McQueen moved in…

I am quickly checking in this morning to share my new Steve McQueen photo I hung up in our dining room. I have been wanting to move some pictures and art around, switch things up a bit in the house…easy fix to make rooms look new and updated.

I thought one of my latest S. McQueen additions would look good in here – all on its own (well, along with the million elephants around him of course…)

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My dear Elephants, I put up some +6 years ago – and even though the wallpaper steals a lot of attention – I still like it + its not something you see every day here in Seattle either. The fact that its elephants makes it a bit childish- it adds a sense of humor, and takes away the very formal’ dining room feel. You can find it here.

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Only a few minutes from our house, there used to be a Bambu farm garden place – and yesterday someone had trimmed down the trees along the street, as always I was quick to grab a couple of left over branches and place in vases around the house.  Adding greens’ is a must for me, it not only adds color but really makes any room come alive.

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In here, we also have my husbands home-made dining table he built some 8-9 years ago. He specifically made it to fit 4 of our wishbone chairs in a row. The table recently got painted in gray, so looking new again. Underneath is the good old’ Ikea rug.

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I will admit, we have been bad at using this room lately. Most of the times, we end up eating by our table in the kitchen. Its closer, more convenient and practical. I really do not like when a room is not being used properly. I want to get away from the formal dining thingy’, so I need to be better at setting the table in here.

A ton of nice natural light comes through the big window. We have an identical window on the opposite side (in our living room) as well which feels extra nice during the darker months of the year and when you are really craving for light! However, I feel in order to make the room more cozy and wanting to spend time in here, it needs something, it needs warmth in some way which could be fabric or for ex adding a warmer material in here somewhere…. I have thought about adding long thin curtains in here to soften it up more. However, I forget to remind myself to look in to that, -does that make sense?

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I believe I have already revealed my love for our Carl Hansen’s “Wishbone chairs” – as they are called. We’ve had them for years and they are still in great shape. The kind of classic chairs that age beautifully.  The cool, slim ceiling lighting I found in Canada as I was reading an interior magazine – Lambert et Fils.

I will show you the other McQueen photo I bought next time.

Have a great rest of the week.
Hugs P

 

 

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Chez moi

I have been meaning to show you pictures from our home here in Seattle for some time now. A few of you have emailed and reminded me. Today I am showing you our dining and connecting living room. I am not the best photographer (not by far), so bear with me if they don´t look all professional and have perfect lighting.

We have done updates in the house during our 5 years here. Most of it is color. Its amazing what new paint can do. It was of course all traditional builders beige, but now white with gray here and there.  When it comes to the interior, I spent time on it the first months but have since then paused. Now, I feel re-inspired and have ideas and a little wish list of things I would love to get my hands on.

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I really like our dining room. I want to avoid it feeling to formal. I added my elephant wallpaper to create contrast and play fullness and up to 2 weeks ago that wall also had an art wall gallery but those who read my post “art is an art itself” know I am doing an “inventory” right now and took them down.  Imagine fewer but larger pieces.

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The table my awesome husband built a few years back recently got repainted in a nice deep gray and it looks even more fabulous with the wishbone chairs! Love that it easily sits 10-12 people. Underneath that is the Ikea striped rug I have mentioned before.

Actually, one thing I recently added is the lamp from Lambert et Fils. I wanted a ceiling lamp that looked modern, industrial but most importantly did not take over the entire room. I am really happy how this turned out.

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I have kept switching places between the dining and living room but having it this way feels right for us and how we use it.

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Both rooms have high ceiling and big windows (which I love) but it makes it slightly difficult to get the room to feel really warm. I still like keeping it light, white and hoping that by adding colorful pillows (since I have more black details every where else) helps with that. I would love to replace the sofa chairs one day but haven’t found the ones yet. I thought I´d start with new lighting and adding long curtain drapes, textile on one or both sides of the large window. I have the fabric and plan on pulling out the sewing machine my dear neighbor so kindly borrowed to me a year ago…thats how long I have been thinking about it but no actions. Time to act.

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Here is a not so great picture but it at least shows the window I am planning on adding curtains to. What do you think?

My dear hubby and I really use this room and fire place a lot, several evenings a week. Its become our space where we catch up on our day and our sweat kiddos life’s. Love that evening moment.

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Here is my favorite, my silly little painting. Its unexpected and people always make  comments and ask if one of our kids have made it.  I am strong believer that you need to ad humor when decorating.

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Love my “shaken not stirred” photo, think it goes well next to the butler tray. I am adding a lamp here and right now I got my eyes on a very classic but modern one. Saving up to that. Will of course update you once its in place. I promise to show you the rest of the home another day.

Have a wonderful week & thanks for popping by!

Hugs P