identity crisis.

if you’ve been following the blog for a while, you know i get bored with my decor and tend to change things around. quite a lot, actually. i’ve been in this house since last april, but i barely ever sat in my living room unless guests were here. and i kind of like hanging out in smaller, cozier rooms.  so, presto-chango – i swapped the dining room for the living room. and visa-versa. and i like it!

i’ll share the new living room area soon, but in the meantime, here’s what the new dining room looks like. this, has always been a favorite room of mine, so that’s kind of what i was going for with the furnishings and accessories i had on hand, and the addition of some new pink eames shell chairs from modernica. y’all think i’m crazy, or do you like it?

86 Responses to “identity crisis.”
  1. miss james says:

    stunning. i love your space. i still want to move in. just say the word and i’m there. xo!

  2. I love it! The room really seems like a space that you’ll enjoy using. I love room swaps and can’t wait to see the new living area!

  3. Bekka says:

    I love it Victoria! Make your home work for you. My dining room became my office because that is what works for me. It’s so great that you changed your home so it fits you better. And besides you might end up dining in your new living room and living in your new dining room, so it’s all the same in the end.

  4. Looks amazing! The light in that room is so beautiful. When do we get a peek at the new living room?

  5. paola says:

    I love it…you really can’t go wrong with pink chairs in my book…

  6. KC says:

    Wow, V. I totally love it! You have a magic touch!

  7. natalie says:

    the pink chairs are seriously fabulous – looks great, congrats!

  8. bex says:

    I’m in love with all those people’s portraits.

  9. nicolle says:

    oh I love it! looks great v. quick question do you have any information on those two white chairs? I just picked up one that looks almost the same but is olive green. just curious to find out who made them or what time period they are from. :)

  10. looks great! I have a client who did the same thing and she loves it–I have the exact same floors in my house-exact-top nailed in strips like that!

  11. Sienna says:

    your home is lovely. i’m quite jealous of your portrait collection, too!

  12. Iris says:

    Not crazy at all, like it a lot!!!

  13. victoria says:

    thanks so much, you guys! glad you like it. it feels very airy and light to me, so i’m happy (for now). ;)

    caitlin – i’ll share next week sometime!

    nicole – i think they are knoll saarinen tulip chairs from the 50’s/60’s. i can’t remember the base name – it’s called satellite or star-based. anyone know?

  14. Every time you rearrange things it makes me rearrange things. It is like you are spreading a disease. :) The room looks fantastic! Can’t wait to see the new living room.

  15. Amy says:

    I love what you have done here
    You sense of style, the mixing of different textures and lines, just amazing!!!
    The pops of pink are so whimsical and add so much.

  16. sunny says:

    beautiful room, Victoria! Your favorite room (the one you had in mind when doing the dining room) is also one I’ve had as a favorite for awhile. It’s so pretty!

  17. victoria says:

    elizabeth – ha! sorry about that. btw, your painting is now gracing the living room wall – i will share soon!

    amy – thank you!

  18. that dining room table is fantastic. and where did you get all those great portraits? xo, Claudia

  19. victoria says:

    thanks! my mum gave me the dining room table. and the portraits are mostly from the flea market, and ’emma’ is from a shop called past perfect in san francisco.

  20. Lana Cosic says:

    I thought your old living room couldn’t look better, but changing it for the dining room made it great! This new dining room looks so charming and worm and the best part of it is pink chair, it brings dynamic and a sense of humor.I don’t like very “serious” spaces ;) Great job, Victoria, I love it!

  21. Now that is a clever idea. I tend to like cozy rooms as well. But a dining room you want big enough to throw a dinner party. Love how you change things up.

  22. Mariela says:

    Looks very good too, you have an amzing place and changes are good too, I change a lot in my house too, I think I get bored to soon : ) .

  23. Mireille says:

    J’aime ça! Spécialement cette dominance de blanc avec des touches de couleurs… it’s perfect!

  24. Chris Olson says:

    I agree–you can move around furniture and “rename” the rooms. Lovely color scheme! The pink pops!

  25. leslie says:

    super stunning… always!

  26. Julie says:

    Fun! It looks really great!

  27. Lee says:

    I *love* your new dining room! Your furniture and accent pieces work so well together. We did something similar when we moved to our new place. The “dining room” was this cozy room at the back of the house with lots of windows and light. We knew we wanted to spend most of our time there, so it became our living room. And the dining area is now in a large, airy room, which is perfect for having dinner parties.

  28. Pasacale says:

    Love love!! It’s beautiful unique some kind of Parisian appartment!!!

  29. nicolle says:

    I should have been more descriptive. I ment the two white chairs with the dark wood. :)

  30. victoria says:

    nicolle – ahhh, those chairs! i found them on craigslist, and they have no brand name on them – definitely mid-century, but, sadly i don’t know the name!

  31. johanna says:

    I looooove your home!

  32. Hannie says:

    Gosh, this is wonderful! I love your dining room table! It’s perfectly rustic.

    Hannie –

  33. Tamara says:

    your dinning table is FAB. I’ve been eyeing tables everywhere looking for something just like it.

  34. This is so lovely, Victoria! My mum recently did a flip like this in her home and I love it! It’s amazing how the amount of space in a room makes such a difference.

  35. Sara says:

    Oh how I’ve missed pictures of your rearranging!

  36. You have one of my paintings?!? Oh, I’m so thrilled and I can’t wait to see which one. Thanks Victoria!!

  37. victoria says:

    elizabeth – oh my gosh – no. i’m having a brain fade. but you know what, i’m buying one right now because it will be perfect!!

    thanks, sara. :)

  38. poiret says:

    My only concern is that lovely fair-colored shag carpet. I would be afraid to use that carpet in my dining room. My guests would have to eat very carefully.

