COTE DE TEXAS: DECORATING DINING ROOMS ON A BUDGET

DECORATING DINING ROOMS ON A BUDGET

                                                                                                                                                                      OK OK – I guess I’m through with the series on the British Royals!  Enough of your complaints caused me to scrap the last installment.  Originally, I had planned to do just one or two stories of royal houses and I thought I could fit it all in, but that turned out to be unrealistic.  I might still do the last story I had planned at some later time – we’ll see.  Recently, I got a book on Clarence House with great old images that I would also love to show you and only wish I had had it for that blog post.   But, in the meantime, back to design in the United States!

 

First, I had a huge laugh at this month’s Traditional Home magazine.  Have you seen it yet?

 

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This month’s cover of Traditional Home. 

Recognize the coffee tables?  Yes – there they are – two capital coffee tables from Restoration Hardware. 

 

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Remember this house in Houston, decorated by Amanda Carol99 , that featured the same two capital coffee tables?  If you read the comment section from that story, you will remember that these two tables from Restoration Hardware caused quite a stir.  Some people loved them – like me – but some felt that “no designer of note would ever use those tables.”   So, I did a search in design magazines and found quite a few noted designers that do indeed use Restoration Hardware – and those tables in particular. 

 

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I found this house designed by Benjamin Dhong who used one of the capital coffee tables from Restoration Hardware.  Dhong is a highly respected and admired designer from San Francisco.  He used a few pieces from Restoration Hardware in this particular house but he mixed them with serious antiques and some expensive reproductions – to great effect.

 

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Here in the guest room,  he mixed a Restoration Hardware chair with a beautiful bed from Michelle Nussbaum’s Ceylon et Cie and he then wrapped the room in gorgeous handpainted wallpaper by DeGournay.  Dhong proved that you can mix furniture from places like RH and Pottery Barn with expensive antiques and create a wonderful look.  The operative word here is “mix.” 

The question is should houses use only furniture from places like Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn?  Do they look as good as one with a mixture of pieces – such a Duong’s?

In this month’s Traditional Home, it validates many of the negative commenters who were so against using a lot Restoration Hardware in one design setting.   No!  The negative commenters have a valid point?   Well, yes, they do. 

In the cover story, another highly respected designer, this time of menswear -  Joseph Abboud - furnished his entire apartment almost completely in Restoration Hardware.  And,  I’m sorry to say,  it couldn’t be more boring if it tried.  So disappointing.

First, let me say, that this was a business collaboration between Abboud and RH, so I don’t think he would have used their products so extensively otherwise.  Abboud is from Boston and has always wanted to get a place back home, away from New York City where he lives.  When he found an architecturally wonderful space, he bought it and filled it up completely with Restoration Hardware – even using their designers on the project. 

The moral of the cover story shows how important it is to mix old furniture with new pieces from stores like Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn, rather than just using only new pieces.  Just by mixing in an old beat up side table from a yard sale would look so much better than a house filled with only Restoration Hardware.  The two rooms shown above by Benjamin Duong, where he mixed high and low – old and new Restoration Hardware - shows how beautifully this mixture can be done.  As Houston designer Amanda Carol did with her client – mixing in a few pieces of RH with pieces the owner previously had, such as the two chairs with the patterned fabric on the back, Amanda created an interesting design, perfect for the young family that lives there. As the years go on, the couple will add more pieces as they collect them.

 

First, let’s look at Abboud’s new apartment:

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Here in Joseph Abboud’s new Boston house’s entry way, you will recognize all the pieces from RH that fill the room – from the table and lantern to the mirror and sconces.  This room could be stunning – instead it looks like a advertisement for Restoration Hardware, which I suppose it really is.  Everything just blends in together.  It’s  so monotone, there is hardly any contrast at all.  All I can think of is how beautiful this space would look with an antique dark wood Spanish table and a collection of antique chairs, mixed with a gilt wood console and a gilded mirror – flanked by crystal beaded chandeliers.  Instead, it’s just so humdrum.

 

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The living room fares better and looks much less like a RH showroom than the entry hall.  Of course, I love the two capital tables and the sofas are hard to distinguish from custom or RH.  The room itself is quite pretty with the fireplace and paneling.  But can someone tell me why there is a RH picture light over the RH mirror?  

 

 

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The dining room is filled again with RH furniture, all in a neutral palette except for the oddly yellow rug.  Again, it leaves me wanting color or pattern.  Its an overload of beige that just seems boring and uninspired.  Even the sconces get lost in all the beige.

 

 

 

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The bedroom is my least favorite – again – a sea of beige.  But it’s the oversized faux French window mirror that truly ruins it.  It seems so out of scale and looks almost comical.  You can just imagine the RH decorators saying – “where can we stick this mirror?  Just put it in the bedroom.”  Even one of their full length mirrors would have looked better here. 

 

 

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The wine room – located at the top of the tower Abboud’s 19th century building – is the one exception to the entire spread.  With its wonderful dark walls and cabinetry, the room is moody and exotic and looks like the perfect place to spend a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon, tasting wines.  But, it’s the odd assortment of accessories from RH that are placed around the room without any real purpose that ruins it for me. 

Thanks Traditional Home – you’ve ruined Restoration Hardware for me for the next few months, if not forever!!  If you want to use RH or Pottery Barn – do so, by all means, but use their goods sparingly and always try to mix in some old pieces here and there for patina and contrast.

Looking back at the cover story, I thought of the dining room table.  This table from Restoration Hardware is so popular today – it seems like it’s everywhere.  It’s based on a Belgian design and there are copies of the RH table at every price point.

 

If you look at the picture of the dining room again -

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You will notice, that while the chairs are pretty and the table is wonderful – all from Restoration Hardware - everything tends to blend together – nothing stands out, there isn’t any contrast, no focal point – except for the painting - which is also basically neutral.  If the host chairs were in a darker linen, they could have made much more of a statement.  If the rug wasn’t yellow – and if the chairs were stained dark – if the console was painted a light cream or a dark gray – there would be contrast and the room would be so much more exciting.

