Our Dining Room Reveal!
When our builder mentioned dining rooms were becoming less common in newer builds and asked us if we wanted to include a dining room, I practically shouted “yes!” Our family of 6 needs space and I hate keeping items on kitchen countertops- I wanted a separate space for ongoing projects, a quiet(er) place to eat lunch or take a phone call, birthday dinners and of course holiday dinners with family.
And now, 16 months after move in day, we have it! First take a peek where we started with this room on move in day.
This is 6 weeks ago…
The wallpaper gave it a beautiful start, just waiting for some life!
My overall goal for this room was simply for everything to be pretty for your eyeballs, but practical for dem kids.
I started my plan around the table. We looked for a table that could take a beating and not be too precious. I found this table at Pier 1. I have never shopped there before- to be honest I was worried it would look cheap with such a good price tag, but it’s truly a nice piece. The wood doesn’t have that rough feel- it’s smooth and a great color. This is the Stonewashed Natural.
To elevate the room while still keeping it casual, we used the rattan chairs from Serena & Lily for our end chairs, with a tailored cushion in a high performance fabric (wipable! washable!). I love that the brass end caps on the bottom tie into the chandelier in this room. Mixed with the navy walls, the chairs are a subtle nod to the beachy vibe of this room.
After choosing such pretty end chairs, we wanted our kids’ chairs to contrast but keep with the same feel. The wooden white Bentwood chairs are lightweight so the kids can pull them out for themselves. I had to go on a hunt to find these in wood (metal wouldn’t tie into all the natural textures), but I succeeded. My Etsy seller no longer has any left but I would suggest looking in unexpected places like Chairish, Etsy and Amazon. Also Bauhaus- a mecca of Bentwood chairs you can customize.
We choose an outdoor rug and I’m hoping it holds up well to our messes.
The theme of this room could be something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. So if my craigslist find is my something old, my something borrowed is this canvas my Dad gave to me than hangs just outside the dining room. The print was a favorite of my grandmothers, and she had it in her house hanging. I love that I can see it from my seat at the table!
Minted generously sponsored the oversized art here and I have a full review coming another day, but it clearly is the showstopper in the room! It’s the first thing you see in the room off the front door, and the colors are muted and lovely. It is SO big you guys, it replaces the need for anything else on that wall. The Oyster print was found locally in downtown Durham at an adorable store called Chet Miller, but you can also purchase it directly from Rifle Paper Company.
I was holding my breath to see if the Wesley Sideboard buffet would arrive in time, and it came this week! It’s amazing how high end furniture looks, feels and smells! There certainly is something extra special about it. The scale is just right, as it is centered under the double sconce and able to hold the Visual Comfort lamp, the flag I framed, my massive vase of greenery and other pretty odds and ends. Pictures of my Grandfather who recently passed also sit out here.
And lastly, three cheers for Tonic Living. They overdelivered on this custom cushion that covers our bench in our entry. Tonic Living helped me pick out this high performance fabric specifically for kids with dirty summertime bare feet - it withstands all kinds of stains (even permanent marker they say??), and at my request they added a zipper so I can wash it. If you have a bench you want a cushion made for, they were easy to get a quote from. The lumbar pillow with tassels is from Serena and Lily, and the plaid pillow is also from Tonic Living.
I got so many supportive messages during this challenge, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading and being here! I am so glad I took the plunge, but truthfully I am relieved it’s finished (and so is my bank account, Jose, the kids, the laundry and grocery situation). But mostly, I am just grateful for the opportunity to learn so much from the other designers’ and guests’ One Room Challenges, all found here.
My biggest takeaway is don’t start without a plan from the start. I am a big “let’s wing it and see what happens” kind of girl, so this was my first time nailing down specifics before beginning. A design plan from start to finish, and a visual moodboard - not even a fancy one, have you seen mine??😜 - will be your biggest deciding factor in whether your end result is what you envisioned.