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An eclectic New York dining room makeover with California chic bohemian flair.

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Clever inspiration for unique wall art!

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A kitchen face-lift that reminded me of our pre-renovated kitchen (although this one is in much better shape).  We had a similar extra large sink, which I wish we were able to reuse.

Hope you are having a great Memorial Day and holiday weekend!

More ORC Favorites

It may be taking me awhile to go through the 200+ room reveals from the latest round of the ORC, but it has been so worth the time to visit and support all the linking participants.  There is so much talent and inspiration in the design blogging community, so go check out the rooms whenever you get a chance. :)

I wanted to share a few more of my stand-out favorites:

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Jess of Domicile 37 has a keen eclectic eye and major design flair.  She also has some DIY chops to top it off!  You have to see how she created the renter-friendly, faux fireplace facade during her living room makeover.  Her living room AND dining room makeover was spectacular, and totally exudes her eclectic bohemian chic style.  Click here to see more of both spaces.

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Maggie and I seemed to be feeling the green in this round of the ORC!  I absolutely loved how she paired coral and green to create a complimentary color scheme for a soothing but dynamic bedroom oasis.  The contrast added so much depth and dimension.  Her bedroom is also filled with creative DIY projects, including that bench!  Click over to Maggie Overby Studios to see more of this beautiful master bedroom.

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Tricia of Suburban Bitches completed a Boho Chinoisserie Chic bedroom makeover with vibrant results!  The fresh white backdrop made the blue and pink decor pop... while the color scheme was equally gender-friendly in this master bedroom.  My favorite aspect of the space, by far, was the stenciled tray ceiling.  Talk about a DIY labor of love that paid major design dividends!  Go see the rest of the beautiful space here.

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Erin is the other half of the dynamic Suburban Bitches duo, and her "Back in Black" dining room makeover was stunning.  When you have architectural room details, paired with black and mid-century modern, it's a design win in my book!  Click here to see more of her refreshed dining room.

I love how each of these spaces have a collected and "designed yet livable" appeal to them.  In case you missed it, I also did a round-up of ORC favorites last week.  Lots of eye candy!

Thank you all again for your support and kind feedback on my own ORC room makeover.  I asked for your constructive input here regarding one of the room elements, so if you have a chance, feel free to weigh in. :)  Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Antiques Dealer Spotlight: THE HIGH BOY

It is no secret that I love to mix new and vintage when pulling a room together.  I have always believed that well-designed interior spaces are those that look AND feel collected over time.  A good way to accomplish this is by incorporating antiques or vintage pieces into a room's design - whether it be through art, lighting, furnishings, and/or decor.

A great resource for quality antiques and vintage home goods is The HighBoy, a reputable online luxury marketplace that offers antiques, art, and vintage home decor to the design trade and general public.  The company was launched in 2014 by co-founders and antique dealer experts, Douglas Scott and Olga Granda-Scott.  It has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, and The Miami Herald.  Its online magazine blog, The Weekly, is dedicated to bringing together the people, objects, and ideas that unite design, art, and antiques.

The company's user-friendly website is filled with antiques and vintage decor from different periods and origins.  You will find a curated collection of authenticated antique furniture, lighting, decor, fine art, and jewelry - ranging in styles from mid-century, art deco, contemporary, and everything in between.  Mixing styles helps create dynamic interior spaces, and The HighBoy is a great source for unique items!  Here are just a few of my favorites from their current collection:

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1-MCM Walnut & Cane Sofa // 2-Mid-Century Modernist Cowhide Chairs // 3-Leather Chair // 4-Vintage Wing-Style High-Back Faux Zebra Mohair Sofa

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Take a look at how some of these pieces could work together within a room setting:

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While I do believe in creating affordable stylish interiors, I also believe that investing in well-constructed, classic quality pieces can prove to be a solid investment.  Have you ever wondered why antiques have longevity and are so valuable?!

