For the last 6 years Shawn and I have lived dining-room-less. Which I believe is pretty common amongst other 25-30 year olds! For about a year we had a little kitchen table at our old home but by the end of our time living there, we went table-less! We often ate dinner together at the kitchen counter or sometimes in the office watching Hulu on the computer since we don’t own a TV!
For our new home, we were so excited because this was the first time we would actually have a designated space to eat together and with company! I started off designing the space by showing Shawn a TON of options, in many different price ranges, and this is the final result!
I originally wanted a vintage farmhouse table, which is honestly easier said than done. There are a ton of vintage/antique tables out there but a lot of them were either too large, or too small. Or the table isn’t sturdy, simply because it’s an antique! Which is understandable. I ending up finding a few vintage tables online but they ranged from $5,000-$6,000 and that wasn’t in our price range. We’ve been saving for this furniture for a few years now, and our budget for the table was around $2,000. Arhaus recently came out with this table and it honestly couldn’t have been a more perfect match. It’s vintage inspired so it has been thoughtfully distressed to resemble an antique, but it’s sturdy ;). Literally the perfect combination! We got a great deal on it and it’s still on sale now if you’re in the market for a dining table! I love the size as well, it’s not too big and not too small.
When picking a table (and furniture in general) I think it’s important to think about what type of role you want the piece to play. In our home, the dining room, kitchen, and great room are open concept so I really wanted to find beautiful pieces that weren’t LOUD, if you know what I mean. I didn’t want this part of the house to appear busy, so everything I picked was neutral and within the same color family. Rather than putting an emphasize on those details I decided my ‘statement’ was to mix materials. Notice how this room is a mixture of different wood, metals. rattan, and the natural cotton/linen fabric from the slipcover chairs!
This was honestly the hardest part for me! At first I REALLY wanted to try mismatch vintage chairs. I absolutely love the look of it.
image source: Leanne Ford
The more I was designing the room the more I realized, that style is just not for me! I love symmetry. Then I tried to photoshop our table with all slipcovered chairs surrounding it and it looked too high end for us. I searched high and low for chairs, which I feel like is kind of hard to believe because the end result looks so effortless (in my opinion). In the end I chose these rattan chairs, once again I love them! I really like them paired back to these slipcovered chairs, which are SO unbelievably comfortable!
For picking chairs—I think it’s best to keep your personal style in mind throughout the process of choosing them. It’s so easy to stray away from your style because there are truly hundreds of options to choose from. You can do this without noticing, especially with all of the influences we have around us on IG, Pinterest, and blogs! For me, I loved the relaxed look of the rattan, paired back with the comfy, yet elegant slipcovered chairs at the head of the table.
Right now I’m still getting the feel of decorating a dining space so I’m just keeping it simple. But I am seriously loving having planters as the centerpiece! I found these planters recently and I love the creamy natural look they have!
I love having this simple basket in the corner for throws with a few candles on the sills. It feels super cozy for a dining space! Lately I’ve been working at the table on the slipcover chair since it’s super cushioned and comfy, wrapped in a throw! This boucle throw is my favorite, I have it in a beige color too! I want to bring other furniture pieces in and possibly wall decor but I don’t want to rush anything.
The best advice I can give from this new design experience for me is to take time throughout the process to make sure the details you’re deciding on reflect your own personal style. I think it’s super easy to get off track and since furniture is a huge investment, you owe it to yourself.. and your wallet to check the design a few times along the way. This will ensure you love your pieces for the long run.