Thursday, March 9, 2017

Home Tour: The Dining Room

Our dining room is one of my favorite rooms in our new home. I really love to hostess and entertain so I think that is why I love this room so much. We also didn't have a true formal dining room in our previous house because of its open floor plan.

For this room we used the table and chairs from our previous home but keep the leaf in all the time because the room is so much larger in this house. We decided to go with classic wooden chairs for the sides for durability and then added upholstered end chairs on the ends. On my to-do list still is to add linen cushions to the chairs for comfort. We were having this debate in a local home decor group, though. Are cushions in or out currently? 

The buffet is also from our old home and stores our china and crystal. It is a discontinued style from Pottery Barn and I literally called the store weekly inquiring about their floor model until they finally cleared it out and sold it to me. The art above is from my first real apartment. It was the first large piece of art I purchased. We have a lot of blues in our home so this ties this very-neutral room into the rest of the house. 

This piece of furniture is a Home Goods find and serves as our bar and houses all the adult beverages and cocktail glasses. It was in the sunroom of our old home and I wasn't sure about it in this room at first but it has grown on me. I still need to finish styling the top but I do love the pictures of Madeline and of our wedding day that hang above it. They are the same beveled mirror look as the mirror set you can see in the first picture. 

I found the fiddle leaf fig at Home Goods for a steal but I found it back when I had my teeny tiny car and had Madeline with me so getting it home was a challenge. I'd been looking for one for a while but was wary about ordering a faux tree online. It was clearly meant to be. I'd love a real one but I wanted it in this far corner away from the window. And to be quite honest, it is really nice that it never needs anything from me. 

The curtains are from the sunroom in our old house and I still need to have them hemmed to the correct length. The rug was one of my favorite purchases and I actually ordered it online from Joss and Main and just crossed my fingers that it worked. Since we closed on this house the week I went back to work after Madeline was born, I wasn't about to go to all the big rug and furniture stores to hunt down the perfect rug.

It was a great deal for its size but is pretty thin. This was frustrating but not a deal breaker. I didn't really know what type of pad to put underneath since our other rugs are all thicker so it didn't seem like such a big decision in picking the right one.

Enter RugPadUSA. They were so very helpful in helping me choose a plush pad for the thickness I needed but also in a light enough color that it wouldn't show through. The pad I received is perfect and not only does the rug look so much better but it feels so much more plush and comfy when walking on it. I know it will wear much better as well. Aside from the great service, I was really impressed with this company because the products are made in the USA and are far more eco-friendly that most rug pads. This is so important to me because I want to protect the investment of our newly-refinished floors but I also don't want Madeline crawling across a rug pad containing harsh chemicals. 

RugPadUSA offers several different styles so that you can choose the one that's best for your floor type and rug style. I ordered the Eco Plush. I was so very impressed with the quality and really appreciate the time they took helping me choose the right one. I know we will enjoy it for many years! 

Now, what fun are home decor posts without showing you where we started. Here's a little before picture of our dining room. Yes, it really is the same room. We restrained the floors, painted it Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter, and swapped out the light fixture for a more transitional choice.

A big thanks to RugPadUSA for facilitating this post and offering me a great rug pad to review and share with you all. 


  1. What a gorgeous dining room. I LOVE that buffet table!

  2. Looks so pretty! Love what you've done. I know open floor plans are all the rage but I really do love a formal dining room.

  3. Your dining room is beautiful! I'm glad you had a good experience with Rugs USA. We are still in need of a few rugs, so I will have to try them out!

  4. Love how much light you get in that room - such pretty windows!

  5. Wow what a difference - looks fantastic! I love the color you chose for the walls & the rug!!

  6. Great job! I love the curtains and upholstered chairs-the textures really add a lot to the room. I say cushions are always in, because who wants to sit on uncomfortable chairs! I neglected getting some for a few years (they are kinda pricey!) but since we added cushions we linger at the table so much longer than before. Playing cards or board games with friends is a lot more comfy too!

  7. We always struggle with our rugs slipping all over the place, especially our runner by the front door. Will check out these rug pads!

    - Claudia

  8. Love the dining room! The curtains are so pretty and I LOVE those windows!!

  9. Wow! I love it!! And the pictures above the bar are amazing!!


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