B&A: A No-Reno Project Fills This 1920s Dining Room with Personality
The before? Nice. But the after? Stunning.
Apr 24, 2021
Before & After: An $1,800 Redo Maximizes Space in This Tiny Dining Area
It's little, but now it's mighty.
Apr 14, 2021
B&A: A $130 Banquette Turns Unusable Space into a New Family Hangout
Built-ins make everything better.
Apr 7, 2021
B&A: I Gave My Dining Nook a Renter-Friendly Refresh for $381
It's helped make it a joyful place to spend time.
Mar 15, 2021
Nordstrom Just Launched a Hidden Shop of Sure-to-Impress Kitchen Gifts
They're all $100 or less.
Feb 2, 2021
Before and After: A Luxe Dining Room Redo Filled with Copy-able Ideas
Some of these glamorous upgrades can work in any room.
Jan 24, 2021
Before and After: This $125 Boho-Style Dining Nook Redo Is a Thrifter's Dream
Secondhand finds look first-rate in this dining nook transformation.
Jan 17, 2021
Before and After: A Few Small Swaps Make This Dining Room Way More Inviting
Here's proof that little changes add up to big results.
Jan 3, 2021
Before and After: A $1500 Redo Makes This Dining Room Bright and Cozy
The "after" has a smart storage solution you'll want to steal.
Oct 27, 2020
The Inside’s New Dining Chairs Can Also Double as Stylish Desk Chairs
Work from your dining table—but make it comfy and chic!
Oct 21, 2020
Before and After: A $500 Modern Farmhouse Breakfast Nook Has Cozy Vibes to Spare
This redo's full of smart money-saving ideas.
Sep 24, 2020
6 Ways to Make Mismatched Dining Chairs Look Collected and Cohesive
Artfully eclectic is the goal!
Sep 7, 2020
Before and After: A Boho-Style Breakfast Nook Packed with DIY Money-Saving Hacks
Wait until you see the new light fixture.
Sep 4, 2020
Before and After: The Magic of Paint Gives This '80s Dining Set a Fresh New Vibe
Hand-me-down furniture is a super welcome gift—but it can take some elbow grease to make it work with the rest of your decor.
Aug 31, 2020
Before and After: A $650 Update Helps Modernize a Dining Room Stuck in Neutral
The "after" feels way brighter, bigger, and more welcoming.
Aug 11, 2020
Are These Chairs the Most Versatile Dining Chairs Ever?
Snag seats in this style, and you just might be able to use them FOREVER.
Jul 26, 2020
Before & After: Matthew Patrick Smyth at Designer Visions
On the floorplan, it’s listed as “Auxiliary Room,” a vague definition that falls far short of inspiration. What to do with this space, with no windows, no definition, and to be honest, no saving grace? Not to worry. Enter gentleman designer Matthew Patrick Smyth, who manages to turn slightly vague into totally specific. Through the lens of the talented Mr. Smyth, it’s part Kasbah but pure Kismet. And it stole the show at Hearst’s Designer Visions.
Jul 17, 2020
High & Low: An “Old Hollywood Meets Contemporary” Dining Room
If you’re lucky enough to have the space for a formal dining area then we’ll all just be patiently waiting for our dinner party invite. Really though, if you have the space, large or small, it’s great to put the effort into making your dining area memorable because let’s face it, it’s not common these days that we have the time to stop and enjoy a meal together.
Jul 17, 2020
A Foolproof Layering Formula for a Dreamy Rustic Glam Dining Room
The dining room — or in smaller homes, the “dining area” — has become a forgotten, cluttered spot in many homes. With our tables piled with old mail collecting dust, many of us eat our meals in front of Netflix or on the go. But whether you entertain guests or cook meals for one, you deserve a beautiful spot in your home just for enjoying eating a meal.
Jul 17, 2020
This $13 Find is My Secret to a Better Looking Dining or Living Room
One item can completely transform a room!
Jul 16, 2020
Before and After: I Made My Plain Rental Dining Room Look Seriously High-End
I got tired of my boring "blank slate" dining room—so I made it a colorful haven.