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1-Bubble Glass Sputnik Chandelier // 2-Chinese Blue & White Ginger Jar // 3-American Mid-Century Walnut Flip-Top Bar Cabinet // 4-Italian Stilnovo Style Chandelier // 5-MCM Walnut & Cane Sofa // 6-Abstract Oil Painting, Artist Signed // 7-Mid-Century Modernist Cowhide Chairs // 8-Leather Chair // 9-Oversized Antique Persian Rug // 10-Mid-Century Mahogany Campaign Chest // 11-Zebra Mohair Sofa // 12-Small Sarouk Rug // 13-Knoll Eero Saarinen Tulip Tables

This is a sponsored post written in collaboration with The HighBoy Company.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.  Thank you for supporting the companies that support CAD INTERIORS.

Last Minute Rug Switch

The final week of the ORC could not have gone LESS smoothly, specifically when it came to the rug for our dining room makeover.  But thankfully, in the end, it all came together!

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I had originally ordered a natural jute rug with a zebra print border for our dining room - simple but with some interesting flair.

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BUT just a couple of days prior to the deadline/reveal, I had received an e-mail notifying me that the rug was actually out of stock.  The company's inventory system had incorrectly shown it being in stock when I placed the order.  If I had not been following up on my order status, I'm not sure they would have ever caught the error?!  (Note: I have ordered and recommended rugs from this company before without issue, so I'm hoping this was a one-time glitch.)

Anyhow, I had to scramble for a last minute replacement.  Oh goodness, finding an 8x10 or 8x11 area rug that is IN-STOCK is no easy feat!  Most had to be special-ordered.  So, want to know a secret?!  I put two 5x8 rugs together to solve my problem!  It's a design-trade trick, especially when you need larger-scaled rugs. :)

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The rug itself is beautiful and added another dimension to the room.  It's very soft underfoot, has a pretty color scheme green, cream, black/gray (which ties in the wallpaper), and boasts a lovely ikat pattern.  That being said, I'm just not sure if it's right for the space.

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My hubby and kids like the color and pattern it injected (I do too), but I'm uncertain if the pattern competes too much with the graphic wallpaper.  I am all for taking design risks with the bold pattern-on-pattern combination (kinda like when you pair gingham with floral for an outfit), but my conservative nature is giving me doubts.  What do you think?  Go bold or keep looking?  I would love your constructive opinions! :)


A Few Favorites from the ORC

Hello everyone!  I'm back today with a few favorite room reveals that I wanted to share from the latest round of the One Room Challenge.  I am still working my way through the 200+ rooms, but I must say, there were so many incredible makeovers done in six weeks!  So much talent in this design blogging community!

Before I get started, I wanted to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of YOU for the kind words on our Mid-Century Farmhouse Dining Room Makeover!  Our dining room may be small, but we packed some major design punch into the space!  With the makeover of the dining area now complete, our great room is officially "done" - although more tweaks will be happening over time. :) I have plans for the "blank" wall in the kitchen!  Stay tuned.

Here you go... a few of my favorite rooms from the Spring 2016 One Room Challenge:

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This boys' bunk room is amazing!!!  It makes me want to jazz up my boys' unfinished bedroom, like pronto.  I love the use of space, as well as the fun color and pattern mix.  Such a bright and happy room - perfect for kids!

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This room had me at zebra print!  Pam is the "queen" of Craigslist.  She has a great eclectic eye, plus a knack for spotting the best second-hand pieces at ridiculous prices!  The great room that she designed for her client is filled with Craigslist finds.  Budget-friendly and stylish!  Go see more of this eclectic space here.

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I would never want to leave this room if I was the lucky little girl who lived here!  Stephanie knocked it out of the park with the bold mix of color and pattern she injected into her daughter's room.  That ceiling?!  Hand stenciled!!!  See more of this cheerful space here.

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I literally just stumbled upon this room for the first time while browsing through the ORC reveals.  This dining room makeover is SPECIAL.  It is not only beautiful, but it has soul and meaning.  I especially loved the heartwarming story behind the color scheme.  See more of the room here.

So much talent and inspiration out there, right?!  I'm planning to share another round of rooms next week, along with a few details of our dining room makeover.  Enjoy your weekend!

