Dining Room 2.0

Hey peeps!

A few days ago I shared some pictures of my dining room in it’s current state.  Today I thought I would share with you a few of the changes that I want to make.  I’m definitely looking for more comfortable seating, new pillows for the window seat, an area rug to ground the room, and I decided a new (and by new I mean thrifted) sideboard was in order.  

This is where I’m headed with our dining space (sorta):


This photo from Southern Living embodies exactly what I’m looking for.  I want two benches on either side of the table, and two wing back chairs at each end.  My husband decided that we could build two benches for $200 or less, which is what it would cost to get the matching Ikea benches that go with our table.  The Ikea benches are only 62 1/4 inches long, and our table is around 95in long.  Going the DIY route will get us longer/wider benches, which means more comfy seating.

The wingback chairs are going to be thrifted, and they shouldn’t be hard to come by.  I collect chairs like most people collect tea cups.  Chairs find me.  It’s a gift, really.  I’m toying around with the idea of reupholstering the chairs (which I haven’t found yet) myself, or depending on the fabric trying to paint them like this clever lady did. Genius! 

I would also like to add an area rug to the space.  I think a rug would help ground the room, and it’s also another way for me to pull more color and pattern into the room (It’s clearly lacking in both departments) I recently spotted this rug from Joss & Main, and I think it’s definitely what I’m leaning towards. 

joss and main rug

Naturally I’m leaning toward a pretty eclectic mix of pillows for the window seat. It’s not easy to find great looking pillows in a purple scheme, so I like the idea of the muti-color rug so that I can pull colors from that.  

Wish me luck-I’ll keep you posted on the updates as they happen!




So, yesterday I gave you a sneak peak at our new DIY train table/coffee table.  Today I am going to show you some pictures of the LR, and some recent changes that spurred from this new coffee table. I posted this picture of our little living room nook months ago.  The problem is that the whole nook started taking on this  feminine, cottage country feel.  It wasn’t that it was terribly bad, It just wasn’t right.  I decorate from the gut, and my gut was telling me something was off.  When the chalkboard table was done, I knew I had to inject more black into the space.  Another thing I might quickly add, is that we have our TV in an Armoire, OK, a cabinet-its not exactly fancy enough to be an armoire. Whatevs. It was previously 25 different colors, all in the course of two years, and now it’s white.  Rustoleum’s white gloss enamel to be exact, which is the most spectacular paint. Now all of the furniture in the LR is white. I am not a fan of matchy-matchy, but I must say it is cohesive, and lovely.  

I love the black tuxedo stripe on the cabinet, it transforms an ordinary piece into something, dare I say, sexy, and the lion head pulls will forever be one of my favorites.  The oriental lamp with the Liberty of London shade adds something whimsical to mix.  I ordered the Ikat pillow cover several years ago from an Ebay dealer in Uzbekistan.  The pillow got a fun little update with some Sharpie marker! It honestly took forever, but the end result is pretty fabulous, and it looks like I bought it that way!

These Ribba picture ledges are a great way for me to display my books and Magazines.  The asymmetrical valance was all moms idea. I have to admit, as someone who holds firm beliefs about symmetry, I was not totally on board with the idea. I quickly changed my mind, because it’s totally punk rock!  I have never dyed anything before, so I followed this tutorial for dip dye.  I already had a white fabric panel leftover from another project, and the drapery tiebacks that I spray painted white, so all I needed to complete the project was a three dollar box of dye.  I want to emphasize that I completed this little redo with things I already had, or things that are relatively inexpensive like a sharpie marker, and fabric dye.  Change doesn’t have to drain your pockets.

The design of this little nook has changed, but the premise has stayed the same.

 Make a drink, grab a magazine, sit down and relax. XO-Tara

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moms kokeshiHello Friends! I’m so excited to get started here in the blogging world, and so look forward to the wonderful times we will share together. For me its all about being inspired. That could mean anything from perusing House Beautiful, or a flicker of an idea at 3 am. One of my earliest memories involves a doll house, not one I actually possessed but one I wanted desperately! I must have been around 5 or so, and I really remember thinking my life would be awesome if I could just have a doll house. Even at that young  age I knew if I had that doll house it would be perfectly outfitted, and arranged to my liking.  I just KNEW how beautiful it would be.  To this day that is how I do things.  It’s instinct and inspiration all the way.  Now, for various reasons I never got that doll house but it never stopped me from making every space I inhabited as beautiful as I could, and as cozy as I could make it.  Let me tell you, I’m all about cozy! So I’m here to share my world with you, and I’m all about encouraging you to make your world as beautiful as you are!


Welcome to our new blog

Hello friends!
We are The Domestic Junkies, and we would like to welcome you to our new blog.  Like our name implies, we are “domestic junkies”. Our drugs of choice are picking out fabrics, rearranging furniture, and baking bread.  Sound too much like your grandma?  Well, I bet your grandma doesn’t have a hot pink kitchen! BOOM.

So just who are the Domestic Junkies?
Well, we’re a mother/daughter design team, who started up primarily to deal with our incessant need to decorate 24/7, and also because we are particularly appalled at the lack of great design in our town.  As you can imagine, there are many similarities between our own design styles.  We share an affinity for soft lilac walls, opt for easy slip covered pieces, and we both adore pink.  However, one of us is more new wave traditional, and one of us is eclectically bohemian.  No matter what differences exist between our own styles, what we stand for is the same. Bold colors, pretty patterns, and functional spaces.

What can you expect to see on the blog?
This will be a lifestyle blog, but one with design as it’s main focus.  We will share recipes, DIY ideas, and being avid readers (especially the mom part of this team) we will have a special section devoted to worthy books of all types. We will have a fun little column, Mother/daughter style, In which we will juxtapose different spaces of our own homes. One month we might juxtapose our entry ways, and another month maybe it might be our bar carts.  In addition, you will see plenty of before & after’s, home tours, and style guides.

Our Mission:
We want this blog to prove that great design is possible at any budget.  We want to change the way people think about design, and their own homes.  Your home is a reflection of you. Put the clutter away, get some fresh flowers, and let us help you do the rest.  The goal here is that when you walk into your home, you will feel the deepest happiness inside your soul. You will show everyone exactly who you are, no false pretenses.  Don’t you want to live in a happy home, and to give those you love such a visible glimpse inside your true self?

XO-Sherry & Tara