Tuesday, July 1, 2014

making a house a home: the dining room

If you remember, back in March, Andrew and I decided not to try to move but to make our house feel more like a home by getting new furniture and redecorating. You can see the living room here. The table arrived after the living room stuff and I meant to blog about it but never did. So now I will.

I took pictures when my beloved peonies were in season. One day we'll change the light fixture since it isn't centered over anything...

Our house has an open floor plan, so the living goes into the dining into the kitchen. There's no wall to separate the living and dining, so the decor had to be similar. I fell in love with the table when I wasn't even looking for a table - the chairs looked comfy and I loved the casual feel of the wooden table top with the wrought iron legs. A blend of comfort and ease with some intentional maturity thrown in.

We always knew we wanted the "hipster restaurant napkins," as I call them, so a set of them lives in a Coke bottle holder on the table. The pig was purchased after I saw a pig soup tureen I fell in love with but didn't buy (it was $65) - I was grateful to find this bowl for $15 a few months later. Andrew thought he was clever for telling me to put apples in its back. I added the terrarium I made for a little color. A few months in and only one plant still looks mostly alive. Oops.

I like keeping silverware in the Coke thing when I remember - one less thing to have to bring to the table. The napkins aren't for using since they took a while to find in a small quantity.

I love the way the table and chairs look, but I didn't think about how hard it would be to keep light colors clean. The table also scratches really easily and the finish scuffs a little when hot plates are put on it, so I'm constantly paranoid I'm going to mess it up. Since the dining table is pretty close to the living room rug, I haven't put a rug beneath it, even though I kind of want to. What would you do?

The wall with the buffet has so much meaning in one small space that it still makes me happy when I walk past it. We purchased the buffet off of Joss and Main and I knew I wanted a round mirror to go above it - preferably antique. Of course I had a price point in mind and of course it was unrealistic, but while we were out looking at antique stores one Saturday, Andrew found one and it was perfect. Simple but with small details on the bottom, unlike anything I can get at HomeGoods, and complete with age spots around the edges. Plus, it was less than I had budgeted!

Mementos from some of our favorite dinners are hanging around the mirror including a golden ticket and sealed menu from é in Las Vegas, a brunch menu from The Spotted Pig in NYC (gotta love the hints of pig), and menus from The Pass and Provisions and Oxheart, both great Houston restaurants. I learned that menus can be odd sizes, but the floating look frames from Michael's made framing much easier. Andrew also fell in love with the pig chalkboard (from World Market) early on and wanted to put the cuts of pork on it, but I thought a friendly message was a little less disgusting more inviting.



The buffet is both functional (all of our bar stuff is stashed inside and my cake domes are on the bottom) and a place for things I've collected. I've always loved the look of apothecary jars and have never known what to put in them. I had to have the vintage toaster (the weird silver thing) when I found it at an antique store over a year ago. It's from the 1930s and I got the vintage coffee can to match it. The vintage-looking milk bottle was picked up in Atlanta last summer and the wooden tray actually says "Andrew Winery" on it so I had to get it when I saw it at Garden Ridge because things like that make me smile. The corner has a little wooden cubby on the wall that has some other menus as well as a place to keep mail and bills so they don't pile up on the table.

One of the few things I would change about the room are the barstools. We both loved them and then they went on sale so I bought them pretty early. They aren't very comfortable and are a little more industrial than everything else, but it isn't the biggest deal. We got really lucky in finding a door mat at Kohl's that matched our other decor, so hopefully that helps to blend the spaces together.

Cake domes, a Texas BBQ book, a cookbook by a favorite chef, and a little tub that says "The Best BBQ in town is right here."

So that's my dining room. I mostly love it, but I do need some help with the rug, table centerpiece, and curtain (or no curtain) on the big window. Any suggestions?

The cubby came from HomeGoods and you can kind of see the flow of the rooms - the fireplace with TV above is on the left, and then a patterned curtain is on the narrow window. What should I do about a dining room rug and curtains?


24 comments:

  1. Love this space! It is so unique and seem like it fits both of y'all as a couple. {From what I can tell through the blog.}

    In my opinion, I say no rug under the table. Since it is so close to the living room rug.

    If you can find a curtain that you love, I would go with curtains. But it does look great without the curtain as well. It takes me ages to find curtains that I like.

