This Should Really Be My Dining Room

Dining room sets (all matching) made me yawn BIG, years ago. I can’t see myself ever going back to them (nor matching bedroom sets). Simple, easy, chic living with a strong nod to Scandinavian style is what I am drawn too and boy does this dining area speak to me. Rest assured my own dining room will be kicked up a notch or two after seeing this!

The casual vibe, the natural light, the colors & textures and all those fabulous chairs. Louis XVI style chairs with modern Danish Waegner chairs and old, Swedish tub chairs. Mama Mia.


The ueber talented designer, Windsor Smith, sure knows what she is doing. She is behind so many rooms I adore. Hard not to fall for her design aesthetics. 



Also fun to learn that talented architect Steve Giannetti  (and perhaps wonderful Brooke ?) was part of helping Windsor Smith breathe life into the 1970’s house. I so admire them too!

Back to the hammock! And I am happy to tell you that my feet are nicely tanned and that I am sooo happily relaxed. Summer Hugs.

Images scanned via Veranda Magazine, August 2013.
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  • That first kitchen sink area, I need shelves like those metal ones! I love all these pictures everything blends without being matchy!

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying your summer Mon.


    Splendid Willow Reply:

    Hello Ms. Debra,

    Enjoying summer to the fullest! Hope all is well in your “Hammock” as well!

    Love to you.


  • so chic and so you, mon. thanks for taking a little break to bring us that beauty. happy summer days…donna

  • Good morning, Ms. Monica!
    I can see these rooms in your home. I am with you on matching, and that white kitchen has me drooling!
    Happy Tuesday.

  • Franki Parde says:

    Your “hammock toes” sound divine! franki

    Splendid Willow Reply:


    And the nails are well polished too! Summer hugs to you. Mon

  • That gray kitchen is wonderful although that black kitchen with wing chairs is iconic.

  • Love that dining room and it DOES look like you Mon! Gorgeous! I loved your “back to the hammock” comment – enjoy! :)

  • leslie says:

    Wow! Love it all and I’ll be book marking and doing a little pinning here;) The boots and pop of orange .. so fun and that kitchen is amazing. The sink ~ love it! Stay cool Mon!


  • hi mon of the tanned toes!

    i showed my husband this issue of veranda, boasting about the talents of the giannettis (he loves em too). it is EVERYTHING. just beyond perfect. and windsor. windsor owes me an interview from way back when gwyneth paltrow bought that showhouse she did.

    i’m beginning a little exercise regimen today in hopes my energy will begin to increase. outside of course!

    love to you.


  • Tracey says:

    I love love love this issue of Veranda!!! I totally agree with you as I stare at all of my matching dining room chairs …… I like the look of them being all different for sure. Off to check out the talented Windsor’s website. I think this is one of my favourite spaces … all of the spaces in that issue are beautiful.

  • Mon,
    I just spent 5 heavenly days with my family in Austin and our granddaughter and I spent a fair amount of time in their hammock, telling each other fairy tales and watching the clouds and birds go by. Enjoy!
    I love Windsor Smith and her design work. The first kitchen is wonderful and the navy blue kitchen is captivating.

  • designchic says:

    So much beauty here, Mon. I just love the Windsor Smith entrance hall – so perfectly coiffed and the kitchen…perfection!! So happy you’re having a relaxing summer…me too!!

  • Hi Mon, this living room is to die for! have a nice day, darling! xo

    Caroline @ Patagonia Gifts

  • Anci says:

    Hej !
    Hoppas att du har det skönt och är på semester !
    Jag gillar speciellt bilden med de oranga detaljerna.


  • Mia says:

    Hej Mon
    Vad kul att några bilder från din sommar! Och tack för träningstipsen :) Hoppas allt är toppen med dig och familjen!
    Stor kram

  • monika, just thinking of you and wanted to stop in to say hello. missing you around these parts. hope all is well with family. my best to you mon. donna

  • Karena says:

    LOve, love that entry table!
    The Arts by Karena

  • Hey Monika!!! Hope you’ve been well! I’ve recently come back into the blogging world (who new grown up jobs could be so busy?!) and wanted to be sure to stop in and say hello. Hope you are still writing, can’t wait to catch up!

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