Reveal: Our Dining Room

I'm excited to share with you today about a month (or more) of hard work that went into turning our dining room from a place we stored moving boxes and wedding presents into a casual yet sophisticated dining room (and now my favorite room in our house). If you remember, I challenged myself to finish the room in just six weeks or less like the One Room Challenge from Calling It Home. If you've been following along since the beginning, you'll remember that we started at basically square one. We had great bones, but needed all new furniture.

We needed new paint and a little bit of renovation to remove the unused radiators to open up space in the room. We are also working through plans for renovating the kitchen in the future and are pretty set on removing the wall between our kitchen and dining room. I took that into account to make sure the furniture would still work in a new open floor plan set up in addition to working in the current standalone dining room.

My design style goal was to create a rustic yet modern room with french flair. 


Without further ado, here is it is!

These bistro chairs stole my heart. When I was first designing the mood board for the room I had intended to mix and match chairs either at the table or as accent chairs alongside the buffet. I leaned on using them as accent chairs next to the buffet, but when I brought two home they looked so great mixed and matched at the table I instantaneously went back to the store for two more. Despite being adorable (and so french), they are surprisingly comfortable! 

The chandelier is one of my favorite items in the room. It brings the "old world" look to the room I think it needed in order to make it feel consistent with the style of our nearly 100 year old home. It's also a great balance for the contemporary buffet. 

The buffet...if you've been following along you know this is one of the items I decided could be a real money saver. I picked out a mid-century piece on Craigslist and made it over with chalk paint and new hardware (Before & After). (Only $75!) I'm really happy with how it turned out and have started to build my first blue and white collection. I'm expecting these jars to rotate back and forth between the buffet and as centerpieces on the dining room table.

A few of my other budget friendly larger items were the rug (an 8x10 for under $300) and our IKEA bar. Unfortunately, IKEA discontinued this line, but I think it's a great testament to how you can make a budget friendly piece look more expensive with decorating and hardware. 

The second set of curtains didn't arrive in time for our big reveal, but with the Atlanta weather being absolutely disgusting and cloudy I welcome any bit of sunlight we can get. 

If you're thinking about designing a room you should check out my post on How-To Decorate 101.  Calling It Home's One Room Challenge also kicks next week!  It's one of my favorite design blogger event where 20 designers/bloggers are challenged to transform a room in just six weeks. The reveals are amazing, so I encourage you to check it out.