Dining Room

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My love for entertaining requires a dining room that can easily change and adapt. That’s why I designed a very neutral dining room. It is the perfect backdrop for any occasion. I have mixed formal elements, like this existing chandelier…

with non-traditional pieces like this antique dresser that has been passed down at least 4 generations {but I believe 5} in our family. It’s a great piece for occasional storage of linens, place card holders, and games.
While I eventually plan to include my mother’s {previously grandmother’s} dining room table, for now,  the room hosts my harvest table. The table expands to accommodate additional guests using the chairs from our living room.
Simple artwork in brass frames can be changed with each season or event that I host.
The brass bar cart is another adaptable element in the room. It is mobile and works well as a beverage or dessert bar.
Brass curtain rods keep the room traditional along with sheer belgian linen curtains that puddle for a more formal flair, but allows natural light. Also included in the room is my Great Grandmother’s piano, which often doubles as a serving buffet.
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This image is one of my most pinned images & last night, I took a step back to contemplate why. Honestly, I’m not a mind reader & I’m not sure exactly why it has been pinned time & time again, but I’m going to speculate.

It’s light, bright & calming. I originally posted this photograph of my dining room in a post about the neutral paint palette we used throughout our previous home.  Obviously bold & beautiful always works as well!

It’s not perfect. I never completed the room & only added makeshift art. Something most can relate to.

It’s a blend of old & new. The chandelier was original to the home, the bar cart & harvest table were Craigslist finds I revitalized. The piano was my Grandmother’s, the dresser {not shown} a Great, Great Grandmother’s & only the chairs were new. Even some of the accessories were family heirlooms. The lesson? There’s something beautiful in the history of a piece.

I used mixed metals. Brass, pewter, tarnished silver – combining them adds a little depth.

It’s layered. The chairs have pillows & throws to make the room a little more cozy. I added a burlap table runner for texture.

It gives you a glimpse into another space. You catch just a glimpse the stairwell.

It’s relatable. Do you have a space that’s incomplete or that you’d like to take further? A room with furniture that you never really intended to live in the space? This room is everyday life. That’s why it’s beautiful. It’s a reflection of us, our history & how we like to celebrate with friends.

Great lighting is always a must. It’s one place I’m willing to invest in a home. This was a rare instance where I didn’t have to.

I decided to dissect our dining room because I realized there’s perfection in imperfection. That’s something I desperately need to remember as we remodel & decorate our new home. Embrace how far you’ve come & tweak it along the way. It makes a room more interesting & often, more beautiful.

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What do you think? What are your favorite elements of a space?



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