Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Home Tour Bok Tower Gardens 2011 (Part 1)

Hello all, I am excited to bring you this 4 part series on the Christmas Home Tour I participated in last year. (2011)  For the past several years Bok Tower Gardens has opened up the Pinewood Estates Mansion to host their Holiday Home Tour. Last year I was invited to participate in the tour, and I was responsible for designing the dining room.The theme for last year was " Picture Perfect" and designers were asked to pick a movie and decorate a room around that movie. I betcha can't guess in a million years what movie I chose, DRUM ROLL PLEASE! The movie I chose was "Out of Africa".  
 
 


 
 
 
 

 
This is the dining room. It's fairly large and in order to transform it without spending a fortune I had to go into my bag of  design tricks. I had a long list of things that I wanted to accomplish, like hang a chandelier over the table.....

 

 
 

I would also need to make curtains, chair covers and a table runner just to name a few.
 
 



 
The fireplace had to be incorporated into the design, I had a few ideas but nothing concrete. I knew right off the bat that the plates over the doors needed to be removed and replaced, but with what? 

 

 
 The buffet area would need some really tall lamps and lots of drama. I KNOW DRAMA, but lamps hmmmm.

 


I searched high and low for some reasonably priced lamps, but I couldn't find any. So here's what I did. I had a piece of bamboo that was about 4' long, hubby cut it in half to serve as the column. Next, I needed a base and a lampshade. Hubby found some old cedar from a previous project for the base and you want believe what I used for the lampshades. It's a plate cover, a pretty stylish one I might add. I found it at Dillard's for around $5. Finally, the light kits were installed and  the lamps were assembled.
 Dowels were cut and used as feet to stabilize the base. ARE YOU READY FOR THIS?


 

 
 VOILA!!!!! 
For about $17 each I designed some one of a kind lamps for the buffet. Are these cool or what?
 
 


The buffet's main decor consisted of glazed fruit pine cones and ornaments. The candle holders were filled with existing pine cones and ornaments as well.

 
 
 

 

 
  I love the juxtaposition of the gold framed mirror and the natural elements of the lamp. Sweet!  

 
 
 
The bust screams Africa and it adds just the right touch to the buffet.  Enjoy the rest of the pics!
  
 







 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The African image was hung on the existing mirror to add more drama. I know this piece looks pricey, but it is actually a piece of fabric that was mounted and framed. I think the buffet area turned out GREAT! Come back next week for Part 2. You don't want to miss it. Thanks for stopping by.
 
 
2 your Home,
 
Lory
 
 
 
 
Photography Credits: REO Photography

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2 comments:

  1. When I am ready to facelift my home, YOU will be the one I call. Thanks for sharing all of your lovely ideas. I am most impressed with the inexpensive cost to make something so beautiful. I think people may not upgrade or facelift thier homes because of cost. You make it so affordable. I am sure I have items lying around that will be of assistance. I will start saving everything now.

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  2. Thanks for all the wonderful compliments.

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