Monday, March 12, 2012

The Dining Room Plan

I finally have a plan for my dining room.  Sometimes I really just have to sit on a decision for a while and let all of my thoughts simmer, until inspiration strikes and I know what I want to do.  I'm really trying with this re-do to think everything through, and then think some more, so I am 100% happy with it when I'm finished.  I don't want to be making changes in a year (or 6 months!).

A few inspiration photos:

My all time favorite that I've carried around ripped out of BH&G:

                                       Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

In the following photos, the use of different end chairs, 
side chairs, and big chunky rustic tables caught my eye.

                                    Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

                                     Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

                                          Source: Uploaded by user via Jennifer on Pinterest

                                         Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

                                            Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

                              Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

China Cabinet:  I love the older styles but will update with color!
                                     Source: via Ditto on Pinterest

                                 Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

The Houndstooth Drapery!  Yes, I got design inspiration from Tori Spelling.  She actually has a really good website with lots of great ideas and design advice.

                                              Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

So, while thinking about all of that inspiration and putting it together with the pieces 
I already have, here's a little design board that I put together.  

1.  I already have an antique chunky legged dining table similar to this one that I'm going to use.  It does not have a leaf and I'm having a carpenter make one for it, so I'm on hold with that one until he can get to it.
2. & 8.  I told you about my china cabinet dilemma here, and you all came through with some great suggestions.  My sister's suggestion was one of my favorites, hanging a large faux deer head like this one over the china cabinet. 
3.  I have already purchased these side chairs.  Love them!
4.  I have a pair of these that you all weighed in on here.  I was 98% convinced I was going to do a black and white graphic print, but then I changed my mind (see #7) and decided to do a neutral fabric.
5.  This chair is my inspiration for the wingbacks...I think I'm going GOLD on the frames!    
6.  My chandelier that I already have, and it's staying.  Although, it may go gold someday, maybe.
7.  I professed my love for houndstooth here and decided to use it for the drapes.  I hope to show them to you this week!  Due to using a graphic black and white here, I decided to go neutral on the wing chairs.

I'm not sure what type of artwork I'm going to use on my one full wall in the dining room yet.  I've already done a large botanical gallery wall in the kitchen, and as much as I love botanicals, I think more in the dining room would be overload.  Looking for options here.

I know my style is all over the map, and there's no way I could ever attempt to define it.  I just choose what I like and throw it all together!  So what do you think?  Any other bright ideas you think I should consider before I get any further down the road? 


  1. I think your idea of 'thrown-together' is serious style!! Your creative mix and the green cabinet will be fabulous!

  2. Love your ideas and your board looks amazing. Can't wait to see it all done. Hugs, Marty

  3. Oooh la la! I love the houndstooth paired with the big pop of green! I am so excited to see this room come together!

  4. Now I know exactly what my style is ~ "thrown together". Perfect! You have amazing creativity and style. Can't wait to see what it all looks like completed.


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