The Evolution of a Dining Room

I’d thought I would share one of the rooms I have been working on recently.  This is not finished by any means, but you can see the progression of our old dining room now turned office/den/relaxing corner/call it what you want to area.  This room is one of the first things someone sees as they walk into our house.  It’s technical name, I guess, would be the formal dining room.  And when we moved in, we felt very mature having a formal dining room and immediately made it formal.  Don’t laugh.

(I was getting ready to throw my sister’s baby shower in the pic, but originally there was a tapestry hanging on that back wall)  Now, don’t get me wrong.  It was a beautiful place, but apparently we are not very formal people and this room served more as a place to set things than a place to enjoy a family meal.

If you have followed my blog at all, you know one of my biggest pet peeves is wasted space.  I want to use every square inch of my home and I wanted this area to function for our little family of four.  And this was just not cutting it.  We ultimately choose to nix the formal dining room.  If you caught this post, you know I refinished the “formal” table and moved it into the eating area off the kitchen.  Buh bye formal dining room!

I know what you are thinking….

What do you do when you have a large group over for a nice dinner?

Seeing how we are “go with the flow” kind of people and have a life centered around our crazy kids, we happily arrange the food a la buffet style and then provide a plethora of seating options.  With our open floor plan, whether people situate themselves at the bar or at the table, we can all still talk, hang out and enjoy each other’s company.  We’ve even been known to let people eat on our couch…shocking, I know.  😉

Sidenote:  My down the road dream plan is to build a screened in porch with a HUGE harvest table…big enough to hold a family as big as the Braverman family from Parenthood…isn’t that great?  


A girl can dream right?

Alright, getting back to reality…after I moved the table out of the formal dining room, the room was in limbo and sat like this for a few weeks until I could figure out what our family needed from this space.

As time went on, our list of requirements for the room grew so I just decided to smoosh them all together and see how it came out.  I’m thrilled to say, so far, it’s working for us.

We are in mid transformation here…I still need to reupholster/change up the chair in the corner, sew new cushions for the daybed, install a new light fixture and style a few things, but you get the idea of the direction it’s going.

Do you spy the F. Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon pillows?  I know!?!?!?!?!?!?  I have drooled and drooled over this fabric for over a year and I finally got some!?!?  From the best parents around…thank you, thank you, thank you…you guys rocked my birthday this year.  😀  (as you do every year!)

So, let me formally introduce you to our multi-functioning room.  This is our central hub area.  The black armoire holds all of our important mail/bills/cameras/printers and other electronic devices and serves as a great work area.

One day it might be me sitting here paying bills or blogging and the next day, Henry might be here playing  This area has no television which I loooove so if you want to curl up on the couch with a cup of coffee and a magazine you can actually enjoy some peace and quiet.  Plus, it is also the best place to sit and chat about the latest happenings with a friend who might pop in for a visit.

This area is quickly becoming one of my favorite rooms in the house.  It’s a great collection of thrift store finds (recognize the lamps from this post) and inherited pieces and I love how they all play off each other to create a carefree and fun oasis where I can come in and feel relaxed, yet energized.

I have a few more finishing touches that I hope to have completed by the end of the year and I’ll re-share. Like that goal setting?  I try.  If you have any questions about sources of items, I’d be happy to share…ask away! 😉


12 thoughts on “The Evolution of a Dining Room

  1. Jesse, It is coming along great! I love the choices you’ve made. I wish I had a stylish office area…hopefully one of these days I will get to that! The lamps are the first thing I noticed. Did you make the curatins? Live them! Keep on making it fab! xo Kristin

    • My auto correct does that to me all the time!! Lol! Thank you! I thought about making the curtains, but then I got a quote from Joe at Village Workroom & it was so reasonable for custom curtains, that I couldn’t pass it up. They were so fast & awesome to work with, too. I love that there are still companies out there with great customer service! 😉
      I hope your hubby is feeling better, btw! Poor guy! I think that I’d the type of surgery my hubby eventually needs, too. 😦 He has major sinus issues…one more similarity! Go figure! 😉

      • Oh, of course both of our hubbies have the same nose issues 😉 How funny! That’s is great that you got the curtains custom for a good price and in a timely manner 🙂 Depending on fabric and length sometimes it is just cheaper to buy them rather than make them anyways. Keep up the great work, I am wondering what kind of light fixture you are leaning towards…

      • Kristin! I am so sad…the light fixture that I got for $10 & took an eternity to tape & spray paint oil rubbed bronze busted. I should point out, it was totally my fault…I dropped a drawer on it. Argh!!! So I’m on the hunt for a big CHEAP one! Love being clumsy…:(

  2. Hi Jesse, remember me? I’m your mom’s friend from high school and also was the financial secretary there when you and your sibs went through. I love your decorating and repurposing ideas! I have a question about the lamps, are they functional or just for decor? I noticed there is not an outlet on the wall behind the table and the cords are neatly bundled (love that) behind the lamps. That is one of my pet peeves: how to disquise cords when you need them to be functional. Guess I should opt for battery powered huh? One more thing, you did an incredible job hanging the botanical prints! All of them exactly even….wow!….not easy, unless you have a secret you’d like to share?! And the drapes…awesome! I think Scout and Nimble has earned a place on my Favorites Bar!
    ps- after spending the weekend at the “White Lodge Retreat”, I think I know which parent you get your skills from! Never would have guessed Hootie possessed such talent! Loved it!

    • Of course I remember you!!! Mom said you guys had a great time at the cabin! Isn’t Hootie great??? I told him he should go into interior design when he retires!?! Lol!
      Ok, you caught me! I hate cords, too! Yes, the lamps are functional & the cords are brown!?! So I was thinking I was going to run them/tape them to the back of the console & paint the cord on that part blackish/grey to blend in. Then there is an outlet a few inches to the left of the console where I will plug them in. I’m thinking I will paint the exposed cord from the bottom edge of the console to the outlet with our left over wall color to make it less noticeable. We will see how it looks, but your battery powered idea is a great idea, too! I love the look of just having those lamps on in the evening & relaxing with a glass of wine in there, but, yes, those cords are a pain to work with! I’ll be sure to post how the painted cord works!
      I hung all the prints myself & it was so easy! I’ll share my secret! It was so much easier than it looks & Sam loved that I didn’t have to have him help me!
      Thank you so much again!! It’s so good to hear from you!!!

    • Thanks Sydni! It came from Rugs USA…my favorite place to buy rugs! Sign up for their emails & they will notify you of their big sales! I have bought my last two rugs from there for 75% off…both were less than $160 & 100% wool. I actually like them better than my Pottery Barn rug! They shed far less & are great quality! Thanks for commenting!

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