Malcolm’s Dining Room Intro: How He Plans To Prioritize Vintage And Secondhand Pieces + An Exciting Personal Announcement

For those who’ve been following together with my dwelling renovation journey right here on Emily’s weblog, you already know that I’ve achieved fairly a bit in my dwelling during the last couple of years. I’ve accomplished a major bed room renovation, a considerably sudden toilet overhaul, a life-changing dwelling workplace makeover, and a slew of smaller tasks which have made this home actually really feel like dwelling. And now… to shake issues up a bit… I’M MOVING TO LONDON. 

A little bit sudden after all of the momentum I’ve gained right here, huh? Nicely, I’ve determined to take the chance to journey to Europe for a time frame. Beginning this summer season, I’ll be shifting to London (woo!) and leaving my home right here in Virginia within the fingers of a tenant (and a property administration firm) whereas I’m away. I’ll positively be returning right here to Virginia (I’ve much more plans for this home and my coronary heart continues to be on this space), however the stars have aligned for me to take this journey throughout the pond, which is one thing I’ve all the time wished to do. So, cheers to that!

I’m excited to find out how European design, old-world structure, and the British life-style will affect my ever-changing design sensibilities. I’m all the time searching for other ways to create memorable experiences by means of intentionally-designed areas, and I believe this journey will give me a brand new outlook on totally different ways in which is likely to be doable.

HOWEVER, earlier than I ship out in a few months, there are a handful of issues I need to do (and some issues I NEED to do) on this home earlier than renting it out. Specifically, finishing my closing room makeover earlier than I go away: the eating room!

Now, planning this eating room redesign has been a little bit tough, for a handful of causes. For starters, whereas I’m conscious of the truth that I received’t be on this home for much longer to benefit from the room within the quick time period, I nonetheless need the house to really feel deliberately designed and according to the remainder of my home. Moreover, whereas I might usually be open to purchasing new furnishings/housewares/equipment for this house, it appears a little bit bizarre to purchase model new issues that’ll simply be put into storage in a few months. To these ends, I’m specializing in making fast adjustments that received’t be as labor-intensive as different makeovers I’ve accomplished (and {that a} renter will admire), gathering secondhand and classic objects to make use of within the house (that I’ll be capable of get pleasure from after I return stateside full-time), and making adjustments that permit the room to circulate seamlessly with the remainder of my dwelling (in an effort to create a boutique expertise for my future tenants).


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Sometimes, my renovations on this dwelling have included a characteristic, large-scale DIY mission. In my major bed room, it was a wooden and marble headboard. In my workplace, it was custom-designed built-ins with concrete counter tops and Semihandmade door fronts. Whereas I don’t fairly have the time or the sources to tackle an enormous mission for the eating room, I’d nonetheless just like the house to really feel as {custom} and tailor-made as the remainder of my dwelling. Enter… a “easy” wainscoting mission (these citation marks are very intentional…).

I accomplished an identical mission in my final dwelling, so I used to be assured that I’d be capable of knock it out in a weekend or two for the eating room. And that may have been the case… had I not pushed my FINAL NAIL FOR THE INSTALL right into a wire behind the wall and reduce energy to my whole home. I wrote in regards to the full story on Instagram, so I received’t repeat all of it right here, however to summarize: the issue has been mounted, it compelled me to be taught in regards to the defective electrical wiring in my home (eek), and this dilemma was a reminder that all the things occurs for a purpose. 

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BUT, I digress. With the wainscoting discovered, it’s time to maneuver on to picking paint! This has been a tremendously exhausting determination to make, which might be the case underneath regular circumstances, however intensified this time due to my forthcoming transfer. Do I select a daring shade, or would possibly that flip away renters? Do I’m going with a secure and impartial choice, or will that be boring and unsatisfying? In the end, I do have to be conscious about making my home as rentable as doable, however I do assume there’s a center floor to be discovered (sick rhyme, bro).

