When we moved into our almost century-old house five years ago we were in the throes of planning a wedding (in the backyard of that house) and so a lot of things got the quick and dirty treatment. The dining room was one of those things. A coat of paint on the walls, a craigslist table and chairs, and a CB2 light fixture and call it good!
Aniko's white IKEA wall unit worked fine in the dining room. But the second she saw West Elm's reclaimed wood buffet, she knew she could refresh this basic piece into a showstopper—and save over $1,100 in the process.
We tend to think that big, long-lasting change in our lives involve big, overwhelming tasks that need tackling. In some cases, sure. But not always. In fact there are a handful of ways that you can make a tiny, subtle change that will have a huge effect on your life — making it just a little bit better than it was. We've picked out some tiny tweaks you could implement in every room of your house...see how your life might get better this year!
My kids call our dining room the "Thanksgiving Room." My husband says that we should put caution tape at its entrance because I don't let anyone in there. And I guess that tells you what you need to know about how often we use our formal dining room! I love our dining room and I'm glad we have it, but truthfully, it's mostly a showpiece, and I think I'm an exception among a generation that has mostly said goodbye to the formal dining room.
Whether you're starting from scratch or just feeling like your dining area needs a punching up, there are six steps you can start with to get to a dreamy dining room pretty quickly (or use to evaluate what you currently have).
You deserve the very best. And you know what? Treating yourself on a regular basis is the best way to keep your spirits flying high all year. So go ahead, indulge. Here are our picks for the best ways to revel in luxury in every room of the house.
If you have a perfectly matched and perfectly respectable set of dining room chairs, all is well. But, if you are looking to shake things up a bit, here are inspirational examples where the traditional gets traded in for the unconventional. Explore eight rooms from our house tours, and incorporate these tips at home...
My husband and I moved into our little house in Des Moines (in a historic area called Beaverdale, full of houses from the '30s) in July, and were very excited to start bringing some personality into the place! We liked the olive green walls of the living room and dining room, but realized shortly after hanging stuff up that we needed more color in the space.
The dining room is more than just a table and some chairs — it's a place for family and friends to come together around one of everybody's favorite things, food. From our 2014 house tours, here are some of our favorite dining rooms.