Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dining Room Therapy

When we first moved into this row house we weren't quite sure what to do with our long narrow space of a house. It seemed like such a foreign concept to me to have all of the downstairs rooms open to each other and to have everything stretched out length wise instead of width wise. As we have acclimated to this way of living so has my design style. For the longest time I struggled with the dining room. It was hard to create a space that seemed appetizing to me and that could still blend in with the rest of the downstairs. I so desperately wanted a space that made me feel like I was dining at a restaurant, where the Hubs and I could eat something as mundane as a pizza but have it taste better over candles and a simple set of bone white plates. It is not abnormal for me to drink out of special glasses or use linen napkins for no reason. I like to feel like our meal time is special; however, the dining room never fostered this type of environment. We also like to use our dining room quite frequently to have people over. So re-doing our dining room was important for me, I just wanted to get the feeling right. I wanted a neutral backdrop so that any meal or celebration could absorb the feeling and colors of the food or theme, instead absorbing the decor of a distracting dining room. I also did not want it to be so neutral that it seemed boring. So my Hubs built a dining room table (to replace our round one), we changed the wall paint and pattern as well as the lighting and we invested in some comfy chairs. This allowed me to accessorize with color, color, and more color! It is so easily adaptable and I LOVE that! Here is some of the steps to get us to where we are now at the end of the project....

  and this is how the dining room looks as of now!  


The table was made from reclaimed wood that cost $10 and it is so huge that we can fit a lot of people. The vases were vintage $5 finds at a local antique shop. One cost that shocked me was the price of candles!!!! I sort of thought it was nuts and there must me some shortage of wax for as much as some places wanted! So I searched and searched. Then I found a GREAT deal at Ikea for these creamy white candles. They are unscented which is a must to use while eating dinner with them lit....can you imagine smelling a Gardenia scented candle while eating roasted chicken? Yuk! Our chairs are white which scares most people...however the covers are easily removable which means I can bleach them or eventually dye them or use them as a pattern to recover them with some other fabric. We got the chairs on sale at Ikea for $60 a piece and they just felt so perfect for the table. To replace the cover it is only $10. My favorite part of the dining room is when you take away the linens, vases, cookbooks & flowers it is a simple, subtle and neutral pallet. (Which is awesome when I am hosting a Halloween party, Thanksgiving dinner, or just a Sunday afternoon ice-cream social.) So this is our latest house proud moment (shout out to Liz for the Nate tag line)! Do any of you have any items that are a must for your dining room??? Let me know, I would love to hear from you!

25 comments:

  1. hahah heck yeah house proud! i wish i lived in your house! so amazing

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  2. Beautiful! This is gorgeous - It is so nice to work as a team where your talents compliment each other!

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  3. I love your dining room table! Your husband did an amazing job! Do you have any pictures, tutorials of when he built it?

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  4. Your husband deserves an award for stenciling that wall! My husband would never do that! Love your dining room. You did a great job.

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  5. Thanks so much Britt! He does deserve an award! However, the dining room was a lot easier than our son Olly's room! Yikes! You have to look at my son's nursery on these four walls! The stencil in there we handmade and then it took 4 stencils to equal one big image....It took two months needless to say, but I think it's amazing! Thanks so much for your sweet comment!

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  6. I second a request for how the table was made, I LOVE it!

    I've moved these pictures to my dining room inspiration folder. It's just what I have been looking for!

    (Found you through YHL)

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  7. Thanks so much!!! I will tell my husband that we need to make a tutorial and I promise to make that happen in the near future ;.) I appreciate your sweet comment. I am a new blog and can use all the support I can get ;.) hahah. I love if anyone can get anything from my ideas! Happy dining room decorating!

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  8. Found you thru YHL...love your home and the gorg colors you use...makes me feel brave!
    Keep up the great work- so inspiring..would also love the table tutorial!!
    Julie

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  10. Thanks so much Julie! Some day soon I would like to have that table tutorial up so keep watchin'! BE BRAVE! That is what I have learned over the years...for some reason it always pays off! Thanks again! Don't forget to check out THESE FOUR WALLS at the top to see some other rooms in the house ;.) Also check back next week for the master bedroom "final" product ;.)
    I mean really, is decorating ever really Final? ;.)

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  11. You guys are very creative. So different and refreshing!
    It is sooo hard to read your font though!!

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  12. Thanks Karen! If I make it bigger as i did in this entry does it help? I am more than happy to change it up just let me know. Thanks so much!

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  13. I love the font - but it is soooo hard to read. I love your home and want to read every.single.detail of it, but it gives me a blurry kind of headache. :-(

    Can I just say though - I have not been as in love with a home as yours in a loooong time...And that's saying something since I spend FAR too much time every day looking through design blogs!

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  14. And what wall colors did you use for the accent wall? I'm thinking of convincing my husband that stenciling isn't sooo bad. I'd love to copy your color!

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  15. That would be awesome! We used a color called Broom by Ralph Lauren however, they no longer sell Ralph Lauren at Home Depot where I live so we had them color match it and use Behr paint and primer in one. (I believe Home depot still has ralph lauren colors in their system). The stencil itself was a creamy white color by Glidden I believe it is called Talc. I just love the contrast. You could use any creamy white or even bright white if that tickles your fancy ;.) I just love how both colors play off the dining room hutch which is Chinchilla grey by Martha Stewart! LOVE THAT COLOR! If you like a pale color it is amazing! Happy painting & I hope this helps!

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  16. I found your blog through YHL and absolutely love it! I am obsessed with the stenciling but have never attempted it myself-do you have any tips? Where did you get the stencil pattern? Thanks so much for sharing!

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  17. I love your dining room table! Any chance you would provide the dimensions for it and your dining room? We have a similar space and open floor plan and I've been trying to figure out a configuration that would work well.

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  18. Hi Kate! Thanks so much and welcome to the blog. Stenciling is great cuz if you mess up you can just paint over it ;.) The pattern on the wall in the nursery we made on the computer and transfered it to stencil sheets that can be bought at craft stores for cheap ;.) The stencil in the dining room I bought at Hobby lobby with a coupon ;.) A good tip is to purchase lots of different sponge brushes (the cheap 20 cent ones) because we went through a lot of them. Also take your time ;.) I would say it was much harder to control the white paint from "bleeding" onto the dark black wall vs. the white on the broome colored wall ;.) SO maybe it's easier on lighter walls ;.) Hope this helps!

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  19. Love your blog and the dining room is gorgeous! What color did you spray the dining room light fixture? I have almost the exact one, but it's currently brass..blah.

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  20. Thanks so much Hannah! Brass lights can be a bummer :.) I actually sprayed it rustoleum's blue grey color. There wasn't a name but they only had two Grey colors when I picked it out....one was stone grey the other more blue grey & that's the one I picked :.) I hope this helps a little! Welcome to the blog :.)

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  21. Love your blog!! Found you through pinterst. Where did you get the wooden piece on your dining room table that holds the candles? I love it!

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  22. Thanks so much and welcome to the blog. I actually got that tray at pottery barn last year. I love it! I see them everywhere so you might be able to find one even more awesome than mine! good luck ;.) happy hunting.

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  23. love your dining room table, Your husband did an amazing job.

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  24. Thanks SO much! He did so awesome, I'm one lucky gal! Welcome to the blog ;.)

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