once upon a time, a fun family from boston wished for a beautfiul dining room. just like their guest rooms, they love what they already have, they just wanted it to feel finished, warm, comfortable, meaningful, and most of all, real. so we found some fabulous things to help them love what they already have even more...
we happy danced when we found this perfect painting at dutchman's. if you have not been, go. it is a happy place with happy people who help you love coming home. they helped us find big comfortable chairs for big family dinners and these fabulous wooden bowls too. just go.
but the thing that makes our redesigns feel like home is that we use what you already have too. everything below they already have and love. the basket is actually her sewing basket. angela found it in a cabinet in the laundry room. hehehe... i don't know for sure, but i have a feeling a grandmother made the doily. i wouldn't even know where to buy a doily. but there is something about it and the things you already have that make our redesigns feel real. you know, like the velveteen rabbit.
"What is REAL?" the Velveteen Rabbit asked the Skin Horse one day. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"
"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."
"Does it hurt?" asked the Velveteen Rabbit .
"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."
"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand. But once you are Real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always."
chrisitna for all