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Decatur Sunrise: Let the Sunshine In

This is the third post from my clients’ gorgeous home (check out their kitchen and family room), and let’s just say, the love-fest continues.

This formal dining room is the first room you pass as you enter the house, so it was important that it set the design tone for the rest of the home. But when I first saw the space, it was very dark, with brown bamboo shades covering every gorgeous window and dark paint on the top half of the walls. My clients had a table they loved but had never been able to decide on chairs for it, so the room went completely unused.

Before, my clients couldn’t decide on chairs for their beloved table, and as a result, never used the room at all.

Before, my clients couldn’t decide on chairs for their beloved table, and as a result, never used the room at all.

Since I was working on the entire house, my goal was to carry the theme of lightness and brightness through every room.

For this space, I decided on a dreamy mineral blue as the main color. I brought in a patterned rug with various blue tones that pulled all the colors in the room together.

I replaced the bamboo shades with floor-to-ceiling mineral blue window treatments that accentuate the height of the window and bring your eye and the color all the way up. 

Photo Credit: Cati Teague Photography for Gina Sims Designs

Photo Credit: Cati Teague Photography for Gina Sims Designs

My clients and I decided to keep the table and have chairs custom-made. The host chairs are covered in a rough linen Crypton fabric that is insanely stain-resistant (ask me how I know)—an important feature for a family with three energetic girls. The fronts are light flax and mineral blue with blue piping around the base.

The side chairs are also covered in my favorite moisture-repelling fabric, with a fun pop of pattern on the backs in a beige-and-blue animal print. Blue piping traces the base of these chairs too. The attention to detail lets you know it’s custom-designed and intentionally chosen for this space.

We added a gold chandelier with beading that reflects the light streaming in from the multiple windows, and the same mineral blue color covers the walls above the paneling and can be found in the art hung on each wall.

Photo Credit: Cati Teague Photography for Gina Sims Designs

Photo Credit: Cati Teague Photography for Gina Sims Designs

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