Sunday, March 8, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday: Breakfast Room


I love Metamorphosis Monday. I've got a few projects going on, but they are in the "oh, it's a mess" stage. So I thought I'd show a little before/after on the breakfast room.
Here's before.

After: I moved the draperies from the library and added panels.

Before, the room felt a little cold with all of the tone on tone. With the fabric scraps, I had pillows made.

I've read that neutrals are supposed to be better with tablescaping, but I have never given a flip if my dishes matched my draperies. Or even if the dishes match EACH OTHER. Life isn't matchy matchy is my motto, and it's my mom's motto, too :-)The day that dishes start having rules, I'm outta here, baby. It's back to paper plates.





Please visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday to see inspirational before and afters. See you there.

54 comments:

  1. It looks great! You have a real eye for these things!

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  2. Such a gorgeous room and the drapes look just beautiful. It really does seem to warm up the room. I love the way the swags showoff the arched windows even more than before. Beautifully done. Hugs, Marty

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  3. Michael, Your drapes look great in here...like they were designed to be there. Really finished that area beautifully! Do some folks really want their dishes to match...I never even thought of that! LOL :-)

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  4. What a great way to move something from one location to another. And your motto about things not having to match is definitely one to remember.

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  5. Beautiful! Looks like they were made for in there! I would neve want to leave your kitchen!

    Susan

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  6. I am SOOO happy to hear your idea that dishes don't have to match! I so agree....most times!!!:):) Your drapes look FABULOUS in the breakfast room, and the fact that you could "repurpose" them is even better! Good for you my friend. Love, Pinky

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  7. That maybe not so little change turned a beautiful room into an awe inspiring room! I've always loved it! My dishes don't match either. I buy whatever I like, then make them work together, (maybe sometimes not so well, but I can live with it... ☺). When the rule fairy drops by to lower the boom, then it'll be paper plates & paper towels for me too! ♥

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  8. Can you tell me what pattern and type is on the fabric and where did you buy them? They look very beautiful!

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  9. absolutely beautiful....fabric always adds so much to a room
    hugs
    janet

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  10. I love the addition of the drapes! It adds warmth to an already cozy dining area. Man, the light fixture is killer! :-) Laura

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  11. The drapes look beautiful, I love the way you swagged them.
    ~Michelle

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  12. Susan, the fabric is made by Carole. The pattern/color is Vision/Cognac.

    When the draperies were in the library, the top swags had monograms. These were incorporated into pillows.

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  13. The drapes "make" the room -- they are the jewelry that was needed!

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  14. GG, for some special reason (Uh, "DUH, Linda! How about alot of TALENT being that reason?!?!"), you are one of the very FEW who truly COULD make a purse out of a sow's ear (ewwww, but that's so MEAN to the poor sow! OUCH!!! Well, you KNOW what I MEAN, tho!!!). I could look at everything you post, many times, and always see something "new" I didn't before! Always grateful that you share so many of your talents & so much of your time! XO, Linda

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  15. It is such a beautiful room!! I love the draperies.

    I feel the same way as you do, about matchy dishes. However, the table I put together this week is decidedly neutral!;-)

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  16. I love the drapes, the room is so cozy with them. I love what you said about the room, drapes and dishes having to match! I been trying to decide what color to paint in my dining room. I love so many colors of dishes. Cheers to you for saying it does not have to match! I love the little bunny bank. Love the dish on your table, I have not seen this one!!

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  17. The room was lovely before., but the drapes were like putting a new dress on., and it's STRIKING! Great Meta Monday post Michael! ;) ~CC Catherine

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  18. Evening, Dear Gollum. What a beautiful room! I love your drapes and they look perfect on these gorgeous windows! Now you know I like your motto - dishes do not have to match nor wall colors and dishes! I see one thing on your beautiful table I don't think you really need - that rooster. He would look so nice in my kitchen! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  19. Those draperies really make the room so inviting and warm. I'm glad I had not ever read that your dishes were supposed to match your decor. I know that is often done, but I didn't know it was a "supposed to"! Thank you for making it ok to not follow that rule. laurie

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  20. You have such a great eye! Once again this dazzles!

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  21. Thanks so much for stopping by and your gracious comments on my BR redo, I really appreciate the visit. Thanks again. Hugs, Marty

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  22. It is a stunnin room!
    Your drapes are a favorite of mine hands down.

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  23. You home is always a wonderful place to come and visit- Love how you can even change the window coverings from different rooms for a different look! My 50's velvet drapes definately have to stay in the livingroom though Vanna has come over several times to make sure they are securely fastened! I am afraid she has ended up looking like a vacuumn cleaner bag pop all over her both times as they are terrible to clean!!

    blessings
    mary

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  24. Beautiful drapes, beautiful room!..Christine

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  25. All I can say is wow! I wish I had a beautiful dining room like yours. You as so good at decorating!

