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Confession: I’ve been holding out on you.

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Earlier this year the dining part of the everything room {for anyone new here…the “everything room” is a mudroom, dining room and laundry room all wrapped together in one hardworking space} was looking rough. It was in that weird middle stage where stuff definitely looks better than pre-renovation but there’s no real style shining through yet. The round table was on loan from family as a space filler. I actually really liked that table but it wasn’t working for the space.

While the pedestal table could extend to seat six, we didn’t have anywhere to store the leaf and opening / closing the table was cumbersome. The room’s size and shape were screaming for something larger and rectangular. I had my eye on this West Elm table for months and months until I saved the money to snatch it up. Then it was on backorder. Then I waited impatiently for shipping confirmation. Then it arrived damaged. Then it was sent back. Then I waited impatiently again for the repaired table. Then it arrived. Then it was perfect. It was totally worth the waiting game.

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The tulip chairs are still here {more on those in a future post…I just dropped the seat cushions off at the upholsterer. My first professional upholstery job!} and I found two wishbone chairs at a local liquidation outlet for the ends of the table. Those wishbone chairs have been on my wish list for years but I could never justify the usual $150-$1,000+ price tag. When I spotted these knockoffs for $70 each, I was sold. They aren’t the most comfortable chairs but they aren’t uncomfortable either. If we’re going to be sitting at the table for a long time {hello, never-ending Monopoly game with kids} we sit in the super comfy tulip chairs. But, my oh my, are the wishbones dreamy! They get moved around a lot. Sometimes they’re in the dining room; sometimes they’re in the living room. I love them no matter where they end up.

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There are a few other changes to share. Maybe you remember me trying out our old cowhide, maybe not. Well, not only did the room need a larger table, a larger rug was in order, too. I found a vintage kilim on etsy from this shop for cheap. You have to look long and hard and haggle to get kilims cheap. Turns out, I’m a great haggler online. Notsomuch in real life. Typically, kilims don’t come in conventional sizes so there’s a lot of measuring going on during kilim searches. Luckily, I was able to find one that fit this room perfectly. I love that it’s “used” and isn’t too precious. Food and dirt happen and I vacuum ’em up. No fretting.

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I also removed the curtains from the window in between the two Pax wardrobes. Many of you suggested nixing the curtains and you all were right! I was missing out on a ton of natural light with those weirdly placed curtains. I was so worried about the window not being centered {it’s not centered on the wall} between the wardrobes but it’s barely noticeable.

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I donated the petite sofa that used to sit below the window. It was leftover from our McMansion days and I was trying to make it work but it just wasn’t. I found an inexpensive carpenter guy just starting out on craigslist and commissioned him to make this wood bench. I gave him dimensions and an inspiration photo and this is what I got for $125. That price includes sanding, staining and sealing. It’s solid and well built. Sure, HH could have made it for less but he has been so crazy busy at work lately that, most likely, it wouldn’t have happened for a couple of years. I wish I had some Ana White in me but, sadly, I don’t. #thatswhatshesaid I’ve been dying for HH to teach me how to use more power tools but I think he’s secretly scared. The pillows are from an etsy store I’ve mentioned before.

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So the real reason for this post is to share my plans for making this little nook under the window a cozy reading / hangout spot for the kids or, who am I kidding, me. It shouldn’t be too difficult. A pair of sconces and something to corral a stack of books will do.

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I kindasorta have my heart set on two of these plug-in sconces.

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Wouldn’t they look lovely mounted to the sides of the wardrobes? We do need more lighting in this part of the room at night. During the day it’s bright but at night the only light sources in the everything room are the chandelier and a lone recessed light over the laundry nook. This side of the room is pretty dim even with those two lights on. I’m justifying the cause here, people.

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Other than taking that little nook up a notch, there isn’t much left to do in this room. I mentioned the tulip chair cushions are being reupholstered. The man door to the garage {not shown} needs painted and trimmed out. I want to add art to some of the empty frames that make up the gallery wall. The wardrobes could use a healthy dose of reorganization. But those are all fairly easy projects. The hardest part is finding the time.

