In my last house, we had a great dining room....
...that we hardly ever used.
In fact, we wrote an entire blog post about the Dining Room Dilemma.
I spent gobs of time & money on furnishing and accenting the room because it was the first thing you saw when you walked in our home.
When we moved this summer, I was determined not to have a room that wasn't used. Since we downsized some, that wasn't really an option anyway.
Here's the layout for our first floor:
As you can see, the "dining room" is again the first thing you see.
I was so inspired by this picture from Duo Ventures.
How perfecto is this space??? The paint, the credenza, THE SHELF STYLING!!!!
I love it all.I don't have a ton of black furniture so I wasn't thinking about using gray as my neutral. I've always loved NAVY so I decided to go for it. At the front door no less!
Here's the blank canvas:
And, I mean B-L-A-N-K!
Here's what Jacki whipped up as a guide:
I love the emerald accents but I'll tell you, for the Pantone of the Year 2013, it sure was difficult to find any in home decor.
It all starts with a little paint, Sherwin Williams for Pottery Barn, Naval.
Here's how it turned out:
This room gets a lot of light and has white wainscot so the dark paint was not overpowering.
Still working on the shelf styling but I love these Ikea Vittsjo Shelves that I painted silver:
How cute is this guy?
For the "foyer" side of the room, I found this buffet on Craigslist. It is perfectly accented by lamps & a mirror I already had.
It is a great place for a seasonal display:
I'm still looking for a rug, some curtains and a piece of art for over the credenza behind the desk. Maybe a lamp too. But, I couldn't wait to share the progress with all of you.
What do you think so far?