hi, friend design + Restored Style

I’ve been itchin’ to share something with you all…and it’s official now!

I’ve teamed up with Jen and Meg from hi, friend design. They are the creative gals behind the wonderful little paper company I blogged about last month. I’m officially on-board to be hi, friend’s DIY go-to-gal, and I’ll be featuring a fun and fabulous DIY project in its monthly  TGIDIYFriday feature! So, on the first Friday of every month, you’ll be able to find me here.

I’m over the moon excited to kick off this partnership and am super-duper honored to be hi, friend’s official DIY blogger. Bring it. I’ll be sure to let you know when TGIDIYFriday(Thank Goodness It’s Do-It-Yourself Friday) officially kicks off.

In other news, I finished painting our dining room this weekend. I’m really happy with the results and I’ll be sharing the “after” photos with you tomorrow (well, just the paint color photos, official “after” photos to come in a few weeks).

Lots more fun stuff to come this week!

Dining Room Design Board, Round 2

Remember when I posted my first dining room design board? I try to forget about it, because it needed some serious help, but you can take a peek at it here.

So, I’m back with design board #2, and I’m thinking it’s a little more what I originally had in mind…

Dining Room


Again, the room will be a light gray and the blue ikat fabric in the left corner of the board will be the fabric for the curtains. The rest is fairly self explanatory (I will have 4 white chairs, but only two are shown on the board).

What do you think? Thoughts? Feedback? Likes/dislikes? You guys always have the best ideas so comment away:)!

A little Anthropologie Action

This weekend I found myself wandering through Anthropologie. I meandered around for a LONG TIME because there were so many darn things to look at. It was surely a looking day (not a buying day) so I was more concerned about the items in the actual store, as opposed to trying to figure out what the heck I wanted to buy. Looking days make me actually study and appreciate things. On buying days, my mind is already thinking about what I’m going to have in my hands at the checkout counter,  and I tend to forget about the items themselves. Note to self: bad habit.

A few items that stopped me in my tracks…

Reassembled mirror

Garvey Chair 

Copper Clad dresser

Marigold Bed

Collected Memories Mirrors

Dusky Blooms Pillow

Sweet As Honey Rug

Pen & In Violas

Ring of Light Lamp

As usual, no prices are attached to the above items because I feel like that ruins the fun. Dreaming is certainly allowed and encouraged on Restored Style.  With that said, you can just click on the name of the item and it will take you directly to the Anthropologie site for more information. I will say that all of the above items would be big-time splurge items for me personally, but regardless, they are still fun to look at!

Dining Room Paint Color

The decision has been made. Finally!

At last, we’ve landed on a color for the dining room. I originally had wanted to paint the room a white/cream, but then when I really thought about it, I wasn’t convinced this color would go well with the white built-ins we already have in this room.


So, I thought some more….and as boring as this is, I landed on a warm gray. It’s called Quill and it’s from Olympic paint.


Olympic’s Quill

Here’s a sneek peak of the color on the wall. It’s really tricky to truly capture a wall color in photos, but I gave it my best shot:



In short, I love the color. It appears to be a little blueish, and that’s okay with me because I’m playing around with using this fabric for the dining room curtains.


Kalah Blue fabric at Calico Corners

I saw this fabric in Lonny Magazine and I had to have it. I’m still strugling with a rug for this room, so later this week I’ll be posting a few different design board options - hopefully you guys can help me decide between a few different rugs? 

So many pretty decor items, so few rooms!