I apologize for not updating you on the everything room until now. I have a tendency to overanalyze blog posts. Do I show one minuscule change or wait for something meatier? Or both? Or somewhere in the middle? Ah, I don’t know. What I do know is this room is easily becoming one of my favorite spaces in our entire house. Yes, I do say this every time improvements are made but I really mean it this time.

I’ll never forget going to The Tile Shop to select floor tile for this room.

“What room will the tile go in?” the salesperson asked, ready to direct me to the correct aisle.

“Oh, it’s a mudroom / laundry room / dining room right off the garage with french doors to the backyard,” I replied nonchalantly as if it were as common as a bathroom.

Awkward silence.

Then, “Honestly, I haven’t seen one of those,” the salesperson admitted, stumped.

Well, now you have.

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

90 Comments

I love that room! So many of us usually end of having a bunch of different rooms that don’t function all that well. But your everything room is great. I am seriously considering taking out the little round table that we have in our eat in kitchen and just using our dining table. Why do we need both? Plus then we could add more cabinets and counters to my kitchen. I just need to convince my hubby that it’s a great idea.

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25.September.2013

I think I need a before (untouched) at the top of the post to see where you started! :) I’ll go looking for it.

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25.September.2013

Between this rug and the runner you put in the kitchen, I’m sort of drooling over the idea of a vintage rug for my own home! Thanks for linking the shop

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replied on September 25th, 2013

I never had vintage rugs before living in this house. I was always scared of spending money on something that wasn’t new, wasn’t perfect. However, the color, interest, pattern and patina they bring to a space is priceless. They can totally make a room. With kids in the house, I like that vintage rugs aren’t too precious. I figure if they’ve made it 50 years on a dirt floor and still look this good then they are bound to hold up better than any brand new rug!

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25.September.2013

Wow, it looks beautiful! I love the changes. One question…. how do you keep the sheepskin on your chairs like that? Are they the faux sheepskin from IKEA? Do you have a secret to making them stay in place?

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replied on September 25th, 2013

They are from IKEA. They’re large enough to drape over the backs of the tulip chairs but they don’t cover the seats completely. They’re mostly for decoration – to add some texture. Usually, I just pile them up on the wood bench when we eat at the dining table. They are so versatile! I have one in the nursery as well and sometimes I’ll move these around the house on a whim.

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25.September.2013

I love the new “old” rug and that bench is amazing. I think $125 is a steal for an all wood bench.

http://jax-and-jewels.blogspot.com

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25.September.2013

Understated but warm and inviting, as usual. These photos really show off how much better the new wall color is for that space. And absolutely yes!–your reading/lounging/dreaming nook must have those sconces!

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25.September.2013

Love the new table. Can you remind me where you got the pendant light? Does it put off enough light for the room and can you dim it? I’m looking for something similar for my dining room. Thanks!

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replied on September 25th, 2013

The light is from Crate & Barrel. We LOVE it. It’s on a dimmer which is great for a dining space. We searched for the perfect bulb…I think that deserves its own post!

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replied on October 23rd, 2013

Yes, please. I too am searching for the perfect bulb for…help!

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25.September.2013

Love your style. Can I move in with you? Just kidding (not kidding).

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replied on September 25th, 2013

Do you babysit?

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25.September.2013

I would like information and the same questions answered about the pendant light as well. It is a great feature in the room.

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replied on September 25th, 2013

Crate & Barrel!

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25.September.2013

Dying over that Rug!! I am pretty sure that I need it :)

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25.September.2013

Wow! It looks really great! Those sconces will be a lovely addition to the reading nook space and I really can’t believe how great the Pax system looks. Just trying to decide if there is somewhere in our house we can fake built-ins like that. Love it!

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25.September.2013

I love your light fixture over the table (well, to be honest… the whole room is absolutely gorgeous). But let’s focus on the light fixture. I was curious if you DIY or if you bought it somewhere? If so, do you mind sharing where? Thanks!

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replied on September 25th, 2013

It’s from Crate & Barrel!

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25.September.2013

This is my favorite room in your house, but I love them all! What is the process for keeping life organized with three little kiddos? What is the daily process when the kids come home from school? Are their backpacks, shoes and coats stored in the wardrobes? Knowing my family all of our belongings would end up on the table and it’s way to pretty to be cluttered!