Mid-Century Farmhouse Dining Room Reveal

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These past six weeks flew by at lightning speed, and it feels great to be at the finish line of the Spring 2016 One Room Challenge!  Thank you so much to Linda at Calling It Home for spearheading this semi-annual design blogger event.

Six weeks ago, I set out to spice up our dining area, a "room" that is centrally located between our kitchen and family room.  What I thought would be an easy and straightforward makeover posed quite a few challenges at nearly every turn.  It felt like the One Room Challenges at times! :)

I'll dig into the design details later.  Today's post will be all about one thing - the room transformation in photos!  So come on in and take a look...


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one room challenge interior design decorating diy home improvement


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The room already had a lot going for it post-renovation, including the hardwood floors and all the natural light it gets.  It was just waiting for some design attention, and several hours/weeks of DIY labor!  It's amazing what just a little color, pattern, and some architectural dimension can add to a space!  Take a look at a true before photo of the dining area before we renovated the room...

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It was a dark and dated time capsule, just like the adjacent old kitchen which we also renovated.  Our dining room (and home in general) has come such a long way over the past three years since we purchased our fixer upper!

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The goal of this budget-friendly makeover was to create a design-savvy space with a mid-century farmhouse spin - which is in keeping with our home's 1955 architecture and interior decor.  Most of all, I wanted to inject personality and pizzazz into an otherwise lackluster space.  The focal wall we DIY'd accomplished just that!

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CAD INTERIORS dining room design makeover one room challenge interior design

The feature wall literally transformed how the room looks AND feels!  It was the main component of the design plan, and it truly is the "star" of the room!  The bold graphic wallpaper added the design "oomph" I had envisioned, and the wainscoting detail provided much-needed architectural dimension.  I am so pleased with how it turned out, especially after all the challenges we faced having an uneven wall!  It single-handedly elevated the room's design, and it also gave the dining area its own "identity" within the open concept great room.

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one room challenge interior design decorating wallpaper wainscoting diy

one room challenge interior design decorating wallpaper wainscoting diy

one room challenge interior design decorating wallpaper wainscoting diy

Thank you all so much for following along with our dining room makeover!  Your positive support and encouragement here on the blog and on Instagram has been truly appreciated.  That's a wrap on the Spring 2016 One Room Challenge!!!

SOURCES: Wallpaper // Brass Ceiling Pendant // Jute Rug // Mahogany Extendable Farmhouse Table (old from Pottery Barn) // Tufted Parson Chairs (old from Bombay Company) // Bar Cart (old from Crate & Barrel)

Sharing with: Inspire Me Tuesday, Pretty Project Party, Home Stories A to Z, TDC

Spring 2016 One Room Challenge Dining Room Makeover {Week Five: Final Peek}

We are in the home stretch of the Spring 2016 One Room Challenge.  Time is ticking to next week's room reveal!!!

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My seemingly "jack-of-all-trades" hubby installed and wired a new electrical junction box to get the new light fixture centered above the table.  He even maneuvered his way through the crawl space, adding a reinforcement bracket to ensure the fixture would hold!  His DIY skills have really expanded with all the home improvement projects in our beloved fixer upper! :)

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Because of my indecisiveness, I ordered the rug last minute - as in Monday.  Now I'm holding my breath that it arrives in time for photographs.  I had my eye on some Persian/Turkish rugs, but my practical nature kept going back to natural fiber?!  Since this is a dining room, the durability (and price point) of a natural jute rug won out at least for now.  I do love the texture it provides, and with two growing boys, I won't be concerned if something spills.  BUT I made sure to get one that was jazzed up a bit! :) #loveanimalprints

Lastly, I would really like to thank YOU for following along with this makeover.  I truly appreciate the time you spend here, and I've loved hearing your feedback along the way.  Your comments have been so encouraging and supportive.  This week started off extra special.  I found out that the DIY project that gave us a run for our time was featured on the House Beautiful website!  We have had a few hiccups in our dining room makeover, so the recognition was a nice surprise in this One Room Challenge experience. :)

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