Sunday, March 11, 2012

My Tropical Cottage Dining Room

Now that I have finished going on and on and on about my kitchen, I will drag you guys over to the dining area of my little house in Florida.....

Wanting to continue the West Indies feel of dark wood mixed with tropical accents, I found this wonderful dining room table that had the feeling of a Spanish colonial somebody or other. 
(I don't know what I'm blathering on about, but I hope you get my drift.)

I chose these really comfortable wicker chairs from janus et cie,
 a wonderful 
company that makes indoor and outdoor wicker. So although these are indoor wicker chairs, I was able to match the feeling with my outdoor wicker that I use by my pool.
(God, how chichi does that sound?????)

I made the seat cushions out of square toss pillows that I covered in vintage barkcloth. 

I have a leetle leetle problem with controlling my urge to buy every piece of vintage floral barkcloth in America.

I used different patterns, 'cuz I like to mix it up!!!


All this barkcloth started with some new barkcloth fabrics I found at the Boston Design Center. 
No one else in the world likes what I do, 'cuz the fabrics I use are 
being discontinued.

This was the fabric I first found, that set the overall feel for my house.....

Here's a closer view.....

I think it's PRETTY!!!!!!!!!!!
I used it on the draperies in both the living and dining area, as well as my TV chair.

I found the chandelier at Antiques on Five, an antique store also at the Boston Design Center.
I tell ya, that place vacuums the money out of my pocket.
I guess it's only fair, 'cuz sometimes it
slides some money right back in.

OK guys, this was not a chandelier when I bought it.
I'll tell you what I did to it, 
let me explain about the green drop crystals.
They don't belong on this chandelier. I hung them there to annoy my friend and neighbor (Chloe's mom) Lissette.
Every time she comes to my house, they drive her crazy, 

This piece was a hanging candelabra. 
It had spikes at the end of each arm on which to fasten a thick candle.
So I took it to my trusty lamp guys, Blanche P. Fields, (also in the Boston Design Center) and had them wire it, add the bobeches, canopy, paint them to match and then add candle slips and make the lampshades.

Woo, it makes me tired just to think about all that work!!!
No that's wrong.
It makes me feel poorer, 'cuz all that work was 

Here's another view of my little dining area.....

There's lots more to share, so I'll continue on Tuesday.
No, I won't .....

It's OY VEY!! Q&A!! Tuesday!!!!!
So I'll continue this on Thursday, 'cuz on Tuesday, I giving away free advice to some poor shmo.

Later Gator
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Victoria said...

I am a fan of barkcloth as well and majolica looks cozy and inviting Betsy. Tonight I am reading the copy of your book. Now that I am into your blog I can hear the same familiar voice kinda neat.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

BEAUTIFUL Betsy!! I love it all especially that chandy! Love those pretty sconces too and how you added the different plates around them.

Our Pinteresting Family said...

New follower here...what a beautiful job you have done! :) Megan

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Beautiful dining room! Love the barkcloth, especially the blue and green.

Anonymous said...

your dining room looks beautiful!! I love your chandelier.


Tisha Clapp said...

So pretty! I love that table and the wicker chairs. Great choices! Thanks for linking up @ the Delectable Home.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I truly love the colors in the dining room..the fabrics are making me "homesick" for Florida...I remember my mom having the same type of prints on our rattan furniture in our "Florida Room"...

I am so drawn to that shade of green...I have the same shade of green on my wicker in my sunroom/keeping room here in little slice of Fla in NC...Your dining room is a real stunner....

Karin said...

Your cottage and especially this room reminds me so much of my visits to Coral Gables, where my grandparents lived when I was growing up. I'm fighting the urge to jump on ebay and purchase barkcloth and pelican planters- how dumb would they look here in Charlottesville or in my house in San Antonio?! Your cottage is just perfect. Id never leave!

Miss Char said...

I need a Xanax I'm so excited over your dining room...oh and I green with envy too. Your design eye is right on the button in your Florida home. Thanks for sharing.

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Your dining room is so pretty, and love that fabric. Love the barkcloth on the walls and really like the table and wicker chairs, so love wicker. Great decorating! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday's Best.

Chatty Chics said...

Wow! What a beautiful space! You did a great job pulling it all together! Link it up at my place Wednesday if you can and share with my group. :)

Lissette said...

Love those crystals! Beautiful dining room!

Amy Chalmers said...

Thats really neat! Loved seeing a candle fixture get wired into a chandy. I wondered about the crystals~now I just bought a bunch of antique amber crystals that same shape but they have the little round ball might have to come shopping at my store and snap them up! They would match your walls!

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Betsy, you don't have to drag me kicking and screaming to see any of your gorgeous Florida home. I enjoy the blow by blow account of how you came to have certain pieces, like the chandy. Your use of colors and patterns is exciting.
Thank you for coming to Your Cozy Home Party to share your lovely cottage dining room. --------------- Shannon

Ivy and Elephants said...

Love the custom chandelier! Why does it drive her crazy? Green with envy, perhaps?
Your dinning room is gorgeous, thanks so much for sharing it with us at WIW.


That table and chandelier! Thank you so much for joining us for "Cowgirl Up!"

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Gorgeous! What a cute table.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

What a pretty dining room. Love all of the great details. I am new to your blog. Glad I found it.

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Oh, I imagine enjoying a wonderful meal sitting in that beautiful dining room ...

Love the colors and the fabrics and the whole look and feel ...



chateau chic said...

Your dining room is lovely. I really like all your choices and how you've pulled it all together. The peeks of your home are so charming!
Mary Alice

Maggie Lamarre said...

oh my this would fit perfectly here in Florida.
Would luv for you to share it with our readers at

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Betsy, I love visiting here because I get to see great design and you always crack me up. What a wonderful dining room table and the wicker chairs are perfect. Thanks for linking to the Open House party.

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

I love your fabric choices! I like mixing fabrics, too. All of the textures and colors definitely create the tropical look. Have I mentioned to you that I'm inviting myself over to stay with you and have a little Florida vaca? Haha.
Thanks for sharing your little piece of tropical paradise with us Show & Tell.

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

The Rooster and The Hen said...

What a fun dining room! This project would be perfect for our linky party featuring "Transformations" called Repurpose-Remodel-Reveal, I know our readers would love to see it too! (It starts tomorrow- Friday, March 16th 2012 at 7:00 am and reoccures every 1st and 3rd Friday)

-Whitney @ TheRoosterAndTheHen

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

This is totally beautiful!! TOTALLY! I ADORE bark cloth too...grab it up whenever I can and hoard it!

Beautiful room!

Lou Cinda

Debra@CommonGround said...

Betsy, I LOVE this. I think it's amazing how you've let your home "talk" to you about style, from furnishings to colors, they all work brilliantly. The table and the wicker chairs work so well together. Guess that's why you're the professional! Loved your popcorn eating pig from the other post, you keep me laughing! thanks for linking up to VIF!

Unknown said...

Breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL! I'm always so impressed by your decor! XO, Aimee

Mimi said...


Chatty Chics said...

I'm back again! It's just so pretty! :)

The Charm of Home said...

Love this tropical looks Betsy. Your tropical cottage is a favorite! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

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