DINING ROOM GALLERY & PROGRESS PHOTOS

 

I think it’s safe to say that our dining room is almost complete.  Yes!  Almost COMPLETE.  It has taken us a year and four months to get here, but we got here and boy did it taught me a lot.

When we first bought the house the room looked like this.  Eventually we bought a table, chairs and changed the light fixture—suddenly it started to feel like a room.  Even though we had a place to sit and gather, it felt like the space was still empty and that tiny bar cart certainly didn’t help.  The walls were also bare and though we knew we wanted a gallery wall, we hadn’t bought anything yet.

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We’ve had the bar cart since we moved in together in 2011.  It was great for our first apartment and the tiny house we lived in when we first moved to Nashville, but not so much for this big dining room.  My husband even had this idea of converting a vintage whiskey barrel into a bar, but that would have been too small for this room, too.  That’s when my husband said, “Why don’t we get a buffet like my parents have in their dining room?!”

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I had previously thought about a buffet, but I didn’t want anything that would make people sitting on that side of the table uncomfortable.  We then proceeded to get the measuring tape out and realized that we could get away with a buffet that was 18″ in depth, and still have space to pull chairs out and walk in between both.  Who knew?!

We found this buffet at HomeGoods.  (Always faithful!)  It was just perfect for this room, especially because it’s long enough to complement the length of the room!  The wood color really complements the table and chairs without it looking off, and the cup pulls tie in with our kitchen pulls.  0 regrets with this one!

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That same month we pulled the plug and bought the frames for our gallery wall.  This gallery wall was always meant to be for travel photos only.  Even though we have traveled a lot together over the course of 8 years, we never had a good camera until last year’s trip to Iceland.  When we looked at all our photos, we decided to just print the ones from Iceland due to the quality.

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The frame we chose is a matted 16″ x 20″ with an 11″ x 14″ photo opening.  These are fairly large, which is exactly what we needed for this big wall.  We created paper cut-outs of the same size and started toying around with the placement using painter’s tape.  Eventually we landed with 3 across and 2 down.  It took a while to get here, but it looks symmetrical and structured, adding balance to a room where all furniture is different.  Choosing the same frame for all also helped create balance.

TIP: When you have matchy matchy furniture, then you can chose different frame styles to add balance.  #Juxtaposition

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Styling the buffet was next!  I needed items that would fill the wall gap between the top of the table and the bottom of the frames.  I bought this beautiful Portulaca flowering succulent for a pop of pink.  Then I repurposed our wedding candlesticks on a stack of books to add height.  I also added a marble and brass tray to incorporate a new texture and ground the space, and topped it off with our wine decanter and Gelcairn whiskey glasses.  Finally, I sprinkled in a few photos we love to add more personality.

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We still have a few items to get for this room: the two end chairs, curtains/ shades (still deciding), and possibly a rug.  The rug I am still a little iffy about—I only like rugs in dining rooms if it’s part of an open room and needs definition.  Although our house is all open, this room is clearly defined.  I guess we’ll see about that!

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This room was a huge learning for me.  It taught me that if you wait long enough for the perfect pieces, it really pays off.  We ended up with a dining room we are madly in love with that works with the rest of the house.  It is cozy, French, country, modern, and a bit tropical.  It also works with our color palette.  We are looking forward to celebrating many holidays here with our loved ones.  Isn’t that what it’s all about?

xo,
Carla

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