We took a break from our Tablescape series last week to make our bi-annual trip up to High Point furniture market (more on that later!). We are about to reveal some photography footage of spaces that only friends and co-workers have seen……pictures of my own home. (queue scary face emoji here) Even though New South Home is currently operating out of my house, very few clients have actually seen it in person. Strange, right??
Well, my husband, Hayden, and I moved into our home in 2006 and 9 years, 2 babies, 2 companies, 3 co-workers, hundreds of toys, and thousands of fabric samples later, my house that seemed so large 9 years ago seems to have shrunk over time. The past couple of years I felt like I was always tripping over something or someone. Every time a client of mine tells me, “I didn’t have a chance to clean up” or “Please don’t mind the mess,” I always retort, “You haven’t seen my home – no judgment will ever be passed here!” And then Taylor always nods in agreement behind me.
I have made an end-of-year resolution, however. A couple of weeks ago, I spent 5 straight days digging out and donating. I am now vowing to keep the main living areas of my home looking spiffy. At all times. (Let’s just say that Sandy, Taylor, and Melissa Eaton are all skeptical.) My children are finally at the ages where I could move their toys (ALL of them) upstairs and I am hoping that 2016 is the year where I can reclaim my space downstairs and share more pictures of rooms I can be proud of!
One room that has remained kid-free is my formal dining room, which we are featuring this week as part of our tablescape series. It now also doubles as the New South Home conference room. The thing that I love about this room is that I decorated this space 8 years ago and I still love every piece in it.
The table and buffet I scored for only $500 a piece from the Bernhardt Furniture outlet up in Hickory and are from the now discontinued Martha Stewart Furniture line (I admit I shed a few tears when I found out that line was no longer). When I decorated the space, I was looking for a classic look that would last through the “latest trends” and could be furnishings that I would love for at least 20 years. Eight years later, so far I can happily say I have achieved that goal. It’s still one of the most liked rooms we feature on social media and I love that’s it part of my own home.
For this week’s Tablescape, we focused on “Elements of Nature” and features whites, soft greens, browns and our natural linen. Again, most of our décor featured is from Michael’s – I have a more detailed list of sources below for you. The items we selected here was Autumn in theme, but meant to work with the colors already in the room for a subtle approach to seasonal decor.
We also spruced up my buffet using my Martha Stewart Home white ceramic tiered cake plates my mother-in-law got for me a few years ago from Macy’s (love everything in that line!!). The bronze pumpkins below are from Target’s Smith and Hawkin line and what makes them even cooler is that they double as lanterns!
Did you guys notice our new table runner in the pictures above? The style we are introducing this week has been my “go to” choice for our client’s dining room projects. It’s two sided linen with the option to monogram each side differently. I love the idea of having one side coordinating with your everyday decor and the other side is either simple white, metallic or red for the holidays depending on what your holiday decor is.
All of our runners are embroidered monograms as shown in the detail above.
You can shop our new two sided linen table runner collection HERE!
Bronze Pumpkin Lanterns – Target
Silver Pears – Target
Twigs, birch branches, and pinecones – Michael’s
Silver Pillar Candle Holders – Pottery Barn
Photography Credit: Laura Sumrak and Amanda James Photography