These Amazon Dining Room Buys Are Great for First Apartments–And Beyond
When it comes to buying furniture, some pieces stay with you for a year or two, and some for a lifetime. But when it comes to buying furniture on a budget, more can fall into the former camp. And while some inexpensive options might be required to get started while you save up for more investment pieces, it’s also nice when those inexpensive pieces can grow with you.
Sep 29, 2018
9 Dining Rooms That Nail the Mismatched Chair Trend
ICYMI: A perfectly manicured dining room is so, so yesterday. We’ve all seen those uniform dining rooms in movies and catalogs. You know, with the long wooden table, matched chairs, and carefully curated China? They’re stately, regal, and, if we’re being totally honest, a little stale. You feel obligated to sit up straight, put your napkin on your lap, and use the correct fork for each course. Alternatively, a more eclectic dining room immediately feels cozier.
Sep 25, 2018
Before and After: A Practically Zero-Dollar Dining Room Redo
This sweet, sunny dining room has been totally refreshed for just $0. How?!? Dive in to see how a clever DIYer literally turned her sister’s dining room into a totally new one. The concept behind this refresh is a great one: Kristine of The Painted Hive was determined to update her sister’s dining room using only the profits from the sale of the old dining room pieces.
Sep 21, 2018
Before and After: This Bold Dining Room Only Cost $150 to Completely Redo
This dining room had a lot going for it—natural light, wood trim, soothing palette, the fact that it exists—but its owner couldn’t get past how “boring and beige” it felt. Paint to the rescue, and no, it’s not all white. Here’s a bit more about the before: This house was as beige and boring as you could get, from brown carpet, brown trim, beige walls, and builder-grade light fixtures.
Sep 19, 2018
Before & After: Whitney Port’s “Get Rid of the Walls” Fixer Upper Transformation
When TV personality Whitney Port and husband Tim Rosenman were looking for the perfect place to raise a family, they found the 1950s home in Los Angeles online. However, the first time they visited the property, the couple was turned off by the amount of work it would require—especially with a baby on the way.
Sep 12, 2018
Interior Define Just Launched the Most Beautiful Dining Collection
Interior Define may be best known as a great source for customizable sofas and chairs, but now it’s making waves in the dining room as well. The company just debuted a new fully customizable dining collection to give customers the chance to create a set that perfectly suits their style. The centerpiece of the new collection is the Hayes table, a clean-lined piece that is available in four finishes and three different shapes (round, square, or rectangle).
Jun 18, 2018
Before and After: This Dining Room Got a Dramatic Makeover
This dining room—with its hardwood floors, elegant molding, fantastic ceiling medallion, nice wall color, and tons of windows—is more enviable than pretty much any room I’ve ever rented, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved upon. Ooh, it’s so fancy now! The new removable wallpaper is absolutely perfect with the wall paint and it adds a ton of graphic interest while still reflecting lots of light.
Mar 29, 2018
A Genius Dining Solution For Your Tiny Dining Room-Less Home
Dining rooms are a luxury many of us don’t have, but we all need spots to sit and eat—and extra spots for our guests to sit and eat! This super-clever and equally approachable DIY will allow you to create a whole new “room” in the very smallest of spaces. Tiffany of Offbeat & Inspired found herself without enough seating for dinner guests, so she cleverly converted an unused corner into the world’s sweetest and smallest dining room.
Jan 9, 2018
Amazing Dining Room Redos that Prove Anything’s Possible
The holidays are just beyond the horizon, and chances are you’ll have at least a guest or two in your dining room. If your current dining area is old, outdated, or just unattractive, you may feel like there’s nothing (affordable) that can be done…or that you’re running out of time. That’s just not true! And these daring and delightful dining room makeovers prove it. Lisa’s dining room before wasn’t terrible, but it lacked pizzazz.
Nov 7, 2017
70 of the Coziest, Most Inspiring Dining Rooms of All Time
Inspiring rooms your guests will feel like sinking into and staying awhile.
