Inspiration When I first saw this old phonograph cabinet at an estate sale, I was immediately attracted to the dentil molding and the fretwork.  It was in two pieces, the top cabinet portion, and the bottom drawer piece.  I paid around $80 for it, and I distinctly remember I needed a good amount of help getting it to the car.  It is solid wood and weighed a ton! I thought I still had the "before" photo on my phone, but when it took a swim in the toilet last year, I lost a bunch of images.  But you can get the idea in the photo below.  It was a dark wood with black hinges, and it was pretty scratched up. We needed something in the bedroom to hold my husband's folded items, so I knew it would be perfect in there!  The previous owner of this cabinet had the phonograph removed and added four drawers inside the doors.  Storage galore!  When I took it to my lacquer guy for its shiny new exterior, I decided I wanted the inside to be lacquered also. I chose a pretty, creamy white for the outside, and a cool aqua blue on the inside.

[caption id="attachment_7634" align="aligncenter" width="450"]christopher sturman christopher sturman[/caption] I will tell you, I love trim.  I stand in the aisle of the home improvement store and stare at it, dreaming what I can do with it.  In this next year, I want to plan out and draw a trim project for every ceiling of every room.  More on that later... For the past few years, I have loved rooms that are cream or white with painted, colorful trim.  It's a nice change from the typical wall color and white trim.  In fact, I tried to work this concept in my own home when I was trying to figure out my dining room.  It just didn't work out, but in my mind, the color story would have been similar to the gorgeous photo below.  (note that ceiling!!!) [caption id="attachment_7640" align="aligncenter" width="680"]thornton designs thornton designs[/caption] Of course, is there anything as classic as black?  If you want instant elegance, paint your walls white, and your trim and doors black. I find this works especially well in newer homes that need a little added character.

[caption id="attachment_7613" align="aligncenter" width="431"]lynn scalo design lynn scalo design[/caption] All we ever hear these days in design is about mixing things up, right?  "Don't buy the matching furniture set at the furniture store, mix hardware, have a surprise color pop in a room"...but if there has been something matchy-mathy that has been beautiful since the beginning of time, it is coordinating fabric and wallpaper.  It is a classic style choice, and while I may not advise it for every room, I think it can work in the right space. Check out these beautiful photos for ideas, plus how I changed up my dining room recently with this style in mind.