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Whimsical Boy’s Nursery

I warned you my postings may be sporadic in the coming weeks.  Life is crazy…..and I caught a nasty cold somewhere along the way this week.  So, I am trying to stay on top of things and my blog writing and reading is suffering!

I woke up this AM in a bit of a panic…..I have less than 10 weeks until our baby boy is born….and I have done NOTHING (other than the gender neutral basics being handed down from our daughter) to prepare for him since we are moving shortly after he is born.

But, it hasn’t stopped me from collecting nursery inspiration images.  What do you think of these from Mary Anne Smiley in Dallas?

I think this nursery is fun….love the unexpected pops of orange with the traditional baby blue.  It may be a little over the top for my personal style…..but I am sure one little boy sure loves his space!

I have seen you before…..

I was flipping through the current issue (Spring 2010) of Beautiful Homes earlier today and saw a familiar image in a feature on Architectural Elements, specifically Front Doors as Focal Points.

The following image opened the 3 page article.  No credit to source of the door, but the photographer was listed as Colleen Duffley.  (Can you tell it is time for a new scanner?!?)

No reference needed here, I immediately recognized the door as having been designed by Mary Anne Smiley for her Highland Park Dallas clients.  I blogged about this door here.

Photo by Diane Carroll

I absolutely love this door and would love to use a similar one in my own home.  But, I am not sure about using it as my front door…only because it may leave me feeling a tad too exposed for comfort.  But, perhaps on the back of the house to a beautiful screened in patio with a fireplace.  Or, something similar for an interior room– perhaps to my office or a sitting room.  What do you think?

“Trad-mod fusion” – Dining Room

A few weeks ago, I posted here about the foyer and living room of a Highland Park, Dallas home designed by Mary Anne Smiley.  The homeowners were youngish newlyweds and wanted to live in this established Dallas neighborhood, but needed help bringing a younger vibe into what was reportedly a dark and excessively traditional spec home.

The dining room was one of my favorite rooms in the house.  The mix of materials and textures really does, in my opinion, create a unique blend of old and new. 

First off, the silk Fortuny chandelier, can you imagine something more dramatic for this space?

Mary Anne Smiley Dallas Highland Park Interior Designer

Photo by Diane Carroll for Traditional Home (April, 2008).

There is nothing traditional about the acrylic console or table base.  However, the Dessin Fornier Plante Side Chairs in a warm wood finish add a bit of tradition to the room, as do the custom rug by Patterson, Flynn and Martin and the china cabinet filled with antique Asian ceramics.  The large white ginger jar flanking the china cabinet offers a modern take on a more traditional piece.

For the dining table, Smiley actually modified a Niermann Weeks piece, the Mirabeau Center Table, removing the base and replacing it with an acrylic version.  I love how she re-purposed the base by cutting it in half and inverting it to create two console pedestals.  After all, with the caliber of furnishings used in this room—no need to waste!

Mary Anne Smiley Highland Park Dallas Trad Mod Fusion

Niermann Weeks table Mary Anne Smiley interior designer

Photo by Diane Carroll for Traditional Home (April, 2008).

So, what did I walk away with from this room?  I’ll be honest, most of it is out of my budget.  I am doing a whole house and really have to plan my splurges carefully.  Initially, I really wanted these dining chairs, but 2 of them ended up costing more than the 8 I ultimately ordered. 

But, when I first saw this dining room I absolutely fell in love with the window treatments.  I loved the subtle tones and the texture created by the printed sheer fabric, with horizontal orientation.  So, when my dining room is complete and revealed, you will see these again.  The fabric is from Pollack (swatch below).

Pollack Fabric Hang Ten Shell

Pollack Fabric, “Hang Ten- Shell”

To be honest, they were not overly expensive.  I have a triple window in my dining room and did simple pinch pleated panels on either end.  Because there was no lining involved, the labor to have them made was just over $100 (retail) through my workroom.  The fabric was not a bargain, but overall the project did not break the bank.  I only needed 8 yards as I opted to do stationary panels to keep cost down.  (I have Conrad shades for a degree of privacy, as my dining room is front facing.) 

A post on my love of Conrad shades is for another day.  But, I am interested to hear what you think of this room.  Do you like it?  Is it too much of a mix for you?  I’ll be honest, my husband was not a fan.  And, until he saw our draperies hung, I think he was worried.