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replied on September 25th, 2013

Near the laundry nook, there are hooks hanging for everyday stuff: backpacks, jackets, purse, diaper bag, etc. I keep a basket near the french doors for shoes. The wardrobes hold bigger coats, swim bag, scarves, hats, home decor accessories, my sewing machine & sewing basket, broom, steam mop and lots of other stuff that I can’t remember right now. Sometimes mail ends up on the table for a few hours but for the most part we keep it clear of clutter.

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I love the new table in your space! It think it’s amazing how much function you fit into this pretty space. Maybe we all need a mudroom/laundry room/dining room space?

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25.September.2013

What color is the paint in the dining room? I LOVE everything about that room and need to steal shamelessly for our new (old) house.

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replied on September 25th, 2013

Ace Hardware’s besalt mixed in Clark + Kensington paint line {also from Ace}.

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replied on September 25th, 2013

besalt is the name of the paint color? I can not find it!

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replied on September 25th, 2013

Yes, besalt. I never found it online. I had to look at swatches in-store.

25.September.2013

Gorgeous, everything is gorgeous!!! Although I’m surprised the pendant hasn’t gotten a dose of gold spray paint!?! ;)

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replied on September 25th, 2013

Believe me, I’ve thought about it. But I like it as-is.

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25.September.2013

Wow! Love all the changes, big and small. Would love to hear an update on your dining table (and how it holds up to family use) in the future. We are also a family of 5 with 2 rowdy boys.

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25.September.2013

I love the everything room! When you first talked about it, I just couldn’t imagine it, but I’m so glad you have that sort of vision. It is beautiful.

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25.September.2013

I’m always begging/nagging my HH to build stuff, too! I’m always stuck waiting. Maybe it’s time to gather up the gumption to learn a few things myself!

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25.September.2013

Wow, the rug and new table really make a huge difference in that room. Where are the wishbone replica chairs from? Thanks for the great etsy link, I’ll have to pick up a rug from them once we’re in our new house.

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replied on September 25th, 2013

Home Emporium in Fairfield, OH!

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replied on September 27th, 2013

This was my question too, and I am so pumped its close to me!! (I’m in NKY) I’ve always seen that store advertised, but for some reason I was under the impression that it was just a big box furniture store, so I never went there. I’m planning to take a trip to IKEA soon, so you bet I will be stopping here!! Thanks for sharing Dana!

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25.September.2013

It’s really beautiful, warm, cozy, functional, natural and totally up my alley! I love to see how your rooms evolve over time. It’s making me slow down and think and wait until I know what I want rather than rushing and living with something not quite right.

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25.September.2013

How are the wardrobes working out? Do they contain all the mudroom stuff for the kids and you guys?

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replied on September 25th, 2013

The wardrobes are total lifesavers! There isn’t a closet anywhere near this room and we knew we would use it as our main everyday entrance / exit so the solution was to add the two wardrobes. One holds coats, the swim bag, a broom, the steam mop, scarves, hats, etc. and the other holds the sewing machine, home accessories, lunch boxes, etc. I do need to edit them and do a little reorganizing. Maybe I’ll share that process!

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25.September.2013

you forgot to show a view standing at the wardrobe and looking over the yummy new table to the laundry nook!

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25.September.2013

You have done amazing things with this space. . .LOVE IT! You can come help me anytime with my house. =)

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25.September.2013

Just in case you want to stop the terribly cycle of never-ending Monopoly games…

http://www.buzzfeed.com/lukelewis/weve-all-been-playing-monopoly-wrong-our-entire-lives

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25.September.2013

I loved it before but felt it was more “mudroomish” now I see the “so pretty dining room” part much more.
Love your house, Dana!

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25.September.2013

I love all the tweaks that you made; the room looks beautiful!

Perhaps you could call it your “multi-purpose room”? Or “multi-purpose dining room”? A little less of a mouthful. :)

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25.September.2013

I am in love with this room. It feels so laidback & beautiful. And the wall color feels like its hugging you. GORGEOUS.

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25.September.2013

I love the room! Very sophisticated. Where did you get the buffet from?