Oct 31, 2017
Why It Works: The Brooklyn Brownstone I’ve Been Crushing On for a Year
For just under a year (as of last June, to be exact), I’ve had a serious crush on the Brooklyn home of Jae and Devin. The architecture alone of their brownstone, with those amazing moldings, ceilings and floors would make any design lover completely and totally jealous obsessed. Their lust-worthy abode is more than just really great bones, however, and I’m going to break down why their combo living room and dining room just plain works.
May 10, 2017
The Online Decorator Secret Shopper Makeover: A Real-Life Rental Before & After in Philadelphia
It’s a funny thing what happens when you move into a new home. All of a sudden, the furniture pieces that worked so well for you in your previous abode just don’t feel…right anymore. Sure, some things transition seamlessly, but others end up feeling too small or too basic in the new space. Vijay Nathan—Apartment Therapy Media’s Product Manager—and his wife Anita would certainly agree. If you’ve been following along with the couple’s rental loft 2.
Feb 26, 2017
The Online Decorator Secret Shopper Makeover: We Compared 3 Internet Designer Concepts for a Real-Life Rental Loft
Moving into a new place can be a fun adventure. It can also be a little daunting when you realize a hefty amount of the furniture you had in your previous home just doesn’t work anymore and you aren’t sure where to start the refresh process. Such was the case for one of Apartment Therapy’s Product Managers, Vijay Nathan and his wife Anita.
Feb 23, 2017
Out-of-the-Box Table Setting Ideas for the Holidays
Sure, we think “less is more” can be incredibly lovely, but it has its place. Sometimes, a table calls for more and more…and more. We are always in awe of those that can pull off that ultra-layered look with effortless grace and sophistication. Here, we’ve pulled together inspirations from tastemakers who have created tables that embrace a maximalist aesthetic. These collected beauties prove the possibilities to be endless when it comes to what you can put on the table.
Nov 12, 2016
Before & After: A Totally ’80s Dining Room Gets an Eclectic, Glamorous Update
Project by: Whitney Jones of Whitney J Decor Homeowner: Coletha Kennedy Location: New Orleans, Louisiana Coletha Kennedy’s dining room in her New Orleans home was in desperate need of reinvention. Dated wallpaper and dingy wall-to-wall carpeting just wouldn’t do for the mother of two, who owns a fashion boutique in town. Designer Whitney Jones of Whitney J Decor stepped in to help her bring her maximalist, glamorous dream to life.
Oct 28, 2016
3 Ways to Make Sure Your Dining Room Table is Always Clear for Meals
Growing up in Miami, my friend’s mother had a sofa in the living room that was just for looking at. Never for sitting on. It was embalmed in a plastic slipcover to prevent it from being ruined with a spill—something that would have dealt a death blow to its primary utility. I don’t believe a home should work that way. Sofas should be sat upon. And dining room tables, should you be lucky enough to have the space for either a proper one or a not-so-proper one, should be sat at.
Aug 28, 2016
Dining Room Ideas: Try a Banquette In Place of Chairs For More Style (and Seating Space)
If you’re anything like me, you’re always calling dibs on the banquette seat when you dine out. I mean, who doesn’t want to be super comfy and cozy on a plush sofa seat (sorry chairs!). To further entice that lust for the best seat in the house, check out this round up of settees being used in uber-chic dining rooms by some top-notch design talents.
Aug 2, 2016
Before & After: A Dining Room Gets a Bold, Minimal & Graphic Update
When Séverine Piller and her boyfriend Gianfranco first walked into this Milan apartment, they knew it was love. The place had great bones and was filled with lots of natural light. However, it doesn’t mean Séverine didn’t see room for improvement. An interior designer by profession, she made some simple changes that streamlined the living and dining area, creating a minimal, bold and graphic space that fits their modern aesthetic perfectly. The stair rail was removed.
May 14, 2016
Divert a Dining Room Disaster: Mastering the Art of Mismatched Chairs
Mismatching in any discipline – from food to fashion – is an art, and not a science. So while I can’t exactly give you a formula for getting a mismatched dining room look right, I can give you nearly 20 different examples and tell you why they work so well. Click through to each tour for more photos of each space. Then from here, all you’ve got to do is get your figurative paint brush and try it out at home. Why it Works: The symmetry and the coordinated palette.
