Tonight's episode of Sarah 101 on HGTV was right up my alley. I liked so many things about this room, I don't know where to start. Well okay, how about the dynamic Nina Campbell Stradivari wallpaper? Or the amazing set of 6 shield back chairs from The Elegant Garage Sale? And who can forget the gorgeous flamed mahogany dining table Sarah & Tommy found at Of Things Past? Everything came together in this room to add character to a blank space, and create a warm and inviting place to entertain.
Searching to add pattern and interest to the walls, Sarah & Tommy spotted a gorgeous lyrical wallpaper design from Nina Campbell. The "embellishment" adds a contemporary touch to the room's traditional bones. Below the chair rail, panel molding is applied to the walls and painted in three shades of Sarah's Designer Palette: Fog (SR27) on the inside, Oyster (SR3) on the outside, and trimmed with Snowfall (SR29) to set it all off.
Using the wallpaper as their guide, Sarah & Tommy selected fabrics for the shield back dining room chairs. They chose to use a combination of fabrics, pairing a casual geometric cotton on the seat and inside back, together with an elegant embroidered silk on the outside back. After repair, refinishing and reupholstering, the final cost of these chairs was approximately $400 each. They may not be cheap, but they are one of a kind, and they are stunning!!
With so many other strong elements in the room, the drapery was kept simple, made from a simple twill with a slight sheen, and embellished with greek key trim and pink ribbon detail. Sarah mentions how repeating a particular motif in a room creates a unified look. The ribbon detail along the edge of the curtain echoes the pattern painted on the floor, and this same pattern is repeated again in the mirror over the sideboard and the molding on the door.
I really enjoyed this episode, and I can't wait to see what Tommy & Sarah do next week! How about you?
All photos courtesy of HGTV Canada.