Project Wardlaw - Formal Living & Dining Room

If you read the Rue post, you are aware that this project was on a strict deadline. My client had a baby on the way, and her main concern was that we finish everything before she arrived. Of course when I heard the word baby, I went "Franck Eggelhoffer" on everyone...

My sweet contractor started demo literally the day before Christmas. He's the best!

I wanted this project to have a grand reveal, but after seeing some progress in the kitchen and guest bath, I cracked. I posted before we were finished, which you can read more about here. I thought about going back over those two spaces, but I didn't want to bore y'all with stuff you may have already read about. So with that being said, I'm going to start with the formal living & dining room today. 

The dining room is adjacent to the kitchen, so I wanted the transition between the two spaces to flow and feel cohesive. I am obsessed with the fabric we selected for the kitchen windows, so I actually used it as a starting point for the color scheme in the dining/formal living room. 

I also wanted the space to have some punch since it's the first room you see when you walk into the house, so I suggested painting the walls navy. Here are the design boards and furniture floor plans we came up with...

Besides painting the walls and replacing the floors, there wasn't much construction that took place in these rooms. We made the opening into the kitchen from the dining room a little wider. Originally, it had a door that you could open and close, so we did away with that.

You are not going to belive what a a little paint and new floors did for this space! Take a look at the before and after pics...

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Photos by  Chris Plavidal

Photos by Chris Plavidal

I hope those before and after photos satisfy you as much as they do me. Stay tuned...I plan on going over the family room next and revealing the bookshelves that were not professionally photographed, but defintiely worth seeing.