House Tour: Dining Room

My desire for this dining room is that it not be formal.  I want it to be a casual extension of the kitchen and living room in which I could do projects, or sit down for a conversation – maybe one day help kids with homework.  At the center of this ‘non-formal’ decor scheme was going to be a great dining table. You might recall from very early on in House of Earnest, I posted about farmhouse tables and how much I loved them.  I wanted one and I wanted it to be the star of the dining room. Especially coming off of the dining room we had.


This is actually an upgrade from what the room looked like in 2006.  Back then, instead of a pool table, there was a plywood beerpong table. The beautiful wooden chest wasn’t present, and although the wall decor isn’t good, my husband was definitely trying! I bought the light for above the pool table, not necessarily to encourage it being int he dining room – but more as a ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ kind of purchase.

Back to the present:

We kept the wooden trunk that was from a previous roommate (although he’s building a house and I know I’ll have to give it back at some point!).  Everything else is new – the dining table has a white washed top with an ebony stained trestle base.  With the exception of the end chairs (the second one has been swung around into the living room for additional seating), the side chairs are really just placeholders.  They were $20 each at Target, and are stackable.  Once I find my replacements, I’ll stack them away and bring them out for large gatherings.

sidenote: I like to live with large purchases for a while to see how I use the piece before buying supporting pieces, in most cases I purchase inexpensive placeholders and swap out slowly for things that I find when I’m not feeling rushed or pressured! I end up spending less in the end because I can search for a deal and the money I do spend is on something I absolutely love.

The artwork is also temporary.  Although I liked bringing in a more graphic print in color, I think it’s a little too far on the ‘farm’ theme so I’m looking for something more modern and abstract for that spot.

Talking about spots for artwork… this opposite wall is bare! There is a brick chimney behind this wall that used to supply fire to the kitchen, and with the oddly placed electrical controls, I’m just waiting.  I know a good idea will hit me for this spot sooner or later.

The armoire is one of my prized possessions.  It was originally $2800 at Anthropologie and I found it on clearance for $900. I was on the search for a storage solution for the dining room that could house all of my entertaining pieces, platters, extra places settings, formal china, crockpot(s), etc. This fit the bill on storage and fit into my vision for the space too.  Made completely of metal, it has clean lines while also feeling rustic and vintage-y.

Since we’ve occupied this house, the dining room has undergone:

  • new paint
  • replaced broken windows
  • replaced carpet
  • 6 homemade curtain panels
  • new furniture

The improvements were made in 2009, so there are now a couple of things I’d like to change – mainly the art and the curtains.  I’ll find my perfect dining room chairs at some point, and then (dare I say?) I’ll be done!

I hope you enjoyed!  Do you have a formal dining room?  Do you use it?


Have a WONDERFUL Monday, and beginning to your week!

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