Dining Room: Before and After

The dining room is, for all intents purposes, completed. Is it ever really actually finished? If you missed our inspiration post check it out here. Here’s what’s happening!

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The bamboo shades make a world of difference. Before, lunch was impossible at the table. The sun was shining right in your face, so huge improvement. We never did find a bench so instead we re-purposed our outdoor sofa until we find what we really want. We couldn’t find a rug with the exact colors we were looking for, it’s missing the mint, but I this one still works because of the light colors in it. The rug is what really makes the room, check out the room without it below. The mirror isn’t my favorite but it plays a very important role, it’s the one thing that gives the room height, a tall cabinet or tall tree would be awesome there for the same reason.

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Please excuse the random coffee mug on the table. No rug = sad room. Also note the table is darker in these pictures. We sanded the whole thing down and are getting ready to seal it, more about that hopefully coming soon.

Some things we would like to change/finish:

  • Upgrade the mirror: There is nothing particularly wrong with this mirror but I would love to have this one.
  • Add a vignette under the mirror: This is screaming for a little spot of happiness. A small table with a lamp and some graphic flowers would be amazing. As would a decked out industrial bar cart.
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  • The empty corner needs some love: This is where my dream fiddle leaf fig tree would live next to an awesome piece of art work. These are some things we are looking at 1, 2, 3. This is also an ideal spot to balance out the height from the mirror vignette/cabinet situation on the other side of the room.
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  • Longer rug: The rug could be longer but since it’s such an odd sized half room I’m glad we found one that works as well as this does. We could fix this by layering a longer natural rug underneath it. Amber Interiors has a great article for all of you rug layering doubters out there.

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  • Lighting: We didn’t even attempt to change the lighting in this space, but a new lighting would make a huge impact. We love the look of an over-sized industrial chandelier like 1, 2, 3.
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  • Finishing touches: Sheepskin throws/chair covers on the chairs (these guys get cold) and some sort of center piece to help counteract the massiveness of this table. An actual bench or built-in if we weren’t living in a rental.

All in all we are loving our new dining space. It makes family dinners much easier than sitting around the coffee table. Entertaining is an actual option now. It’s open to the whole house and makes everything feel happier.

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