Looking at this room – as many times as I’ve seen this table used, what is the best way to decorate with it?   Is a sea of unstained or limed wood the way to go – or is there way to spruce it up, make it more alive and exciting?  And then, what is the best way to decorate a dining room today, especially if you are on a tight budget?   

 

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In this ad for Restoration Hardware – they used a pale blue which does add a bit more color, but everything still looks very monotone.  Maybe if the walls were painted in the same blue, just a bit deeper – this room would really come alive. 

Remember paint is the cheapest way to achieve the biggest change.

 

 

 

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Here is the same table using the same host chairs with a little more contrast coming from the side chairs.  The aqua walls add a bit of contrast. 

 

 

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I would add a rug for even more color and texture.  This rug came from Pottery Barn and is a great budget conscious price.  Sometimes hardwoods need a rug to break up all the brown wood. 

 

 

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Here the unfinished wood table blends into the chairs and other furniture – even the painting and the floor.   Isn’t this room just crying out for something to land your eye on?  Some focal point?   The easiest way to pop the room would be white slipcovers or a patterned fabric.

 

 

 

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Here, again, the same basic RH table – but by using the much lighter chairs - there is more of a contrast and it’s not so boring looking.  Plus, the sunlight from the windows makes it bright and airy.  This room shows you that you can see use a neutral palette in a room and not have it all just blend together. 

 

If you’ve wanted to use the popular Restoration Hardware table, but don’t to spend that much money – there are several good alternatives:

 

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The original table from Restoration Hardware   , which comes in different finishes is quite pricey at $2400-$3900.

 

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Pottery Barn has a similar table in two finishes for $1200.

 

 

 

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Or this Pottery Barn unfinished stain table for $1200.

 

 

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This Ballard Designs table seats 10 at starts at just $800. 

 

 

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On a tight budget, but you want a similar table?  Cost Plus World Market sells this one for just $699.

 

 

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And their chair – sells for only $180!!

 

 

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Here a metal top table with unfinished wood legs is made more exciting with the almost white upholstery on the chairs and the contrasting dark stained legs. 

 

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Ballard Designs sells this zinc top table for just $700.  And the best news, they now have these wonderful Kooboo chairs in stock – the only place I know that has them, even my wholesale sources are out!  Only $279.

 

 

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And while this table is darker, just the addition of a stripe on the chairs adds so much to the room!  Even the texture and color of the rug adds a lot of contrast.

 

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Need a French Chair – at around $175 each – you can mix this with a unstained table, or paint it white – and then reupholster.   Choose a wide stripe fabric like Amanda did to get a really great look.

 

 

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In this dining room by Brooke Giannetti – by using the two chairs by Restoration Hardware in a deep brown leather, there is more of a contrast with the whiter chairs. The pine doors contrast with the dark chairs and the somewhat darker table.

 

 

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To get this look – try this Ikea chair for $89 – and shorten the slip half way up the leg.  Look for pine shutters to flank a window.  Visit a garden store – for inexpensive concrete pedestals and urns.  And for the lights – these basket chandeliers are such a focal point – I’m crazy about them.  Try making them on your own – or:

 

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Try these custom lights HERE

 

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Add fabric to this fixture – just $59.00 HERE.

 

 

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And this basket chandelier kit is just $185. HERE.

 

 

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This room is all cream, but what keeps it from being boring?  The antiques.  The mix and match of the furniture from different time periods give it enough interest to keep it from plain.  If this room was furnished all in RH or Pottery Barn, the beautiful architecture would go unnoticed.

 

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A round table from Ballard Designs for $1200.

 

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Try this pretty French table for just $995 HERE.

 

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Try this light – from Wisteria for $799.

 

 

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A light wood table is mixed with cream upholstery and darker wood legs.  The antique console in a deep gray adds more interest.   I love the standing lanterns – so fabulous!!

 

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Pottery Barn chairs $349 – give you the look with nailheads.

 

 

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A Spanish styled unstained wood table could be boring but mixed with French white chairs – it is anything but.  The beautiful tapestry and painted chest also add so much to feast the eyes.  Just beautiful.

 

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This dining room would be hard to copy on a budget – because of the tapestry and the armoire.  This armoire from Ballard is a nice choice,  but it’s not cheap.  You would be better to find an old one at a second hand store and paint it green or aqua.  Though at just under $2,000 – it’s still cheaper than an antique.  The tapestry is something I have no great source on tapestries. 

Le Lignon Classique Pastoral Landscape Wall Tapestry - Egrets By The River, 36in X 54in

But – there are reproduction tapestries that are reasonable – and this one is pretty.  Put it outside in the sun for a month and maybe it will look antique? HERE.

 

 

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A light stained table mixed with slipcovered chairs with darker legs and creamy fabrics makes for a neutral but certainly not boring palette.  The overscaled antique lantern matches the scale of the scale of the table and chairs.  This would a great room to copy – you could find similar chairs and table at a retail store – and have short slips made like this.  Simple dark shades and dark woodwork – add punch.  Add a large outside lantern and you would have a great look without having to spend a fortune.  

 

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Pottery Barn $399.  Oversized, this lantern has a nice look to it.

 

 

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Another totally neutral room – completely monotone, but boring?  No.  The rough patina of the table becomes the focal point as do the antique doors and armoires.  Even a new chandelier would still work in this room.   But all new pieces would make the look boring.  To get this look on a budget – hunt for an old beat up table at a thrift store or yard sale, then paint it light.  Do the same for the chairs.  The mix of styles and use of old pieces will keep the room from looking stale.

 

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This Wisteria chair is nice copy of an antique.  $339.     For antique crystal chandeliers – try EBay.  They usually have a good selection.   And if you have a little more of a budget – 1st Dibs.  I’ve had great luck on 1st Dibs.  Especially when the dealers are willing to work with you on the price!  It never hurts to ask for a price reduction.  All they can say is no.

 

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Here an antique table mixed with repro Swedish chairs looks interesting, not boring because of the art work.  A set of frameD documents on the wall really adds a great focal point.   To copy – look for old sheet music to fit inside ready made frames.  The more frames the better.  And pattern curtains add just enough pattern to make the room look alive.

For antiques and reproduction Swedish antiques – always check with The Lone Ranger!!!

