I was at my friend Jenn’s house the other day and took some long overdue photos of her dining room we collaborated on a bit. Well, she asked me half a question and then put it all together herself because she’s awesome. But let’s pretend I helped for a minute….
Taking the photos I realized that there really is a perfect formula for a dining room that you can be confident will look great, always fresh and represent your style (if you know what that is…if you don’t, then follow the formula until you do).
Let’s look at Jenn’s room:
She works in sales for a super high-end hardwood flooring company (think Palm Beach, Star Island, Jennifer Lopez kinda stuff), and some guys in the wood department (can you tell I totally know the biz-speak?) MADE this table for her. She gave them a vision and they whipped it together. How stunning is the chevron patterned top?
LOVE. The chairs we picked up at Decor Once More and Jenn sprayed them white…I adore the contrast of white chairs with the dark wood. The sparkly chandy came from Overstock for nothing.
Ready for the formula? Oh, I know, Jenn needs a rug. She might be moving to Manhattan and living in an
8×10 hovel so isn’t ready to commit. When she’s ready, I personally recommend this Beni Ourain knockoff from West Elm.
You guys, I’m getting so good at graphics. To me, this is seriously the perfect formula for someone that A) wants an updated, current look in their dining room and B) isn’t sure what their exact style is.
Know your style? Then you probably know your own personal formula. A little unsure but lean towards traditional? Substitute the ‘modern’ aspect for your style. Now let’s look at a hundred examples.
Know your space and what else is going in it…here the ‘sparkle’ comes from the gleaming dishes in that AMAZING cabinet. Not that you can’t be extra sparkly, you know I still wouldn’t hesitate to throw up some crystal chandys….but that’s my taste. Always remember what yours is. If you love it, it’s
always usually right.
Modern doesn’t have to mean utilitarian…these chairs are pretty luscious.
This gorgeous dining room was designed by my great friend Julie Dodson. Her client clearly knows what she likes, and is not overly contemporary. But, check out the ceiling. A little rough luxe to give the room texture.
And again, my new obsession dining room picture. I just LOVE it. I have friends ask me all the time “what do I do with all this inherited dining room furniture?? It looks so old and dated.” THIS, a thousand times this.
And I, of course didn’t follow the rules exactly in my own dining room…but I know that I veer more towards the traditional. And that I change things all the time. And that I’m not done.
What’s your perfect formula?