Jul 10, 2020
Before and After: A Wimpy Gallery Wall Gets a Super Dramatic Upgrade
No half-hearted gallery walls here!
Jul 2, 2020
Mindy Kaling’s Dining Room Rug Looks So Chic and Cozy
Mindy Kaling is serving fresh interior design inspo a la carte, with a recent Instagram post showing a corner of her dining room.
Jul 2, 2020
Before and After: A $30, One-Day Dining Room Project (That Works in Any Space)
This project adds instant warmth and character.
Jun 18, 2020
Before and After: A Bold Renter-Friendly Paint Job That Will Wow You
The after will make your jaw drop.
Jun 16, 2020
Best Bar Stools & Counter Stools 2012
With the rise of open floor plans, bar stools have taken a more prominent position in the home. Dining tables seem to be going the way of the Dodo in favor of breakfast bars and dining counters. Here’s our look at the best bar and counter stools – both with and without backs – on the market today. Backless Bar Stools • Rig Adjustable Bar Stool from CB2 – Adjustable seat, industrial edge, warm wood and a shock of red. This stool ranks up there as a new favorite.
Apr 13, 2020
Before and After: A $2,500 Refresher Keeps this 1950s Kitchen's Charm Intact
All the inspo you need to wallpaper your kitchen.
Mar 19, 2020
Get the Look: Liz & John’s Goth Glam Dining Room
There is a lot to learn from Liz and John’s 1926 Craftsman, especially when it comes to tossing out the rules and following your gut. While this “eclectic gothic-glam” dining room is constantly evolving, we’re going to break down the space to elements that work, and show you how to get the look: 89″ x 98.
Mar 11, 2020
Get Set: The Year’s Best Dining Tables
Balancing your plate on your lap and eating over the kitchen sink may work for awhile but at some point you’ll feel better about life if you eat at a proper table. While it may seem like a waste of space, especially in a small apartment, a dining table can become an essential piece of furniture, used for meals, crafts and even serving as a work station. Check out this roundup of dining tables big and small to see if there’s one that will fit in your home.
Mar 11, 2020
How To Fit a Dining Room Into Small Spaces
Whenever we ask readers why they don’t entertain more often, lack of space inevitably crops up as a recurring reason. Although space can definitely limit the types of parties you host (it might not be a great idea to have a kegger in your studio apartment), it shouldn’t keep you from inviting smaller groups of friends over for a dinner party. Here are five ways to make room for a dining table, even if you live in a few hundred square feet. 1.
Mar 11, 2020
Anthropologie is Having a Sale on Entertaining Essentials
Score 20% off for a limited time.
Feb 26, 2020
Before and After: This New Dining Room Has Major "Hang Out Here" Vibes
This fresh redo proves dining rooms don't have to feel like a Downton Abbey set piece.
Jan 9, 2020
Before and After: A Just-OK Living Room Becomes a Stunning Dining Room
The shakeup took the space from blah and bland to totally vibrant.
Dec 23, 2019
Before and After: This Sunroom's Before is Good, but Its After Wows
This renovation made the space way more usable year-round.
Dec 23, 2019
Dining Rooms May Be Making a Comeback in 2020
Though for some of us they still sound like an impossible luxury of space.
Dec 21, 2019
The “Pop of Pink to Stylishly Simple” Breakfast Nook Makeover
Project by: Christina of andchristina Location: Philadelphia, PA Last year my boyfriend (now fiance 🙂 and I bought our first house (a rowhome in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia) and we’ve spent the last few months transforming the first floor, mainly the kitchen (check it out here!), and also building this breakfast nook in the main living area.
Dec 19, 2019
The “Low-Cost Built-In Lookalikes” Dining Room Makeover
Project by: Katherine Location: Wichita, KS 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! This past fall, my father-in-law gave us a massive amount of books and along with them, several shelves.
Dec 19, 2019
The “Add a Little Color” Dining Room Makeover
Project by: Kate Location: Des Moines, Iowa 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.