 

 

The Lone Ranger Antiques – Swedish vintage and antique furniture. 

His prices are great and so is his merchandise.  I’ve bought so much from him – though the things I have bought aren’t antiques, they still look great.  HERE.

 

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The unstained table that is so popular today – to make this work, get slipped chairs from Ikea or Pottery Barn, then add a colored trim to make them look custom.  Splurge on antique accessories to add interest and richness.

 

 

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This room is made interesting with fabric – a toile in the windows and a check on the chairs.  Try two chandeliers instead of one if your table is overly long.

For this chair – use the Wisteria one shown above and cover in a linen check.  Contact the Lone Rangers to see his Swedish demi lune tables.

 

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Reproduction chairs are mixed with a table with painted legs.  This is a great idea for a sprucing up an old table – paint the legs cream and keep the top darker. 

 

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Ballard Designs – set of 2 for $450.00

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Wisteria – $356.   These chairs come in almost every color!

 

The Lone Ranger – use a pair of these in a dining room filled with one set of china or all white plates.

 

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A dining room set up in a kitchen.  The interest here comes from the accessories on top – a set of light jars.   Again, the more, the better.

 

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I used this collection of white bisque accessories in some bookshelves recently and they really make a statement.  They start at $69 from Ballard Designs.

 

 

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By just using a white tablecloth, a look of the table is changed so much.   Instead of a dark look, the table looks light and fresh.   Love this dining room!

The wallpaper makes this dining room – and it would be hard to source on a budget, but….contact Scott Simon from Jardins en Fleur.  I used his handpainted wallpaper in my bedroom and it turned out beautifully.  It’s much cheaper than De Gournay and if you are serious about it – give him a call – for sure!!!  HERE.

If you are handy with a paint brush, you could always try stenciling out a design like this – and if it doesn’t work – paint over it!!! 

 

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Patricia aka Mrs. Blandings who is not an artist – painted this herself in her own dining room.  I think it’s amazing!  She gives a tutorial HERE if you want to try it.  Isn’t this incredible?

 

Also, in the room, the chandelier is new – from Circa Lighting.  Wisteria has great blue and white pieces for the house. 

But, it’s all about the wallpaper here.

 

 

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With a really tight budget – get a large round table from an office supply place and sew a skirt for it in a vibrant color.   Get a set of reproduction French chairs from any retail store (see the French chairs cited above) then reupholster them in a contrasting color.  Green and blue together are so fresh looking.

When sewing a skirted table – be sure to line it.  I use blackout lining.  It’s thick and it makes the skirt drape so pretty.  And be sure to puddle it 1 or 2 inches.

 

 

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Instead of going light on an old table, go black, then mix it with white painted chairs.  If you are really handy, paint a stencil in matching colors on the hardwood.  The painted floors add the punch here, something that almost anybody could do on their own.   Here are two tutorials to painting your own floors:  HERE and HERE.

 

 

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What I love about this room – a dressy dark table mixed with lighter chairs.  Dark, matching chairs would have been so boring and predictable.   And the Swedish day bed that makes this room.

 

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Soft Surrounding has this great Swedish repro!   Add it to the dining room for a great focal point.

 

And the Lone Ranger has a lot of Swedish settees that could be placed in front of or between windows in your dining room.

 

 

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Ginger Barber designed this dining room which I love.  The white leg on the table catches the eye.  And again, I love the Swedish sofa used in the window.  Another great idea – wood pedestals with urns on top.  That is certainly a look you can get on a budget.  Can’t spend the money on a chairs like these?  Try these from Wisteria.

  

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Wisteria has these for $400.  For a true chair like above – I would check out all the antique stores and flea markets for an old set.  Try EBay and 1st Dibs.  But, they can be pricey. 

 

When I need a set, I call Hien Lam and buy them there.  The price is reasonable, certainly cheaper than retail.  But – they are a splurge.  HERE

 

 

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And finally – I just love this dining room.  It’s so cozy and inviting.  This would be easy to copy on a budget – using a round table instead of an oval.  I love the double skirt with the rough linen overlay. 

Getting a set of gorgeous French chairs with aged leather would be hard.  But think about buying a set of cheaper French chairs and covering them in a distressed pleather from Pindler and Pindler just on the inside.  No leather?  Try suede or velvet for a similar effect.  Leave the back neutral for contrast and interest.  To flank the window, skirt two rectangular tables or file cabinets and top with a collection of blue and whites or white vases.  Add a crystal chandelier from EBay and a seagrass rug from Pottery Barn. 

 

I hope I have given you a lot of ideas to think about in your dining rooms – mostly using the trendy Belgian styled dining table  - and how to avoid a boring showroom look with all matching light stains. 

I think the Belgian styled table is here to stay for awhile longer,  but the all monotone palette is looking a little tired.  By using printed fabrics and curtains and vases –you can add some color without it being blinding bright.  And by mixing in antiques or vintage pieces, you give the room patina and interest. 

154 comments :

  1. Great post! I have to agree with your opinion and the boring-ness of the Abboud apartment in September's Trad Home. Shame on Trad Home for pandering to Restoration Hardware. The spread reeks of being one big editorial advertisement for the store. Abboud is no less responsible for agreeing to doing that. In my estimation, Abboud should no longer be considered an interior designer. He seems to go where the wind-blows-the-most-money. Gina from The Midweat

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  2. Super informative post, thank you. And,hopefully, enlightening to those who think RH and PB are all that.

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  3. Very inspiring post, Joni! I love the Veranda cover with the tapestry- but, of course, so very expensive to duplicate. But, still, nice to dream!

    xo
    Mimi

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  4. Thank you for all the inspirational photos and sources. My dining room makeover had been giving me trouble all year..your given fresh wind to my sail!

    XX
    Amelia

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  5. Sorry to learn of the complaints about your exhaustive posts on the royal residences. Not only informative, the posts were a great assortment of photographs not seen before. So now it's back to ho-hum look alike decorating.

