Happy November! This month is really a month of home over here. We are starting our dining room this weekend! Today, I want to share the inspiration and direction of this space. I always think of dining rooms as little jewel boxes. They have jewelry (hello, beautiful chandelier!), some extra flair (usually with wallpaper & mouldings), and are a place to gather and celebrate holidays.
Our dining room is unusual in the sense that this old colonial had it designated as a den originally. The former owners opted to dine open concept where our breakfast nook is between the kitchen and living room. I prefer a breakfast table and a separate dining room. I know it’s been popular to embrace open concept everything, but I do love a formal dining room and we actually use ours quite a bit every week. I’m big on family dinners together and love to cook and entertain, so to me, it’s not a room we just walk by everyday.
Traditional meets Coastal meets Equestrian Chic…
I want this space to be a chameleon in a sense. I want it to vibe with the color story and the rest of our home. I also want it to be able to embrace the change of seasons and holiday tables without having to be blue & white everything all the time. The great thing about blue and white is that it plays so well with the other crayons in the box. Also, I have a pretty vast China collection and I love to mix and match those patterns often, especially for our holiday celebrations.
I found this gorgeous table used online when we first moved in, but the only downside was they only had 4 of the original 8 chairs and had sold them a la carte. So, at first I thought, maybe I’ll hunt down the matching chairs, but now have embraced mixing in some slipcovered chairs. When it comes to wood furniture, I prefer buying older quality pieces. I prefer to have a good mix of old and new in my spaces. Eventually, we are going to comb some favorite haunts for a sideboard and hutch. I don’t want to rush that and find something we really want in the space.
Walls & Jewelry
The walls are going to be wallpapered in the same Les Touches by Brunschwig and Fils in Cadet I used on the fabric in our living room. I’ve always adored this paper, so it’s one of the unifying elements between our spaces. It looks so good in a dining room. We are also going to have some fun with moldings and trim. Finalizing those decisions now. For the chandelier, I keep going back and forth on going with the RL equestrian vibe or a really “pretty” one. I’m giving myself a deadline so we can get it ordered and installed before Thanksgiving.
Coming up next week…
Just like our bedroom and living room, I’ll share our weekly updates on this space with you. We are installing the wallpaper and starting the woodworking this weekend, so next week I”ll share the progress. More soon…