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Which Would You Choose: China Hutch or Buffet?

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I am sitting in a client’s gorgeous dining room with beautiful de Gournay wallpaper and stunning antiques, and it’s inspiring me to think about my own dining room. In the room I’m in right now, there is space for both a buffet and a china cabinet. I hope to fit them both in my dining room, but if I can’t, which would you choose? A buffet or a china cabinet?

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A buffet can give you a cleaner look because most of your items are hidden behind doors and drawers. But if you have collections, like my jadeite and antique oyster plates, you want to display them so you can enjoy them.

So which would you choose? Would you go with the clean-lined buffet, or with the displays you can get with a china cabinet?

Let me know in the comments below! And tell me why you made your selection!

Happy Wednesday!








Which Would You Choose: Round, Oval or Rectangular Dining Table

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I love to entertain in my home! Whether it’s a big family dinner, a small gathering of friends, or just the three of us, I love eating, talking, and laughing at our dining room table. In my new house, I want to have the perfect new setting for our future gatherings, so I’m trying to decide between a round, oval, or rectangular dining table.

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A round table, like I had in my previous house, is perfect for conversations. All of the guests can see each other, and it is a fabulous shape for small or large groups.

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But a rectangular table is long and lean – it’s great for big dinner parties because you can fit so many at the table. And people across from each other are close enough to talk to each other.

An oval table, like the one at the top of this post, is the best of both worlds. It gives you that longer profile, but still keeps the coziness of a round table. It’s also a flexible shape for dining rooms of all sizes.

So which would you choose? Would you select an oval, round, or rectangular dining table? Tell me in the comments below and be sure to tell me why you chose the table that you did! I’ll have more about my new dining room coming up soon!










Big News and Which Would You Choose?

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Did you hear the exciting news? We announced yesterday that I have partnered with my favorite art company, Soicher Marin, to create a line of decorative framed art for the home. I am thrilled to be launching a 70-piece collection THIS April at High Point Market!

My collection with Soicher Marin will be shown in their showroom and featured in the CR Laine showroom with my brand new upholstery line for Spring. Things are definitely getting exciting around here, aren’t they?

So for today’s Which Would You Choose? I want to ask you this:

Do you prefer traditional-themed framed botanical artwork like this Soicher Marin grouping in my last dining room?

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Or something contemporary like this pink and green abstract Soicher Marin piece that I used in my New York showhouse space?

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Leave me a comment and let me know which you love and why. And the good news is that I am designing both traditional and more modern pieces for my Soicher Marin collection, so hopefully all of you will find something that you love!

Happy Hump Day!









Which Would You Choose: Open Plan vs. Individual Rooms

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The open-plan room above in my Riverside Penthouse project is fabulous – it allows for great traffic flow, and fantastic areas for people to have conversations, whether in the kitchen or the living room area.

So that got me thinking about my own house project – should I remove a wall or two and have an open-plan area for my living room and kitchen, or should I keep them as individual rooms?


I do like separate rooms, though, like these from my Shadow Valley project. They give you a cleaner break between activity areas in the home, which is more organized and structured – two things I LOVE!

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You can still connect to those in the breakfast room and the kitchen is just on the other side of this wall, so not too far away. Oftentimes I find that taking down walls creates problems with noise level and also there is often no wall for anchoring a sofa or placing a beloved antique or even to hang the television. This separate family room is nice and large and so it accommodates 2 separate seating areas, the one above and then below the area around the fireplace and television.

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When I keep the family room and kitchen separate, I still like to tie the areas together with similar color palettes, like I did above with the yellows and greys.


This large open area in my Crestwood project is a great inspiration for going with an open-plan. There are just so many distinct zones for eating, cooking, talking, reading – it could make me decide that tearing down walls would be worth the trouble and expense!

So which would YOU choose? Would you go with separate rooms for your living area and kitchen, or do you like a large open space where everyone can congregate? Let me know your decision – and why you chose the one you did – in the comments area below!

Thanks for helping me decide the layout of my home!









Which Would You Choose: Ottoman vs. Coffee Table

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We’ve made so many decisions about my living room layout, and now I’m starting to focus on the furnishings. One thing that I really am torn between is whether to use an upholstered ottoman or a coffee table in the center of my furniture. An ottoman like the one above is multifunctional, and you know how I like it when one thing serves many purposes!

I can set my books on top, along with a tray to hold flowers or accessories, and it’s also a comfortable spot to rest your feet after a long day. And, depending on the cover you choose, it can add color and pattern to the room, which is fabulous! But it can be a little unstable for whatever you place on top.

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Sometimes a coffee table is a better option. It doesn’t “bounce” the other items when you rest your feet or your drink on top, and there can be more surface area overall for books. I have a lot of books, as you can see! Another thing I like about a coffee table is that it’s more classic by design and can stay central to the room even when the upholstery or wall color changes.

I’m also very fond of this coffee table from my previous house! It was designed and built by my husband’s grandfather, which means a lot to both of us, and I am asked about the resource for that table ALL the time!

So which would YOU choose, an ottoman or a coffee table? Which one better fits the function of your living space? Leave me your choice, and why, in the comments section below!

Thanks, and Happy Wednesday!