HIstoric Ingleside, Macon, GA, USA


Welcome back to week five of my One Room Challenge dining room transformation. This week was all about furniture installation. We also had a few hang ups.πŸ˜‰

Installation day is similar to moving day. Cartons and crates of furnishings come off the truck, are unpacked and unwrapped, inspected and assembled. The timing was just right for the first phase of the renovation and redesign of this 1937 cottage. All the furniture that I ordered for the dining room arrived on time and in perfect condition! Although, the rest of the house is somewhat bare and as we wait for the final shipment of furniture for the second phase, I am still hopeful for a completion date prior to Thanksgiving.

A mix of cane, wicker, rattan, and stone in natural hues give a tranquil feeling that is lively because of the finishes on these accent furniture pieces and accessories. A pair of the retro-styled lamps with ascending pebbles as the base and gold leaf bands along the drum shades will create dramatic ambient lighting and conversation pieces when placed on either side of the buffet chest. The natural stain on the chest with the rattan drawer fronts is a complimentary companion to the antique dining room table and chairs I had refinished for my client. In the niches on either side of the chest, which were once windows, will hang the cane and wicker framed mirrors.


This beautiful blue looped wool rug is the perfect balance of traditional meets global, bohemian style. The varying tones of blue pull together all the different shades of blue in the room - the grasscloth walls, the linen drapery panels, and the (soon-to-be) accessories, and contrasts in such a lovely way with the walnut stained original wood floor and restored antique dining table and chairs.


For a touch of glam without being too frilly, I installed a French return drapery rod in champagne gold above the single window in the room. My custom designed linen panels drop from the golden rings in a casual and elegant way...and the touch of the mother-of-pearl buttons added to the inverted pleats are the subtle, natural, custom detail I was striving for.


In my previous post I wrote about the art I was considering for this room - a collection of my color photographs. It turned out to be a great choice and I matted six images from this collection of architectural rooftops in bright white mats, framed only in glass and clips. I did not want any frame detracting from the images, nor did I want to add another design element in the room.

This week my vision on paper became a three dimensional reality and exactly what I had hoped for. It's an oasis of wonderful textures, textiles, old and new furniture, and specialty lighting.


Please continue to follow along for the final reveal here on my blog, Italian Girl in Georgia. Behind-the-scenes work-in-progress photos and videos are featured on my Instagram stories, and updates during the week in between my blog posts on my Instagram feed, @suzannemaccronerogers. Leave a comment and let me know you were here! I would love to hear from you.

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Next post November 12th or soon after, for the final reveal!