Styling From Scratch Round Three: Dining Rooms

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Moving? By the time you've packed, loaded, moved, unloaded and finally unpacked in your new abode, the thought of beginning a decorating project to furnish any empty space can seem overwhelming. Of course, a new space also presents opportunity for style growth. To show how differently a new room can be decorated, we challenged three blogger-designers to design a dining room in three different styles, starting from scratch. Just like round one and round two, our designers were able to pull off a variety of different decor styles using only products from IKEA!

Patrick's Global Eclectic Dining Room

"I love a round table, so that’s where I started. A clean-lined table and chairs (especially chairs that can do double duty as overflow seating in an adjoining living room) give you opportunity to have great fun with what’s around—and on!— the table. I love the idea of a vignette of that fanciful mirror flanked by hammered golden sconces (EVERY dining room needs candlelight!), made all the more globally chic when hung over an architectural sideboard. I think your décor should extend up onto the tabletop, too. If you consider that, the room will always look super polished when you’re entertaining. So yeah, glasses that match the drapes, for sure!"

Timothy's Scandinavian Modern Dining Room

“Moving into a new space and starting with a tabula rasa can be both exciting and daunting. To make it easy for the dining room, I first chose an art piece that I really loved, and then sourced products in coordinating colorways. The chairs remind me of some of the greatest hits of Scandinavian design, and the tray brings a little touch of heritage into the room (the graphic represents the town in Sweden where IKEA was born!).”

Kayne's New Traditional Dining Room

"Nothing says Traditional like a dining room, but these days, people are playing with the formal dining room concept by mixing and matching more casual pieces.  For this dining room, I coupled a modern, clean-lined dark wood table with a more traditional lighting source - the chandelier - along with a glass front cabinet and slipcovered chair.  The rug, artwork, and candleholders bring in a more modern aesthetic.  And if you didn't know, Ikea has some fabulous options for tableware - everything from placemats to serveware to stemware.  It makes setting an elegant table fun and affordable."

Patrick J. Hamilton

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Patrick J. Hamilton is an interior designer, blogger, writer and “accidental activist” living in Manhattan, in a studio designated “Smallest, Coolest” in Apartment Therapy’s first ever Small Cool Apartment contest. On Apartment Therapy, Patrick is a regular House Tour contributor and well known in its community as “patrick (the other one).” He won the first ever Bloomingdale’s Big Window Challenge, has appeared on HGTV, and had work featured on major interior websites like HouseBeautiful.com. Patrick is an accomplished writer, contributing to The Bilerico Project, Huffington Post’s Gay Voices, New England Home’s blog, and his own blog, AskPatrick. Patrick graduated from the Rhode Island Design and is a Miami native.

Timothy Minerd

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Originally from Williamsburg, VA, Timothy started trading comic books for the latest IKEA catalog at an early age. He now works in hospitality and marketing, and enjoys impulsive redecorating, DIY design, and long walks through furniture showrooms.


Kayne Rourke

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Drawing upon her studies of both landscape and interior design as inspiration, Kayne Rourke has developed a unique approach to space and lifestyle planning that results in comfortable and functional spaces for her clients. Her three-phased approach brings clients along with her during the planning stages, often using existing objects and furnishings as her initial inspiration. Kayne Designs is based in Brooklyn, NY, and has completed projects in New York, Massachusetts, and California.


  1. 1. Styling From Scratch: Three Bedrooms, Three Different Ways
  2. 2. Styling From Scratch Round Two:
    Living Rooms
    IKEA
  3. 3. Styling From Scratch Round Three: Dining Rooms
    IKEA
  4. 4. Styling From Scratch: The Results Are In, What's Your Favorite Style?
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