May 10, 2016
Get the Look: Mix and Matching in the Dining Room
I’m such a big fan of eclectic style—which is really just a nicer way of saying mixing things up. I mean, who can just pick one style anyway? Pulling together an eclectic look comes naturally to some but can be tricky for others. The dining room is a great space to start mixing things up because there are so many different elements layered in one look, and you can really have some fun with the dynamic between the table and the chairs.
Apr 13, 2016
Don’t Use Your Dining Room? Our Favorite Alternative Idea
Let’s face it: as much as we’d all like to think of ourselves as the sort of people who throw dinner parties all the time, the formal dining room is mostly obsolete. So what’s a modern family to do? You can set up a dining table and chairs in there and then let stuff collect on the table (I’m pretty sure this is the default), or you can take it one step further and transform your dining room into a multi-purpose space that you’ll use every day.
Feb 1, 2016
7 Ways To Fit a Dining Area In Your Small Space (and Make the Most of It!)
You might think that entertaining — especially during the holidays — is out of the question in your small space. These dining areas can blow that myth out of the water. Look at how these folks make room for cozy and compact dining areas and see if any of these ideas can work for your home. Don’t be afraid to use your sofa on one side and a small table in the middle to carve out a dining space. Floor pillows and stools can always be pulled over for extra seating.
Nov 6, 2015
Style Recipe: Mix IKEA & Vintage for the Perfect Dining Room
There’s no one-size fits all recipe for a room, of course. But if you’re stuck trying to get that luxe-y, lived-in look in your dining room on an affordable budget, can we suggest one of our favorite combinations? The dining room is the perfect place to play with furniture because there are no time constraints on getting it “finished.” Start with what you have (a table and 4-ish chairs, maybe?
Oct 22, 2015
Before & After: Dining Room Goes Really Deep
Erin’s dining room suffered the same fate as most of its kind. Hardly used except for special evenings, it was a blah purgatory for clutter and unused stuff. It needed a style boost to get the family to use it more often. And here’s what it looks like today. Erin took her time getting it fully decorated, and gathering things for the walls. She also used a lot of items that she already owned — like the table and rug — and swapped from other rooms in the house.
May 10, 2015
Before & After: Mismatched IKEA Table Gets a Concrete Makeover
Aimee’s twin toddlers had done a number on her dining set, but she was hesitant to shell out for something new while they still have an appetite for destruction. Inspired by kitchen counter DIYs, this IKEA table gets a tough new top: From Aimee: I was the sad owner of an even sadder, hodgepodge dining set – Ikea table and chairs, Target bench. The tabletop had taken quite the beating, thanks to the 2-year-old-twins who eat at it 37 times a day.
Mar 9, 2015
Before & After: How to Turn a Dining Room (Or Any Room!) Into a Guest Room Someone Would Actually Want to Stay In
Writer and editor Melanie Warner Spencer’s apartment in Uptown New Orleans is filled with charm, but no guest bedroom. So she’s come up with a way to transform her dining area into an inviting space a guest would actually want to stay in — and has tips and ideas you could steal for your own home.
Feb 28, 2015
Before & After: IKEA Cabinet Turned West Elm-Inspired Buffet
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. Aniko got the wood for free from a local business, and spent $17 on stain and lacquer. That’s a pretty hefty savings! Check out her blog, A Place of My Taste, for more photos and a tutorial on how she made the oversized art that hangs above her new buffet.
Feb 1, 2015
Before & After: A Dining Room Goes From Crimson to Gargoyle Shadow
We recently moved into our new (very old) home and the dining room was the only room in the house that was not covered in wallpaper from the 1980s. I couldn’t seem to work up the motivation to start the long and arduous process of ripping everything off the walls in the rest of the house, so I decided to tackle a room that would be easy, quick, and instantly gratifying to help me get going. While the Crimson was nice, it wasn’t “us.
Oct 21, 2014
Before & After: Dining Room Gets a Do-Over
Do you get easily tired of your surroundings, and find yourself up in the middle of the night rearranging furniture and swapping out decor? You might have found a kindred spirit in Orlando Soria, West Coast Creative Director for Homepolish, and the owner of the dining room above. When things get old and tired, he’s not afraid to mix things up and make them fresh and new again.
