6.02.2016

Our More Comfortable Dining Room and Other Updates

 
Remember me telling you about the WS Home  Fitzgerald Dining Bench for $430 (less than half price on sale)?   
 Well, I measured for it, first.  And it is a few inches longer than the table without the leaves in...which seemed alright as
 I wanted to add pillows on either end.

It's covered in a slubby white linen, so I've put a few coats of Scotch Guard on it and will add more.

 With the suzani patterned throw (from Ebay) and perhaps it being summer, it felt like it was time to simplify the gallery wall.  Believe it or not...I took six or seven things off the wall.  Our daughter, Alie was here and she was the lucky recipient of my vintage leftovers.

I also filled the base of the fig leaf palm with ferns (copied from my recent SF Decorator's Showcase tour).
It's nice having coffee in the morning (while writing a blog post) sitting on the bench...looking out at the bay.
  
 You know how that goes (changing one thing)...I switched around the pillows and accessories in the living room.  The sun light floods in here in the afternoon.



It was fun having Alie and her friend, Danielle here for the weekend.  Nice to be a tourist in our own town.  
Which is all on my Instagram.  :)
Thanks for visiting!

31 comments:

  1. I bet you never ever get tired of that gorgeous view! Love all your changes!! You always do a beautiful job at making your home look warm and inviting and never cluttered or over done, You have a beautifully restrained hand!!
    Kathysue

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  2. Very pretty, and I also envy your view. I think the marble on your half-round table under the mirror is from Caunes--it looks like my kitchen counters.

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    1. I bet it is...it's an antique from my mom.

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  3. Aw such a sweet picture of you with the girls. I also feel pretty lucky to live in a city where people come to vacation. Makes me see things with 'new' eyes. Love the subtle changes to your gallery wall and that suzani throw! I never thought about looking on ebay for one. Great idea. The whole room is so peaceful and pretty.
    xo
    Leslie

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    1. Thanks so much, Leslie... we are lucky!

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  4. I think you might have the best view of all to blog from! Love the bench at the table. It looks so comfy and I imagine your guests will want to linger there after dinner.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. We've already had a couple of nice dinners with it!

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  5. I love it with the bench! I have a crystal decanter and a couple crystal candlesticks, and some pressed glass vases (actually they might have been used to hold celery at the dinner table in the 1920s)... and a silver tray. I have never been able to find a good spot for any of them, but your photo has inspired me to put them *together. And now it seems so obvious...

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    1. I have a plant in the middle of all the crystal now...good luck with your vignette.

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  6. OMG WHAT A VIEW YOU HAVE.....IT'S THE BEST IN BLOGVILLE!!!
    I love WS Home. One of my favorites. The bench is perfect. Great idea adding the pillows. Oh how I know how moving one piece can lead to a complete makeover!!!
    xo
    Patty

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  7. Mary Ann - have you ever done an architectural walking tour of SF? A few years ago my husband and I were there on business and found an outstanding gentleman guide who took us on a walking tour downtown. He was so good we signed up for a personal tour through Chinatown. Your photo made me remember it. So informative! Highly recommend it!

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    1. That is right up my alley., Leslie, literally and figuratively. So you have the info. by any chance?

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    2. The guide's name is Rick Evans and his website is www.architecturesf.com.
      The website gives lots of details about the architectural tour but also includes information about private tours. I highly recommend you take his Chinatown tour - you'll never look at it the same way again.

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  8. I think the bench is a great addition...but with that view your apartment could be empty and still be beautiful. So...did Chief come back to SF or is he grooving south?

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    1. Chief is BACK...Alie brought him back. We had a long walk today and he is exhausted... me too!

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  9. Lots of good eye candy here...love that bench. For our new PB home I want to do a banquette possibly..always loved the look. Enjoy your day!

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    1. You should definitely do a banquette, Tina!

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  10. Such a pretty addition. I love the bench and wall gallery. That view! I don't think I'd get anything done---I'd be gazing out the window all afternoon.
    xo,
    Karen

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    1. I have a similar view from my home office, too... it's nice. :)

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  11. I really like the changes. I have also been coveting a cozy bench in the dining room. I just need to wait for an emptier nest because I don't want vinyl upholstery ;)

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    1. We have an empty nest, Kellie but I'm still scotch guarding like crazy!

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  12. Mary Ann, That bench is wonderful and looks so comfy! I love all the things you've done to give your home a little refresh! Of course, it is always perfection in my eyes! I need a new Fiddle Leaf Fig but it's so hard to find
    one with just 1 trunk. I see yours looks like 1 trunk but there actually are several tied together? I haven't seen any like that either. I'm sure Alie and her friend had a fabulous time and with you as their tour guide to take them to all the happening places...what could be better. Plus, they got to stay in Palace Pickett! Fun! I wouldn't get a thing done if I had that gorgeous view! Happy Summer! xoxo

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    1. Happy summer to you, Gail!!! Thank you.

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  13. I'm officially a copy cat - bench ordered, tomorrow the rummaging around the fabric stash for enough linen for a slip cover commences. So not an empty nest, here, but that is too good of a deal to pass up. And I never think that! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. That's great, Rachael...I am going to slipcover mine, too, down the road so I have options.

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  14. So light and airy such a pretty room! Tell me how you do with that Fig tree I want so badly but afraid I will finish it off!! xo K

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    1. Thanks! It gets a lot of afternoon light...but I just water it about once a week (about a half gallon). Good luck.

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  15. What a score! I love the bench it is so chic! And draping the suzani over it was the perfect touch:)

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  16. Such a beautiful view! Love all you updates! Where did you buy your seagrass rug?

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