Moving Before & After: From Traditional to Whimsical

Moving Before & After: From Traditional to Whimsical

Sarah Rainwater
Aug 30, 2010

Our furniture moved from a bright French Normandy-style apartment in Los Angeles to a dark, but ornate New England Colonial to a Mid-Century home without even the tiniest architectural detail — at which point it hit me that NOTHING was working.

After months of struggling to make our old things work in our new space, we decided to embrace the opportunity to ditch some of our over-the-top traditional pieces (like the insane faux marble coffee table, now used outdoors) and have a little fun with our white box. Our living and dining area is a long narrow room with fairly low ceilings, but an open entryway so we painted the one long windowless wall a deep blue — which works great as a backdrop for our artwork collection and adds some drama — and swapped out the ultra-boring light fixtures for some pendant lamps. We try to keep the space relatively minimal since we have a three-year-old who isn't afraid of over-accessorizing when we aren't looking. There is plenty that we still want to do, like find a new railing and sew a proper slipcover for a wing back chair so it's not just loosely draped in fabric, but almost exactly a year after we moved into our house, it's finally starting to feel like a space we're actually happy to call home.

Sofa, Wing Chair, Sirocco Chair, side table: craigslist
Coffee Table: West Elm
Rug, Entryway Pendant: IKEA
Chair Fabric: Sarah Rainwater
Dining Table, Parson's Table: Inherited
Desk Chair, Lamp: DWR
Dining Chairs: Similar available at Bauhaus 2 Your House
Dining Room Pendant: eBay
Artwork: Chris Vagnoni, Ed Templeton, Joan Linder, Sarah Rainwater, Vintage

Images: Sarah Rainwater

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