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French Antiques Go Modern

My dear aunt and uncle have lived in Dallas, Texas for decades and in this beautiful house when two of the kids were still at home. Now that they’ve been out of the house for awhile now, it was time that their home had some love.

They love to entertain and frequently host music clubs and other large groups. The space needed to be functional so that they could move furniture to focus on singers in the piano room or center in the living room or the perfect flow for a dinner party. The floors were replaced, walls moved and the decor was completely reimagined. My aunt is artistic and musical and has a love of antiques. In fact, she was an antiques dealer for years. Many of these precious pieces were the inspiration for our design. They wanted to display their prized pieces they have collected through the years but wanted a dose of modern elements – acrylic, pops of coral, bold patterns, lines and art.

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BEFORE

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Wallpapered in leather, painted white cabinets, added granite, tiny so I added this sunburst mirror. Shelves for often used glasses and a display for the antique crystal decanters.

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Living Room
This formal space was the apex of our design. We had antique chairs reupholstered with bold fabric. The bold elements juxtaposed with the luxury of the blue silk window treatments designed to look like ball gowns. Her daughter, my cousin, is a wonderful painter and we begged and begged her to let us use a couple in the room.

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Kitchen
We painted the cabinets white, papered the walls with this gorgeous blue country toile and added a chocolate tortoise shell backsplash and new granite countertops with copper accents. The brick floors were original, worn down and absolutely perfect for our aesthetic. Country French is the name of the game in this room.

Family Room
We added a new silk rug, chocolate grasscloth walls, motorized shades, accessories and toile pillows to match the kitchen and a fabulous white French sofa.

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Kitchen Inspiration: Cheery Pie

My clients pulled out a picture of lemon meringue pie on a stick and said, “This pie is the inspiration for our new kitchen.” I knew this would be fun.

They are keeping true to the 1920’s integrity of the house with their alley kitchen renovation (yay!) and doing white cabinets, large windows and original-style moldings. For the soft design elements, they wanted to mix 1920’s classic style with youthful energy.

I took the inspiration pie picture, sampled colors directly from the image and added a pop of orange to create the general color scheme.

Cheery Kitchen Color SchemeHere’s what we have so far. The cabinets and moldings are white and the backsplash will be this long gray neutral tile, so we are adding color and pattern in the fabulous schoolhouse lighting, stools and fabrics.  I am still playing with fabrics for window coverings and the eating nook but I’m loving these bright bold graphic patterns.

Cheery 1920s Kitchen RedoCouldn’t you just sit down in this fabulous kitchen, enjoy a slice of lemon meringue pie and chat with friends for hours on end?

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Kid’s Bright & Lively Art Station

The walls of my home are relatively neutral, but I chose this bright teal for an accent wall in my kitchen. I was inspired by the kitchen wall in Will & Grace’s apartment. You know the one, right?

I bought this table from IKEA and painted a pearlized metallic paint and covered the top in a vintage looking oil cloth I picked up at my local hardware store. It’s practically indestructible and a super cute place for my kids to create their masterpieces! The little nook is finished with old photographs and vintage pieces.

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Photography by Christina Wedge Photography

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My Dining Room

This table is where art is made, work is done, vegetables are tried, papers are read, milk is spilled, jokes are told, arguments begin, and forgiveness is granted. This is where life happens in the Sims household.

And a bit about the design…I adore my wallpaper on this focal wall! It’s a charcoal background with the silver pattern that sits on top of a teal grid (you can’t see from this shot) which matches the teal in my kitchen. It’s from Sherwin Williams. My wooden mid-century chairs I picked up at Kudzu Antiques and the table and silver farm chairs I bought off of a movie set (pays to have relatives in the biz with the sweet hookups). The awesome light fixture was picked up at a yard sale in Arizona by my brother (who has killer taste). I love the spaceship look of it.

Photography by Christina Wedge www.christinawedge.com

Photography by Christina Wedge www.christinawedge.com, (squirrel cred: Meredith Story Williams)

To the right of my kitchen table, this shelving unit that displays some of our favorite things. The France print was from an old Starbucks calendar, the flower watercolor is my own and the vintage photo I picked up at a flea market. The fan was an eBay find and the radio was my family’s when I was a kid. Those wonderful little brass owls belonged to my husband’s late mother and are a treasure to me. The rest of this is vintage pottery and our wonderful cookbooks and cooking magazines. Again, life!

Photography by Christina Wedge www.christinawedge.com

Photography by Christina Wedge www.christinawedge.com

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A French Twist

My client is an antiques dealer with a passion for French design. She has incredible authentic pieces and asked me to help her modernize her space while showcasing her collection. I have been looking for chandeliers that have French inspired shapes with modern simplicity. Do you have a favorite?

Designs from Bella Cora, Circa, Ballard Designs, Vaughn

Designs from Bella Cora, Circa, Ballard Designs, Vaughn

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