Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Cabbage Gallery Refresh

View Of The Cabbage Dining Room From The Cabbage Gallery

When I finished The Cabbage Gallery project back in the Summer of 2013, I knew I was going to have to redecorate the adjacent dining room.  What I didn't know was that would take over two years!

So, as I was completing the dining room, I realized that a few changes in The Gallery could be made as well.  Nothing drastic.  Just a few touches to freshen it up a little.

Here's what The Cabbage Gallery looked like before:

The Cabbage Gallery in August 2013

And here's what it looks like today:

The Cabbage Gallery 2016

One of the main differences is the fabulous new Nuloom rug which matches the runner in the dining room.  I also found a new office chair while I was searching in vain for dining room chairs at one of my favorite flea market shops.

The gold nail head trim on my new, vintage desk chair inspired me to
brighten up the hardware on the desk.

Another change is the lamps on my desk.  The task lamp is brand new but the other one just got a makeover.  Here's the before and after photo:

Before And After Lamp Makeover

Again, not a big change but it was a fun project and I love how it turned out.

I also painted an old table that I bought for $5 at a thrift store years ago so I could have a place to put my record player.

A New Place To Play Our Old Records

And yes, I did decorate the record player too, because why not?

You may also notice that my growing collection of vintage photographs now takes up the shelves on both sides of the desk. Actually, I am constantly rearranging stuff on all of the shelves but the back wall is still dedicated to my artwork.

The Cabbage Gallery Art Wall

And of course, no room refresh is complete without switching out some throw pillows.

A Room With Some Lace And Paper Flowers...And Throw Pillows!

As you can see, I'm very content in the newly refreshed Cabbage Gallery.  In fact, next to my art studio, I think it is my favorite space in The Cabbage.

Speaking of my art studio, I gave that room a refresh as well.  Click here to pop on over to the I Believe In Art Blog to check it out.

Have you ever made a small change to a room that made a big difference?  Please feel free to share your experience in the comments below.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Dining Room Evolution

Like all the rooms here at The Cabbage, our dining room has gone through a lot of changes in the last ten years.  However, the big changes started happening after we transformed the adjacent room into our home gallery (click here for that story).

Before that, this is how our dining room looked:

The Cabbage Dining Room in 2012

I had painted the walls in The Cabbage Gallery a creamy white but I wanted to do something different in the dining room so I experimented with a green ombre treatment.  I wasn't entirely happy with it but I decided to live with it for awhile while I formulated a better plan.  Here's how the dining room looked during the holidays in 2014:

The Cabbage Dining Room 2014

Finally, just before Thanksgiving last year, I decided on a pale blue-green color for the walls and things started to evolve from there.  This is how the dining room looks now:

The Cabbage Dining Room 2016

Once the walls were painted I knew I wanted to add more orange accents to balance out the orange curtains above the window seat.  I did this by painting the inside of the built in wall cabinet and the primitive cabinet I use as a buffet.

Newly Orange Interior Of Our Built In China Cabinet

My "Canyon Queen" Painting Over A Primitive Buffet Cabinet

Once I hung my "Canyon Queen" painting on the wall, I realized I wanted to add some more purple to the room.  My plan was to find some secondhand dining chairs and paint them purple but that search proved to be more difficult than I thought it would be. Eventually I wound up splurging on a new set of upholstered chairs that I am just crazy about. 

Dining Room With "Purple Passion" Chairs And Accessories

The chairs inspired me to design my own table runner, paper plates and throw pillow (available at The Cabagelow Creations Shop).

To spruce up the window seat, I reupholstered the bench and switched out some throw pillows.  I also added a bunch of throw rugs to the floor, mostly for our cats.

Our Cat Bart Enjoying One Of The New Rugs

I won't say this room is "done" now because no room ever truly is but I'm really happy with where it is right now and definitely don't plan on painting it again any time soon!

Has your decorating style evolved over the years like mine has? I would love to hear how you have incorporated your changing tastes into your home.  Please feel free to leave a comment below.