Our dining room has come a long way. Like. A LONG WAY.
When we first got our house, I was a young college girl planning a wedding and making questionable design choices. I didn't know what my interior style tastes would be like as an "adult" sharing a home with my husband.
So I chose this for our dining room:
I will admit. It was a lot better than what we started with:
(note: not our stuff.. this is a photo I snapped when we decided to buy our house)
Last fall, I chose gray. It seemed like a great decision. The color itself is pretty great.. but there was one problem. It didn't suit me, or my tastes.
However, we loved that room. It housed friends and family often. That table was given to us for free and we were so grateful, are so grateful, for the kindness that was shown to us that first weekend that we moved into our home.
One day I was stalking Restoration Hardware and found my dream table, on sale. WHAT? I know. I showed it to Ben and we figured out that it would actually be a great use for some money we had saved.
So on the morning our niece was born, this little baby was delivered to our home.
Once we ordered the table and were waiting for the delivery time, I painted the room the same neutral color as our kitchen and some other spaces in our home. It's not a revolutionary design choice but I really think it works in the space. It made the room a neutral palette for me to make our own.
The next step was selling the old chairs and saving for the new ones. We had a garage sale and sold a TON of our stuff from college and I stalked the World Market sales for our new chairs. I really wanted a french country look for the center of the table, with neutral linen armchairs on the ends.
It sounds silly but the changing of this room has changed the tone of the rest of the house. It's one of the first rooms you see when you walk in, and I'm so much happier now that it's consistent with our style.
I'm still working on art in the space.. but I'm really really happy for it. It did a great job hosting Thanksgiving last week.
What do y'all think?