dining room Posts

Our Favorite Spaces: Shelby’s Daring Dining Room

By: Shelby Adamson

I live in a 1968 ranch home and have changed my dining room a few times. I started with a white table, navy chairs, stenciled wall, and capiz chandelier (a la beachy shabby chic) but I really wanted to embrace the era of my home and give it some high contrast pop. Inspired by Jonathan Adler’s colorful, happy spaces, I have come to treat my house less like a model home, and more like an authentic space that makes myself and my husband happy.

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Because my dining room acts as a passage to the patio, I needed a round table that allowed movement. With most of the room being neutrals I wanted a pop, and being obsessed with deep pinks and fuchsias led me to Benjamin Moore’s Gypsy Pink. The large mirror on the wall reflects the window and brings in more light. I chose Benjamin Moore’s Van Deusen Blue for the wall—a chalky navy that doesn’t absorb too much light. Mimicking the look of large molding with white paint, I painted the top and bottom of the wall. 

I’m a big fan of midcentury wishbone chairs, and these were a DIY project I’m pretty proud of. The seats were awful, so I dyed some white cotton to look like Shibori and recovered them. The finishing touch? A sputnik inspired light that really brings a fun modern flair to the room.  

Overall I am thrilled with the space and how it feels finished. As a designer, it can be a real challenge to complete your own home!

How to Love Your Dining Room

By: Stephanie Andrews & Danielle Cornely

Dining rooms are totally underrated and underused. We recently spoke with a client who said they use theirs only three to five times each year! If you’re having trouble figuring out what to do with that lonely extra space, we’ve got you covered. Here’s why dining rooms are as awesome as you make them.

Photo courtesy of H2 Design + Build

Photo courtesy of H2 Design + Build

1. The communal/meditative aspect. Eating together, even if it’s just 20 minutes, adds life and meaning to the room. Have conversations, tell stories, and make memories. Like to dine solo? Get the peace and quiet you deserve in a room where it’s just you and your delicious dinner.

Photo courtesy of Refinery29

Photo courtesy of Refinery29

2. Double duty. Since your only real dining room staples are a table and chairs, you can get creative with the other pieces. Select items that turn the room into something else. Try bookcases for a library, or shelving for a bar. (Hey, why not both?)

Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy

Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy

3. The perfect workspace. Get a good quality, sturdy table that will allow you to wrap presents, pay bills, do homework, and spread out with ease. Include a stylish storage piece to hold all of your supplies so everything is right where you need it.

Photo courtesy of The Every Girl

Photo courtesy of The Every Girl

4. Room to show off. The dining room is the perfect place to showcase your favorite art, photos, or collections by creating a gallery wall. Let the room say something about you. Love traveling? Mount a map to foam core, and use push pins to highlight where you’ve been and where you want to go.

Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy

Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy

5. Let the lighting say it. Whether you’re eating, working, or just hanging out, you’ll need a light fixture in your dining room that you’re proud to have as a focal point. Select a chandelier that expresses your personal style and suits your needs. Put a dimmer on it and go from an afternoon of paying bills to an evening of ambience. 

Don’t neglect your dining room. Spend some time there, get to know the space, and be creative with how you use it!