Dec 19, 2019
Holley & Audrey’s Dining Room Redux
Name: Holley Simmons and Audrey Matthias Location: Mt. Pleasant; Washington, D.C. Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; Rented In September of last year we introduced you to the beautiful decor and fashion sense of friends and roommates Holley Simmons and Audrey Matthias. The duo recently remodeled the dining room of their apartment in Mt. Pleasant, NW D.C, and we can’t help but admire the mix of modern textiles and vintage furniture.
Dec 19, 2019
7 Easy Ways to Create Mood Lighting in Your Dining Room
It's dinner party season.
Nov 20, 2019
Before and After: From Useless Pantry to Fab IKEA-Built Home Bar
Let this DIY built-in bar get you in the renovating spirit.
Nov 17, 2019
Before and After: A Total Dining Room Revamp at This Abandoned House
*Blink blink blink.* Yes, it's the same dining room!
Nov 16, 2019
You're 4 Steps Away From the Breakfast Nook of Your Dreams
Give your cozy corner some flair with these easy tips.
Oct 20, 2019
Before and After: A Melbourne Kitchen Gets a Big Transformation—Literally
Alanna and her husband Jesse purchased their tiny, two-bedroom Melbourne cottage when they were in their early 20s. The kitchen hadn’t been updated since the 1980s and was so small, the couple couldn’t comfortably cook in there together at the same time.
Sep 4, 2019
Before and After: A Kitchen and Dining Room Reno Honors a Home’s History
"Nice bones." That's how Alison Caporimo and her wife described their New Jersey home the first time they walked through it.
Aug 13, 2019
Before & After: You Won’t Believe How Fantastically This Inexpensive Dining Room Refresh Came Together
Alexandra Madison loves “taking old spaces and making them feel new and fresh,” she writes, so in a few weeks and with less than $600, she gave her dining room an entirely updated feel.
Aug 2, 2019
Margaret Roach’s Upstate Garden Home
I’m in a traveling, outdoor mood, largely because I’m stuck inside an air conditioned office and longing to be outside. To soothe myself, I want to revisit a home we visited last summer — Margaret Roach’s year round retreat in upstate New York. I’ve included new pictures, and I think you’ll get a lot of vicarious pleasure out of this visit. Enjoy!
Jul 31, 2019
The Best Citrus Tableware for Your Next Dinner al Fresco
You don't necessarily need a refreshing glass of lemonade or blood orange sorbet to enjoy this fruity fad.
Jul 28, 2019
10 Easy (But Cool) Ways to Style Your Dining Table, According to Designers
You don't need to have a dinner party to create a gorgeous tablescape.
Jul 18, 2019
The Outdated Dining Room Trend Slowly Disappearing From Our Homes
Matching dining room sets are overrated.
Jun 7, 2019
Design Prescription: Faith’s Arlington Dining Room
Name: Faith Location: Arlington, VA Room: Dining Room Size: about 140 square feet Own or Rent: Own This is an update from the #MakeoverAmerica road trip! We’re traveling across the United States to tell people about Complete + Happy Home, and while we’re at it, we’re saving the country, one room at a time! Design Prescriptions are hour-long visits where Maxwell offers advice on what readers can do to improve their homes.
Jun 4, 2019
Before & After: A Cheery Chair Update!
My Mum has owned her mismatched set of reproduction Georgian dining chairs for just about 35 years. Over that time the seats have been recovered in all manner of fabrics, but until recently they retained a rather traditional air. A little white paint and a bright, bold fabric turn these chairs from formal to funky!First off, you probably noticed the after shot does not feature the exact same chair, but as mentioned, the dining set in question contain chairs of the same era with slight variation.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: Paint Spices Up a Stylish Dining Room
Want to see what just a few coats of paint can do to a room? Rafaela’s dining room wasn’t bad-looking before — great furniture and fun art made for a stylish space. But as a renter, she hated the beige walls that seemed to cast a dull look on the entire room. It was time for a wall paint change as well as a new coat of color on a pair of shelves she had had for years. From Rafaela: I rent this place and all walls were beige-yellowish (urgh!
