Walls in Caliente! by Benjamin Moore (exclamation point by me).
Warning: when this color is wet, it looks EVEN brighter. When it first goes up on the walls it may cause your husband to panic, tell the painters to stop, and call you in despair, complaining that his eyes are burning. This could be a problem, especially if it goes up a mere three hours before your Christmas guests are set to arrive. Tell him: worry not. It will dry into the fabulous red goodness you see here.
I've never had a dining room before- in fact I've never even had a space large enough to fit this table and still leave space for guests to sit on all sides of it! Needless to say, its size was a feature of our house that I fell in love with immediately, and I love the space even more now that we've made it open into the kitchen.
The previous owner of this house's daughter warned me about these cabinets.
She said to be careful about all of that storage space- that her Mom had seized the opportunity to never throw a single thing away, and that she was paying for it on move-out day. But I couldn't hear a word she was saying, I was already mesmerized by ALL OF THAT STORAGE SPACE.
If you're not a city-dweller, then you may not be impressed. But if you are, then you might know that storage like this is tough to come by while still maintaining the rights to your first born child. I quickly put it to use:
And can we please keep it real? One of my cabinets looks like this:
This room still needs the floors refinished, a bigger rug, photos hung, new knobs on the cabinets and a dimmer switch installed on that chandelier that will tone down the brightness just a bit. But I'm not waiting for all of those things before I throw my first dinner party- they say red in a dining room just makes you want to eat more. I say, bon appetit!