    As to the RH capital tables, they look like a gimmick and time will prove that they are such. Any table, whether old or new, would be infinitely better than those over scaled (as is everything RH makes) chunks of wood begging for provenance. I suspect some serious money changed hands to have an interior decorator of any reputation do an entire apartment in RH. What we do not know; however, is whether or not it was for a period brief enough to get a spot in Trad. Home. Trad. Home is obviously running out of material. Anyone buying RH today will regret it five years from now because of the scale factor, design factor and quality. If decorating a barn, then go for it. If decorating a brownstone walk up, you had better think twice.

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    1. I cannot believe that anyone complained about Joni's royal blog postings! Joni is brilliant and a savant at that, at all this stuff!!!

      Joni, thank you for the absolute best interior design blog on the web!!! You rock AND roll!!!!!

      PS- Not crazy about Interview, Germany, you know what I mean.... ;-(

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  6. Like always, so impressive how much time you spend on research to give your readers different perspectives. Great job, Joni! We just went to the RH flag ship store in Houston the other day and it is overwhelming in there. Just so sad, if people only rely on the RH sales personnel and then buy in bulk. Design is like food: portion control is key! The talented decorators will know how to incorporate big chain store pieces into the big picture anyway. Badmouthing catalogue items in general does show insecurities in my opinion.
    Nicola

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  7. I want to say that I thoroughly enjoyed your posts on the royal houses. They were fascinating and I hope you will continue the series. If you enjoy researching and writing about those houses, you should do it. And, think of all your readers who DID enjoy the posts---don't let the squeaky naysayers win here!

    This was a great post--and has some very good ideas for budget decorating

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  8. Oh please please please still do more posts on your Royalty series, Joni!
    Ignore any criticisms, they were incredible posts, so interesting and with such marvelous photos! I loved them!
    Seeing prince Charles' garden at Highgrove, Kensington Palace, Princess Michael's country home, all of it was wonderful!

    I love having cookbooks in pretty cabinets with large chicken wire in a dining room, and I actually liked the two capital coffee tables!

    I e-mailed you last week, at an e-mail address that was way back in an old post, but didn't hear back.
    I am going to be doing a total renovation of a 5,100 square foot home, and wondered what I needed to do to have you include it in your before-and-after posts, if that is possible?

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  9. Thanks so much for another fabulous post! So many ideas (most of them budget) for ways to either totally start over or just jazz up the dining room. You are the best and I thank you again.

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  10. I loved the royal homes posts!! I was so looking forward to the next one! Please finish any others you have!

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  11. Hi, I would just like to add that I so enjoyed your Royalty series. Some people are so negative they only look at the internet to post negative comments. Ignore!!

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  12. Really loved some of the rooms you shared here...especially a few with aqua walls. I personally loved the posts on the royals. I am really not in to royal watching at all but I loved seeing the spaces they live in and seeing the gorgeous gardens designed by Charles. Makes me think he couldn't possibly be that bad of a guy if he can't envision such beauty and make sure it happens. The point you made that made me laugh was when you said Charles had to do extensive repair to the palace after the Queen Mum's dogs had lived there...that made me chuckle. So I really liked the royal posts...but then I don't read your comments so don't know what people said. Loved this post too...and do believe in mixing high end and low end for sure...but RH is my high end! Above my high end...I'm afraid. The art light above the mirror you asked why it was there...seems obvious to me...it's there for the real art that he hangs there all the time. They just put a RH mirror there for the photo shoot. I bet if you saw his place today....there is not so much RH. That said...I know there must be a lot of people out there that just see a photo in a catalog and buy all of it so their room looks just like it. I wouldn't do it...but I bet many do. Loved the post....keep up the good work.

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  13. I too enjoyed the posts on the royals. This was great, never done anything with my dining area since we don't use it but lots of ideas to take away and motivate me to do something. I was laughing so hard when I got my magazine in the mail and saw those capital coffee tables. Have a great weekend.

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  14. Joni, I have been away from home and am checking in to see what I have missed. I can't believe anyone would complain about posts on the Royal Family. What??? I can't wait to read them when I get a chance and hope you will do the next one you planned. I adore anything English, and your posts never, ever disappoint.

    And I enjoyed this post. Thanks for the source info, too. I want to be sure and look at The Lone Ranger's things. Thank you so much!

    xo,

    Sheila

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  15. Joni,

    I haven't been reading the comments so was surprised and disappointed to see no more royal homes. The amount of research that you must do is incredible. It is so nice to see such beautiful rooms, gardens, and jewels. It is good to look at beautiful things even if they are beyond our reach. I enjoy all your posts; you have such an incredible mixture of topics. So interesting. Thank you.

    Sandra Bird

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  16. Joni, your posts on the Royal's homes was wonderful. Please finish with the series. I loved Charles' garden, who knew he has such an eye for beauty. I loved today's post on dining rooms. You have given me so much inspiration. I'm already thinking about what I'll do for the holidays. Thanks for all the work you do on this blog. Maria

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  17. I too loved the the series on the Royal English houses! Really great research and information and VERY entertaining as well. A few of these dining rooms had me staring at them for a long time, dreaming...thanks for the great ideas!

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  18. Mary Ann
    Loved, loved the Royal Series- so you can print that last in the series when you think is a good time!
    I think an eclectic look is the best design so R.H.is an opportunity for the right piece for your design.
    Enjoy your posts always,

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    1. Oh Joni,
      what a great post this is! Very thorough research & details. My all time favourite of course is the Mark Sikes room. As I'm a Chinoiserie fan, it ticks a lot of boxes for me.
      Now I must say I turned off on the Royals but that's because I'm an Australian who'd like to live in a republic rather than a constitutional monarchy. But I just tuned out. So simple really. Forget the nasties, people! And really the nasties says more about themselves than anyone else.
      Continue your great great posts.
      Wx

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  19. I loved your post on the Royals. Shame on anyone who would comment in the negative. Bless your spirit of adventure. How many people would have tackled all that history? I look forward to your next installment.

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  20. Love, love, love your British series!
    And even more, I love how you flip from one design theme to the next -- sort of like flipping through the pages of a magazine to find 'the good bits.'
    You are brilliant and always entertaining and I so admire your willingness to change up topics in mid-stream. You are one gutsy lady.

