Welcome to our quaint, little dining room. This is probably one of the most neglected rooms in our house. Ian and I spend most of our time in the kitchen and living room. We keep thinking about hosting a party, so we can make use of this room. But, it has not happened quite, yet.
We have some fun and fabulous plans for this room, and it will likely be one of the last rooms we renovate. The dining room table and chairs are actually a set we purchased from the previous owners of our home. Ian and I did not have any furniture that would fit this space, so it worked out perfectly. Eventually, we want to build our own dining room table and have it perfectly fit the entire space. I have not decided what we will do for chairs. We will probably end up making those too like we do everything else 😉 I absolutely love the large windows in here. The natural light floods in, making the house bright and welcoming. We considered adding on another room with a half-bathroom because we have a lot of space on the outside of the house, but I don’t want to lose these windows. I’m concerned the house would not look as open or bright if we did that. So, Ian and I are still bouncing that idea around.
We have two corner units that we also purchased from the previous owners. These fit well in the space, and they are a perfect stand in, until Ian and I decide on renovations and décor for this room.
Along the French doors, I want to have the built ins we do in the living room also come through to the dining room. I think that will also increase the open feeling and add a fun element to the room.
As of right now, we are planning on keeping the bar area that opens to the kitchen. I like that the dining room still feels a part of everything, yet it is still a little bit private. It is a nice balance.
We definitely want to change the paint color. Currently, I am considering a cream color and decorating with emerald and gold accent pieces. Is anyone else obsessed with emerald right now? I know my taste changes so often; I want to find a neutral color that will go with a wide range of accent colors. Cream seems like the perfect fit for that! Plus, I am sure I will find some way to get a leopard piece in there 😉 (I may not get that leopard rug for the living room, but I am going to find some way to have my leopard print!)
For the ceiling, I absolutely want to add some crown molding and change the chandelier. I have been loving the chandeliers that have a lot of metal and vintage elements, but I also love a classic, opulent chandelier with strings of beads and the candle stick appearance. I will keep you posted on what I end up choosing. It really depends on how formal we want our dining room to be. While I love a classic formal look, I also want our home to feel comfortable and welcoming when we have guests. So, I will likely try to combine elements of both sophistication and relaxation. It sounds polar opposite, but I can do it. I also want to remove the texture from the ceiling, so it is completely flat. This texture is in every room of the house, so Ian and I have a lot of scraping ceilings in our future.
Mmmm. Now this is my favorite wall. You may wonder why because I only have what looks like a tiny shadow box hung on the wall. That is actually my wedding bouquet, which my parents had preserved as a gift for me. This will be my gallery wall. I want to hang some of our favorite wedding photos, engagement photos, initials, and I am currently working on some graphic designs of our wedding vows (Ian and I wrote our own vows). I truly cannot wait to get this wall filled with fun memories and special moments.
If you can see, we also have some cords running through the wall to the kitchen. In my kitchen tour, you will notice that we put a small TV in there. I hope to run the cords in between the walls, or add an outlet in the kitchen, so the cords will be out of view. Ironically enough, the dogs enjoy eating in the dining room more than Ian and I because we keep their dog bowls in here. Eventually we will build a decorative platform with cut outs for the food bowls to make it look a little more sophisticated.
That’s it for the tour! I hope you all enjoyed getting to see another room in our sweet little house. I am extremely excited to start renovations, updates, and decorating, so I can show you before and after photos! The renovations we are planning will not change the house drastically. We want to keep that 1930’s charm, but we also want to make some small updates and make this house feel more like our own. Our next room tour will be the kitchen, so look forward to that! You can see our living room tour here.
My next post will be about how to lengthen curtains you already own! It’s difficult to find curtains in the store that are the right length, unless you get custom.
Is your dining room formal, or more relaxed? What is your preference?