"Seeing Red!" Dining Room in Ming...
As a Southerner, I have always had a passion for red. If I had my way, every room in my home would have red incorporated into the color scheme. Red is a classical, traditional color that adds instant warmth and drama to any room. I realize that this color may not be for everyone, especially the faint of heart when it comes to painting. I chose Ming Red from Sherwin Williams because it was the color that matched my upholstered chairs the best. I completed the decorating in this room for under $250. Granted, it helps when you already have the furniture and accessories. Here's my budget:
*Paint 1 gal. Ming Red-$26.00
*Paint 1 gal. White-$16.00
*Wallpaper 3 rolls-$30.00
*Black checked fabric 8yds.-$24.00
*Black cording 6 yds.-$18.00
*5 Black clip-on shades for chandelier-$4.00 at yard sale
*1 1/2 yards tassel fringe for shades-$4.50
*Package of faux stones-$.89
*2 Ivy Bushes for birdcage-$10.00
*Spray paint for birdcage -$1.00
*Wood Closet Rod and Wood Brackets for Curtains-$13.00
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The picture above gives a basic overall shot of the room. The only window is a wonderful ceiling to floor picture window. The natural light that floods the room balances the dark wall color. I purchased the two slipper chairs for $30 ea. at an antique auction, and upholstered them myself. I was lucky to find a Waverly chintz wallpaper that almost perfectly matched the fabric. The red chintz fabric that I used for the chairs and again at the window is almost five years old. It has been recycled and reused in the past three homes we have lived in. I opted for lesser, inexpensive, checked fabric to complete my window treatment, allowing money in the budget to splurge on silk cording. Instead of paying over $16.00 per yard for decorator's quality fabric, I used basic craft fabric for $2.99 yd. The same fabric covers the table. The red chintz runner on the table is completely no-sew...hemmed with fusible tape. The centerpiece was made with leftover greenery, porcelain roses - and placed in my cherished Staffordshire pink and white soup tureen.
Time for tea...
This corner of the room is set for tea and cake. The sign was purchased during one of my antiquing forays in England. I like the way that it ties in the black and white checked fabric. The small plates on the side wall are also black and white Staffordshire depicting scenes from Napolean's infamous Battle of Waterloo. The tea "cake" was made by gluing cinnamon sticks around a block of foam, the covering the top with preserved salal leaves and a rose made from preserved apple slices. Although it does not show, it is dusted with "powdered sugar" aka plaster or paris.