Dining Room Differences
Pop quiz time. Let’s see how well you have paid attention.
What are the things that are new to this room? (not counting general knick-nackery) (and yes, that is now a word).
Pencils down please.
The answers I was looking for were the following:
Any order is acceptable. How well did you do? Anybody go five for five? Well, give yourself a high five if you did. teeheecheesey.
Last time you saw this room – it looked a little something like this:
But the rug looked like this (after I got the freebie from FLOR)…
Well, as you can see, we didn’t love the layered rug look for this room…just wasn’t working out. Putting a 5×7 in there wasn’t an option either…it would be like wearing a yamaka to cover a bad hair day. So we shelled out the extra cash to add 18 more FLOR carpet tiles creating a bigger rug that would be the right scale for the room.
We also had to dig into the couch cushions to add some sconces. Remember how the room was wired for them but there wasn’t any installed?
Well, I saw these beauties at Lowes and loved them. When we bought them, I didn’t know exactly where I would put them (living room? dining room? bathroom?) but once we got home and Jer held them up, I loved the contrast of the squareishness (also now a word) to the round pendant. oohlalight.
Third on the did-you-notice list was these mirrors. I finally got around to choosing where they would go. I decided to go for a long row above the bookcases-turned-dishware-shelves because a. they can reflect the light from the two doors across the room 2. they fill up some of that empty space above those shelves and D. I like mirrors in a dining room but have figured out that if someone can see themselves while at the table, they (as in “I”) tend to look at themselves (coughmyselfcough) the entire meal vs. the peeps I am dining among. Not cool.
You may remember those are the same mirrors that hung in our old dining room. Funny how they look perfectly fitting in there but in the new space they look like a Victorias Secret bathing suit….TINY! That’s what a bigger body…err…house will do, I guess.
I do admit that it does look a little off because we still need a third bookcase. Must order bookcase. Scratch that. Must save money to order bookcase.
Once we have that in place, I think that wall will look much better…and will be great storage for all of my dishware.
Did you even notice that I switched out the buffet? It isn’t a huge change – but I feel like the darker buffet goes better with the other dark furniture around the room. Oh and if you are a Bower Power expert then you will know that it used to be Will’s changing table/dresser. Funny huh? From serving the exit to the entrance…now that my friends is versatility
On the far right side of the room is my new plant life…which isn’t doing so well. Anyone know how to resuscitate a leafy potted plant?
(sorry about the color – nighttime photos will screw with your white balance every time!)
Now my to-do list has to address this wall.
I really want to do a little shelf area above that dresser…maybe I’ll use my old wine bottle shelves…or something similar…but storage would be nice up there. I would do art, but I’m kinda thinking that art would be better served above the buffet. Punny. And I definitely want to dress up those doors with some drapes. Let’s be honest, nobody is ever gonna open those doors (I mean, six front doors right next to each other on the porch is ridonkulous) and treating them like windows can help soften this room up and make it feel a little more homey, dontcha think?
Well, it’s come a long way in only four short months…mostly filled with neglect….here’s the before:
and now the after:
Not too shabby, huh?
So what have ya’ll been doing in your dining room? Whipping out the fall tablesettings I hope! I love that this room is one space that I am really trying to use what we have on hand vs. purchasing more and new. It helps to know that a little recycling can go a long way…and I love the challenge of using the same items in a different way (even if it is something small like a different mirror layout).
In other dining room news, Jeremy is dead set on building a table…I am really excited about that…but at the same time, it means making more decisions…which is kinda tough for me. Ironic, huh? The girl that blogs a lot of home stuff having trouble making home decor choices. Yeah. Go figure.
Well, that’s it for now in here. And as always – stay tuned, I have a ton more to share…and nothing important to say