  39. jennifer in sf says:

    It looks so bright and lovely. I’m looking forward to seeing the new living room!

    Where did you get that sideboard thingee with the mirror on it? I lurve it.

  40. victoria says:

    jennifer – the sideboard was $5 at a yard sale. i’ve had it for years! my best score ever.

  41. Victoria, you are so funny and sweet. You did not need to do that! I certainly understand brain fades. :)

  42. victoria says:

    elizabeth – i’ve been wanting that forever. now it’s mine!

  43. jennifer in sf says:

    Sweet jebus! That IS a serious score.

  44. What I love the most is the way the pink chair brings out the pinks in the painting of the man over your white metal chair.

  45. Catherine says:

    What a wonderful job. Lovely Home

  46. Cez says:

    can die for those pink Eames….love, love, love it!!!!! Great choice!!! so sweet the white and pink chairs together… and the rug as well!!!!!

  47. cinback says:

    This room looks so airy and fresh for entertaining…the dark room seems to lend itself to more cozy sitting and pondering. Good choice to switch it up.

  48. AMradio says:

    fabulous decision….i think you will find both spaces used much more often now. and as an added bonus you have more room to entertain now!

    oh to be a guest sitting at the dining table with a fire in the fireplace. such heaven…

  49. Dear Victoria,
    Such a lovely space. A fresh look with a lot of warmth. I love your retro sideboard and how you style your fireplace.

  50. decor8 Holly says:

    Awesome, you did a beautiful job Victoria. :)

  51. Sarah says:

    Oh gosh, love it so much! Simply lovely and cosy :)

  52. Love it including the pops of modern pink. Those men’s portraits on your walls make you want to linger and offer them a cocktail.

  53. flwjane says:

    Let me trip over myself rushing to tell you what a beautiful space you have created.

    Love every inch of it. Can’t wait to see the living room.

  54. Love the fireplace and the reading nook!

  55. love it. the mantle is beyond and the mossy branch on the table is divine. (we are cut from the same cloth. i once took every piece of furniture outside and hit the reset button on the entire place)

  56. melissa says:

    totally diggin’ this space. bright- cozy – LIVABLE- warm.
    beautiful focal points…. great shots victoria!

  57. Sandra says:

    your furniture is stunning. i hove the table and the chairs. i think it works great esp with the fireplace being in the corner. it looks beautiful.
    i have several friends who have done this in order to use the dining room as more cozy family room.

  58. wow! i am so impressed! this look s incredible! way to go. you must be in love with it!

  59. victoria says:

    thank you all so much for the kind words!! xo

  60. bliss says:

    it is FABulous and i want to lay on the rug! looks great :)

  61. I love it! I especially love the pop of pink from the chairs. I love to decorate with lots of contrasting pieces, as you did. The rustic looking, yet modern table look fab with the ultra modern chairs.

    I am dying over your glamorous tufted bench and your numerous portraits. I love collecting portraits, especially of women. Such an inspiring room!

  62. Love the pick chairs! Beautiful table too:-) Love your blog! Fabulous!

  63. gorgeous victoria! now i want to see the living room… is the wall still black in there?
    ps. LOVE all of the vintage portraits!

  64. victoria says:

    thanks mucho, guys!

    d – yep, it’s still chalkboard black in there. maybe i’ll someday start writing on it.

  65. nathan michael says:

    simply perfect – love, love your mantle. great flow…wonderful job :)

  66. nathan michael says:

    “mantel” – I’m such a sucker for typos.

  67. I absolutely love it! I thought you were showing us a photo out of a magazine! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  68. krys says:

    I use to do this to my sister all the time. I would change rooms with her. I would move her stuff out. Set mine up…and leave her high and dry. Bad sister.

  69. raina says:

    Looks great- I love to mix mix things up. Love what you did on the mantel.

  70. Tina says:

    I love swapping rooms! This looks amazing V, I hope you get lots of enjoyment out of the room.

  71. Anne says:

    LOVE IT! You have such an easy-going style that one would feel completly relaxed after entering! I have a question: does the fireplace work? If it does, I would switch the armoire with the seating area. I love to sit next to my fireplace with tea/coffee in the morning or wine at night.

  72. victoria says:

    anne – that’s not a back idea! the fireplace is having some issues at the moment – i need a chimney sweep to come, because it smokes a bit. thanks for the suggestion!

  73. Jackie says:

    Your identity crisis lr/dr redo photographs are heart stoppingly beautiful and inspiring to me. LOVE your blog.

  74. Marita says:

    Oh you always inspire me…
    this touch of soft pink makes everything look like a seriously personal piece of poetry..

  75. I love it, especially those pink chairs! you are so talented with the art of design and arrangement. My first interior design boss used to move her furniture and swap rooms all the time. In fact I think it was all those years of practice that inspired her to finally open up her own interior design studio.

  76. Evita says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful and I love the pops of pink!

  77. brooke says:

    wow…love it. I like tiny tight spaces too. I get teased about trying to shove as much furniture in one room as possible. I think it makes it cozier…my toes and knees hate me for it though. ha ha. xo

  78. Meredith says:

    What a beautiful home you have. The fireplace is amazing.

  79. sara says:

    Hmmm…kinda seems like it was always meant to be that way. Looks fab!

  80. Alyssa says:

    Love it! Question – where did you find the bench (the one in front of the fireplace)? I’ve been looking for a tufted bench like that for ages and can’t seem to find the right one!

  81. victoria says:

    alyssa – i found that one on ebay!

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