Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pulling It All Together-StoneGable

 I have admired Yvonne from StoneGable for ages, so I am super thrilled that she agreed to be part of my Pulling It all Together series.  She is one of the most talented ladies in all of blogland, and for sure one of the most gracious.   So please welcome her,   Yvonne at StoneGable.

Hi, I'm Yvonne at StoneGable!

Thanks so much Marty for letting me come over to your fabulous blog and be a part of this wonderful series! I have followed Marty for years and have garnered so much decor wisdom and inspiration from her!

I am so honored to be here!!!

Today I'm sharing my dinning room because it was literally pulled together from the sub-flooring up!

We have lived at StoneGable for almost 19 years. Our home has been a haven to our family as well as others. It's also the house where everyone gathers! It's been used hard and well loved. And it has started to show it's years of wear!

So, two and a half years ago we decided that we were going to take one room at a time and give each one a much needed facelift!

Our dining room was the third room we have completed. And you are seeing the


Is there really such thing as a FINAL reveal?

My vision for the dining room was to have an upscale area that was comfortable and approachable even thought it was on the formal side.

 A room that guest would want to sit down for a meal and linger!  I chose neutral tones and classic pieces and filled in with lots of fun unexpected accents!

Summer in the dining room!

Here is how the dining room looked gutted... that was over 2 years ago. We work s-l-o-w... and do most of the work ourselves!

We ripped up the old carpet. What a big mess! 

The only thing that was put back into the dining room was the dining room table. Everything else was replaced.

Bobby (sweet hubby) and my sons laid new hardwood floors. Let me tell you a little secret... if you learn to lay hardwood floors yourself and get the hardwood on sale they are about the same price as carpeting!

Here's the new flooring. We were very fortunate to find the exact same flooring that we had installed in the foyer when we built StoneGable!

After the new floors were installed Bobby and I (and when I say "Bobby and I" I mean Bobby...) painted the whole room. The walls went from a soft yellow to a wonderful neutral called "Sonnet" by Benjamin Moore and the woodwork got a new coat of Atrium White also by Benjamin Moore.

Here's a close-up of the new chandy...SIGH!

Along with  the new chandy came new head chairs... I wanted a pair of modern linen wing backs with nail-head detailing! I found these from Hooker.

What do you do with 27 year old mahogany chairs in mint condition? Well, this girl repainted them... and reupholstered them! What a big job. But it was worth it!

Here's the chair before... without the seat ( We were also totally redoing the living room too!).

You can read about my reupholstering escapades by clicking HERE.

And here is one chair down and 7 to go!!!!

Each chair was painted, color washed, antiqued and dry brushed.  To see a tutorial on this technique click HERE

I also found a beautiful old buffet and painted that too...

Here's the before...

You can read how I painted the buffet HERE


There was also a new oriental rug and lamps and a bar cart from Target....

that went from looking like this...

To this... with a little Mod Podge and paint chip samples!!!

You can see how I made it over by clicking HERE

 I made the curtains, painted the curtain rods, added a black chair, planted a planter and bought a new clock (so cheap)...

I found an inexpensive bench, painted it and had it reupholstered (I was not crazy enough to try this myself!)...

And made the torn napkin wall art to go in the chippy frames on the other side of the dining room.

To see a tutorial, click HERE

Here's a closer look... this was a super easy and fun project!!!

My favorite part of this dining room makeover was the shutters on either side of the mirror and the soup tureen lids we hung next to the shutters.

We found old chippy white shutters at one of my favorite local antique haunts and Bobby retro fit them.  Then we hung soup tureen lids next to the shutter using disc brand hangers.

I love the look of the refined mirror next to the rustic shutters!

Here is the finished dining room dressed up for summer...

This room took a whole lot of pulling together... over 2 years worth and lots and lots of work!!!

I am so excited to be curating a collection for JOSS AND MAIN this week.  

They are calling it the StoneGable Refined Farmhouse Living Collection. If you like the pieces you have seen in this post you might want to stop over at JOSS AND MAIN and check out the discounted items on sale now through Tuesday June 18th.

Many are piece right out of my home!

If you are not a member of JOSS AND MAIN click HERE for a free invitation from me. Then head over and browse and shop my collection! It's like shopping my house!

Marty, thanks so much for letting me share my dining room with your readers today!!! So kind to have me over for a visit! 

You can see more of my home HERE

Are you drooling like I am.  Her home is so beautiful and this dining room makeover is exquisite.  I love her fabric choices, they are stunning. I would never have thought to use the wing chairs and the bench,but they give this room such character, personality and elegance.  Now if you don't already follow her, then you definitely need to rush over and click the follow button.  The rest of her home is just as fabulous.  Thanks so much Yvonne, this has been a real treat and I have been honored to feature you.