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  2. I love it! Those chairs look super comfortable. And now I want to keep my silverware on the table.

    No rug under the table - food falls there. Easier to get up from a wood floor than a rug.

    I would do a sheer curtain in lieu of blinds, but I am anti-blind in general and I like all the light in all the time. I wish I still had my old living room curtains, I'd send them to you. They were sheer mustard with tiny flowers on them.

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  3. I love it, especially the buffet. I killed all but one of my succulents too, so much for anyone can do it!

    Maybe you go valance instead of full curtain and I say no rug. If you ever spill it's much easier to clean a no rug floor.

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  4. I love that table and the decorations. That pig is too cute. I wouldn't put a rug down because it could get messy and hard to clean. I like curtains over blinds, plus it can really add some color to tie in the other decorations.

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  5. can you come decorate my dining room!! love this!

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  6. Oh my gosh I love those metal stools and how they go so perfectly with the wood table too !!! It is my favorite combo

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  7. What a beautiful space you got there! I love the buffet, especially the menus above it because they are so perfectly you and Andrew. I really like the dining room table and the chairs. I'm jealous you were able to find a table you liked so quickly! David and I searched and searched and searched. But I sure am happy with the picnic-ish table we found! :) And I'd say go with curtains. Now you've inspired me to start decorating my own house!

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  8. this is so cozy and lovely! i dont have a dining room, never wanted one but now i do! i love the space you have created and that coke holder is the bomb.

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  9. looks fabulous girl! I can't wait till I have space that is larger than 700 sq ft to decorate ;-)

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  10. Love all the little touches- especially the pig. I'm a big fan of open floor plans!

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  11. I love it! Great job. I also have a very open plan and it is hard to find items that mesh in all areas! I really like how you personalized the buffet wall, and the little pigs everywhere! I say no rug. Now I do have a child, but I am also married to one. YOu would spend a pretty penny on a nice rug to only have it ruined by spaghetti sauce or something. As for your table - I have a solid wood one that was handmade just for me, and I still amm paranoid! I went and got some cork placemats from home goods (set of 4 for $10) Definitely helps, and adds a little color to my table. Great job though! I like how you stuck to your budget!

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  12. I can't help you with decor, but I do love that space in your house - it was such a fun talking point to discuss the menus on the wall when you had us all over!

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  13. You did such a good job... I could never think of putting together half of that stuff. I'm so plain Jane. :(

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  14. I love it! I say no rug under the table because it's so close to the other one. As for curtains...if you found a sheer white or green to match the rug that would look really pretty.

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  15. Oh I get so excited when I see posts like this! I mean maybe to others (you know, "non-bloggers") it would seem kind of stalkerish? But I love seeing other people's homes and their decorating adventures. Your place is looking fabulous!

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  16. I love this! It's so true sometimes you feel like you need to move to get a blank canvas when really you can revamp what you have! Love the way this area came out!!

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  17. I love it, it looks great! That pig shaped sign saying "Let's Eat" is so cute!

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  18. SO CUTE! I love the buffet area. I really like those stools, very neat. You added a lot of personal touches and personality to your space, I love that!

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  19. I love that table and chairs!!! And the other table is cute too with all your decor.

    I say no rug under the table. For me, I like curtains with solid colors and textures. That's just me. I like printed curtains too with the right decor. This is really no help is it? If you remind me...I will text you pictures of my "textured curtains" I speak of.

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  20. Open concept layouts are the best! I absolutely love your table. I actually don't have a dining room or any type of real, defined dining area but that's exactly the kind of table I'd want if I did.

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  21. I love it! I'm a tad obsessed as we figure out how we're going to decorate our new home. I love the table and chairs. That pig is seriously awesome! Jason went to Houston several years ago with friends and came back with a dinner bell thing in the shape of the state of Texas and he somehow wants to incorporate it (mind you, I have never been...lol), but I dig it. I just have more pressing items to think about first, haha. I love your dining room!

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  22. Love the idea of framing menus in your dinning room, so clever.

    I'd leave the floor bare under your table, it's easier to clean up any spills.

    As for the windows, if they face out into your backyard, why not leave them bare and let some green in. Otherwise, a sheer would look great. I'd probably not go with white since your floors, chairs etc are more tan, beige, cream etc.

    Love the pig on the table:)

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