Curtains pull back to reveal white french doors connecting this foyer to the outside. A colorful runner softens the hardwood floor leading through the hall space. Matching upholstered gray chairs sit at the end of a long wood table supporting a collection of blue patterned vases below a large mounted shutter and watercolor display.
To create this party-ready centerpiece and table, Wendy Hyde of The Shabby Nest first layered kraft paper over a neutral tablecloth and topped it with a black-and-white patterned table runner. "Balloons were tied to chandelier crystals to weigh them down and keep their place on the table," she says. "Pretty mercury-glass votives were placed between the balloons to add ambient lighting." For a personalized touch, each balloon was embellished with photographs, in this case, pictures of the anniversary couple.
A variety of patterns, from the graphic stair runner to the striped accent wall, create interest and texture in this dining room. Using the same soft brown and cream palette throughout keeps the look cohesive. A round dining table is surrounded by leather chairs in soft earth tones.
A noble eagle holds the weight of this foyer table on his wings. Above it, a geometric mirror echoes the pattern of the stair runner. The neutral shade of both keeps the graphic shapes eye-catching without being overwhelming.
A glass vase full of oranges adds another layer of color to this patio table. A dark-blue-and-white patterned runner is complemented by bright blue and green cloth napkins and white plates, making for a perfect arrangement for alfresco dining.
The runner was elsewhere in the home, but designer Heather Hogan Roberts claimed it for the living room. Now, it brings pattern into the hallway, which has a brick accent wall. She curated books to create symmetrical stacks on the bench and to bring blue and white into the room.
This contemporary dining room features a round Scandinavian table topped with a vibrant red and orange table runner. The banquette behind the table provides comfy seating while adding playful color with its mix of patterned pillows.
A green-and-white houndstooth runner brings sophistication and color to the rustic dining table, which is surrounded by a mixture of wood and Parson chairs. Nestled by the bay window is a comfortable seating arrangement of wingback chairs, while the coffee table carries the same houndstooth pattern from the table.
Though the first floor of this home isn’t an open plan, the living room and dining room are close enough to each other to require a few connections in their design plan. The stripes on the rug, the polka dots on the table runner and even the triangle patterns on the wall in the dining room all have correlatives in the living room. And where there is the biggest difference - the complete lack of art in the dining room - all of the colors on the wall have been taken from the living room gallery wall, creating some beautiful visual connections.