A Peek Inside My Home - Dining Room Edition

April 26, 2017

  Each month I am featuring a more up close and personal blog post about a room in my home to share with you my inspirations and the process of putting it all together.  What a perfect time to showcase my dining room .. Spring is here and a season of entertaining and gathering is approaching!  Whatever holiday you are celebrating, the common link is that you will be sitting around family and friends in some sort of dining space sharing traditions and delicious food.  To be honest, this is my absolute favorite time of the year!  Tablescapes, beautiful place settings and maybe some unique napkin rings??  I love hosting in my home and even more so during the holidays because when designing my dining room I took all of those factors into consideration.


When my family and I first moved into our home we did quite a bit of renovations.  You have seen in a previous post that we redid our floors and changed it to a gorgeous Brazilian cherry hardwood.  On our first floor we framed the flooring with a red oak to compliment and pick up the rich red hues.  In addition to the flooring we also did woodwork on the walls to create picture boxes which I feel gives more detail and a more polished look.  


1. Paint Colors

I choose to do a contrast paint color inside the picture boxes for a little drama and a contrast paint color for the recessed ceiling.  

Here are some pictures  before we painted and did flooring..


 The wall color was a drab brown and everything here seems so monotone.  My personal style is all about mixing different elements and juxtaposing traditional and modern styles.  I decided to use one main color for most of my first floor with the exception of the kitchen.  The main color is a soft buttery yellow that is a great neutral.  For the accent color inside the picture boxes I went with the same neutral palette but two shades darker.  

                                Benjamin Moore - Westchester Tan

                                Benjamin Moore - Lady Finger


A look at the painting process with the new paint colors... 

 Also to add contrast and an accent detail to the ceiling I had asked for the recessed part to be painted a caramel color that I was using throughout the house.


                                 Benjamin Moore - Roxbury Caramel


The ceiling's finished look..



2. Furniture  

For the furniture pieces going into this room I really wanted to great a timeless look but with unique and interesting furniture pieces.  I love mixing fabrics and metals - chrome details, nailheads and other types of metal accents.  I also love and strongly believe in mixing colors!  By expanding on my neutral palette and carrying the warm caramel, soft beige, and buttery yellow from the living room I want to retranslate that in this room.  I added a soft grey to the color statement here to again reinforce my mixing of traditional and modern.  


My home is always open to hosting and big family gatherings.  I hunted for the perfect dining table that could seat a number of people but also have the unique details and a timeless touch.


              Lambert Double-Pedestal Table by Bernhardt - Horchow.com


A perfect and luxurious brand that I swoon for is Bernhardt.  I cannot express enough how much I love this table.  It's even more perfect in person!  They have amazing pieces with fantastic quality.  If you are unsure what kind of pieces to invest in, a dining room table is definitely one of them.  It's a showcase piece that really fills a room and is practical too!


                   Brandt Side Chair by Orient Express - Wayfair.com


My dining side chairs are chic with a nailhead trim and tie into the color palette with a ivory piping.  I love the look of these chairs and wanted to continue the tufted look with the two head chairs at each end.


             De Santa Parsons Chair by House of Hampton - Wayfair.com


For the head chairs I loved this Parsons chair that has a high back and winged look.  Sitting at each end of the table, they give a very regal and dramatic look.  Don't be afraid to mix up your chairs and use colors that necessarily are not the same but compliment one another.


                     Mirrored Sideboard by Bowery Hill - Houzz.com


                 Powell Mirrored 2 Door Console - Hayneedle.com


For storage and an extra bit of glam I opted for mirrored large and smaller mirrored sideboards.  It gives me the option to store all of my fine dining items and picks up the metal accents in the room.


3. Lighting, Window Treatments, & Artwork


 I am definitely a lover of sparkle and glam and also love incorporating those touches into lighting, wall decor and window treatments.  The true overall feel of this room and my formal living room as well for that matter was a "Romantic Glam" look.  I chose a beautiful drum chandelier with crystal drop accents that projects the same pattern on the drum when lit. 

                 4 Light Drum Chandelier by JoJoSpring - Wayfair.com


My curtains were actually gifted to me and this is really what I used to create my color palette of the gray, gold, chrome, and neutrals.  I love how traditional and timeless they are and helps juxtapose more classic style with modern furniture.  I also did the window treatments myself!  I often can be a bit particular when it comes to certain things and curtains is definitely one of them.  I used the fabric from this curtains do a custom window treatment that frames our large bay window.

                            Harley Curtains (Color Haze) - Horchow.com

 The above art pieces are really one of a kind that we found at local store in my area, Home Living.  I love the ribbon like form but again leaning into a transitional style since they are molded metal that loop and curl.  So pretty!

 On the opposite wall I mounted this metal sunburst in the middle picture box.  It ties in my love for metallics and brings all of the gold, brass, chrome, silver accents together.  I searched all over the internet so I could link this for you but I cannot find it anymore!  I purchased it from Wayfair about a year ago.  I thought it was so unique and a bit out of the ordinary than your regular sunburst.  If anyone comes across it please feel free to share where you can get it!


Check out additional images of what my final outcome is for my dining room....



I really love this room and hope you all enjoyed my design ideas and transformation!




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Manalapan Township, Monmouth County 07726