I’ve neglected our dining room a bit over the last few years, mostly because we don’t spend much time in there (typical of today’s more casual entertaining, right?). However, I did want to keep a more formal dining area in our home, especially now that the kids are starting to get a little older, and it might (??) become easier to eat in there as a family for special occasions. Plus, our dining room is to the right of our entry foyer, so it’s very visible when you first enter our home. Here’s how it turned out –
This mini-makeover was inspired by a set of curtains I recently found. I actually found two panels of these curtains at a local consignment shop (Revival, for those from the Richmond area). I loved the print, but I have two windows in our dining room – so I needed four panels total. I took them to one of my local seamstresses and had each panel cut in half. She also had to do a little work with the trim – originally, each panel had double trim on the inside of the panel. We took that down to one piece of trim for each panel, so we had a total of four. I’ve had curtains divided in the past – it’s an easy enough fix as long as the panels are wide enough to begin with (and fit your windows in terms of height). I would say that once divided, you want at least 24-30″ for each pleated top. I like that they are still full but let more light into the room.
A note about hanging curtains – generally, you want to go high and wide on the windows. Be careful with the length of your curtains, however. You can go one of three ways – 1.) about 1/2 inch shorter than the floor (as seen above), which keeps the panels from getting dusty, 2.) just hitting the floor – looks very tailored and crisp, but is tricky to pull off with exact measurement, or 3.) a break on the floor or full puddle – harder to keep clean, but gives a luxurious look to the drapes.
We had the buffet/credenza in the room before (in fact, I didn’t buy any new furniture for this mini-makeover), but I did change up the arrangement above the buffet. I got a new mirror (an antiqued piece from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams), as well as the wall shelves (from Global Views, purchased from another great consignment shop in the area, Izzie’s).
I had the lamps already, so it wasn’t too much to change out (although Greg did NOT love hanging the new, super heavy mirror). It’s a little crooked, but I’ve been unsuccessful so far at getting him to fix it, ha!).
The large vase and bird prints are also new (well, the prints are quite old, but I reframed them in a more modern frame). The vase is beautiful and apparently pretty rare, but I got it discounted because it sustained some damage at some point (strategically hidden).
I’ve been playing around with the arrangement on the credenza, but going with the blues and whites for now … I also have a few plates that I might hang in between the two windows (in place of the mirrors).
Here’s a close up of the art flanking the buffet. They are two abstract prints that are slightly different, but I thought something calming and modern would look good in the space. I purchased the prints from Etsy and framed them myself.
I’m going with the symmetrical look for the buffet – hoping it looks interesting but that the symmetry is a grounding/calming element in the room.
I would like to change the paint color at some point, but it’s not too bad, and that feels like a big undertaking with all of the things I have hung on the walls. As much as I’ve painted furniture, I’ve actually never painted walls. Might be a summer project, we’ll see! Hope you enjoyed reading the post!