If you’ve been following along with me for awhile, you probably know that I am in the middle of a very slow moving revamp of my dining room. I hesitated to share this post halfway through the revamp but I know that I have such a great resource of inspiration and ideas with you guys that if I just share my thoughts and tell you why I’m indecisive with this space, maybe you could help me through my thought process.
I don’t know why I can’t envision this space. I usually know down to the size of the screw what I want and need in a space. This time, I’m not really seeing it… I’m all over the board. So, let me just share what inspires me in a dining room, what we need in this space and where I am today. Maybe we can come up with something together?
You might remember that back in November, we started this revamp and I shared a little sneak peak of my dining room revamp during my Christmas home tour. Just to recap, here is my dining room before:
It took me months fifteen years ago to stencil that wall. I hated it but it was hard to finally make the decision to paint over it after all of that work. I’m so glad I did after seeing the difference.
So, this was my dining room right after we paint over my stenciled wall and removed the shutters during Christmas:
Pretty big difference, huh?
I mentioned during the Christmas tour that I was waiting for my chandelier to arrive from Restoration Hardware and then I would make decisions on which way I wanted to go next. Unfortunately, I had to cancel my original chandelier order that I purchased from Restoration Hardware because they changed the delivery date (four times) and the latest date was May. This is part of the problem, I had always envisioned my dining room with this spectacular mercury glass chandy from Restoration.
Here is what it looks like now after I got the chandelier installed in my dining room. I did add some drop dangle prisms that I found at an antique store to glam it up a little but you can’t really see them because of my light wall:
Here is a close up of my chandy with the prisms that are still hard to see. Ugh!
I also found these awesome moss balls at Laurie’s. Not sure if they’ll stay but I love the big one in my champagne bucket:
The new chandy is a little more traditional than what I had planned but it’s ok because I really love it. My husband gasped when he saw it and said he liked it more than the original. This is about him too.. I guess (wink)..
I really wanted a chandy that was a mix of traditional and chic. However, I feel that I need more glam/chic to offset it. It’s a small dining room that I kind of think is being taken over by my long table. I’d love to somehow get a narrow buffet in there (I’m open to building one) for entertaining and it would be really awesome if the bottom of the buffet could have storage. I collect antique china and have about 10 sets of china that I would love to store.
Lastly, I would love to come up with a maybe a modern slipcover for the chairs to really update this space. Just the top part of the chairs I think. I’m thinking fun a modern pattern in velvet. Maybe indigo velvet or jade?
Ok, are you sticking with me? Have I lost you through my rambling? Man, I really sound needy…
So, originally, when I thought I was getting the mercury glass chandy, I was envisioning some sort of antique mirrored wall on the focal wall. Maybe something like this:
Couldn’t you just imagine that space with the above painting and jade velvet slipcovers? As far as a narrow buffet goes, I could use the narrow Ikea Akurum cabinets as a buffet base and paint it the same color as the walls (Balboa Mist by Benjamin Moore). I found a great example from Made By Girl here:
I also have saved this inspiration picture below from Cote De Texas of a focal wall shelving unit that we could actually build and I could have upper open storage and display my china collection (mixed with modern accessories) as well:
This is where I start getting really off track. I have so much inspiration floating around that I keep saying “or I could do this…”. I haven’t even talked about what I should do about the windows… Ugh!
Ok, so I’m going to stop right here. You guys now have enough information to get a glimpse into my (scary) thought process and where I’m at. As I finish this post, my gut says mirrored focal wall and built in buffet, remove one leaf and two chairs, velvet slipcovers and add a great painting on the right side wall. But I’m not sure why I am hesitant and not really seeing it. What do you guys think, should I stick with my gut and do it or do I take a little more time and research more until I am feeling it? Gosh, that could take me years, there is so much great inspiration out there! Do you guys have a suggestion of something I may not have considered? I’m all ears!
Thanks for listening to my rant. I look forward to hearing your thoughts friends!