Sep 19, 2014
Before & After: From Dated Dining Room to Bright Delight
Dark, dated wood paneling on the walls. Beige builder’s carpet on the floor. Even the curtains in this room were old news. Cara could have given up when tasked with turning this space into a dining room, but she persevered. And the result is a bright delight! From Cara: There is no question that it took a bit of vision and a large leap of faith to see the potential in our dining room. Paneling, old carpet, dated light fixtures.
Aug 2, 2014
Before & After: A Dark Eat-in Kitchen Gets Brightened!
While dark wood walls certainly have their place in the homes of certain styles, in this dutch colonial Kelly’s renovating, it wasn’t quite the desired look. Though cozy, the eat-in corner of this kitchen did have ample natural light and opened out onto the deck, so it had a lot of potential. From Kelly: I wanted to refresh our eat in kitchen which opens out onto our deck. The goal was to brighten it up without spending a ton of money.
Jul 19, 2014
10 Style Tips for Pulling Off a Mix & Match Dining Set
The mix and match dining set is a great look. It can be seen across many different interior styles — Scandinavian, modern, bohemian, eclectic, etc. It does, however, take a bit of thought and planning to pull it off, because you can’t just order one up from the store. In many cases it’s also a very budget friendly option, because you can use either dated, thrifted or random chairs you have around to create a look.
May 14, 2014
Before & After: A Subtle and Sophisticated Storage Fix
Ama had found this piece of furniture at a garage sale but wasn’t quite sure what to do with it for a few years. It had great bones, but the finish was in pretty rough shape. Though not a drastic change, the finished product came out stylish and sophisticated and is now the perfect storage piece for her dining room! From Ama: The cabinet cost me $50, dyeing, varnish and handles about $35, plywood for shelves, new door and feet cost me $23 and paper for background about $12.
May 4, 2014
The Best Flatware for Entertaining Outdoors
What makes for great outdoor flatware? Above all else, it should be inexpensive and easy to clean (keep grandmother’s intricate silver inside). Bonus points for any set with natural or nautical details that make make a casual backyard barbecue feel like dining in a posh yacht, glam campground or lavish maharajah tent. Each of these options is not only beautiful, but priced just right to entertain four for less than $60 (and most are under $40).
Apr 23, 2014
Skip the Sideboard: 9 Other Ideas for Complementing Your Dining Table
Stuck on the idea that a sideboard, credenza or other low storage piece is the thing to add to a dining room to make it look, feel and work like a dining room? Though a lovely credenza or cabinet might make for an obvious furniture choice in the dining room, it’s not the only item that can help fill a dining space and complement your table and chairs.
Mar 1, 2014
Before & After: An Outdated Dining Area Gets a Fresh Makeover
This “dark and dreary” dining room just begged for a makeover to not only brighten it up, but also to make it a space that might actually get used. Inhabited by folks who love to entertain, this small room needed more seating and storage as well as a redesign to utilize space better. From Amy: The first thing we did was sell all the existing furniture on Craigslist (and surprisingly, people bought them!).
Mar 1, 2014
Before & After: From Uninspiring Shelf to Ultra-Functional Floating Storage!
When Griffin found this old shelf just “collecting dust” at a local thrift store, she knew there was some place in their home for it, perhaps the garage or maybe the playroom. But it was some creative thinking (and not even that much work!) that transformed it into a surprisingly sophisticated storage piece for a dining room! From Griffin: With the help of my husband we started by removing the base which was made up of 2x4s.
Feb 2, 2014
Before & After: A Dining Room Refresh
Sometimes it’s just a simple decluttering, a few fresh coats of paint and a less-is-more attitude that completely transforms a room from kind of dark to light and bright, as it did in Cortney’s dining room. From Cortney: Our family spends a lot of time at the dinner table. We (mainly me) were looking for a change. I really wanted to brighten the area and free up the wall space that our hutch was on. We found the new dry bar on Washington, DC Craigslist for $20!
Jan 18, 2014
Before & After: From Beige to Bold!
