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I recently completed the interior design of a home in a neighborhood called Traditions. It is a lovely neighborhood with its own YMCA, a little cafe and grocery. The owner like so many of us had many wonderful things they had collected and been handed down over the years but was at a loss of where to begin. I was able to help her sort out her style, pick a color palette, and move confidently in the direction of her design goals. She decided to do the foyer and dining area first. I labeled her style as vintage eclectic. She had a real love of red and aqua, time worn elements, pottery, great taste in art and all things Mississippi- whenever spelling the name of my state I still say in my head “M- I – crooked letter crooked letter- I- crooked letter crooked letter-I-humpback humpback- I” it’s a way you learn to spell it as a kid that I still enjoy to this day :-) . Anywhoo, I was very pleased with how everything came together- the rooms went from empty with the exception a dining room table- to vintage eclectic loveliness if I do say so myself- and yeah I’m going to say so! Haha As a designer like any artist you pour your heart and soul into your creations and walk away only when you have nothing left to pour. I often feel sad when what may have been months of work comes to an end and I know I am walking out of the space to never return. It’s almost like a not too bad break up- you can’t be together but it’s not so bad you can’t love again- so you do what most people do and comfort yourself by finding another space to fall in love with :-) weird analogy- probably so I’m known for some whack job analogies.
Let’s face it most artist worth their salt are whack jobs themselves- and I mean that in the nicest way possible because I am one. Many people just think of artists as people who draw or paint- oh contraire my dear… Hairdressers, nail techs, designers, florists, cake decorators, some brick masons and tile layers etc- all ARTISTS!!! Think about it how many hairdressers do you know with remotely normal hair- if I picked my hairdressers based on what their hair looked like it would be slim pickings- my last hair dresser was a master of color and she idolized Cyndi Lauper, Madonna and Lady Gaga and made them look tame-( It takes one to know one-(and that painting that hung in her salon with her in knee high converse naked with an octopus was a pretty good clue too) I wouldn’t have it any other way- you want a good color and cut you better have an artist doing your hair. And of course at the heart of your designer/event planner/furniture painter you must have an artist to truly make your space its own work of art.
Anywhoo, without further delay I present to you the foyer and dining room- I wish you could see the original rather than a print but typically bringing my blog followers and several hundred FB Fans to the actual home is frowned upon by the owners- the type -A non artsy types- whom artist love and appreciate because they make the money that feeds us :-) .
Here’s the beforehand of the dining room…

Before of the foyer…

Before of the dated china cabinet I selected for the space…


Before of the Buffett…

Here’s a few sneak peeks of some of the afters…

Paint, wax and the right techniques caused the look of this china cabinet to time travel to 2013!

All the fabrics came together beautifully in the custom designed sewing- the wrinkles fell out the next day but do I have a pic of that noooooooo

I bought a stump that was a first-I then had it cut into oak chargers… I love how the table settings came out, she had a beautiful collection of Shearwater Pottery plates


My clients grandmothers purse turned into pillows…

My client loves cotton. Can I come do your house next???


Why don’t you drop off a piece to be painted at the workshop?

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Natalie 11/27/13

Brandie, the transformation is unreal! So warm and inviting, and the table settings are great! Well done!

Brandie Dickerson @ Dreaming and Scheming Blog 11/27/13

Thanks Natalie, I appreciate it!

Melissa 11/27/13

Beautiful!!! I love how you’re able to reuse and repurpose so much. My favorite item has to be the blue aluminum Paul with cotton. Love!

Brandie Dickerson @ Dreaming and Scheming Blog 11/28/13

Thanks so much!

Brandy 11/28/13

Another wonderful job!! Bravo!! LOVE the chargers! Great idea!

Brandie Dickerson @ Dreaming and Scheming Blog 11/29/13

Thanks Brandy- I said I had reached a new low when I bought a stump from somebody! Haha

Katie 11/29/13

Wow, your client’s dining room turned out beautiful! The wood chargers and the cotton is my favorite :)
~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

Brandie Dickerson @ Dreaming and Scheming Blog 11/29/13

Thanks Katie, I appreciate it!

Erin @ DIY on the Cheap 12/1/13

It looks beautiful! Great job!

Brandie Dickerson @ Dreaming and Scheming Blog 12/2/13

Thanks I appreciate it!

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