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And, my buddies, I believe that center floor is wallpaper.

Keep on with me. Pun largely supposed. On the floor, wallpaper looks like a reasonably everlasting and style-specific remedy which may go towards a few of my earlier factors. However… What if… I can set up it in a VERY impermanent approach? I’m pondering of some model of large-scale paintings that gives the look of wallpaper with none of the permanence of the particular factor. Even much less permanence than sticky, detachable wallpaper. I’m nonetheless working by means of the mechanics of all of it, nevertheless it’ll seemingly embody this William Morris print from Rejuvenation and a big piece of Sheetrock. Keep tuned. 

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One other fast change to the eating room will probably be switching out the previous ceiling mild for a brand new one. I’ve been itching to vary up the lighting in right here for fairly a while, however couldn’t fairly choose the kind of fixture that felt proper for the house. Then, sooner or later, I stumbled throughout this Kichler chandelier and fairly instantly felt impressed by it. The traces of the piece really feel energetic, however not too out of pocket. The dimensions of it feels excellent, and you already know I like me a brassy second. And the very best half is: I scored it secondhand! Which brings me to my subsequent level…


I used to be fortunate sufficient to search out the Kichler mild fixture at Neighborhood Forklift: a salvage warehouse right here within the DC space. I’ve all the time cherished supporting Neighborhood Forklift—they uplift the local people by making dwelling repairs reasonably priced, lowering waste, selling reuse, and creating inexperienced jobs. On high of all that, they simply all the time have the best stuff. I like perusing the warehouse on a Sunday and simply seeing what they’ve in inventory.

I additionally discovered this classic secretary’s desk—which I’ve upcycled as a little bit bar cart—at Neighborhood Forklift a couple of 12 months and a half in the past! This can make its approach into the eating room as effectively and can retailer cups, napkins, and different barware necessities. I like the fluted detailing on its sliding doorways, the lengthy tapered legs, and the marble slab I’ve added to the within shelf.

Additionally, let me inform you… I’ve gotten REAL fortunate on Fb Market not too long ago. The manifestation for this eating room has been actual. I’ve all the time admired the design of those Broyhill Brasilia eating chairs, and I used to be not too long ago capable of rating 5 of them for an inexpensive value on Market. Crafted within the Nineteen Sixties, the Broyhill Brasilia line was impressed by the fashion of mid-century Brazilian structure. I lived in Brazil for a while as a child, so I’ve a little bit of a private connection to this line particularly. However, additionally, these chairs are simply horny, quintessential examples of mid-century fashionable design. They’ll require some reupholstering (I’m unsure that the toile suits both my fashion or the fashion of the chairs), and I’m nonetheless deciding between a lightweight and a darkish stable cloth. Ideas?! Let me know what you assume.

I used to be additionally capable of snag this Paul McCobb eating desk (!) on Fb Market, which was manufactured in 1950 and matches the classic of my new Broyhill chairs. The end/shade of the desk is notably totally different than that of the chairs, however I believe they work VERY effectively collectively… The lighter striations within the wooden framing of the chairs converse fairly effectively to the blonde coloring of the desk, and the same classic of all of it creates a really copacetic pairing.

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Procuring classic furnishings and equipment for this house actually looks like the best factor to do, for quite a lot of causes. Firstly, I’ve been more and more conscious of the significance of utilizing secondhand objects each time doable. There’s SO MUCH COOL STUFF already on the market on the planet, and it behooves us to make the most of that. I definitely have by no means been good about lowering, reusing, and/or recycling, however there’s no time like the current to start out, proper? Secondarily, since I’ll be placing most of my belongings into storage pretty quickly, it doesn’t really feel completely acceptable to purchase too many new issues only for them to be saved away. Moreover, I’ve curated fairly a number of classic objects through the years, and these Broyhill chairs and this Paul McCobb desk are nice additions to that assortment. And… that time naturally brings me to my subsequent thought…


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I’ve typically described my total design fashion (for now, anyway) as traditional, collected, and tailor-made. To that finish, I’ve collected numerous fascinating and classic furnishings through the years—from the aforementioned secretary’s desk to a family-owned stitching desk in my major bed room, and a secondhand barrister bookcase in my workplace. I’d prefer to proceed gathering significant objects—no matter my upcoming transfer—as a result of whereas I solely have a few months left on this home, for now, these objects will most likely be in my possession without end. And there’s one thing very heartwarming in regards to the notion of that.

