MARA DESIGNS


September 17, 2020


My core style is mid-century modern, but I always like to throw in different style elements and mix and match. This ends up giving me a bit of an eclectic style, and I love it! If you pick pieces that bring you joy, the rest will fall into place.

As I mentioned, I knew I wanted the room to be black. Painting around the intricate molding on the ceiling was a bit tricky, but once we figured it out, it went fairly quickly. This room took my husband and I maybe 3 hours total of taping, painting, and cleaning up. Overall, a super easy project! 

After painting the room black, I knew I wanted a bold rug. After all, I was trying to get out of my comfort zone. If you haven't seen Loloi rugs, you are missing out! They have gorgeous designs in so many color palettes, and are very affordable! I purchased mine on Amazon here. The colors are so different and lent themselves perfectly to the black wall, not to mention perfect for fall.

Because I wanted a black dining room and a bold rug, I knew I needed to be careful when selecting furniture. If a piece was too bulky, it would make the room feel small. Luckily the mid-century legs are already a slim look. This glass top dining table with mid-century legs was exactly what I needed. I also wanted low profile chairs that would blend with the space and not draw too much attention. These chairs I selected did just that. A neutral color with matching wood tones to the table.

Let's talk art work. This is always the hardest part for me. I can find the right piece of furniture and be sure of my decision, but when it comes to art work I constantly second guess myself. I bought both prints in this room from Juniper Print Shop and they were just what I needed. I think the colors of the large landscape print match so well with the rug, it is like they were made to be together. I have two other prints from this site around my home as well. They are so versatile and great quality.

When decorating any room, I try to be minimal and intentional with each item. I never just want to "fill a space", I want each item to be selected on purpose. I tend to always choose a few plants and a few accent items that are meaningful to the space. For this room you will see that we have a bar cart as well as a few books about wine so when choosing an accent item I chose a grape vine branch because of the way it already ties into the space. I also never select "coffee table books". When styling and layering with books I choose books that adapt to the space. For this room that is a wine atlas to give a nod to the bar cart as well as a book about house plants as a nod to the 3 different plants in this space.

One piece I haven't touched on yet is the light fixture. This light fixture was already in the space and so beautiful on its own, I hate to change it. It's not quite the right style for the space so I may change it in the future, but for now it does not clash so that is a project for a later date!

  1. Large Landscape Print from Juniper Print Shop
  2. Console Table from Wayfair
  3. Hardware from CB2
  4. Bar Cart from West Elm
  5. Vertical Abstract Print from Juniper Print Shop
  6. Dining Table from West Elm
  7. Dining Chair from West Elm
  8. Loloi Rug from Amazon

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