Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Favorite Room Feature: a'la mode

We first found Shelli a couple months ago, when her home was featured on another blog. It was love at first sight for us. Her style is incredibly thoughtful, yet so effortless. Shelli is a class act and we know you are going to adore her. Thanks Shelli!

Hi Ya'll!  I'm Shelli from a' la mode
 I am so honored that Sadie and Stella asked me to share my favorite room!  

Ironically, my favorite room in my home is actually the very first one that came together.  When we moved from Atlanta to Nashville last year, I had the opportunity to start from scratch in a few on my rooms.  Our old dining room furniture was the wrong scale, so off it went to craigslist, and a new design was born in my head.

My biggest pet peeve is un-useable space. I wanted to take my super formal dining space, and make it into a room that we use often.  Casual, inviting, kid friendly and comfortable.  My first purchase was the farm table, which I bought for a song locally in Nashville! I love the juxtaposition between the casual linen shade and the formal feel to the coffered ceiling.

The best 'deal' in the space was my drum shade.  I bought it in Atlanta out of a clearance bin at this chic shop near our home called Armour and Company.  Since the shade was only $12, I paid an electrician to  convert it into a chandelier for my dining room!  My other love is my beloved Ethiopian cross that I brought back from my travels in Kenya a few years ago.  I love adding history and memories into a space.

I really like to mix up the seating.  These crosshatch chairs were ridiculously inexpensive, and I love how the rattan seats add some texture to the room.  The large photograph above the linen chest is also from my trip to Africa.  Adding an orchid to the room adds some life to the space.  I keep a lot of orchids and fresh flowers in my home, I only wish they could magically appear and never die!

Ooh la la!  bench seating?  Yes please!  Such a great way to maximize seating for your guests and a great way to soften the space with textiles.  This little gem was a local find.  The nailhead trim delights me.  I adore flax linen and use it in almost every room in my home to help create and calm and peaceful color palette.  You'll notice that I used it for the curtain panels as well....on every window in my home....

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For more peeks into my home, please visit my home tour

A VERY BIG thank you to Sadie and Stella for having me today!
xoxo, Shelli


  1. Thank you for having me over to your fabulous blog girls! xoxo Shelli

  2. Stunner! :) Did you do those ceilings yourself Shelli?

  3. Love it! Shelli does an amazing job using neutrals in her home. Great post today.

  4. I love. I am head over heels for the bench and the mix of seating. Just a beautiful space.

  5. I agree...Shelli is a class act. Every room in her house is stunning. She's got such a gift. I love the dining space and the mix of seating and that drum shade is fabulous and what a find!

  6. LOVE it! Her home is totally fun and gorgeous!

  7. Looks great! I love the a' la mode blog! Thanks for sharing

  8. Such a pretty space! Love that table.

    You have a lovely blog btw. :)

  9. Great job Shelli! Love the table, the bench, the light... oh, everything.

  10. Shelli Rocks! Love how she mixed uop the seating in the dining room!
    Have a pretty day!

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