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Contrarily, nonetheless, there are some parts of the eating room that I can change now—that’ll stick with the home in my absence—{that a} renter will be capable of get pleasure from whereas I’m away. In a PERFECT world, I might record my dwelling as a short-term rental and model it as a boutique lodging expertise, however my HOA doesn’t permit for it and received’t let me be nice. BUT, I can definitely make it really feel that approach as a lot as doable, proper? Sooner or later sooner or later (manifesting it now, okay?!) I plan to develop a motel/boutique lodging expertise, so why not let this example be apply in some small capability? 

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Two small parts that may make that doable will probably be wall plates and window therapies. Once I redesigned my toilet, I began to make use of these brass Rejuvenation wall plates for the shops, which I then continued into the workplace. I’ve been slowly changing all the wall plates in my home during the last 12 months to match, which I believe is a simple solution to create a seamless design expertise all through a house. I’ll be utilizing the identical wall plates right here within the eating room, which is able to assist the room converse the identical language as different areas in the home. Facet observe: I personally assume high-quality wall plates are value investing in. We see and use them day-after-day, so why not make that have a gorgeous one? I’m additionally within the strategy of updating/streamlining all of my inside door {hardware} with Rejuvenation’s assist, which is able to assist to create an much more intentionally-designed dwelling.

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I’ve been pondering exhausting in regards to the window therapies for the eating room, and the way they’ll match into the narrative all through the remainder of my home. Ought to all the things match? Will a renter count on the identical blinds in every single place, or is there house for creating distinctive therapies in every room? What would YOU count on, as a renter? Let me know.

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In any other case, I’ll be paying a number of consideration to stylistic selections within the eating room to make sure that they make sense with different choices I’ve made all through the home. Ensuring the wainscoting aligns with the opposite millwork in the home, portray the partitions equally to how I’ve painted different rooms, and selecting finishes (specifically, brass) that decision out to different areas will all be key to creating the entire home really feel like a fully-realized expertise. 

Now, the largest problem about designing the eating room to really feel according to the remainder of my house is that it sits adjoining to my kitchen, which is designed fairly otherwise than the remainder of my dwelling. I haven’t touched it since I moved in two years in the past, and there isn’t something fallacious with it, objectively. It capabilities effectively, its home equipment are nice, and it has greater than sufficient cupboard space. The simplest approach I can consider to bridge the eating room with the kitchen—for now—will probably be to modify out the ceiling mount fixture within the kitchen to be extra according to the eating room. However… I’ve BIG PLANS for the kitchen in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later, after I achieve some European design sensibilities. 😉

Whereas I’m enthusiastic about my upcoming transfer, I’d be mendacity if I mentioned I wasn’t additionally heartbroken to go away this dwelling behind for a while. We exist in a world of dualities, can we not? I’ve poured my blood (actually, sadly), sweat, and tears into my efforts of constructing this home a house, and it feels…bizarre…at hand over the keys to a stranger. Nevertheless, I do know [or at least hope] my efforts will probably be loved by any individual else within the meantime. And, both approach, I’ll return as a a lot better designer to complete realizing my imaginative and prescient for her. 

Her, being my home. 

Within the meantime, let’s get this eating room in correct order, we could?! We will. Which half are you most excited to see come to life? For me, personally, the wallpaper mission I’m conceptualizing could be very thrilling and has the potential to be a monumental concept for renters. Be certain to comply with me on Instagram for normal updates about how this room takes form!

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