Yesterday I chatted about our little bar corner of our dining room. Even in a small space (like the corner of our dining room), it is possible to create storage and add functionality with a little creativity and some patience to find the right pieces. As for our wine racks – they are from the Pottery Barn outlet and were originally black. (you can see the before photo on this oldie post!) After a few coats of spraypaint and some added wine glass holders (from Ikea), they are the perfect place to stash our wine glasses. Also, I found this one on craigslist for cheap so keep your eyes peeled if you are looking to add one to your own home.
But like any good participant on a reality dating show, I thought, why stop there? Let’s go a little further. In fact, allow me to forget all common sense and follow my heart. which happens to be in my pants. Seriously though…let me show you the current status of our dining room.
First, let’s discuss the sad news…our dining room table.
See that corner in the photo above? Yeah. Somehow something screwed it up. Don’t know how. Or what. Such is life. I think that means I just got signed up for refinishing a dining room table that I don’t love. Let me tell you why I don’t love our table. One – it’s huge. Which is fine except it can only hold four people. Weird right? And since I want like ten of Jeremy’s babies…have you seen this man’s tush?!….and a table that has chairs the babies can climb into without rappelling equipment. Since it’s bar height, we will have to teach the kiddos to set up a self-belay before they are allowed to dine with us. Also, the height means that visually it takes up a lot of space…not good in a small room.
Okay. Now that I am done with being Debbie Downer, let’s just chat about the rest of the room.
Right now we have two blue runners (I scored em for cheap as a Happy-Birthday-to-me-gift a while back) on the table and on the buffet. I really like the simplicity of that. I think I got my brain cluttered up in this room after the chaos of the baby shower and I needed a break from setting the table for my imaginary guests.
Since the table had a large white bowl with a few woven balls (that I picked up as an after-christmas-present), I decided that the way to go for summertime was beachy. C’mon…white, blue, and woven obviously equals the shore. So I dug out some shells that I scored for free via the ocean…and some sand that I had in a giant ziplock baggie (let’s not ask!) and my apothecary jars and…
Looks like a little taste of summer. And the best part is that if I want to use the buffet, all I have to do is pick up the tray. So simple! Plus, I figure this arrangement could work for any season. Like the tray+apothecary jars would be perfect for fall leaves, a little pinecone or two and a big yummy candle. And a christmas theme could work with a few ornaments, maybe a stack of christmas cards, and a little santa figurine. And don’t get me started on spring…with the flowers and the easter eggs and the endless possibilities.
All in all, our dining room is pretty simple. But I like to think that sometimes, the most clutterfree space is the best design. Helps the creative juices get flowing so that you can busy it up again.
What do you think? Do you like the shell centerpiece? I feel like it’s my last ditch effort to hold onto summer. At least until we go on vacation. (gollywhittakersthatcan’tcomesoonenough!) And I love how the blue of the runner compliments the new celery colored wine cabinet. Any one out there with a creative idea of what to stash in the apothecary jars? Or perhaps you are a bar-height table owner and understand my pain? Or maybe you posted recently your own dining space and wanna link. I’d love to see it and I am glad to share our dining room…in a nut…err…conch shell 🙂