I only say a “slow” dining room because the kitchen and living room went pretty quick. With those rooms I designed how I go about with clients. Create a plan then execute it. It’s nice to just do it all at one time. With this dining room it’s a one decision at a time kind of thing. Both ways of decorating have their ups and downs, I think. I’m used to the other way, but it’s nice to go this slow route.
Dining rooms are a fun room to decorate because there’s usually no pressure. At least much less pressure than a bedroom, living, kitchen or bath. Those 4 spaces are used every day and so important within a house. Dining rooms (at least in my opinion) are extra, but typically come with a home, and because of that, there seems to be much less pressure when decorating it. The only reason I’m addressing the dining room now (after living and kitchen) is because it’s basically part of the kitchen and living room, which means it gets lots of eyes. Our master is e m p t y. We bought a cheap bed skirt and quilt this week but before that we were sleeping on a black metal frame with nothing on the walls and lamp bases with no shades. Until we have some money saved up to put into the master, it will stay like that. It’s not stressful to me to have an unfinished room, but yeah, I’d much rather have a pretty one than a blank one.
Because our master is where we spend a lot of time, I’d also like to address that room before the dining, BUT like I said, the dining is the first thing you see when you enter the front door, so it seems like the right thing to do. We have a few things happening in the dining room, and it does feel nice, but it needs to be pulled together. That being said, we recently got window treatments and after installing them, I got a HUGE burst of motivation to pull this room together! Window treatments just feel so finished to me even if the room isn’t finished. After seeing these window treatments up, I feel like we just have a few more things to do in here.
Those lovely drapes are from The Shade Store. We have a location here in Austin, so I stopped in to see the drape styles in person as well as the fabric samples, but you can order samples online. I worked with Hilary at the location here in Austin and she was incredible. After I chose the fabric for the drapes, someone came out to measure. That part is THE most stressful part of any kind of window treatments because it has to be exact. After the measurements were done, Hilary put together a mock up of the drapes using a photo I sent of the room.
It was nice to see what the window treatments would look like before the order was placed. As silly as it sounds, big design decisions keep me up at night, but not this time. Not this time, window treatments, I had photo proof that they would be great (& was just what the room needed).
We went with a classic pinch pleat in a canvas fabric. (The color is called “Java”).
Just look at that yummy pinch pleat. Honestly if I had to choose between never buying a new piece of clothing again and never being able to have custom window treatments again, I would choose window treatments every time. So much better than new clothes.
So after having the above pieces in place in the dining room (drapes, dining table, chairs, rug, chandelier, buffet), I made some decisions around those pieces to finish off the space.
What we have other than the drapes:
Dining Table – If you frequent Craigslist, you know that there is never a shortage of dining tables no matter where you live. For whatever reason, I found a dining table via craigslist in Houston (3 hours from my home) and decided it was the table. It was pretty cheap ($150 for an 8′ table)), but there are many cheap tables in Austin too. But I still justified renting a UHAUL to drive to Houston to pick up said table. I do really love it but it could honestly be longer. The dining room is so large. It’s the one thing about the home’s floor plan that I would change if I could. We have yet to use that huge dining room and I know it will feel special when we do, but it’s wasted space 95% of the time. Dining rooms seem to be disappearing in homes for that reason.
Seating – We went with 6 windsor style black dining chairs from Wayfair. ($150 for 2!) They are simple and I love how the windsor style feels so sleek on the chair. We also added 2 upholstered dining chairs to go on the ends (also from Wayfair) and I’m thinking of having those upholstered in something neat. That bench was just a bench that I couldn’t pass up at an antique shop.
Credenza – That credenza was my Grandmother’s so it feels really special. We had it in our very first apartment and then it wouldn’t fit in our bungalow rental so it went to my parents’ garage. I’m really happy to have it back.
Chandelier – I love that chandelier. It’s a good size for the table and I just like the style of it. It adds a nice traditional touch to the room which I’m trying to do a few times in each room. I added those shades to the chandelier, but it still works without them.
Area Rug – That area rug was actually going to be the rug in the living room but I decided it would be better in the dining. It”s simple but still defines the dining area. I love the neutral colors because they still feel rich.
Wallpaper – I mean. How amazing. We’ve actually got the paper in, just saving some money for the install. Since the room is so large, I think it will be really nice to have something that complex on the wall. The mural came from Anewall (my favorite source for murals) but they customized it to wrap all the way around the dining room so it will look like a wallpaper. I’m really excited to get it up on the walls.
Bar – We are planning to have cabinets built into that open closet to create a bar. That wall line was already there and when we walled back up the dining room we decided to keep it there to create a built in bar one day. We’ll do uppers and lowers because we need the storage. Plus I think it will be cheaper to do uppers so that there’s only a backsplash tile rather than having to tile all the way up the wall. I’ve learned it’s the installation $$$ that gets you on projects. I like the idea of a caged upper like this:
And that’s where we are as of today. I think once we get the wallpaper up, it will feel 98% finished. Oh and the bar too so we don’t have an empty closet. But other than accessories, the wallpaper and bar should bring it all together.
Anyone prefer this slow method of decorating??