The home tour continues, today in the Dining Room! It’s been awhile since we had a formal dining room. The first home Dan and I bought had a formal dining room and I have always felt they don’t get used nearly as much as they should. When we built our farmhouse, we opted to eliminate a formal dining room and use the extra square footage for rooms we’d spend more time in.
In our new house, I cannot say this room is a waste of space. This room is absolutely stunning and I look forward to hosting several dinners and parties here!
The room is massive, so we went with an extended length table (10 feet!) and still have plenty of room to spare. In attempt to keep the space inviting and somewhat informal, I added a bench to one side of the table and chairs to the other. At the ends of the table, I used upholstered chairs we had at our farmhouse. I think it looks cozy and inclusive! (Rug linked HERE)
Right after we moved in (literally a week after), we filmed a Royal Wedding Party segment on Seattle Refined. You can see the tea party set up above. Also note the drum lights above the table. I wasn’t a fan of the patterned drum shades and couldn’t wait to update them with something different. I looked and looked for the right fixture to fill the space and am so thrilled with the new fixture. Take a look below:
Isn’t it amazing what a difference a little change can make? The new fixture hangs a bit higher so it opens up the room to see more of the gorgeous french doors and lets more light into the room.
With Thanksgiving just days away, I have pumpkins covering every surface of my house. As soon as they hit the stores in September, I start hoarding them. I love all the different textures and colors and find a place for them to fit all over my house!
If you are still needing some Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas or buffet inspiration, add life by using real pumpkins! Start with a textured runner and cover it with pumpkins! I also like to use my yard as a resource for flowers and greenery. Pull your vases out of your cabinets and fill them with greens. Tree branches with orange leaves are so festive and guys, they’re free.
Also near this room is a little corner that fits my bar cart just perfectly. It’s filled with copper mugs, seasonal greens and of course, pumpkins. At a moments notice I’m ready for a party!
How about you? If you have a formal dining room, do you use it? In our first home the formal dining room sort of became my catch all. Basically what my office is now (if you read my last home tour post).
Thanks for following along! Next up is our formal living room, one of my favorites!
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Photos by Kelly Clare Photography