My Plan for Our New Dining Room

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grandmillennial style serena and lily style dining room

The dining room of our new townhouse is to the left of our kitchen (living room is to the right of the kitchen) and it’s all a rather open space so I’m really working hard to make sure all the decor is cohesive.  I shared my plan for the living room in this previous post, so today I wanted to share my plan for the dining room and kitchen.  As I’ve mentioned before, my plan for the house is to use much of what I already own, and just add in the things we need or replace pieces here or there.

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It’s not a large room and there are windows on 2 of the 3 walls, but I think wallpaper will make a huge impact and make it a truly special room.  I plan to use Meg Braff Design’s Imperial Palace Wallpaper in the Leaf and Lichen on Blue colorway, but I’m also looking through some beautiful Thibaut wallpapers that are a bit more affordable.  I’ll be using the beloved marble top dining table I bought at Crate and Barrel in 2013 (current version here, though the legs of mine are more intricate) and I will use the Chinese chippendale dining chairs I found at a thrift store back in 2015.  The ones I have are an old version from Ballard Designs, but the ones included in the collage are the current Dayna chairs from Ballard Designs.

I plan to use the rug that’s in the collage, which is an old one from Joanna Gaines’s line that was at Anthropologie a few years ago.  I got mine at Final Cut Georgia for a fraction of the cost.  I love the look of a natural light fixture so we will use the Serena and Lily pendant light that I’ve had for a few years.  Mine is the outdoor version and I got it at Final Cut Georgia at a steep discount because it’s a little bit wonky but not enough to bother me.  The indoor version would probably be better but the outdoor version has worked just fine.

I recently ordered the bar stools for the kitchen island- and I am so excited about them!  They are the Serena and Lily Riviera Counter Stools in navy and white.  I deliberated on these for ages because I really love the look of the Sunwashed Riviera Counter Stools in Blue but they are a natural material and I know I need to be realistic with 3 young children in the house.  I opted for the regular Riviera Counter Stools because they’re totally wipeable and apparently they’re very durable.  I thought about the white stools but my cabinets will be white,my countertops will be Sea Pearl Quartzite (a white natural stone with subtle swirls of gray and flecks of green), and the backsplash will be a white subway tile, so I didn’t want to have too much white in the kitchen.  I think the navy and white ones will be perfect!

The pendants I have for over the island are these Ballard Designs bamboo pendants.  They’re a champagne-y gold and they’re so beautiful in person.

The blue willow and cabbage plates are on the collage just to show how I’ll likely decorate the space.  We use blue willow as our daily dishes and I plan to display some plates on the wall too.  The woven tray is another way I’ll incorporate some natural texture in the kitchen, and I’ll probably have it on the island.  Mine is the old version but the current option is here– and you can find very similar ones at Homegoods and places like that!

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