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  21. Hi Joni,
    I'm shocked there was a single negative comment on your Royal Residences posts! They were marvelous, so interesting and so well researched. Thank you! Please don't stop - ignore the Philistines.
    Prince Phillip's gardens were my favorite, but I was delighted to see how the various rooms evolved with each new owner, especially what was kept and what was removed. Your writings are fun and informative, and I look forward to reading more!
    Suzanne

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  22. I really loved your 'Royal' post and it even inspired me to change a part in my garden.
    Please do continue ! And thank you so much for all your inspiring work !!

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  23. I, too, enjoyed the Royal Series. And I certainly appreciated the extensive hours it must have taken you, Joni, to gather information for them. Thank you!

    Regarding this RH discussion, I adore some individual RH pieces when I focus on one of them in the catalog or when I visit the store. But a whole room put together by RH pieces is too monochrome, and especially in terms of the woods used. We look back at the "matchy-matchy" of finishes in decades past, and this is what RH is promoting today in its catalogs. I can't believe their designers and marketers don't realize this in their work. The individual pieces... nice. The whole look? Yes, too matchy-matchy.

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  24. I loved the "Royal" series and was disappointed to not see a part five here today! Please do finish what you had planned. I told my husband how fascinating the posts were and how it made me want to go back to London to see everything in person. It was impressive writing. I can't imagine how much research it took. Thank you!

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  25. hey! thanks for all the comments on the Royal Series!! I'll finish it for sure. I really want to show you the pictures I found too on Clarence House tha I got from a rare, old book. And there were a few other houses. So, thanks, I will finish it. I just got some negative comments and thought no one liked it. or was just ready for me to move on. So just a small break and then I'll finish.

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    1. Joni, this is exactly what I was going to write. I loved the Royal Series but would have liked it broken up with some other posts. I love the Dear Miss Cote de Texas, focus on a designer, celebrity homes and all your other posts! I love them all!! Just keep posting, please!!

      Thank you for all you do!

      Oh, and I LOVED this entry. I'm working on my dining room. I have a hard time knowing what to put on the walls. I already have a huge mirror. A collection of antique silver spoons from my Grandmother's travels. But then there are still two more walls!! What to do, what to do....

      LibbyP

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  26. Thank you. You really opened my eyes to what is boring and what is not. I mix Pottery Barn in with our antiques and like the look very much, but I can certainly see how too much of it (or RH) looks like a showroom. You've also given me some good ideas to perk up my neutral palate in our winter home.

    Looking forward to your post on the Clarence House.
    Sam

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  27. I thoroughly enjoyed your royal series so am glad you will now post at a later date! I think the reason why some people put lights above mirrors is because they believe that the mirror will throw the light around the room...Although when I have seen the lights on it usually just shines out a glare if wrongly positioned...

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  28. What?! I loved your blogging about the British Royals. I think most people do and just don't want to admit they do. : - ) My favorite room above is the one with toile blinds and a check chairs.

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  29. Awesome Joni from this appreciative antique seller.

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  30. Loved the posts on the Royals so add me to those who will be pleased to read more. But then I enjoy all of your posts. Keep going!

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  31. I will join the other positive comments about the Royal homes, I really enjoyed them, and hope that you do post them. It was the first time for me here on your blog, and I really looked forward to reading them. So please, please continue posting. I plan a trip to England in the next few years, and your posts were filled with history and gorgeous design. Love Love Love.

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  32. Thanks for these great ideas! I don't have a grand house or a large budget, but I have managed to mix some antiques with things purchased at retail stores. I have one of those big open spaces with kitchen, dining and living room all in one - would love some ideas for those spaces.
    Also want to echo I appreciate the time you invest here - I can't understand why people just don't read stuff they don't like!

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  33. I was really looking forward to your next post on the royals. It was so interesting and appreciate the work that you did. I love your blog. Please continue.

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  34. Wow what a beautiful and thorough post....such great ideas and examples of highs and lows...definitely bookmarking this one!

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  35. Joni,
    I loved loved this post. I went through it and then made myself a pot of tea and settled down and looked at it again like I do when I am reading a good design book. It is amazing the research you put into these posts. The ideas are priceless. I enjoy and appreciate how you give suggestions at different price points. We all get those catalogues in the mail, I usually toss them bc I am too overwhelmed with how to mix Ballard with RH with the few antiques I have. I have young children and your use of slipcovers is right on the money for me, and I was afraid my living room and dining rooms were starting to look too stuffy and I got some really good ideas from this post. I read ALL of your posts with great anticipation, but this one really hit home. PS if you are in the Dallas Fort Worth area any time soon they opened a new Drive Inn (Cayote Drive Inn.) it is in the heart of downtown Fort Worth. You did a post on Drive Inns once, and this one is really something.
    Emily
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  36. Joanie, I agree with the other posters....please continue your royal pix and stories! I loved the posts and got my sister hooked as well. Sorry that I don't comment about my love of your posts each time that I see them. I hope you know that regardless of what you post, there are people out there that LOVE them. Don't let the naysayers doubt yourself.

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  37. Just discovered your blog...this post is amazing!!!!! I have read it twice and know I will be reading it again and again...very thorough and informative. THANKYOU!

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  38. Dear Joni I loved the Royal Series!!
    This post is wonderful. Let's all be realistic. There are few clients that are really going to have the funds for all things, custom & antique.
    We have seen an incredible array of mixes here and I would proud to have any of these rooms and furnishings!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Featuring:Artist Anne Harwell

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  39. LOVED the Royal series. The thought and effort that went into the posts was obvious. Thanks for taking ALL of that time to create interesting pieces. Hope to see more. In all honesty, I was so excited to see a Cote email today because I thought it meant more royal homes!

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  40. So happy that you came back home !!!

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  41. DO NOT LISTEN TO THE HATERS. Joni you are the master blogger of all and the Royal posts are dazzling and brilliant. Please continue. This is about learning for us that read your blog. You should pander to no one. I believe with the amount of post I have seen today the positive certainly out weighs the negatives. Get on with it girl. If they do not like it they need not read it. Do not live in fear if they move on, you have lost nothing and will gain more happy readers that want and need you throughly researched information. I live for your blog.
    A charmed reader.
    Melinda Bennett

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  42. Hi Joni,

    You misspelled my name!!

