Don't Be Over{dis}Stressed

Distressed furnishings are everywhere and from what I saw at the last furniture market, it's not going away any time soon.  I do understand the popularity of it, but sometimes it's used too much.  You really don't want every piece in your room to look like it's from a flea market or your grandmother's attic.  There is an art to mixing it with pieces that are more modern and even with pieces that feel formal. One example of getting the mix right is this family room I designed.  Overall, the room has a more modern feel with the rug, upholstery pieces and wall decor.  But, then I added a television cabinet that was made using old elm wood as well as this great coffee table that was the perfect mix of modern and rustic.

Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

These table accessories are how I mixed rustic with a more formal feel.  The tables themselves had a distressed finish, so I decided to bring in more refined accessories such the onyx base lamp and brass tray.

Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

Here are some pieces I found online that would make a beautiful dining room.  Each piece has the perfect mix of rustic and formal.

Ballard Designs Chair

Ballard DesignsHooker Furniture

Wisteria

Shades of Light

I used some of my favorite sources to find the dining chair, dining table, cabinet, sunburst mirror and chandelier.  I really like the combination of the lacquer side chairs with the distressed gray table, as well as the gold sunburst mirror with the antique mirror chandelier.  If you need help with bringing some distressed pieces into your space, please give me a call.  I'd love to help you!

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