Wednesday, January 25, 2012

French Chic Dining and Happy Birthday My Love!

Finishing French Chic Dining with a little elegance, a little farmhouse and a lot of heart to completion.

I love nothing more then the accomplished feeling that comes from a hard days work and the outcome turning into my vision. Years ago when I studied interior design, I had my own way of starting a project and planning it to the finish. You see, I see it finished, before I start. This just works for me. Oh sometimes plans have to be tweaked here and there, but I pull my steps from my vision and sometimes a design board.

The hutch turned out better then I thought it would and after adding some carved wood details, it seemed to change into an entire new french inspired treasure. Thirty years old and now given a new life.

Here are the before and after pics with the final wood details.

On the glass doors, I took out the window pane style panels which gave it the country look and replaced the door knobs with ivory ceramic pretties.

For each side of the hutch, I found these very old and distressed arched windows with inside iron. They were perfect to continue the style I was going for. Adding to the finish of chippy paint and layers of love, I painted over with antiquing to enhance the worn areas. For the background, I took an old vintage lace curtain, cut it to fit the arches, and then stapled it to the backside for a lacy look and add some interest. The reason I did not paint the arches black was for balance. When you use black in a room, and the heavy pieces are to one side, I did not want the room to be off scale and feel heavy to that side of the room. The arches left light in color, help with this. The opposite side of the room displays a side buffet to balance the room.
The windows of three are dressed with gorgeous lace in an antiqued color. They look tea stained and pick up the color in the arched windows old worn and chippy wood.

On this wall, is a very old treasure I found when I had my shoppe in an antique mall many years ago. I stenciled the doors with a french design and the buffet is draped with a french script table runner. Above the buffet is a wall shelf painted black with ivory pegs to coordinate to the hutch. I placed the pegs two each, close together to design a long stem glass holder. It turns an ordinary peg rack into a stem glasses display piece.

Here are a few pics of the full view. Hard to photograph with the bright window light, but you can see the idea. I love glass in a room to accent and on the table I used a dozen gorgeous red rose buds for a pop of color in a beautiful glass vase given to me from one of my dearest friends. Just some faux flowers until my outside flowers bloom and I can bring in a pretty bouquet.

I am still searching for a rug for under the table. Haven't found it yet, but I will!

The iron dress form stands in one corner and the scarf around the neck was my mothers. It is a gorgeous ivory with a black and white rose design. It has her initial to one side. I love it here to enjoy and view everyday.

To the right is the entryway and my Faith Curio Cabinet. I have shared this before, and if you remember, the wood was a stained oak. Well this piece got a redo too adding a pretty and soft finish of cottage ivory that looks nice with my cross collection. Painting around all the glass was a huge challenge.

Remember the walls here were a sage green and shades of lighter sage in the entry. I have never been so happy to see a color go away. LOL. I added an accent custom color called chocolate curl to the lower wall under the chair rail for contrast. The new wall color is Acapulco sand.

The above decorators ledge is also chocolate curl and I added a stencil in Fleur~Di~Li's all across to a total of 20.

Thank you for staying to this point and letting me share my update. Enough reading now, lets just look at the pics.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit my dining room redo. Tonight I will have a special birthday dinner for my best guy with family and enjoy the dining room for the first time since completion.

Happy Birthday My Love and thank you for all the help with this room. Together we have redesigned many a space and always enjoyed the process. With your talents you make all our dreams come true. It is your special day and I wish for you continued good health and may God bless your path always. With love forever. Yours truly!

Blessings to you my blog friends and see you soon.
XO Celestina Marie


Nélia Botelho said...

Olá Celestina
Muito elegante em todos os detalhes.
Parabéns pela sua arte e enorme criatividade.

Susan said...

Celestina, your hutch is beautiful. I see you use a lot of the black furnishings in your design. You are truly talented dear friend. Your vignettes are put together so creatively. I love your home, it is absolutely breath taking.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

(imagine this in perfect harmony of Wes & myself singing like angels)


Many blessings from our Heavenly Father to you today and always!