    It's Benjamin Dhong not Benjamin Duong.

    Please fix so my dear mom can find your lovely post!

    Ben

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  43. Loved your series on the royal family. So informative, interesting, and beautifully organized. That series made a follower out of me.

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  44. I would never complain about any of your posts...except that there are not enough! I enjoyed 'visiting' the Royals but am glad you are back to the U.S. I, too, am crazy about the mix of older pieces and the newer pieces creating a wonderful juxtaposition that charms the eye and makes me want to investigate further. I love perusing your posts and going on a hunt for affordable options for my own home. What I would do to follow/schlep for you or your talented designer friends as you plan, shop, and execute an installation BUT this is the next best thing. And, the trick about the blackout cloth as a liner for the tablecloth...genious! Seeing a new post from you makes me giddy each time I check my email. Can't wait for the next one!

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  45. *** Hi, Joni, my sweet... Its's been a long time since I commented, BUUUUT, that BEDROOM with the HUGE MIRROR soooo NEEDS one right now!!! As YUMMY as the mirror IS, it's obvious to ANY and EVERYONE HOW O*U*T of S*C*A*L*E it seriously IS!!! Buuuut, did anyone ELSE also notice how ALSO "BAD, BAD, BAD!" those CURTAINS are????

    ENJOYED this immensely, so thanks!
    Linda in AZ
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  46. Joanie-
    It's your blog so you get to post what pleases you! I also enjoyed the Royals.

    Thank you for this posting. I'm a school teacher so obviously have to be careful about my decorating budget, if you can even call it that. However, I serendipitously met a designer, a lovely woman, who took a liking to me and has taken me on as her charity case. Although her other clients fly her to decorate their second homes, she enjoys the challenge of helping me develop a home with a gracious look that is affordable for me. My dining room chairs are white canvas slip-covered chairs from Pottery Barn bought on sale and I'll paint a round pedestal table black from Craigslist as soon as I find the right one for under $100--just what you have suggested. Reading your post helped me to understand more why a room works and is just what my dear designer has been telling me. As I read this post, I would think about why a room worked or not and then check your explanations. Fun! Thanks for a helpful post, Joanie.

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  47. What an "eye" you have, my dear! Your clues to exclusive not expensive are top notch! THANKS! franki

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  48. I loved the Royals series! They were so well researched and full of interesting tidbits. They were a wonderful armchair tour. So, please continue. As for Restoration Hardware, I think it gets much more exposure than it deserves. It's just like a big box store for home furnishings at the low high end. There are so many wonderful furniture manufacturers out there. I remember Guy Chaddock was one of the first that had that style of rustic table, and you could customize it with various finishes and levels of distressing, and it was so much better made here in America. (Yes, it was expensive.) What about featuring lines of furniture by various architects/designers like Bobby McAlpine, Suzanne Kasler, Alexa Hampton, and many others? I do appreciate your giving affordable alternatives to those of us with champagne tastes and beer budgets, but the problem when there are so many 'knock-offs' is that soon everyone's rooms start to look alike and trendy. I think the idea of finding older dining pieces and refinishing/refurbishing is an even better idea for those on a strict budget. So many older folks downsizing or going to the 'home' that there are lots of bargain well-made dining room sets out there.

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  49. I loved your posts on the Royals! I learned so much and felt like I was getting a real peak into their homes and lives. You made it so very interesting and I couldn't wait for the next installment.

    Your blog is my FAVORITE of all blogs because you spend so much time giving us a variety of decor and pointing out interesting details. I learn something from every one of your blogs. You are a design genius and I appreciate the time you take to enlighten and inspire those of us who are designer wannabes.

    Thank you for all you do!

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  50. It's your blog, write what you want to write about. For those of us with ancestors who were American revolutionaries and who are not by any stretch of the imagination royal lovers, we can read or tune out. Voltaire wrote, "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." Pretty much sums up my attitude.

    The depth and breadth of your research always amazes me. Almost as much as your continued excitement about interiors. Fun to read. And how cute was that comment from Benjamin Dhong? I loved his showcase room where the whole room was a cabinet of curiosities—a valentine to dark, moody, individual and collected. Mrs. Dhong, I think your son is a keeper!

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  51. Hi Joni,

    Another GREAT post and another morning with Joni and coffee in hand. You are a dynamite blogger and designer!! I have a question not related to this post (except for the photos with seagrass rugs). I've re-read your Top 10 design elements and WANT a seagrass rug for my living room. Do seagrass area rugs have to have a border? I see photos of natural rugs in design magazines without a border. Perhaps they are jute or hemp. I can't find an online seagrass rug without a border. Thank you. Jan Walton

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  52. Two nights ago I spent hours googling Cote de Texas + on a budget and get the look.this less so this post is spot on for me. I love some of the things at RH but there's something off about a lot of it. The legs of the trestle table look wrong to me. I loved the Royal series too. I adore your posts that let us hear your voice.

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  53. Hi Joni,
    I really enjoyed the British series. Thank you! PBS did a wonderful show on his gardens a while back.....guess he's not a total cad! Regarding RH....I just finished a master bedroom for a client, and I used a wonderful bed from RH. I mixed in antiques the owners had, and we used some of their linen bedsheets, which are divine. I have to disagree with one commenter who said their quality was inadequate. My experience with them has been anything but. Would I do an entire RH house.....no, but they, like many retailers, do have pieces available that can add to any room in many circumstances. Look at how many designers use IKEA in high end homes as well as mixing it up with higher end. Everyone has a budget, likes and dislikes. Preferences are what makes design both interesting and a challenge. A designer should be excited about using many sources as long as it meets the desired end goal of the client.

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  54. Great budget friendly tips to achieve a high end, collected look. Thanks for the sources.

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  55. I'm one of those who was looking forward to the next post on the Royal Family -- even if I don't want to live in a palace. I was afraid Dining Rooms on a Budget wouldn't be inspiring, but I should have known that with you it would be. You gave me lots of new food for thought. It helps me focus on contrast. Thanks!

    Jane

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  56. Was soooo enjoying the post post on the Royal residences and gardens! But am thankful for this great post and the DIY ideas you provided! Thank you!

