Designing a Dining Room

I had the amazing opportunity of designing a dining room at the Indianapolis Home Show. Oh my goodness. I never dreamed how much time and energy designing a little (temporary) 10 x 10-foot space would require! I am speaking at the Indianapolis Home Show and was also asked to design a room for their Designer Showcase. Designing a Dining Room - Indianapolis Home Show Just two nights ago, I really didn’t know if it would all come together.  However, I left the Home Show today with the space finished. I started the room early Tuesday morning. I was given a space with three walls made of plywood.  I began painting the two side walls in Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy. Look at me!  I’m so happy and unaware of the upcoming design obstacles… This first obstacle came that evening when I went back to the space (with my family) to drop off the table.  We took the table on a truck and it wasn’t supposed to rain.  But it rained our entire drive. Luckily the table looks gorgeous (despite the rain) and my husband (with Lena’s watchful eyes) assembled it beautifully. The room absolutely came together thanks to my talented sponsors. The table was designed and built by Jeremy Carpenter of J Carp Design.  His work is gorgeous, and I LOVE this table! Carmel Design donated the gorgeous wallpaper.  They are on the north side of Indianapolis and have the most amazing selection of wallpaper along with home decor items. Another design obstacle came with hanging the wallpaper.  Since I had plywood walls (and wanted to avoid the stress of hanging wallpaper at the show), I pre-hung my paper on panels.  Unfortunately, the dimensions I had were not the same as the actual space dimensions.  My paper doesn’t span the entire back wall.  Which is fine, but it was a bummer. All my gorgeous greenery, candles, mirror, and table are from Open Gate.  If you’re looking for unique home decor (in abundance), check out Open Gate in Anderson, Indiana. I created a faux light fixture that Eric Scott of Open Gate added greenery to.  Unfortunately, it was impossible to balance.  After several adjustments and guide wires, it is close to being centered and leveled. Sarah McGee of Studio No Four helped out with the stunning tablescape.  She has an amazing design eye, and you need to contact her if you’re in the Indianapolis area and need design help. Cara of Word for Word Chalk Art made the space with her stunning Chalk Art.  She hand-lettered my round artwork along with all the name cards on the chairs. ProSource provided the flooring for my room.  It’s laminate but really looks like wood. There were several more design issues that came up, but they were worked through with new design solutions.  At the end of the day (actually the end of three days), the space was complete!  It was a fun project, and I am so grateful for all my partners! If you’re local, come see the space in person!  The show runs at the Indianapolis Fairgrounds from January 20th – 29th.  I speak on January 26th and 27th and 2 pm and 5 pm. Designing a dining room at the Indianapolis Home show was an honor and thanks to all who supported me! Go create something!
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7 thoughts on “Designing a Dining Room

  1. Truly amazing, considering the challenges of transporting everything to a new location and bringing it all together to make one cohesive, beautiful space! Love everything you chose – I want to try that paint color as a base! Good luck with your speaking engagement!