Monday, March 30, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Candice Tells All: Dining room turned into multipurpose masterpiece

By
From page C2 | February 09, 2013 |

CANDICE OLSON

Nadia and Paul’s dining room had great bones — tons of space and natural light, a beautiful wooden floor, a fireplace, crown molding and even recessed lighting. But this room was suspended in an unfinished state, lacking a cohesive design and wasting its true potential.

The homeowners and their two young boys have lived in this house for five years. In that time, the dining room has never really come together — although it gets lots of use as a place to eat, play games, fold laundry and do homework. Nadia was pining for a new dining-room table and a chandelier, and Paul wanted to make the most of the space while incorporating a family-heirloom piano. They needed a plan that would give this plain-Jane dining room just the right touch of va-va-voom.

As the focal point of the space, the fireplace was a great place to start. We gave it a face-lift by installing a new tile surround and hearth, and then flanking it with creamy-colored cabinetry that rises almost to the ceiling — creating lots of extra shelving on top, with ample storage space below. The bottom cabinet sections were store-bought, while the top sections were custom-crafted. A decorative mirror and two sconces finish off the fireplace nicely, by reflecting light and adding extra illumination.

Nadia wanted an elegant new table that would be comfortable enough to host family dinners, while stepping up to more formal occasions as well. I chose a large oval two-toned wooden table with simple lines and a double pedestal base, which will maximize seating. We salvaged their old dining chairs with the help of some white lacquer paint and new deep-teal velvet upholstery, a color that was also picked up in the custom drapery panels and in accessories throughout the room. The table is centered on a custom-made 8- by 14-foot flat-weave area rug, with a creamy border and a delicately patterned center.

Nadia got her chandelier, too, a gorgeous six-light chrome fixture with glass drops, suspended from the center of a new 30-inch ceiling medallion. Beside the table is a sideboard with mirrored doors — the perfect place to lay out a buffet or display photos or interesting pieces of art.

We installed wainscoting and chair rail on three of the walls, with the exception of the fireplace wall, and added decorative panel molding to create some architectural interest. On the top portion of the walls, we hung printed grass-cloth wallpaper, which provides an elegant backdrop to a collection of family photos.

The room’s large bay window practically begged for a comfy window seat, so we created one with the help of a thick base cushion, again in woven teal fabric, and a selection of funky pillows. A small round table and a new pendant light suspended above joined an overstuffed white wing chair to create a conversation nook, where guests can enjoy a cocktail before dinner or a digestif after a satisfying meal.

Paul’s heirloom piano takes pride of place here, as well, looking like it was made specifically for this room.

With some planning, Nadia and Paul’s unfinished dining room became a multipurpose masterpiece. Visible from the moment you walk in the front door, this warm and inviting space welcomes all who enter. Special touches, like the family-photo wall and the antique piano, make this dining room come alive with the personalities of those who live here. No longer in an unfinished state, this space is ready to serve up some happy family memories.

(Interior decorator Candice Olson is host of HGTV’s ”Candice Tells All.” For more ideas, information and show times, visit http://www.hgtv.com/candice-tells-all/show/index.html. Or visit shns.com.)

Scripps Howard News Service

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

2 drivers killed in same area, an hour apart

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1

 
Easter activities, events abundant

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Christians begin Holy Week with Palm Sunday celebrations

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
My guide to dining out

By Tony Wade | From Page: A2

Local governments post week’s meeting times

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Top young spellers to compete for Solano title

By Glen Faison | From Page: A3

Police investigate shooting off North Texas Street

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Vallejo police seek leads in weekend homicide

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

 
Biz Buzz: Wiseman officer names Perez to key post

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A10

Biz Buzz: Re/Max hires new Realtor

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

 
Biz Buzz: PAL receives donation from glass company

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10 | Gallery

.

US / World

Police ramp up rail-crossing citations after recent crashes

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Analysis finds unequal pay for women on California Capitol

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

Songwriter injured in California crash; motorcyclist killed

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

 
Taylor Swift wins artist of the year at iHeartRadio Awards

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Drownings along Rio Grande spike after enforcement surge

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Grandma is a centerfold: Rest home bares all for calendar

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Police: 2 bodies found in NYC building explosion rubble

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Islamic State group beheads 8 Shiites in Syria’s Hama

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Waving fronds around the world, Christians mark Palm Sunday

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Air Canada plane makes hard landing short of Halifax runway

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Small tsunami generated in Pacific after earthquake

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: March 30, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in History: March 30, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Horoscopes: March 30, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B6

 
Parenting: If a father is abusive, a mother must act

By The Washington Post | From Page: B8

 
Horoscopes: March 31, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B8

.

Entertainment

TVGrid March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A10

 
TVGrid March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

Michelle Obama declares ‘Black Girls Rock!’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
.

Sports

Duke back in Final Four after 66-52 win over Gonzaga

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Spartans Final Four-bound after 76-70 OT win over Louisville

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Apology for wrong anthem for El Salvador before game in US

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Montoya holds off Power to give Penske 1-2 sweep at St. Pete

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Stanford’s Randle chases school scoring record, title at NIT

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Hamlin wins for 25th time, and fifth time at Martinsville

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Hamlin wins for 25th time, and fifth time at Martinsville

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Jimmy Walker wins hometown Texas Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Oakland OF Josh Reddick won’t be ready for start of season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

California Chrome heads to Britain, to race at Royal Ascot

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Vettel wins Malaysian GP to end Mercedes streak

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Joe Gibbs on son: most courageous person I’ve been around

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Chodounsky defends slalom title at US Alpine Championships

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

South Carolina earns 1st Final Four berth, beats FSU 80-74

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Turner says Saturday regional finals highest-rated in decade

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Graveman pitches into 7th inning as A’s beat Brewers 7-0

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Cain goes 4 innings in Giants win over LA

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

.

Business

.

Obituaries

Robert Roberts

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Janice Jewel Thompson

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Frank and Ernest March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
B.C. March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Wizard of Id March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Beetle Bailey March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Rose is Rose March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Peanuts March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Zits March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Blondie March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Pickles March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Get Fuzzy March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Sally Forth March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
For Better or Worse March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Baldo March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Garfield March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Dilbert March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Baby Blues March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Sudoku March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Bridge March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Word Sleuth March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Crossword March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Cryptoquote March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Get Fuzzy March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Wizard of Id March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Baby Blues March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Frank and Ernest March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
B.C. March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Blondie March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Peanuts March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Baldo March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Rose is Rose March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Beetle Bailey March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
For Better or Worse March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Dilbert March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Garfield March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Pickles March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Zits March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Sally Forth March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Crossword March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8

Word Sleuth March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8

 
Bridge March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8

Sudoku March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8

 
Cryptoquote March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8