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  57. Joni, I loved all the posts on the Royal residences! This one is great too, and I thank you for saying that the whole Belgian RH no-color look is tired. I never liked it, and can't wait for it to be over.

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  58. Joni,

    Even Paige Rense used to get, and publish complaints from readers- and I just got one on my blog! Some people are just cranky and not happy unless they have something to gripe about! :)

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    1. Who is Paige Rense? And by the way, you must be joking. No one comments on your blog, Dean.

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    2. Better stated: who is Paige Rense Noland that she is above critiquing and if so, Dean, who are you?

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  59. Thank you Joni, for all your advice. I only wish I had the $ to hire you, I adore your taste.

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  60. Another brilliant posting! Many thanks for including all kinds of ideas for all kinds of budgets -- always check your local Craigs List! And yes -- your posts on the Royals or "The Firm") were delicious too! Still hoping for a Cote de Texas décor book -- yes indeed!

    Cheers! Jan at Rosemary Cottage

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  61. I loved your English History lessons. I hope you do the two you were planning.Your blog is the first thing I open every morning. Most times you are "right on" and an inspiration for me.Keep doing what you're doing.

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  62. I haven't read the comments on your royals posts but, Hellfire! What kind of heresy and blasphemy would it be to steer you from your in-depth posts? I think you go into such informative, entertaining detail. YOU are a hoot. And you know your way around good taste and the design world. Thanks, as always, for your good, wild, inspired, delectable blog.

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  63. Great post. I'm looking at my dining room right now. It's looking pretty boring. I love esty, but never thought to go there to shop for furniture. Good to know. Thanks!

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  64. Even though your past blogs on the Royals have not been enjoyed by everyone, I loved them for the passion you obviously put into them. Keep up the great work, and the wonderful passion you put into all your subjects.

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  65. oh Joni, I was loving your posts on the Royals and the home there. I was learning so much!! and very inspired. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into your posts!!

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  66. I don't usually read the comments and so am stunned that anyone would object tot he royals series. It was the most original content of all the blogs. Thank you. Please ignore these negative people and finish the royal series. We could then move on to denmark and sweden. They have royals who must have houses. I appreciated all your hard detective work.

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  67. Thank you very much for sharing all different price ranges for decorating!

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  68. Awww poop Joni! I LOVED your royal series! And I hope you will finish it, and those naysayers can just go blow bubbles in their milk *winks* Vanna

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  69. I loved the Royal series and appreciated all the hard work you put into it and it even got me into searching more on the Royal Family.
    You alway's put so much time into your blog. Thank you, Teresa

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  70. Joni, this is your blog, and I feel that, as a respected interior designer and blogger, you have license to write about whatever you choose. If someone doesn't want to read a particular blog, it is easy enough to skip that one. I don't understand the need to criticize your choice of subject matter.

    I am not a decorating professional, but I really had to laugh at the commenter above who obviously takes himself/herself wayyyyyy too seriously, especially the proclamation, "If decorating a barn, then go for it. If decorating a brownstone walk up, you had better think twice." It made me want to say, in my best immature voice, "Ooooooh, or whatttt???" PULLEAZE, get over yourself!! If the owner of a brownstone walk up (or any other residence) is not so uptight and stuffy that they don't mind (or, gasp, actually LIKE) a little RH/PB built for the masses mixed in, then I'd think the smart interior designer had better use it if they want the job! Obviously, I realize that some people are in the decorating profession because they are married to wealthy spouses, and it's just something for them to "play" at while their spouses are earning the real money, so those designers can obviously thumb their nose at the job while walking away pompously belittling the homeowner to make themselves feel superior. That's absolutely fine, but those designers need to know that the rest of us are laughing at them for being so foolish.

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    1. Anon. there are at least a couple of things you got right in your post - the reference to your immature voice being one of them.

      There really are people who build outside living spaces for entertaining and refer to them as "barns" - Ina Garten comes to mind, Martha Stewart as well. These buildings are generally very open and large spaces with tall beamed ceilings and large windows and doors. The scale of a few RH pieces would be fine there. On the other hand, a brownstone walk up while likely to have tall ceilings, the rooms are generally not large unless over the years walls have been removed to open up larger spaces. The scale of the current RH look would eat these rooms up as we have seen in the photos of some of the rooms in this post.

      All designers, whether they have spouses who work or whether single, have the right and do exercise that right to turn down clients. Any professional can do this. It sounds like you have a bit of "decorator envy" going on.

      So, to quote your immature voice, "Ooooooh, or whattt???" PULLEASE GET OVER YOURSELF!!!

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    2. Decorator Envy? You've got to be kidding! LOL! Trust me ... there are SO many more professions to be envious of. So many.

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  71. Joni- I loved you royal series! It was great. As is this post. Wasn't really into the trad home this month. I love your blog. Admucha@aol.com

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  72. Joni, I LOVED your series on English royal homes! Thanks for the research and work you must have done to share those images and histories with your readers. Best wishes!

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  73. Well Joni, I enjoy all your posts. I did see the Traditional Home issue and was BORED out of my mind. And I have to say I'm burned out with the white slipcover thing too. Bring on color and patter please!
    I think anyone can do a room in white slipcovers. But real interior designers know how to combine rich pattern and color to create cozy, gorgeously livable spaces. Thea's what I want. Unfortunately, I was not to the manner born and must make do. :)

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  74. Joni,

    Loved the Royal Series as well. Learned so much and told others about it. Magnificent as is everything you do. Please ignore tasteless, negative comments. Your work is splendid, and like so many others I always look forward to your entries. Continue to do exactly as you please. (More on Royal Series, hopefully, as well.) You work is just great!!! Thank you. Cynthia

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  75. I laughed out loud as well when I saw that TD cover and immediately texted Amanda "whatever haters!" hahaha. I'm going to call your boy Scott about that wallpaper for a client. The ones at the design center are just so pricey. Thank you for that resource. I need a good resource for this look. I love it and want to use it for many projects, even framing a few scenes and using it for artwork. Thanks Joni for this great post! xoxo

    jennifer@vreelandroad.blogspot.com

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    1. Just bought two of those elegant capital tables to put in my child's sand box for obstacle course sword play. That's what I love about this blog - you learn something new every day here, including the beauty of multi purpose tables. They look artificially beat up anyway so why not add some additional patina and pretend they were purchased on a week-end foray in Venice.

