.

Not the stylish dress (although I love it…can I get married again? same guy. different dress), but that beautiful home! More specifically, that amazing green artwork.

Sometimes I have to stop myself when pulling inspiration photos from the web and magazines. Every now and again, I’m not so attracted to the interior design, but to the composition of the actual photo. Crazy, but true. And this might just be one of those instances. But I can’t stop thinking about this killer green artwork – what a statement piece!

{textural art…also a great backdrop for portraits}

I’m starting to think this could definitely be a DIY art project (although I’m sure this artist would absolutely DIE if he/she ever read this blog). But seriously…a canvas, a brush & a whole lot of paint? It could definitely be done. Maybe not at this large scale (because a canvas that size would surely cost a small fortune), but maybe an 8×8 square canvas? In a set of 3…with three different bright & beautiful colors. Possibly in a kids’ space….say a bathroom? Can you tell I’ve been thinking about this for a few days?

So what do you think? Could it be done? More importantly, would you give it a whirl? And if green’s not your thing, what colors would you choose? I just love the texture – surely I’m not the only one drooling on my keyboard!

All photos by Marianne Wilson Photography via Style Me Pretty.