Recent Projects at Casa Dolce Vita or How I Tried to Put Off Working Out

Our Christmas Tree

This morning I told myself I HAD to work out this afternoon. I don’t really enjoy it, so I always end up finding something else to do. In an attempt to put off working out today, I decided to take some pictures of the little projects we’ve recently completed around the house.

A close-up of the ornaments… I started off with the idea of making the tree red and silver this year, but ended up adding the green ornaments because I felt that it needed something more.
Our mantel with the garland I made last year
A close-up of one of the stockings

I realized that after asking you guys for help in finding some orange pillows, I never showed you the ones that I ended up buying. The plan is to eventually replace the carpet in our living areas with dark hardwoods and I would like to get new sofas, but alas, I must work with what I’ve got in the time being. My husband also installed a new Selecta pendant from Circa in our breakfast room and we bought the Tango Panels from Z Gallerie for our family room.

I searched high and low and faced limited options in the orange pillow department. I ended up going with these from Crate and Barrel. I think the color complements the brown nicely, the fabric is nice quality, and the inserts are goose down, not the snazziest, but nice enough.

I was recently inspired to do a plate wall in my dining room. I am planning to buy a nice buffet to go underneath the plates. I recently missed out on a Dorothy Draper chest on Ebay that would have been perfect! Unfortunately, someone was a bit faster than me and scored it for $600! What a steal!
The plate wall as it looks today. We are planning on adding more over time.

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  1. It looks amazing (and clean!) Oh to have a clean, non-kidified house…haven’t experienced that in a long while! I wonder if Santa would bring me Alice the Maid from the Brady Bunch?

    No seriously, it looks awesome. Modern without being too austere.

  2. Your home is lovely, Paloma, and I particularly like the drapery. Unfortunately we’re treeless this year because we’re not at home long enough for the holidays. I’ll just admire your beautiful tree instead ๐Ÿ™‚ Great dining room chairs too!


  3. It all looks so great Paloma!! And your tree is gorgeous…I love the big red bulbs! Love the drapery, the lightings, the cleanliness of your home ๐Ÿ™‚ And I love your pillows. Great choice.

  4. You guys are so sweet! Thank you so much. XO

    Nadia, that’s not a silly question. You can buy plate hangers at the hardware store or craft store. They come in various sizes and all you need is a hammer and some nails. Since the plates are hung relatively low, we painted over the hooks and nails in the wall so that they would blend in. All in all, it’s quite easy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Oh wow! I have those same dining room chairs I have four and have moved to a larger home and need to find host chairs that compliment them. Any suggestions? I also just ordered the same trellis drapes for my study!