May 4, 2019
High & Low: One Casual Dining Look, Two Budgets
No matter the size of your home, I think it’s really important to create a casual, comfortable, welcoming space in which to sit down and enjoy a meal. If you’re lucky enough to live in a larger space, this could be where you eat your morning cereal while poring over the latest news or your favorite home decor site (hint hint).
May 4, 2019
What’s the Right Height for Hanging a Light Fixture Above a Table?
When it comes to any job that involves drilling holes, you want to get it right the first time. Just as you do when hanging art, you have to figure out the sweet spot when hanging light fixtures. Today’s Frequently Asked Home question: What’s the right height for hanging a light above a table? For fixtures hanging over a kitchen island or a dining room table: Hang it low enough so that it brings light to the surface (but not so low that it obscures eyelines).
May 3, 2019
Proof that IKEA’s TOBIAS Chair Works With Any Style
Half the fun of flipping through the glossy pages of a furniture catalog is fantasizing about the bed, sofa or chair living in your own home. But it can be tough to envision the design in your space when your home’s style doesn’t quite match the impeccably styled look on the page. So abandon the catalog and check out these gorgeous real-life homes. This contemporary dining chair is sleek, shapely, easy-to-clean and most importantly…versatile!
May 3, 2019
The Surprising Classic Chair That Can Work With Any Decor Style
Classic chairs are usually called that for a reason — they made an impact on history and their designs have endured. But not all classic chairs are made the same (literally or figuratively) or fit with every style of home decor. The shapely Panton Chair featured in this post does, surprising, despite its statement-making modern outline. See how this famous chair looks fabulous in these six differently designed dining rooms, from glam to minimal and more.
May 3, 2019
Get the Look: The Elegant and Rustic Dining Rooms of Phantom Thread
We’ve all been in a relationship where our muse turns around and stabs us in the back, right? No? Me neither. What I actually relate to in Phantom Thread is the gorgeous interiors. Yes it’s a film about fashion, but the production design is no slouch either. One minute we’re in a chic London townhouse with high ceilings, gold chandeliers, and sofas with fringe, then we’re whisked off to the country for simple, rustic decor against delicate floral wallpaper.
May 3, 2019
Before and After: An Incredibly Cool, Modern Kitchen and Dining Room Reno
Name: Russell Whitehead and Jordan Cluroe of 2LG Studio Location: Forest Hill — London, England Years Lived In: Owned 3 and a half years, but we have lived in Forest Hill together for almost 12 years. Every now and then you come across a remodel that just sings right to your soul, even surprising yourself.
May 3, 2019
Before and After: A New Look for an Old Kitchen Breakfast Nook
This kitchen had a sweet little eat-in area, but its owners were less-than-thrilled with its aesthetic, so they replaced this intensely brown and beige dining spot with a jazzy breakfast nook. First, a little insight about the kitchen as a whole: My husband and I were excited about the size and footprint of our kitchen in our first home, but were less thrilled about the orange oak-y style. Orangey-oak is my style nemesis, so I can’t wait to see its opposite . . .
May 3, 2019
8 Clever Dining Room Design Ideas We’re Stealing from IKEA
When you want smart space-saving strategies, you can pretty much turn to IKEA. Almost all of their interior images are built sets, so they’re jam packed full of editorial ideas that someone has dreamt up and turned into reality. Inspiration abounds, and yet, these IKEA “homes” still feel like real homes with actionable ideas beyond just buying a table or a sofa or whatever.
May 3, 2019
Before and After: This Kitchen Breakfast Nook Gets an Inexpensive $350 Upgrade
Margaret lives in a condo in Atlanta’s Garden Hills neighborhood, in a 12-unit building that dates back to 1919. Old buildings sometimes come with unpleasant surprises, like when Margaret learned that the outside wall of her breakfast nook would have to be completely replaced due to water damage. But instead of seeing inconvenience, Margaret saw an opportunity to make her charming old home even more charming. Here’s a closer look at the breakfast nook alone.