Celeste... the makeover is gorgeous! I love everything you did. It has a sophisticated country french look and feel. All the furniture remakes are great. I'm so inspired to work on pieces I have lined up in my mind that need redone. I'm like you, I usually see the end product in my mind before it starts. I love that. You and Larry did a wonderful job... it's so fun to do projects with a willing partner. We are both blessed Celeste. Atta boy Larry, job well done!

Love & hugs to both of you! Sherry

PS Enjoy your first dining room dinner tonight! I'm coming to join you in spirit!!

Unknown said...

Precious Celeste, your decor is to adore. What a magnificent transformation. You brought such elegance to this change. Your husband is a dream to work thru this decor with you ... beautiful job.

Happy Birthday Larry. May your day be filled with many blessings & joys.

Have a great day~
Hugs & love,

Julie Marie said...

Hello Celeste... first off, Happy Birthday to your love!... I hope all of Larry's birthday wishes come true and you both have a beautiful day!... your home is just exquisite!... I will need to go back and look at everything again and again... I love your dressform with your mama's scarf... how precious!... you have created such a warm, inviting place... I could linger for hours... your hutch turned out perfect!... and I have always loved your beautiful "Faith" curio and wall... enjoy this special day with your best guy, much love, xoxo Julie Marie

Brenda said...

Happy Birthday to your Love and congratulations on the completion of your dinning room. It looks AMAZING! Your talents are to be desired!! Beautiful, beautiful work.

Gone said...'s beautiful!! I love everything you've done. I love how you choose items and change them up and mix and match everything! I like that feeling and have done that in my house, too!

When it gets warmer here...I have a couple of painting projects of my own. :)


Betzie said...

Hi Celeste!!!
Ohhhhh my I am so happy I stopped by today! Everything is just perfection and absolutely stunning...but also warm and heartfelt! I love your keen eye and how you make every detail count.
Wow that hutch turned out fabulous!!! I can't imagine all the work you and your husband put into this. Well worth it!!!
I love your pillows and just bought some linen to make a few of my own recently.
I also see you painted over oak...I have an oak secretary I've been tempted to redo a "cottage white" but am scared at just the thought of it!
You are always an inspiration and oh I love your wall color too...nice accent and still light and pretty!
GREAT please come here and help me with every room in my house! LOL
xoxo Betzie

Angela said...

WOW..what a transformation. My favorite (well everything is..LOL), I adore the window treatments..just glorious. What a fantastic job. You know me, I had to click on the pics to enlarge them and look closely at each and every single one...Blessings sweet sister.

Anonymous said...

I love it! The window treatments are gorgeous! The Hutch is just beautiful, and I so adore the "after" - what a fabulous job! I really love your taste in decor. Hope your Guy has a wonderful Birthday tonight! xo

Linda M. said...

Celestina, Your hutch make over is beautiful the piece is gorgeous as is the entire room and all your details. Beautiful, thank you for sharing. Joyous Wishes, Linda

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello dear Celestina,
A Happy Birthday to your number one guy! I am just oohhing and aahhing over your DR makeover! Love the cabinet; gorgeous! All your frenchy touches are splendid. Love the rooster collection and whites, the arches, and well, I could go on and on. Everything looks fabulous, my dear lady. Thank you for sharing your lovely makeover with us and have a delightful day.

Blessings and hugs,

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Celestina, Thanks for sharing your dining room transformation. It is beautiful! I love the hutch painted black and the other black accents in the room. The dress form is one of the best I've seen and your mother's scarf adds so much to it.
Happy Birthday to your love and have a wonderful Birthday Party in your newly redecorated room!
Hugs, Barb

1CardCreator said...

Wow, this is unbelievably gorgeous! You have a true talent for putting it all together. Enjoy your celebration with your family and HB to your DH.

A Hint of Home said...