    All the best,
    Allison

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  26. The window dressings just add such drama to the room. i love your taste in all your window dressings thruout the house too. mishelle

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  27. Everything is stunning!!
    Perfect make-over!
    blessings,
    kari & kijsa

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  28. Your drapes look so lovely swagged and it adds so much warmth. Cindy

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  29. Hi Gollum...I remember seeing these gorgeous drapes in your library on RMS...Loved them then...
    love them now! I'm sure glad I never read the "rule' about dishes matching decor...LOL ;-) Bo

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  30. I'm with you gg....matchy matchy poo poo is not for me! It looks great!

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  31. I love those drapes in there! And your philosophy on dishes are perfect! That's exactly how I see it, especially with so many beautiful ones that look better coordinated rather than matched! Well said!

    Great choice for today!

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  32. A great choice. It brought drama to this room! Who, matches dishes?
    Must not heard of Susan's tablescape thursday or Gollum, dish hunts?

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  33. I love it...the window...beautiful~

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  34. I've always loved your dining room and even more ... I love the view out the windows!

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  35. I love the photo where the room is sun dappled. At four in the afternoon, oh now it will be five the wooden blinds make the most beautiful designs on my front room ceiling. I love to watch them move across the room. I must need more to do. Your room makeover is really nice. I think you must be really nice too!

    Roberta Anne

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  36. Michael: The draperies are beautiful and hightlight those gorgeous windows. I love that Rooster on the table too! Your blog is always wonderful!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  37. I know it 's Monday and I should be at work, but I just couldn't sleep and when I did it was fitful - I think that the drapes really warmed your space and made it so cozy. I've always loved your breakfast room. ~ Robyn

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  38. I loved this transformation Gollum, I remember when you did it! :) Can't wait to see what you have waiting in the wings.

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  39. Beautiful as always!
    Linda Q

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  40. Very Pretty! You have a beautiful home. If everything is suppose to "match", I am in real trouble. :)
    Glenda

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  41. Your drapes are wonderful. And I agree that things shouldn't matchy matchy. That's way too much pressure! And it is so much more fun to mix things. Much more interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. Gollum! Your drapes look great. Love your motto....Pat H

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  43. That's one snazzy breakfast room! I like that big ol' rooster too!

    Scribbler

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  44. Wowee Kazowee. It looks sooo beautiful...What a gorgeous room to decorate and that table! Wow, I love it all!
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  45. Gollum,
    Your draperies are stunning! The breakfast room is a serene picture, and I love it that you don't care if the plates match.
    Linda

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  46. The drapes look just gorgeous in there, M! I have a question for you. Since we'll be getting a new kitchen table in the near future, and it will more than likely be wood (we have tile now), how do you clean it? Just water? What if you want to disinfect? Is it hard to keep it from getting scratched?

    Justine :o )

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  47. Justine, I use orange Pledge. And yes, the table has a plethora of scratch, and even a warped spot. Some of the blog pictures shows the wear and tear. My whole philosophy about scratches are, you guessed it, they make the table part of our history. My dining table (the dark one in the dining rm) is as old as the marriage (we're talking almost 31 years); I've had people comment about the scratches and then I get to pontificate. Antique stores sell furniture polish that you use with fine steel wool, and it does seem to help with their furniture.

    Even though I'm spouting off about nicks and history, I do look out for the table. I want it to last. Everyone knows not to put hot dishes on it. I clean it once a day, after supper, and give Dr. G some lip about ketchup blobs and whatnot.

    Fabric (chairs) is a whole different story, because I don't want to recover or be scrubbing all the time. Dr. G's chair has drips (and his side of the table has the most scratches). I bought one of those pod fabric cleaners.
    When Bandwith was Younger and Messier, I bought a sheet of plastic and covered his chair. I also used plastic placemats. Spills were wiped up promptly, sometimes many times in a meal.

    I didn't mean to write a book. :-)

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  48. Well if there is a rule to dishes matching decor I am in big trouble as the one tablescape I did was completely the polar opposite of the room it was in;) phew glad I didn't know about rules (lol) Everything you touch is magnificent and header is fab *by the way* French;)

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  49. Hi Gollum...I love the drapes! I have wondered about the tablescapes and the decor. I've done several that do not match at all!!!...so I just shoot the table and sometimes use different plates on my hutch in the background. It is nice now that matchy matchy is not de rigeur...in fact, quite the opposite! Hope you are having a great week! hugs...Debbie

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  50. you so crack me up, the day dishes have rules...

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