Get the Look: A Patternful Blue & White Dining Room for the Holidays

My eyes basically popped out of my head when I received the latest issue of House Beautiful and I saw Lee Ann Thornton‘s jewel box redo of a Connecticut ranch house. The woodwork (which was all brand new, apparently — amazing what you can do with applied moldings), the colors, the patterns, the cozy rooms, everything, everything is right up my personal style alley. Jewel box.

It is apparently up many people’s style alley, because I’ve seen it featured on two other design blogs already.

One room, in particular, that made me gasp was the lovely, yet so friendly-and-accessible-feeling dining room.

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Lee Ann Thornton

I’d be hard pressed to find an individual who doesn’t like blue and white. It is the essence of classic.

I love Lee Ann’s employment of pattern-on-pattern, one of my favorite granny chic techniques. However, notice how carefully she plays with different pattern scales and tones/values of the blue color. That is where the designer works her magic!

While Lee Ann employs a number of very high-end trade-only sources, this is one look that the DIY decorator could imitate pretty successfully, I think, again, paying careful attention to scale and color. For some of the big ticket items, I’ve included some more budget-friendly options. Lots of vintage finds!

And, as always, note that items from companies like Schumacher, Noir, Visual Comfort, Merida, etc. are available to Home Glow Design  clients according to my pricing.


Get the Look: A Patternful Blue & White Dining Room

While it’s a pretty tight squeeze for any of you lovely readers to create a dining room from scratch before Thanksgiving, you could definitely have it done by Hanukkah, Christmas, and the New Year!


Let’s face it, this room starts, ends, and begins with this beautiful, antiqued floral wallpaper by Tyler Graphic. Sorry, trade only.

However, here are a couple of papers that give a similar look.

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Schumacher Pyne Hollyhock in Blue

Which was used to much acclaim in this dining room by Studio McGee.

Or, for a much less expensive option:

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Brewster Wen Festival Floral Wallpaper, Sapphire

The next big patterned item is that stunning hand-blocked tablecloth from Zsuzsanna Nyul. Again, trade only. Do a google search, and you’ll find a number of block print tablecloths (this is one of my absolute favorite Etsy sources for block print tablecloths), but whatever you find has to play nicely with your wallpaper! And for that reason, I really like this one from Serena & Lily.

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Palermo Block Print Table Cloth

This Louis Mirror comes in gold and silver and is a really good price at $199. (Ballard is also having 25% off everything through Nov. 13.)

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Ballard Designs Louis Mirror

The glass globe lantern comes next.

Lee Ann’s is from Paul Ferrante, and looks to me like it is 18-20″ in diameter. The ones pictured below are 15″ and 12″ in diameter respectively. If you have a rectangular or oval table you probably need two of these over your table. If you have a round table that is larger than 48″, you might want to find something bigger but without glass to keep the cost down.

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Crown Top Globe in Aged Iron, Visual Comfort

Or this one, for the more wallet conscious.

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Bertille 3 Light Globe Pendant


I have a few chair options for you.

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Noir Colonial Caning Chair in Distressed Black


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Noir Gaston Chair in Black


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Jacques Black Cane Dining Chair, set of 2 by Home Decorators


I adore mismatched blue and white china, but unless you are an avid picker, it can take a while to collect and mix and match well. This Chairish shop has a ton of sets already perfectly collected for you. The owner also sells from an Etsy shop.

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Mismatched Ironstone Service for 4


(Did you know that designers now get net pricing and 2 day holds at Chairish?!?! I’m over the moon.)

But if you want a mismatched china service for 12 and don’t want to spend hours and hours trolling the internet, Bunny Williams Campbell Service for Ballard is great. Again, 25% off through Nov. 13.

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Bunny Williams Campbell House Dinnerware, Ballard Designs


If it were me, I’d add a hefty dose of vintage “brown” into the mix with a gorgeous sideboard. This one is from Baker on Chairish, but I bet if you scope your local Craigslist or auctions, you’ll find something similar for half the price and no shipping. We’ll throw it into the mix, so you can see what it would look like with everything else.

Vintage Baker Sideboard
Vintage Baker Sideboard


Now, time to vary up your tones of blue! Add cobalt.

Lee Ann has some gorgeous hurricanes on her sideboard. These, from Wisteria, are 10% off with the code EXTRA10.

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Mexican Cobalt Glass Hurricane from Wisteria

I loved this set of wine goblets on Chairish.


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Vintage Cobalt Wine Goblets

But these are really pretty, too, and there are 12 available.

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Vintage Noritake Cobalt Goblets

This is a nice, clean-lined option from Target.

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Cobalt Wine Glasses

Ginger jars are a must. I’m lazy. I tend to look for sets.

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Vintage Ginger Jars, Set of 3

Again, Ballard loves this stuff. If you’re even lazier than I am and don’t care about vintage, you can check out its Blue & White Chinoiserie collection.

Lastly, your natural items to keep things relaxed. Lee Ann’s rug is from Merida, and is available through Home Glow, but I like this patterned jute rug from Overstock, as well.

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nuLoom Diamond Jute Rug


Water hyacinth chargers are lovely (and inexpensive) beneath your dinner plates.

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14.5″ Water Hyacinth Chargers


A couple of extra accents — and a wheelbarrow-full of blue hydrangeas — and you’re done! My favorites, all together below, for your pinning/purchasing pleasure!


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globe lantern / wallpaper / rug / vintage ginger jarstablecloth / hurricane / mirror / dining chair / vintage sideboard / napkins / vintage napkin rings / vintage dinner service / water hyacinth chargers / cobalt goblets


I have a few stories in the works — a teen boy room reveal, a new furniture maker in support of men in addiction recovery, another art story. What do you want to hear about next Saturday???? Let me know!!!


Oh, and for those of you who are curious as to whether I decided to go for the vintage stove or the new Lacanche, well, multiple factors came into play. Not the least of which is we are still at least 2 years from our kitchen project and lack humidity controlled and mouse-proof storage space. I let the stove go. 

Reader Mike from Florida expressed interest, and I sent him my lead. He is now in the process of trying to coordinate the transport of that 1,000 lb. baby from the Northeast! Good luck, Mike, and send me a picture!




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4 thoughts on “Get the Look: A Patternful Blue & White Dining Room for the Holidays”

  1. Love love love this. Have always adored the blue/white combo and secretly want another home to do it all up. I would love to see a post on fireplace andirons/firedogs and/or ways to update your fireplace (can you paint the inside? if so, with what?). The fireplace season is upon us!

    1. I know. I wish I had room to do a blue and white room here, too. And thanks for the idea! I will definitely give it consideration!

  2. I really like the wooden sideboard that you added to the room design! As much as I liked the room when I saw it in the magazine, it seemed a little light and in need of some warmth and weight.not that I’m an expert. Also, it’s hard to see the table that is holding the mirror and blue and white ginger jars, so maybe it adds more to the room than appears in the picture. Your options are so wonderful and would make another beautiful room and much more affordable for most people. Thanks for another great post!

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