First, Happy Birthday to your best guy!
Have a wonderful dinner with your family in your beautifully done dining room.
I love the colors you used!
The china cabinet looks great in black and I love the new scrolls you added.
How clever to use the peg board for the glasses! It looks great on that wall.
Did you paint your chairs?
You pulled everything together with your expertise!
Love the stenciling you did, too.
That white cabinet turned out wonderful! Love it with the crosses!
I hope you're having a great week.
Enjoy your family time!

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Celestina Marie,

I love everything you have done, the black of the hutch dresser and your dining suite.
The special touches and accents you have done are amazing and thanks for showing us.
Happy Birthday, to your best Man and together, the two of you do a wonderful job.
Many thanks for visiting me and your kind words.

Sending hugs & love, and hope you are having a lovely day

Createology said...

Celestina Marie your post is a wonderful tribute to your birthday husband. Your home redo is just stunning. Your home is elegant and comfortable and has a classic timeless style I adore. Home Sweet Home Hugs Dear...

lilybets said...

Hi Celelstina,happy birthday to you kind guy !Your dining room is very chic, I love glass and light and your attention to details,this makes the difference,but I prefer red furnitures,black or dark colours make me sad,but you have arranged dark and creamy colours,so it results fantastic!

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Celestina Marie,

Happy birthday to your Love!
My what a great room has it become. After all the work and cleaning up and arranging all your valuables again, it looks like magazine material. Your stemware rack is genial! Love also all those Fleur de Lys painted on the upper ledge.
So many nice things and fond memories of your dear Mother.
Love to you and have a great day and happy weekend following!


By Nela said...

Precioso con mucho gusto!!!!
Un daludo muy cariñoso. Manoli

highheeledlife said...

Celestina Happy birthday to your husband!! ... Your dining room make-over is breath taking... such lovely pieces you have chosen. The dress form with your Mother's scarf is priceless ... certain the wonderful memories flow back each time.

Your Faith corner is lovely, I a similar one in our home.

Wishing you a lovely day! xo HHL

Unknown said...

Hello sweet friends!
Please wish Larry a very happy birthday from the both of us!!,

Oh how i love the transformation you have made on the hutch! It looks like a brand new piece of furniture. Your style is just so beautiful and close to what i love to do as well.

Be blessed,

Anonymous said...

Oh my words Celeste, when you said redoing, you meant it!! It's gorgeous from tile to ceiling. Love how you bravely went after your hutch with black paint. I have only a couple of black pieces and still deciding if I want to turn them cottage cream but until I know for sure, they stay as they are. I love your mannequin. Gorgeous. WELL DONE!! Happy belated to your supporting half. Hugs and love. T

Ginny said...

Beautiful as usual Celeste! I adore the old window frames. Where did you get your french script table runner? I love everything you did.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Love your room! The cabinet looks great in black and all of your great vintage and French accents! Love your dress form, I am having a linky dress form party Feb. 7th It would be great if that beauty could make it


Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Happy Birthday to your hubby! The two of you have created something very special and beautiful! Everything is lovely and I love all the special touches!
Jil ♥

Cindy Adkins said...

Happy Birthday to your husband!! Your house is purely gorgeous and I noticed the beautiful scarf with your initials--WOW!!! I love it all, Celeste. I wanted to tell you that in my kitchen, my light is so similar to yours except it is a fan with the little lights with the lampshades. And I collect crosses, so when I saw your crosses, I just loved them!!! Love, Cindy

Cindy Adkins said...

P.S. There isn't a thing in your house that isn't perfection! I adore that chandelier pillow--ooh-la-la! and of course, the dress form--so, so beautiful!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What an amazingly beautiful room! The hutch is perfection and the dress form is stunning ...

Happy Birthday to Larry!


Mari said...

Hi dear Celeste, it all looks gorgeous my friend, I'm soooo loving the transformation you have given your hutch, just beautiful.....
Its such a beautiful space....
Wishing you a very happy weekend....


Cindy Adkins said...

