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The Evolution of a Dining Room

The Evolution of a Dining Room

Remember way back in the day when I told you my dining room was suffering from S.A.D. (Space Avoidance Depression)? No? You don’t remember that? Well refresh your memory here and here or let me summarize for you:

  • My dining room was beyond boring

  • I began pondering ways to bring it back to life

  • But I was trying to do something a little different. Something outside of my decorating comfort zone, if you will. Something that didn’t rhyme with schmallery ball.

  • So I did some “research” (a.k.a. scrolling through Pinterest while drinking wine) and found all kinds of inspiring alternatives – like hanging up baskets, vintage oars, large scale art etc.

  • And then I told you I would be back soon for a big dining room reveal

Well guess what?

That was like a billion years ago (err… or maybe a month and a half ago) and it is still not done (Done? Seriously, what is that?).

But, that being said, it is damn close to being done. And let’s be real, ‘almost done’ is probably as close to ‘done’ as it is ever gonna get. Plus, I feel like I have left you hanging for too long. You deserve an update. How can you be expected to go on with your life without knowing the state of my dining room? It is important stuff y’all. Earth-shattering, really.

So without further ado…here is the big dining room reveal:

The Before:

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And After:

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After:

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After:

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Better right? I’m in-FREAKING-love with our new buffet cabinet thingy and the large scale art above it! It makes the room so much more airy and light.

And, yeah, about that gallery wall (that was not supposed to happen). It had to be done. I tried to restrain myself but, much like my coffee experiment, I found that denying myself things that I love is simply not good for my psyche. A love for gallery walls run through my blood. It’s genetic. So if you are going to commit to a gallery wall, go big or go home, right?

And just in case you are wondering…I did totally set the table and cut lemons and shit just for these pictures.

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What is even more disturbing…I totally loved doing it! I’m not going to pretend that I’m normal. I know I have problems.

So what is left to do?

  1. Sell dining room table and get new round table. We love our current table but it takes up too much space and we simply don’t need such a big table. As much as we love the idea of entertaining…in reality we really only entertain the idea of entertaining.

  2. Paint. I could live with the current color. I could also live with a pet ferret…but I don’t WANT to. I just don’t love it. I want to go light and airy in there. It is such a cheerful space now and I’m thinking the wall color should match that vibe. If you agree, send an email to Brado immediately and tell him so (this is going to take some convincing). And I take it back, I could never live with a pet ferret.

  3. Finish the gallery wall. If you look closely, there are a few frames that are not really filled or they are filled with things that are not meant to be permanent (i.e. colored paper and nothing else). Someday they will actually house items worthy of a frame.

  4. Recenter the hanging light over the new round table.

So what have we learned here? What is the big takeaway? The golden nugget, if you will?

I think for me the big take away is a lesson in being patient. Beautiful rooms do not just happen. They evolve over time. They change with the acquisition of new treasures and tools. They change as your style, needs and desires change. They change in tune with the thickness of your pocketbook.

It is easy to get caught up in just wanting a room to be done and being frustrated with an imperfect version of your vision. But, seriously, what in life is ever “done”? What is “perfect”? Like everything else in life, the key to designing a room is to enjoy the process and know that little efforts today will result in beautiful “afters” tomorrow.

Case in point, take this corner. This corner has gone through many iterations during the course of it’s little lifetime. What started as this blank slate:

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turned into this:

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Which then turned into this, upon inheriting a clothes dryer:

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Which then turned into this, upon inheriting an espresso machine:

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And now finally looks like this:

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See what I mean? Patience. Planning. Persistence. Actively work towards your decorating goal, but remember to be kind to yourself in the interim. I am mostly just telling myself this…probably nobody else in the world has decorating goals.

Again, I’m not normal.

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