Dining Room Dreaming

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  • Beautiful dining room designed by Alexa Hampton in Architectural Digest

    One of the reader survey responses I received is that you’d like to see more of our home – unfinished. I’m excited to share our dining room with you. It’s almost a blank canvas. It’s not at all an ideal dining room for our family – it’s a pass through between the foyer & kitchen, nestled between the family room. It’s odd shape & 70’s window are less than desirable, but I’m hoping to minimize them with a few little tricks. Keep reading for my dining room design ideas…

    Give our oversized breakfast nook with extended trestle farmhouse table, little entertaining will actually take place in the dining room. I honestly never understood why dining rooms went unused, until we moved into this house. It would be nearly impossible to seat more than 6 in our dining room. I do hope that we find occasions to use it though – I’m already plotting a couple possibilities!

    The plans:

    Carrying hardwood floors from the foyer, family room & kitchen through the dining room will make the space feel a little more open.

    I plan to use a recessed curtain rod to make the window feel less awkward. I see them all the time in magazines, but am not sure where to purchase one – in the states. If you have any sources, please share! {Update, I ordered from Europe!}  This gorgeous image is from Traditional Home, of course!

    Dining Room in Traditional Home Magazine with heavy moldings, wainscoting & inset curtain rod

    Eventually, I’d LOVE to replace the windows with French doors that open to the deck. One of the negatives I listed to the realtor as she rolled her eyes at me was that I didn’t want to entertain in a formal dining room overlooking the deck & patio furniture – it just didn’t feel intimate or desirable. I hope to transform this negative into a positive making it yet another access point for indoor/outdoor entertaining. The HGTV dream home captures that vibe.

    HGTV Dream Home patio with beautiful Ethan Allen Furniture, French Doors & lanterns

    I plan to spend the day tomorrow packing china at my sister’s house so that we can move my mother/grandmother’s dining room set into our home! The dark wood will be a beautiful contrast to our linen slipcovered chairs & you know I love to incorporate a little history into every room. With any luck, I’ll have this done by next week! {Below is the dining room from our previous Colonial home.

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    Relocate & add a new light fixture. Currently there is a hook hanging it over the dining room table. It looks horrific & has taken every bit of my being not to remove it sooner, but I haven’t decided exactly what fixture to add yet! A large chandelier, another lantern? What do you think?

    I’m incorporating a lot of art in the dining room to make it feel intimate. This is just one of the many images I’m inspired by…

    dining room art - designed by Phoebe Howard

    I absolutely can’t wait to add wainscoting, but it’s not a priority right now, especially given that the room won’t be used frequently. Heavier moulding would be nice as well! Here I go dreaming again! I love everything about this space designed by Alexa Hampton…the rug is a little more modern, but the room is perfection!

    Beautiful dining room designed by Alexa Hampton in Architectural Digest

    Since this won’t be used as frequently as the breakfast nook, I’m also adding a rug. I knew I should have purchased the rug I saw at our neighbor’s estate sale a few weeks ago, but couldn’t decide at the time where/what size, etc I needed it. It was very similar to this one in Traditional Home.

    White & wood dining room in Traditional Home with shiplap

    Want to see the before {from MLS}? It was taken with a wide angle to give the appearance of more space.

    Dining Room Design - before photos

    And current? You know I quickly painted it, but haven’t touched it since. Not styled, not photoshopped & clearly not put together! The curtains are stacked on the chair, a curtain rod I don’t plan to use & of course that beautiful popcorn ceiling!

    dining room before photos - tips on how to design a home you love

    dining room before image - how to make the best of a dated home

    I’ll leave you with a pretty moment – my olive tree!

    olive tree - simple home decor

    Writing this today has really motivated me to focus on the space! I’d love to know your thoughts!


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