Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Dining Room Style: Katie Gavigan Interiors

I found sweet Katie when she commented on my blog and fell in love with her dining room, and I'm thrilled she is here today to break it down. You will definitely want to bookmark her blog, the girl has serious style....

Hello! I'm Katie from Katie Gavigan Interiors and I'm thrilled and honored that Eileen asked me to share my dining room with you lovely readers today.

My husband and I have been in our house for three years and our dining room has undergone several transformations during that time. This year, it's really started to take shape into something I'm especially excited about, and it's all happened on a bargain budget.

In January we painted the walls, ceiling and trim a stark white. I love the crisp backdrop and knew we would bring in color with textiles and art.  

Next step was replacing the table. The previous table was a large, dark wood and seated 8-10 people which was so fun! But, it really was too big for the room and this kind of drove me crazy. (We still have it and I plan to seal it to use on our deck, which I'm excited about!) I knew I wanted to move in a more modern direction and go with something classic and versatile. After searching Craigslist for a few weeks I landed on Ikea's version of the tulip table and found one in great shape for $80. 

(more after the jump!)

Amazingly, I found these awesome chairs on Craigslist the same day and just down the block from the table! Also paid $80 for the set of four chairs. I am crazy about their shape, and their substantial cushions equal comfort - something I think is really important and wasn't willing to compromise on!  Both the chairs and cushions were a dingy off-white but were easy to paint and re-cover. 

Next up was finding a colorful, funky rug - my main inspiration was Amber's dining room. We had the jute rug already so could go a little smaller for the top layer. Someday I'd love an antique persian/turkish/other rug here but that wasn't in the budget this year. Also inspired by Jenny's post about stitching smaller rugs together, I ordered two of these from Urban Outfitters. (Confession: they're not stitched together yet - as you can see in one of the photos - which actually kind of works since the table is so heavy and keeps them in place! I may or may not get to this eventually...)

I considered going with a fun color for the chairs themselves, but with such a strong shape the white was my favorite (at least for now - nothing stays the same for very long at our house :)). We had leftover paint so used the same crisp white as the walls. For the cushions, all sorts of different fabrics were considered and I ended up finding this awesome leopard print at a local fabric outlet for something like $4/yard. It's indoor/outdoor and super durable! Easy little project with my staple gun, and voila!
The artwork is all special to us, especially the Japanese prints which were purchased by my husband's great uncle in Japan while stationed in the Pacific for the Korean War. Their frames were made by my husband's grandfather. The Otomi paintings we brought back from a Mexico vacation and the frames are from a local discount frame store.

The curtain panels are Ikea with some inexpensive trim glued on. What I love about the panels is the subtle texture, and the length! I find that it's pretty hard to find long curtain panels (what is that about?) but these are actually too long (great problem!) and I'll be hemming them soon. The trim (below, left) is from the same fabric outlet as the chair fabric, and I just love it. Although the room is small, the sliding doors span almost the entire length of the room, so a long curtain rod was necessary. I was excited to find this one at Ross and just removed the ornate finials. (The window/sliding door wall is opposite the wall with the japanese art.)

Both "orchid tables" are from Pier 1, both purchased (separately) at least five years ago. I can't take credit for the orchids themselves - my husband is the orchid caretaker in our house!
Moroccan lantern is from Ebay, also a few years ago. I love it but have been looking for a larger light fixture and just found a winner (which I blogged about
here), so we'll have a new look soon :)
(The greenish door you see is actually our second bathroom - funky location but we're glad to have it! All the doors in our house were this color when we moved in and I'm gradually repainting them.)
In case this little photo doesn't adequately convey my appreciation, let me say again how grateful I am to Eileen for asking me here today. Thanks also to all of you for coming along on this little tour!

All photos by the extremely lovely and gifted ladies who are 
[trīs] Photography.


  1. Love that Moroccan lantern. Gorgeous!

  2. yay!! i am super excited to be here. thank you eileen for having me! :)

  3. Very nice, I love all the fresh flowers, nothing makes a room like flowers!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Would love to eat all my meals and entertain in this room!

  5. Love the chairs. And the colors! So much to be inspired by!

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  7. Sooo much color! I love when a designer is not afraid of color! Going to check out her blog right now!

  8. great post!
    you have a lovely blog.
    wanna follow each other???


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