Dining Room Series: Final Reveal

Since I’ve already discussed some elements of my dining room in previous posts, today I am finally sharing photos of the completed room in its entirety! In case you missed my earlier posts, please check them out to read more about the inspiration for my dining room, how to mix and match wood tones, and creating a tablescape that can be altered for each season.

Since my dining room is the first room you see when you walk in our house, it was really important to me that it be beautiful and make a big statement. Fortunately, my mother-in-law’s incredible painting really has that “wow” factor, and it’s totally the star of the space! Here is a straight-on shot of the dining room with her painting front and center:

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For those who don’t know what my dining room used to look like, here’s a shot of the room shortly after we moved in and had just begun to decorate the place (and yes, that is my husband in this photo):


And now here’s the “after” shot:

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Isn’t the painting just breath-taking?? Because I really wanted to let the artwork be center stage, I have intentionally tried to keep the rest of the decor fairly simple and subtle so that it complements the painting without vying for too much attention. The dining set is from Raymour & Flanigan, although sadly it’s no longer available. I chose it because it was small enough to work well in the space, but it had three additional leaves, so it could be extended to seat more if necessary. I also liked that the style was a little casual, but not too rustic, and it was simple enough to blend well with the rest of my decor. Of course, most importantly, the wood tones worked with my buffet! I also added two upholstered captains chairs in and chair cushions to help lighten up the space and break up all the darker wood tones.

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The buffet is from Pier1, and I just love the visual interest that it adds through the decorative carved elements on the doors and drawers. Next to the artwork in the room, this piece plays the biggest secondary role. The simple round mirror is from IKEA (also, sadly unavailable now), and I flanked it with two of my older paintings, which are part of my personal art collection.

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Just for fun, I styled my table with a fresh “summery” look. I splurged on some some neutral placemats, napkins and napkin rings to make the table look even more elegant:

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I couldn’t believe the way the napkin rings picked up the decorative wooden carvings from the buffet and wooden server—it was clearly meant to be! To add a nice pop of color, I clipped some zinnias from my garden and tucked them in to each napkin ring.

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I am so pleased with the way our dining room has turned out. My vision was for the room to be light and airy, sophisticated and elegant, and yet simple and casual enough for us to eat here every night—which we actually do!!! But it looks so beautiful in these photos that now I’m almost inspired to throw a summer dinner party! Wouldn’t that be fun?!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour of my completed dining room. Next up, I will finally be taking us upstairs to show the progress I’ve made in decorating our master bedroom! So stay tuned for more posts about that new space very soon!