$200 dining room update

Dining Room January 11, 2012
Remember when I said I wanted to change a few things in the dining room? Well, Sean didn’t go for my new light suggestion (it probably didn’t help that the light I want is $1000) so I’ve made due with what we have and put a gift card to use that my grandma sent for Christmas to add a couple finishing touches which in the end brought my grand total spent to absolutely nothing!
I only purchased new lamps ($150 for 2) and a mirror ($20). The lamps were a little more than I usually would spend but were a good investment for 2 reasons.
1. I have been wanting these turned wood lamps for AGES. I saw them at HomeSense about 2 months ago in a much lighter wood for $100 each. Couldn’t justify the price considering I had no idea where I’d put them.
2. This room is HUGE (it’s a living/dining room with vaulted ceilings), yet there is only 1 chandelier so mood lighting is a necessity and I’ve neglected that over the last few years.
What I’ve been really trying to find is a large area rug for in here, but on a trip to HomeSense recently I found the lamps on sale for $74 and in a darker stain and the mirror on clearance for $20 so I popped them in my cart and chalked it up to good luck!
So then when we moved my oldest and most favorite sideboard of all time in here (we bought it with wedding gift money and plan to hold on to it forever!) the plan came together in a flash. Bring the lamps in here, move around the plate formation a little (which is easy and mess free thanks to using those 3M hooks that stick right on the wall) and switch out our Ikea chairs for my linen chairs.
Yes, I am aware that it is not normal to have 2 sets of dining room chairs. But depending on my mood I like the bright white Ikea chairs or this linen covered version I also bought at HomeSense a year or so back on clearance. It made a lot more sense when we had a table in the kitchen too…
Daily household items make the best decor in my book. Plates and candles can be found in abundance in our house so I might as well make the most out of them! And anything displayed in large quantities make a good impact, no matter how simple.
The table has been a project that I have been meaning to get to for about 2 years now. It seemed to constantly get smaller items set on top of it so I never made it a priority until just a couple weeks ago when Sean expressed his love of rectangular tables. I am more of a round table girl myself, but I thought it was time for a change.
I did white paint on the legs and a light grey on the top, then wore it down to show both white and wood.
Besides a rug the other item I’m trying to track down is a nice set of freeze dried boxwood plants for my cast iron urns. The trees caught (or already had) some sort of bug and didn’t make it. I figure I am not destined to have live plants in this room so I am going to invest in the next best thing, formerly living shrubs.
The old captains chair has been a treasure of mine for many years, but I rarely have a spot for it since it is pretty large. The new table set needed some variety so it makes a nice addition at the end of the table.
Being able to swap out furniture at a moments notice is definitely a perk in my business, but it can be a challenge to work with something that isn’t a perfect fit. This table is quite small for our big room, but the charm it has makes it a good fit. Ideally we’d like a really long farmhouse table, but we are happy to wait until the perfect one comes along at the right price.
I love that the table has a drawer too!
It has been fun pulling together a mini makeover, but something about this look is finally feeling like the right fit! So I think it may be a look that we will be living with for quite some time, even if a few of the components change out as I paint new items.
And while we’re on the topic, can anyone recommend a good source for freeze dried boxwood? I’ve only tracked down large pieces from Restoration Hardware but they are about $200 each… a little more than I want to spend! Merci mes amis

Comments 27

  1. Angie@Echoes of Laughter says on January 11, 2012

    Holly~Everything looks lovely! The lamps are perfect! The lighting in your house is beautiful..I live in Edmonton too, and early in the day is the best time to photograph with natural light this time of year! Angie xo

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  2. www.MaisonStGermain.com says on January 11, 2012

    WOW!!!!What an absolutely gorgeous room! That belongs in a magazine/book. I love everything about it. Thanks so much for the inspiration:)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capersofthevintagevixens.blogspot.com

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  3. carli says on January 12, 2012

    Love the new look Holly! So impressed with how you tie together so many shades of white and grey to make for a seamless, comforting, time-worn and warm white-washed look! Beautiful! Love the blog. Keep up the great work ;)

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  4. laxsupermom says on January 12, 2012

    Your dining room looks amazing! Love the new lamps! They're so substantial, and you got them for a great price. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Posy and Co. says on January 12, 2012

    Oh, Holly! Fabulicious! I pinned one of your photos! Simply, stunning! Sorry I'm not able to give any tips on the boxwood. It would look stunning! Much love, Lisa

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  6. LL from KS says on January 12, 2012

    Your room looks perfect now! I love the lamps! I have a little lamp “problem” as I am always buying them even if I don't need them! Love the monochromatic look. I'd love it if you share your source if you ever find the boxwoods. RH are ridiculously priced!

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  7. Holly and Sean says on January 12, 2012

    Thank you so much ladies!!

    Angie, of course I know where you live silly. Still laugh over our Michaels run in LOL.

    Rachel, no ma'am, but that would be FUNNNN.

    Thanks for the lead Kelly! I love the RH ones SOOOO much, but I need the 24 inch ones and it is going to make me crazy to pay that. So I am off to check amazon~

    Suzy, any time girly. I'm off to see what you've been up to.

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  8. Giggles says on January 12, 2012

    I love Homesense, so many goodies in there! I always enjoy a quick peek into your place!! Looks wonderful! As for a rug, I got my silver one at Homesense over a year ago, and I got a wonderful a grey looking or black and white flecked awesome rug at costco! Have you checked costco? I love how soft they are plus they carry a lot of light colors in different sizes! Good luck with the boxwoods too!

    Hugs Giggles

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  9. primjillie says on January 12, 2012

    I love your light fixture! If you ever replace it, you will have to let us know. I love your white chair also ~ love that worn look.

    Jill Palumbo

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  10. french-grey.com says on January 12, 2012

    Looks beautiful! You mentioned the 3M hooks for the wall, what do you use on the plates? I have several large ironstone platters I would like to hang, and any metal plate hangers I have seen are not large enough.
    Thanks!
    Cindy

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