February 11, 2013 by Decorum DIYer
Good Monday morning!
Today I will be showing you the dining room of my dreams. Well, at least the dining room in my dreams for my current home.
Before I show you how I would like my dining room to be, allow me to show what my dining room looks like now, and even what it looked like when we moved in.
Again, much of this decorating was done with a gallon, or two, of paint and serves as a place holder until we can really decorate the room to suit our style and needs.
Not only is our dining room the main eating area (as one would expect), but it also serves as our home’s main entrance, thanks to the carport. Additionally, the dining room’s sliding glass doors serves as the only access to the screened porch, through which, one can also access the backyard.
I grew up in a modest home without a carport, nor garage, and only had a front door and back door. I am not a fan of carports and side entrances being used as the main entrance, but I certainly appreciate the functionality of the carport. When you come home in the pouring rain with three little ones that have fallen asleep in the car = MUCH CARPORT LOVE!
However, this means that the dining room’s wall adjacent to the entrance must also serve as a makeshift mudroom/coat closet. Since my home does not have a pantry, I also use this same wall as overflow storage for pantry items. Any updated dining room decor must include a sizable bank of storage to suit the multitude of needs: dining, food storage, coat closet, etc….
Are you ready? Here is my vision of my dining room:
I love the mix of dark and ebony wood tones. The dining room walls would stay a dark brown. Currently, I am crushing on Ralph Lauren’s ‘Old Violin’. However, only the upper portion of the walls would be painted in the dark hue. Most of the walls would be covered in an updated board and batten look and painted white. Also, the upper portion of the walls will be first covered in grasscloth wallpaper before being painted in the ‘Old Violin’ color. I love the below images for inspiration:
I know for certain the fabric I want for curtains on the sliding glass doors. I have had this fabric pinned forever (and before that stored in my iPhoto library) and love the colors and subject matter (here come the birds again):
I love the idea of light aqua, orange, and brown drapes mixed in with greens (like my vintage glassware). As with most of my home, there is a subtle Asian vibe (especially with that faux bamboo chandelier and buffet- swoon). I would also like to add at least two styles of wall sconces around the room on dimmers to control the light a bit better.
You may have noticed that I titled this moodboard ‘Dignified Dining’. Well, currently we have three small children and our dining experiences are anything, but dignified. Someone is usually complaining about what is being served, food is usually knocked onto the floor by our youngest (more in his lap than his belly), and there is almost always a spilled beverage. The vision of my dining room is for the years when our children are bit older and less likely to cause too much damage. As usual, you can check out my Pinterest board for more of my thoughts regarding my dining room. That said, I’m enjoying the hand-me-down, mini facelift of a dining room we have now. It serves it purpose and the children are happy. Our dinners are lively, THAT is for sure.
Well, that sums it up. My ‘one day’ dining room of my dreams for all to see. So, what are your thoughts. Do you, too, have ideas of what your home should look like one day?
Until next time…, happy daydreaming, uh…, decorating!