I am linking to the following parties:
 Imparting Grace , My Romantic Home , French Country Cottage ,
 The Thrifty Groove , Common Ground ,The Charm of Home ,
 Chic On A Shoestring Decorating , Finding Fabulous ,Rooted In Thyme ,
 Jennifer Rizzo , Redoux Interiors , Remodelaholic,
 Pieced Pastimes , Funky Junk Interiors ,It's Overflowing , Be Different act Normal

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  1. LOVE Yvonne and her beautiful home!! Her dining room is a favorite of mine!!

  2. Yvonne's dining room has been a stunning transformation...She and her hubby have done such an amazing job. I cannot get enough of looking at every detail in the room and I must give her a standing ovation for all of her gorgeous DIY projects from the incredible chairs to the buffet....Superb feature Marty!!!

  3. Hi Marty- thanks for sharing Yronnes beautiful transformation. I love her style and choices that she made in her Dining Room...and that it was such a labor of love.

  4. Just simply (though probably not for Bobby) and tastefully done. Beautiful!! Thanks for featuring Yvonne, Marty.

  5. Beautiful Dining those chairs, chandy and shutters!

  6. Gorgeous! Marty, great call your made for inviting Yvonne. She has beautiful taste, and I spotted some things I missed seeing on her blog before today. Love that torn napkin wall art!!! Blessings,
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

  7. It's just amazing. Love watching the whole process and how each piece was transformed…gorgeous!!

  8. So much gorgeousness! StoneGable is a very favorite blog of mine!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

  9. I really love Yvonne's style...she certainly is talented! ;)

  10. I love seeing that transformation! I drool over that dining room every time I see it! She really has done such a beautiful job with that room - and everything else I have seen her do! Great feature!

  11. Love Stone Gable - nice choice for a guest for this awesome series, Marty!


  12. How does Yvonne get the soup tureen covers to stay put on the wall using disk brand hangers? The soup tureen covers are concave - how does she attach the disk covers to the soup tureen? I have emailed and asked her but I never have received and answer. I want to put a casserole lid on my wall, but I am at a loss as to how to put it up on my wall.

    1. Sorry I did not answer! I just stick them inside the soup tureen and press them down. They stick... they have not fallen down yet!!! I hope this helps!

  13. Love Yvonne's makeover; especially the colour scheme! Beautiful upholstering job and the shutters with the tureen covers on each side are fabulous! Thanks for sharing.


  14. Marty, It's such a delight to be at A STROLL THRU LIFE today! I am thrilled to be a part of your fabulous series!!! Thanks for beings such a gracious hostess! xo

  15. Great feature Marty! In just luv Yvonne's style and enjoyed seeing the dining room from start to finish.
    Hugs ladies.

  16. I am very impressed of all the 'hand-work' they both's simply amazing!!! They are BOTH very talented, and I mean Ivonne and Bobby, wow! All the painting and reupholstering it's fabulous!
    Thank you for sharing Marty!
    Have a great weekend ahead.

  17. Yvonne is my special friend and I am so honored to have seen this gorgeous dining room in person! Pictures can not to it justice, it is even BETTER if you can imagine that! Yvonne is so super talented in so many ways and a huge inspiration to so many!!!! Thanks for featuring her, Marty. I am not able to blog right now, computer problems....UGH!!! I am hoping after we get back from vacation on the 22 I will get things resolved. XO, Pinky

  18. Marty,
    What an amazing re~cap of two years of continual progress on Yvonne's Dining Room!
    I am honored to be a follower and to have seen each step of the process come to fruitation.
    I appreciate how openly she has shared her up's and down's as she painted, destressed and uphoslstered projects.
    Thank you, dear friend, Marty for featuring Yvonne of StoneGable @ A Stroll Thru Life!
    Both of you ladies are a continual inspiration to me in my own home decor.

  19. Hi Marty,
    Wow, did I just die and go to heaven....her dining room is drop dead gorgeous!!!! I want mine to look just like hers! Thanks for sharing this wonderful blogger and all of her talents.


  20. Thanks for getting together. I have enjoyed both your blogs.

  21. Marty,
    You are such a kind and generous hostess. I always love seeing the blogs you feature and Yvonne's dining room is stunning. Thanks again for sharing and hope you're staying cool out there. Heard you've had some really high temps for so early in the summer.

  22. Yvonne is so talented, and her dining room is gorgeous! I loved seeing how they redid it from the floor up. Thank you for sharing the exquisite room, Marty and Yvonne. laurie

  23. Just a a beautiful room Yvonne has here! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  24. I will feature this tomorrow at Home Sweet Home!