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  76. Another great post Joni, thank you very much! Your posts are works of art, so keep on keeping on and ignore negative comments.
    Loved your take on how to mix highs and lows and your sources. I love looking through your eyes at a room, you do a nice job of dissecting design.

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  77. I loved this post! So helpful! Is there any chance you would create another post like this covering living rooms?
    Thank you.

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  78. I was so impressed by all the research you did on the Royals. Thank you! It was really interesting and fun to see that some of their rooms are not very nice.

    As for Traditional Home, for the first time I wrote a letter to the editor telling her what a boring issue it was. If she prints another issue like this one, I'm canceling!

    Thanks again for your great blog!

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  79. Your decoration blog must be the most comprehensively researched......guaranteed entertainment! The Royal series was fantastic. Please don't let the naysayers spoil it for the rest of us: SO MANY of us appreciated the Royal postings, sincerely.....keep up the fantastic work, Joni! And by the way, I've been saying the same thing about the beige blight for the longest time. Sadly, scrolling HOUZZ for new ideas, all you get is a blizzard of beige - COLOR RULES!!! Helen T

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  80. Hi. I am a new lurker and drooler :) I absolutely love looking at your photos and beautiful design articles. I am also new to truly decorating my home. I raised 5 boys and it was a make-do life with not too much money for decor. Do I am kind of unsure of what using RH is about? Is it not cool because instead of using real antiques, they used imitations? Can you explain? Thank you.

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  81. No, say it is isn't so....I have really enjoyed your series on the Brittish Royal family and their homes. You did a tremedous amount of research that is truly appreciated.
    Pat

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  82. I was glued to your posts on the Royal Residences! Please post the last one when you can. They were so fascinating, and really made me see them as real people with real opinions. Some good, some not so. This post was also great as usual. Color Rocks!

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  83. Gorgeous choices here! I love the strength in all the wooden pieces, and the wall art is always exquisite!

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  84. I, like many other, loved the Royal series. It was crash course history lesson on decor of the top British family, spanning over generations. This dining room on a budget post is right on time too, since I am in the process of putting my petite dining area together. Thank you Joni!

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  85. Traditional Home featuring Restoration Hardware on their cover calling it "Fashion Forward"? This actually makes me nauseous.

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  86. I'm so grateful for your blog. I always learn so much! Thank you.

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  88. Great post...loved seeing the high mid low price options. I'll be moving to Abilene, TX at the end of this week...no where near you, but in Texas just the same! :) Thanks for all the work you put into your posts...always an informative read! xo

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  89. Thanks for this post! I often get overwhelmed with prices. I have 2 small children. At this stage spending 3-4 grand on a table is out of the question. At some point, in the future, those antique pieces WILL be a part of our home decor!! Side note; The capital tables are intriguing. I am sure they could hold up well to everyday traffic in the family room!

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  90. I always enjoy reading your blog but I especially liked this post with all of your ideas of how those of us on a budget could get the look without spending lots of money. Please show us more ideas for other rooms in our homes.

    Also, did I miss the 10th post of your Top Ten Design Elements? I've searched for it but the highest I can find is the 9th.

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  91. Joni - I stopped by on Saturday but was distracted - forgive my late notice for including me in this post. Thank you so much!

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  92. Joni, I am ready to defect if you don't bring back the royal series! i was worried this would be the result when there were very few comments on that last post on Princess Michael. Dont stop because of a few negtive comments. You go girl!!!

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  93. Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into every post!!! Loved this one ( and the royal residences too!)
    -linda,ny

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  94. I don’t say ‘THANK YOU” enough for all the pleasurable hours I spend on your blog- by now, you feel like an old friend, and because of that, I feel personally annoyed when people complain about your topic. There is nobody in all of blogdom who puts as much time and effort into these posts as you do, you never fail to amaze!
    Loved your ‘royal houses’ series; so glad that you will continue the post.
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  95. Can I just say that I adored your posts on the royal houses. I found them fascinating and informative. Hope that you will post the next installment at some point.

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  96. NO NO NO!I want more of the ROYALS!!!!!!!!!!LOVED THAT PIECE or should I say POSTS!

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  97. I absolutely loved your Royal family posts! I loved them so much I shared a link on my Facebook and all of my friends loved the series too! Please don't stop! Thank you!
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  98. I LOVED LOVED your Royals posts! As usual you astound me with your knowledge. Please please continue the series!! I like so many others adore and deeply appreciate all the posts you do :))) Thank you!!!!

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  99. Dining Room Furniture needs to be exclusive for your house. The dining room is an area where whole family sits together and share daily activities with good food.
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  100. Hi Joni, Thanks for this post. I like modern interiors, but always enjoy reading your posts because you show how to look at something in a new way and think critically about how to improve a room. Plus the photos you choose are beautiful and illustrate your points clearly. This post was especially great: never thought about the difference between staging for a catalogue that is meant to sell merchandise vs. real living and giving a room personality. Always learning something new from you!

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  101. Hi Joni! Loved the Royals posts! I do my own design and I've learned so much from you. I am proud of my little dining room that I've done myself and you would be too given this last post. I love my antique look dark table and sideboard, bright white (RH!) linen slipped chairs, seagrass rug, white silk drapes, crystal chandelier and SW Silvermist walls. Now I'm reupholstering host chairs, choosing trim for drapes and art and accessories. I'm hoping to add more color and texture with these last few items but I've got the big things in and did it on a reasonable budget. You are an inspiration. Thanks!

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  102. I just loved your dining room. The furniture is awesome and the setup is great. You have done a wonderful job with it. I really liked the stools you have used in the dining room.

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  103. Nice lamps... Looking a royal look. What awesome interior designs you are presented.

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  104. You know what I found very Jarring in the Amanda Carol living room? The poorly matched fabric on the backs of two nice chairs. It appears to be half of a repeat off. Perhaps 18" of fabric would have brought that design into line. Or is it just me expecting perfection in such a gorgeous room?

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