This post is sponsored by Raymour & Flanigan.
You know I’ve been itching to have a dining room functioning for dinner parties since the day we decided to make an offer on this house. The formal living room was just begging to be turned into a large dining room. If you missed the action, after a year and half we scored one of the Restoration Hardware tables we had our eye on at the outlet at a 1/3 of the cost it is listed for on the retail site. It comfortably seats 12, which was our goal, but feels like pretty much the perfect size for this long room.
We were actually on our way down to Raymour & Flanigan to pick out some chairs for the living room and a new bed when on the way we decided to pop into the Restoration Hardware outlet just to see if one of our tables that we had our eye on would be there. Within 15 minutes we’d found the table, inspected it and left. That’s how you role when shopping with two kids five and under. Our game plan shifted for our trip to Raymour & Flanigan. We now had a dining room table that sat 12 but actually could sit no one because we didn’t have any chairs. Enter the Fair Harbour Dining Chair. It’s linen fabric and nail head trim are the perfect beachy chic look we wanted in this room. I’d originally though about doing a dark navy or gray because of staining (thank you, Children) but then the saleswoman at Raymour & Flanigan offered a protection plan. If any stains or damage couldn’t be rectified by a professional who came to our house then we’d get a new chair. $250 total for 12 chairs for five years. DONE.
A few years ago I found this piece at a consignment store, took off the ugly 70s doors and pulls, repainted it and magically a new piece was born. It’s one of my favorite pieces in our home, it’s so quality and the style of the piece goes beautifully with the table and chairs. It desperately needs a new coat of paint though, it got really banged up in the move and I haven’t done anything with it yet (a year and a half later!).
A while ago I got this great piece from Minted that has been the inspiration for the color choices in our home. I have it above our mantle and it looks great with the navy built ins.
But, for winter I want to try a little painting. I’ve always been creative but I’d never describe myself as an accomplished artist. For a few months I’ve had my eyes on this piece Ballard Designs and would love to see something like this above our mantle for the winter, only mine will have to be one piece.
You’ll see my top-notch skills at Photoshop in this photo. The long term plan is that we’d love to replace the windows between the built-ins with French doors to lead into the area with have in the kitchen with the two white couches and fireplace. Then I’d love to white wash the fireplace bricks.
We are still undecided on the color of the walls, this is the darkest room in the house so we have them primed white now and it’s already so much brighter. Notice the paint samples all over the walls. The chairs are looking a little pink, we think because the way the table is reflecting off them so we are trying to figure out a wall color that will downplay that. We are also considering a weathering stain on the table to give it a more gray-ish tone to eliminate that problem.
I need to add in some fun details like curtains and accessories. I can’t wait to share with you all the details that are going into this Christmas makeover! I have a bunch of my blogging girl friends coming over the morning of the 16th and I can’t wait to have the room set up and gorgeous by then! This is my own version of The One Room Challenge. 🙂