Tessie Fay

Why Hello!

I'm Tessie Fay. I'm a water color artist and surface pattern designer. My patterns and artwork are for color loving women who want to create joyful homes with a touch of modern femininity.

Tessie Fay Design
Dining Room Reveal

Dining Room Reveal

The dining room is finally finished and ready for Thanksgiving!

I am still completely smitten with the chandelier.  It greets me with a smile each morning as I walk down the stairs.  The dining room is also the first thing people see when they enter our front door so I am thrilled to finally have this room finished!

The large centerpiece bowl and table runner are my newest finds.  It is hard to tell from the picture, but the runner has a nice metallic shimmer to it.  It looks beautiful against the deep rich wood on the table.

I filled the centerpiece bowl with a few decorative balls from Hobby Lobby, but I plan to switch up the centerpiece often.  The bowl is classic and simple. The centerpiece ideas are endless... mini pumpkins, lemons, apples, floating flowers, etc.

Next to the table is my lovely buffet and sunburst mirror.

On top of the buffet is a hand made table runner, a lamp and a couple of my favorite ruffle bowls.

I found this bowl at an antique store in Minneapolis last year. Isn't it beautiful?  It was my inspiration for bringing some pink into the room.

I always love a good gallery wall.  The black and white pictures are hung in three different groupings along the wall.

Even though the pictures are getting quite old, I still love them.  It is amazing how quickly the kids grow.

All the photos (except for the "Snow" sign) were taken by my good friend, Teri, from

Blue Rock Photos

.  She lives in Colorado now and does some amazing work.

I originally bought enough of this pink and white fabric to make floor to ceiling curtains, but once the curtains were finished, I immediately realized that the pink was too overwhelming.  The curtains drew too much attention away from the star of the room, the chandelier.  I still wanted a touch of pink, so I bought some pre-made curtains from Target and sewed a smaller pink panel to the bottom.

Now they have the perfect touch of color without taking away from the rest of the room.

And since everyone loves a good before and after...



Ahh... much better!


Table and chairs- Macy's Home Store (old)

Chair Recover- DIY



West Elm

Centerpiece Bowl- Crate and Barrel

Table Runner-

Crate and Barrel

Black Frames- Pottery Barn

Buffet- DIY


Sunburst Mirror-

"Devon" Z-Gallerie

Glass Ball Lamp- Homegoods

Ruffle Bowl- Antique Store

Curtains- Target and DIY

Paint- Rainwashed Sherwin Williams

Thrifty Photo Wall

Thrifty Photo Wall

Pumpkin Carving 2013

Pumpkin Carving 2013