Your dining room is beyond gorgeous! I love everything, but especially the hutch and those old iron windows with the lace! You are so talented! Thank you for the sweet comment on my Grandmother's photo collage.
Hugs to you,

albaincucina said...

ciao celestina ti ho conosciuto attraverso quarto senso caffe' che bello il tuo blog bei mobili brava, io ho da poco un sito vieni atrovarmi, ciao ciao

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Celestina,
Oh my, I am just looking at these photos with such envy. The cabinet redo is so beautiful and the room is amazing. You have so many lovely vingettes and they are all so perfect for the room.

Enjoy your special day together.


Kerri said...

Hi Celeste, thanks for stopping by for a visit. Your thoughts and prayers were deeply appreciated! I just got the results from my ulrasound and its benign but I do need to go back in 6 months for another.

I love the color scheme and your French theme going on here!!! I have become obsessed with French Labels :) I really like your tan walls and black cabinet redo. Looks amazing!

Have a blessed Sunday!


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WHAT AN AMAZING TRANSFORMATION DEAREST!!!! I love this. And the dark color is stunning. Don't you just love to change things? I am doing that with my harp studio and it is so fun to watch the changes. I want to thank you for coming to my post; I did not post a new one this Friday due to being overwhelmed with grading papers and such, but I appreciate you stopping by. Your dress form and home are just GORGEOUS!! Happy week, Anita

Daniella said...

I would need 100 pages to tell you how awesome your home is. The furniture, the cherubs, the chandelier lamp shades, I can go on and on!!
Simply stunning!!
I saw your story in Cindy's book!! You are awesome!!
And happy birthday to your husband!

LuLu Kellogg said...

Oh my....everything looks so wonderful! I loved getting to see all these great photos! Thank you for letting us peek inside your home!


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

What a beautiful re-do! The hutch looks gorgeous, and I LOVE the way you repurposed those old windows on each side of the hutch. Such a pretty room. laurie

Ruth Welter said...

Holy cow Celeste, I haven't visited in a couple of weeks and you have gone crazy while I was away. The diningroom looks fabulous to say the least...I love it. The hutch is my favorite, it is totally reborn. The windows are devine on both sides. Another great job on your part.



Sherry from Alabama said...

Your hutch turned out beautifully! Your home is so elegant. Your interior design training certainly shows up in your decorating.

Sonia said...

Hello Celestina,
Thank you for coming by my blog yesterday. Your dining room is just wonderful. I really love the style and colors you chose.
Well done!
Creating Vintage Charm

Anonymous said...

Celeste, there's just something about rich! And the moldings you added to the hutch - No one would know they weren't actually carved into it.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your lace curtains!!
With the arch showing through on the top....elegant! Especially next to the dainty dress form. Perfect!

Hope you are having good weather! I noticed you've had some much-needed rain. We're bouncing back and forth between snow flurries and 50 degrees. But the sun's out and that is just peachy with me!

XO Diane

Ingeborg van Zuiden said...

Hi Celestina Marie!!
I hope you are doing well! Aren't you exhausted after such a huge job in your house? It all looks so pretty and perfect. I love your curtains and the chandelier. Actually love it all. It's so so pretty pretty pretty! I am sorry I haven't commented lately as I have been really sick. Enjoy your new space!
Big hugs and blessings,
Ingeborg ;-)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Oh, Celeste, this room is just breath-taking! I liked it before but I LOVE it now! Amazing transformation. Love all the details which you are always so good at, too. Where did you find the sweet chandy pillow? The hutch turned out so well! The entry looks fantastic, too. Love how you accessorized the dressform with your precious mother's scarf.

Hope L had a wonderful bday!!

~CC Catherine said...

Celeste, What a lovely FULL's stunning! Love the black redo. Each touch adds an entirely new dimension. I 'adore' the chandelier pillow - did you make that? It is REALLY nice! I am partial to chandie's, I think you might guess that about me. :) Have lovely Valentine's Day Friend...and Happy Birthday to your Beloved Husband.

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..