Seeing potential in this heavy storage piece from an old bedroom set, Carmina set to work transforming the blah beige finish to a handful of shades of just one hue. Now beautiful and functional, it’s got a modern color palette that updates its style and creates one unique addition to a home! From Carmina: We rescued this piece from a house being cleared out after an estate sale down the alley from our home.
Jan 4, 2014
Before & After: White IKEA SIGURD Bench Gets a Colorful Makeover
Benches have to be the most versatile piece of furniture ever. Even in the tiniest apartment, there’s room to move a bench around to the foot of the bed, along the entryway, or pulled up to a dining room table. And then there’s the endless ways to customize: starting with just four legs and a seat top, like this affordable plain white SIGURD bench from IKEA, anyone can create the perfect piece to finish off a tricky room.
Dec 11, 2013
Paint Color Portfolio: Pale Pink Dining Rooms
Pale pink may not be a common color for the dining room, but I absolutely love it in these inspiration rooms. It’s such a calming and demure color that I can’t imagine not having a relaxing meal in a room so delicate. The pale, peachy hues shown above are subtle, yet unexpected enough to be unique. See below for some colors that can help you get this look. Inspiration Rooms: 1. Yvestown flickr (Licensed under Creative Commons) 2. Kishani Perera for Style Me Pretty 3.
Sep 13, 2013
Before & After: Cristin’s Mod Podge Buffet Makeover
When Cristin and her husband found this dresser on the curb in their neighborhood, it quickly became apparent why no one had grabbed it first: it’s huge, heavy, and covered in dated white veneer. But with a little vision and a ton of Mod Podge, this beast became a buffet. From Cristin: Last summer, while hosting a garage sale at my house, my husband came home from work and told me there was a buffet table out to the road in our neighborhood.
Apr 9, 2013
Before & After: Laura’s Family Room Finds a New Purpose
Laura spent seven years using this room, with its high ceilings and statement fireplace, as a family room. But considering its pass-through and access to the kitchen, she found a new purpose for the space that felt more natural. The process of transforming a living space into a dining space may not have been without challenges, but the results are stunning!
Feb 21, 2013
Before & After: Cheltz & Woo’s Discarded Spool to Dining Table
When Cheltz’s husband, Woo, found this discarded industrial spool, he imagined a new dining room table… for free. Check out how the transformation went: From Cheltz: My husband found this giant wooden spool for free and wanted to make a dining table out of it. I was more than willing to have him try. The spool is 65″ in diameter, which is huge, but it was also over 40″ high (which is way too high for a dining table).
Feb 21, 2013
Before & After: Colorful Kids’ Art in the Dining Room
Interior designer Lauren Liess had clients with a brand-new dining room looking for a stylish and personal upgrade. The family had a bold, cheerful style (and some budding Picassos!), so she came up with the perfect solution: a kids’ art wall!She added some new curtains, a new overhead fixture, and some sconces in the middle of the gallery wall — but the focus is the kids’ art, which adds a lot of color and fun to the room!
Feb 20, 2013
Before & After: A Simple Switch Opens Up a Dining Room
I love this Before & After because of its absolute simplicity. This dining room acts as a pass through room in my house. You have to move through it to get from the living room to the kitchen. Even though we kept the furniture in it to a bare minimum (there is ONLY a table and chairs), it still felt stuffy and crowded. Want to see what we changed that did the trick?My husband gets full credit for this re-arrangement in our dining room.
Sep 22, 2011
Before & After: A Dining Room Goes from Bland to Grand
When looking at the many before and after posts here at Apartment Therapy, it’s easy to think that everyone makes these amazing transformations over a long weekend. Truth be told, most of the projects we see take much longer. This dining room makeover, for instance, took four years of collecting appropriate pieces to go from bland to grand.Elisabeth over at bova goods developed this new look for her dining room over a span of four years.
May 9, 2011
10 Space Saving Wine Racks
image:0caf075f8a1ed11648badab396d73b2aa322fae6 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" As we enter the entertaining season we find ourselves stocking up on bottles. They aren’t all for ourselves, of course. There’s one for the host, a couple for the dinner party, one for that recipe and, well, maybe a couple for us to keep at home.
Oct 13, 2009