May 3, 2019
Dining Room Design Details to Steal from an Incredibly Charming English Restaurant
Manchester-based Evelyn’s Cafe & Bar is a cozy-looking neighborhood spot for eating and hanging out. Designed by Central Design Studio, it feels less like a restaurant and more like a stylish friend’s home. And there are some design details in this space that inspire. From Ian Haigh, of Central Design Studio: The aim with Evelyn’s Café and Bar was to create a neighbourhood restaurant, which instantly felt like a local favourite.
Apr 30, 2019
Simple Steps to a Beautiful, Minimal Dining Nook
Have you ever noticed how some of the finest restaurants have very simple, white plates? No need for elaborate patterns or colors when food is delicious and beautiful. The same philosophy can apply to the rooms, corners and nooks that we eat meals in. A minimal, non-distracting space can be the perfect backdrop for your own prepared meal, whether enjoyed solo or among friends or family. And this modern dining room is an example of how to layer a minimal and beautiful space.
Apr 30, 2019
9 Stylish Dining Rooms That Just Might Convince You to Wallpaper
Wallpaper sometimes gets a bad rap, which makes homeowners and renters alike hesitant to try it. Blame it on grandma’s old petunia living room wallpaper, because the stuff doesn’t always inspire confidence. But wallpaper is now used in more contemporary ways—I promise!—and it’s worth taking the plunge. Especially when it comes to the dining room. Make your entertaining all the more special with a thoughtfully patterned area.
Apr 20, 2019
Win: Maxwell Ryan’s Kitchen & Dining Room Essentials
Prize: (4) Maxwell Ryan Wine Glasses, (4) Maxwell Ryan Large Glasses, (1) 8×10 Crystal Black/Ivory Rug, and (4) 4-Piece Table Settings Total Value: $1,642From: Annie Selke, Canvas Home, and SnoweBeing able to design my own home and build it from the ground up has been one of the highlights of my life so far (I’d do it again in a heartbeat), but possibly more fun is raffling off some of the contents, which I carefully sourced.
Apr 11, 2019
Whatever Chair You Eat In—It’s Time to Clean it, and Here’s How
Apartment Therapy Weekend Projects is a guided program designed to help you get the happy, healthy home you’ve always wanted, one weekend at a time. Sign up now for email updates so you never miss a lesson. If your “walls could talk,” wouldn’t the walls around your eating area have a lot to say?
Mar 8, 2019
Before and After: Small Changes Led To This Dining Room’s Dramatic Makeover
This dining room had so much going for it—moody accent wall, nice wood table, gorgeous chairs and credenza, plenty of daylight, enviably high ceilings—but after a light makeover, it’s quite a bit brighter and fresher. Christina Marie Amundson—The Inherited Home on Instagram—achieved a dramatic makeover by making just a few smart changes.
Jan 22, 2019
7 Things to Declutter from Your Dining Area This Week
When I told my husband that I was going to write an article about what to get rid of in the dining room, he said without out a breath of hesitation, “How about the dining room?” It’s a bit of “A Subject” at our house because I inherited my grandparents’ entire dining room (the only thing I didn’t keep is the chandelier), and we’ve been shipping it from home to home for a decade.
Nov 19, 2018
A DIY Rental Dining Room Is Incredibly Colorful and Patterned
Name: Anam Zohaib of Delicious and DIY, and my husband Location: Los Angeles, California Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 3 months, renting My husband and I recently just moved into this condo, which is a rental. We love the natural light that pours into the space throughout the day, which is a big reason why we moved into this space. I love bright and bold colors and a lot of furniture pieces that I have painted have pops of color and pattern.
Nov 16, 2018
The Best Extra Seating to Keep on Hand During the Holidays
With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s about that time to eat, drink and be merry, and if you are hosting this holiday season, you’ll be elbow deep in charcuterie and wine charms before you can say “Black Friday Blowout.” With the cousins in town or the neighbors stopping in, there’s one thing that you’ll need no matter your spread: extra seating.
Nov 15, 2018