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replied on September 25th, 2013

It’s actually a DIY fauxdenza! See the how-to here…

http://www.housetweaking.com/2013/01/15/diy-fauxdenza/

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25.September.2013

so well done as always, dana! i love the mix of colors, materials and textures you have going on.

i would LOVE to hear more about your online haggling strategies. i have been looking for a similar rug (to cut up and use for an upholstery project…insane, i know) and i just can’t justify paying what people are asking. haggling with craigslisters is one thing, but i’d love to know how to go about it with an etsy seller.

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25.September.2013

“DECORA ME!” I would love to win this. I’m a SAHM and my husband is a full time student so our decorating budget is non existent.

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replied on September 25th, 2013

Sorry wrong post my 10 month old was throwing a fit and bumped everything.

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replied on September 25th, 2013

No worries! It happens to the best of us ;)

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25.September.2013

Ok Dana, here’s the thing. I don’t even know where to begin with this post. This is just sooooo damn good. Im freaking DIEING over the wishbone chairs. Ive been coveting them for a year. I want the natural ones too. I just love how you keep evolving this space into what its become. The rug is amazing and Im loving the fact that you took the curtains down. I love the clean look of the space without them. Thanks for sharing.

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25.September.2013

Wow, looks great! I know you’ve struggled with this room and I think it has really come together amazingly. I love the bench, rug, and table (and I’ve always loved the fauxdenza and collage wall).

You MUST share your online haggling secrets… I would have had no idea it was possible!

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25.September.2013

So, I have to ask: how did you go about haggling online for a rug?!?! I’m looking for something persian/afghan for our bedroom, vintage but not too precious since we share sleeping quarters with our pooch. Tip welcome!

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replied on September 25th, 2013

This was my first time “haggling.” Originally, I fell for another rug from the same etsy shop but it sold before I could grab it up. I contacted the seller and asked if he could recommend another rug with a similar look/price. I was directed to the one I own now. It was more expensive than I wanted to spend. After some friendly back-and-forth, the seller came down close to the price of the first rug I had liked. Basically, just be open and friendly and set a limit and let the seller know your limit. Usually, they can help you out by lowering the price or redirecting you to another similar less expensive product – or in my case, both!

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replied on October 3rd, 2013

Thanks for sharing! I was going to ask for tips as well. I notice that your seller was from Afghanistan… haggling is different in different cultures… Any idea on what kind of percentage is OK to offer without being offensive?

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25.September.2013

That “everything room” looks fantastic!!! Great job tweaking it!
I say absolutely “YES” to the sconces and am wondering where you got the bamboo(?) blinds?
Thanks Dana!
Leah: )
P.S. The new darker walls are so beautiful – they make everything else in the everything room POP!

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replied on September 25th, 2013

The blinds are from Overstock. Search “petite rustique shade” and see what turns up!

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replied on September 26th, 2013

Found it – thanks!!! Wow, lots of size options, too..: )
BTW – I completely understand wanting to “finish” the room before the reveal, but it really is fun to follow along as it progresses – plus it’s helpful to know the “process” you go through when making decisions…so don’t worry, we won’t judge your “in-between” reveals!!! : ) Personally, I am super looking forward to an “above-the-mantle” update too!!!

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25.September.2013

I reckon a mix works, or maybe a big reveal, then recap how this, this and that happened.

When you first putthose cupboards in this room I was freaking out that it’s the only real storage. Now we’ve moved and I’m jealous you have a spot to put two big cupboards. I even dream of what a faudenza could do for me. Does the shadow above them annoy you? I’m all about ceilings, so I tend to look up.

What’s the true colour of the table? Look mid brown in some pics, bleached in some.

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replied on September 25th, 2013

The wardrobes could be made to look “built-in” if that was your preference. Personally, I like a more undone, imperfect look so the freestanding wardrobes are right up my alley. Shadows and all. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea!

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25.September.2013

That rug is awesome! I’m dying for one of those! Table fits just right in there!

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25.September.2013

Do you know what kind of wood the carpenter used on that bench? And if he used a stain- what was it? Love it

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replied on September 25th, 2013

The wood is douglas fir and the carpenter used Minwax’s special walnut stain + a satin poly per my request. The finish turned out to be exactly what I had in mind!

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replied on September 25th, 2013

Thanks for the reply. I actually came back to this post twice today because I couldn’t get that bench out of my mind. He did a great job! It fits so well in the space! You have so much talent!

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25.September.2013

Love what you have done to this room! The bench is a great addition. If you don’t’ mind sharing the information about the guy who made it, I would appreciate it. Thanks! :)

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25.September.2013

In love with it. You always mix textures and prints so nicely.

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26.September.2013

Just wanted to say I love the colour of the kilim in that room – it looks lovely with the wall colour and really grounds the rest of the room. Nice choice!

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26.September.2013

First of all – I LOVE THIS ROOM! I liked it before, but the new additions make it the bee’s knees. :)
I’m so curious… When you purchase something from Etsy from someplace overseas, how does shipping work? Do they charge you an arm and a leg? I’m not sure why, but somewhere I got it into my head that you have to pay taxes to customs if you get something shipped to you internationally… (Just typing that makes it sound wrong).

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replied on September 26th, 2013

Shipping charges are given in your total before you place your final order so you have the chance to back out if shipping is too pricey. International shipping is usually more than in the states and it takes longer for your order to arrive since it does have to go through customs. However, I don’t do any international traveling {wish I did!} to bring home worldly goods to incorporate into my home but I really like a “cultivated” look so if there’s an item that I know will add a one-of-a-kind look to our home then I figure it’s cheaper than vacationing overseas to get it. I was so nervous the first time I made an international purchase but I haven’t regretted one yet! Just do a lot of browsing to see if you’re getting a good price and ask questions to make sure it’s the quality you are expecting since you can’t see it in person. Hope that helps!

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26.September.2013

love everything you do Dana. Beautiful job… Amazing how you manage having 3 kids and have a beautiful and organized home (never mind on the small side) as well… Less is more for sure and you are smart to have gotten rid of all the clutter in your Life.. Keep on amazing us. xo

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26.September.2013

I LOVE the rug! I have a question about the colors of the rug. All of the other rugs in the shop you linked to, and others I have seen during my own search, seem to feature brighter reds in the coloring, whereas yours looks more muted. Did you just search for one with the more muted red colors in it? Or is it a difference in how the Etsy shop photographs all the rugs, whereas yours is true to life, or vice versa? Hope that question makes sense! Love your site and your home! Thanks!

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replied on September 26th, 2013

The etsy pictures of this rug were true to life. I think it helps if the listing pictures are taken indoors or outside on a shady day. I was looking for color but not a true, bright red.

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26.September.2013

I am so glad that someone else has an everything room! We put our living and dining spaces together in our house and they are so not supposed to be (60s split level house). The ‘dining room’ is about 5×7 no joke so that wasn’t working! We just threw a round table in a little nook in the living room and called it good. Everyone looked at me like I was crazy but it has made our house so much cozier.

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26.September.2013

I love your blog and get so much inspiration from it for decorating my own home . Your style is amazing! Quick question, those horn things ( not sure what to call them,lol) on your fauxdenza… Where did you get them?

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replied on September 26th, 2013

Home Emporium {a liquidation outlet} in Fairfield, OH. They are faux horns. No animals were harmed in the styling of my fauxdenza ;)

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27.September.2013

Gorgeous! It was such a stunning room before but now the additional touches just really make it amazing! And I agree with you on the wishbone chair! I LOVE them and I bought the same chair a couple of weeks ago– amazing to look at, but definitely not recommended for long bouts of sitting. In fact, my folks hate them and “don’t get it.” so glad someone else sees their beauty too!

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01.October.2013

Awesome! I’m love’n that wire globe light above your new table, but I can’t find a link to where you purchased it anywhere. Can you please enlighten me as to where you got this fabulous light?? Thanks!

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replied on October 1st, 2013

It’s the Hoyne pendant from Crate & Barrel.

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09.October.2013

That room looks amazing. And I love the reading nook (not to mention extra seating for a big Xmas dinner). BTW, I saw a picture of your mudroom-portion of this room over at Centsational Girl (on decorating with black)

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21.October.2013

Hi Dana! Fabulous room!! Any chance you would share your carpenter’s contact info? I’m in Cincinnati as well and actually looking for someone to make me a headboard :) Much appreciated! THANK YOU!

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